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Duckham, Sir Arthur McDougall (1879–1932), gas engineer, was born on 8 July 1879 at Blackheath, London, the second of the three sons of Frederick Elliot Duckham (1841–1918), a noted civil engineer, and his wife, Maud Mary, née McDougall. All the sons achieved prominence in their chosen careers: the eldest, ...

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Dunstan, Albert Ernest (1878–1964), research chemist and petroleum technologist, was born on 25 January 1878 at 69 Washington Road, Sheffield, the only son of Arthur Dunstan (d. 1896), a workshop manager, and Mary Ann Wainwright (d. 1897). His father was shop manager for an old-established firm (...

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Illing, Vincent Charles (1890–1969), petroleum geologist, was born on 24 September 1890 at Jullundur, Punjab, the younger son of Thomas Illing (1863–1934), a non-commissioned officer in the 3rd rifle brigade of the Indian army, and his wife, Annie née Payton (1856–1954). His early education came from army and other schools in ...

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Livesey, Sir George Thomas (1834–1908), gas engineer and industrialist, was born on 8 April 1834 at Canonbury Terrace, Islington, London, the eldest of the three children of Thomas Livesey (1807–1871), company manager, and his wife, Ellen, née Hewes (1806–1886). His family was already active in the developing gas industry: his great-uncle, also ...

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Sir (Thomas) Boverton Redwood, first baronet (1846–1919) by Mayall & Co., pubd 1913 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Redwood, Sir (Thomas) Boverton, first baronet (1846–1919), petroleum consultant, was born in London on 26 April 1846, the eldest in the family of six sons and two daughters of Theophilus Redwood (1806–1892) and his wife, Charlotte Elizabeth (d. 1868), daughter of Thomas Newborn Robert Morson...

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Sadler, (William) Windham (1796–1824), balloonist and gas engineer, was born on 17 October 1796 at 10 Stafford Row, Pimlico, London, the fourth, but second surviving, son of James Sadler (bap. 1753, d. 1828), first English-born aeronaut, and his second wife, Martha Hancock. William...

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Southwell, Sir (Charles Archibald) Philip (1894–1981), petroleum geologist and industrialist, was born at Oak Royce, Calverley Lane, Rodley, Calverley, Yorkshire, on 6 June 1894, the only son of Charles Edward Southwell, medical practitioner, and his wife, Clare, née Beaumont. Educated at Newcastle under Lyme high school...

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West, John (1839–1922), gas engineer, was born at Northampton on 10 August 1839, the eldest son and second of nine children of Joseph West (1815/16-1892), a gardener, and his wife, Ann, née Perkins (1817/18-1883). He was taken on at an early age as an articled pupil by the manager of the local ...

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Winsor, Frederick Albert [formerly Friedrich Albrecht Winzer] (1763–1830), gas engineer, was born in Brunswick, Germany, the son of Friedrich Albrecht Winzer. Virtually nothing is known of his early life, save that he was educated in Hamburg and early developed an interest in the economical use of fuel. He had, however, no technical skills and was essentially a persuasive entrepreneur with a great flair for promoting extravagant projects. Although he mastered English he is recorded as having always been conspicuously foreign in speech and manner....

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Woodall, Sir Corbet (1841–1916), gas engineer, was born on 27 August 1841 at Liverpool, the youngest of the three sons of William Woodall, manager of Liverpool gasworks, and his wife, Martha Basson. After education at the Crescent School, Liverpool (run by Congregationalists), he followed his brothers into the gas industry; he became the most notable of a dynasty of gas engineers stretching over four generations. After a couple of years gaining experience under his eldest brother, ...