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Bray, (William) John (1911–2004), telecommunications engineer, was born on 10 September 1911 at 198 Walmer Road, Kingston, Portsmouth, one of the two sons of William James Bray, an engine room artificer on HMS Achilles, and his wife, Emily Eliza, née Clothier. The family moved to ...

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Fennessy, Sir Edward (1912–2009), radar pioneer and telecommunications executive, was born on 17 January 1912 at 26 Haldane Road, East Ham, London, the eldest of three children of Edward Patrick Fennessy (1884–1955), a schoolteacher of Irish descent, and his wife, Eleanor, née Arkwright (1882–1942)...

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Franklin, Charles Samuel (1879–1964), radio telecommunications engineer, was born in Walthamstow, Essex, on 23 March 1879, the thirteenth child of James Charles Franklin, a carpenter and builder, and his wife, Martha Bulbeck. He received his engineering and scientific training under Silvanus P. Thompson...

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Lee, Sir (Albert) George (1879–1967), telecommunications engineer, was born at Conwy, Caernarvonshire, on 24 May 1879, the son of George Henry Payne Lee, a Post Office engineer, and his wife, Maria Agnes, née Bosmell. He grew up in Conwy, leaving there to attend the ...

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Paterson, Sir Clifford Copland (1879–1948), engineer, was born at Westfield, Cazenove Road, Stoke Newington, London, on 17 October 1879, the son of Frederick Paterson, a tanner and leather merchant, and his wife, Janette, née May. After attending a private school and, from 1892 to 1896, ...

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Reeves, Alec Harley (1902–1971), engineer and inventor, was born on 10 March 1902 at Ravenscroft, 9 Ridgeway Road, Redhill, Surrey, the son of Edward Ayearst Reeves (1862–1945) and his wife, Grace Eden, née Harley. They also had a daughter, Dorothy. Edward Reeves was map curator and instructor in practical astronomy and surveying to the ...

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Stanley, Charles Orr (1899–1989), promoter of telecommunications and industrialist, was born on 15 April 1899 in Cappoquin, co. Waterford, Ireland, the second son and fourth of six children of John Stanley (b. 1850), a farmer and entrepreneurial merchant of that town, and ...

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Watt, Sir Robert Alexander Watson- (1892–1973), developer of radar, was born in Brechin, Forfarshire, on 13 April 1892, the fifth son and youngest of seven children of Patrick Watson Watt, a carpenter and joiner, and his wife, Mary Small Matthew. Both the Watsons...

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Whent, Sir Gerald Arthur [Gerry] (1927–2002), businessman, was born on 1 March 1927 in Ferozepore, India, the youngest of the four children of Major Albert Whent, an officer in the Royal Artillery. He was educated at St Mary's College, Southampton, but was more interested in sport than academia and left at the age of sixteen to become an apprentice in an aircraft factory. Two years later, in 1945, he joined the army as a regular soldier. His military career took him to ...