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Background and family
Ball was the younger son of Sir Charles Bent Ball and his wife Annie Julia Kinahan.
On 28 December 1922, he married Florine Isabel Irwin, the daughter of Colonel Herbert Edwardes Irwin.
He was Professor of Botany between 1924 and 1943 at University College, Colombo, then moved to King's College London, where he was Lecturer in Botany (1944-1955), Reader in Botany (1955-1957), and Special Reader in Botany (1957-1959).
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(of Merion Square, Dublin and Killybegs, County Donegal)