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Aspdin, Joseph (bap. 1778, d. 1855), cement maker, was baptized on 25 December 1778 in Hunslet, Leeds, the eldest in the family of five sons and one daughter of Thomas Aspdin, bricklayer of Hunslet, and his wife, Mary. Aspdin followed his father's trade of bricklayer and builder at ...

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Johnson, Isaac Charles (1811–1911), cement manufacturer, was born at Vauxhall on 28 January 1811, the second but only surviving child of Isaac Johnson, a cement works labourer, who worked for Francis and White & Co. at Nine Elms, Vauxhall, Surrey, and his wife, ...

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Isaac Charles Johnson (1811–1911) by unknown photographer, 1911 [reading letter from King congratulating Johnson on reaching 100th year] © reserved

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Mouchel, Louis Gustave [formerly Gustave-Louis] (1852–1908), promoter of ferroconcrete, was born on 11 January 1852 at 56 rue Corne de Cerf, Cherbourg, third of the four children of Louis Mouchel, wig maker, and his wife, Felicité Duchemin. He had three sisters. Mouchel...

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Pountain, Sir Eric John (1933–2003), industrialist, was born on 5 August 1933 at 10 Chestall Road, Cannock Wood, Staffordshire, the son of Horace Pountain, a waterman at the local waterworks, and later a builder, and his wife, Elsie May, née Lloyd. He left ...

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Rackham, Oliver (1939–2015), by Andrew Festing, 2009

With the kind permission of the Master and Fellows of Corpus Christi College, Cambridge; © Andrew Festing

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Rackham, Oliver (1939–2015), ecologist and historian, was born on 17 October 1939 at 3 Flixton Road, Bungay, Suffolk, the only child of Geoffrey Herbert Rackham (1904–1981), bank cashier, and his wife, Norah Kathleen, née Wilson (1906–1953). At the time of his birth registration his parents lived at ...

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Scott, Henry Young Darracott (1822–1883), inventor of selenitic cement and military engineer, second son of Edward Scott, a quarry owner, was born at Plymouth, Devon, on 2 January 1822. He was educated privately and entered the Royal Military Academy, Woolwich, in 1838. Commissioned as second lieutenant in 1840, early the next year ...

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Henry Young Darracott Scott (1822–1883) by unknown engraver, pubd 1883 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Stewart, Sir (Percy) Malcolm, first baronet (1872–1951), brick and cement manufacturer, was born at Hastings on 9 May 1872, the fifth of the eight children of Sir Halley Stewart (1838–1937), oil cake and brick manufacturer, and his wife, Jane Elizabeth Atkinson (1833/4–1924). His grandfather the ...