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Allibone, Thomas Edward [Ted] (1903–2003), physicist and electrical engineer, was born on 11 November 1903 at 10 Melbourne Road, Nether Hallam, Sheffield, the son of Henry James Allibone, schoolteacher, and his wife, Eliza, née Kidger, a farmer's daughter. He was educated at the ...

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Thomas Edward Allibone (1903–2003) by Elliott & Fry, 1958 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Babbage, Charles (1791–1871), mathematician and computer pioneer, was the first son born to Benjamin Babbage (d. 1827), a well-to-do London banker, and Elizabeth (Betsy, Betty) Plumleigh Teape (d. 1844). Confusion has surrounded both the year and place of Babbage's birth. This confusion is not an invention of modern historiography but dates back to the last century since when ...

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Charles Babbage (1791–1871) by Antoine Claudet, c. 1847–51 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Barron, David William (1935–2012), computer scientist, was born at 277 Brownhill Drive, Blackburn, on 9 January 1935, the only son and the youngest of three children of George William Barron (1900–1962) and his wife, Mary, née Whalley, both schoolteachers. He attended Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Blackburn...

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Blumlein, Alan Dower (1903–1942), electronics engineer, was born on 29 June 1903 at 31 Netherhall Gardens, Hampstead, London, the only son and the second of two children of Semmy Joseph Blumlein (1863–1914), a German mining businessman and naturalized British subject, and his wife, ...

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Alan Dower Blumlein (1903–1942) by unknown photographer private collection

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Blyth, James (1839–1906), electrical engineer and university teacher, was born on 4 April 1839 at Marykirk in Kincardineshire, near Montrose (Forfarshire), the son of John Blyth (1793/4–1874), an innkeeper and small farmer, and his wife, Catherine (1802/3–1884), daughter of John Grant, militia officer; his parents were both originally from ...

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James Blyth (1839–1906) by E. J. Mills, 1901 by permission of Strathclyde University Archives

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Buxton, John Noel (1933–2009), computer scientist, was born on 25 December 1933 in Shipley Hospital, 90 Kirkgate, Shipley, Yorkshire, the eldest child of John William Buxton, journalist, and his wife, Laura Frances, née Whitehead. At the time of his birth registration his parents lived at ...