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Allen, Elias (c. 1588–1653), maker of mathematical instruments, was born near Tonbridge, Kent, probably in Ashurst, of unknown parentage. Apprenticed in 1602 to London instrument maker Charles Whitwell in the Grocers' Company, he served his master for nine years. Following Whitwell's death in 1611, ...

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Barr, Archibald (1855–1931), engineer and manufacturer of range-finders, was born at Glenfield, near Paisley, Renfrewshire, on 18 November 1855, the third son of Archibald Barr, yarn merchant, and his wife, Jeanie Stirrat, of Paisley. From Paisley grammar school he entered the local works of ...

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Archibald Barr (1855–1931) by James Russell & Sons, 1930 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Barrow, Henry (c. 1790–1870), maker of mathematical instruments, may have been born in Suffolk. Nothing is known of his education or apprenticeship, beyond his attendance at the London Mechanics' Institute. He married Elizabeth Mary Collins (1790–1834) in 1816 at Christ Church Greyfriars, London...

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Brooke, Charles (1804–1879), surgeon and inventor of measuring instruments, only son of the mineralogist and businessman Henry James Brooke (1771–1857), was born on 30 June 1804, in South Lambeth, Surrey. Following an early education in Chiswick he entered Rugby School in 1819 and ...

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Butterfield, Michael (1634/5–1724), mathematical instrument maker, was born, according to Martin Lister, in England. Nothing is known of his early life except that he was in France from perhaps 1663. In 1677, when a new form of level made by him was reported in the ...