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Crombie, Alistair Cameron (1915–1996), historian of science, the second son of William David Crombie (d. 1949) and Janet Wilmina, née Macdonald (d. 1975), was born on 4 November 1915 in Brisbane, Australia. His parents, who were of Scottish extraction, had established a farmstead at the remote ...

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Dewhirst, David William (1926–2012), astronomer and historian of astronomy, was born on 14 January 1926 at 482 Silver Grove, Utley, near Keighley, Yorkshire, the only son and elder child of Ernest Thomas Dewhirst (1895–1974), solicitor, and his wife, Margaret, née Clure (1892–1970). He attended ...

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Dickinson, Henry Winram (1870–1952), historian of engineering and technology, was born at Ulverston, Lancashire, on 28 August 1870, the eldest son of John Dickinson, general manager and secretary of the North Lonsdale Iron and Steel Company Ltd, and his wife, Margaret Anne, née...

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Dircks, Henry (1806–1873), historian of technology, was born at Liverpool on 26 August 1806, the eldest son of Egbert Dircks, a bookkeeper, of 14 Burnswick Road, and his wife, Maria, née Nightingale. As a boy Henry was apprenticed to a mercantile company in ...

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Dreyer, John Louis Emil (1852–1926), astronomer and historian of astronomy, was born at Copenhagen on 13 February 1852, the third son of John Christopher Dreyer, lieutenant-general in the Danish army, and his wife, Ida Nicoline Margarethe Rangrup. At the age of fourteen he read a book about ...

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John Louis Emil Dreyer (1852–1926) by unknown photographer Mary Lea Shane Archives of the Lick Observatory, University Library, University of California

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Forbes, Eric Gray (1933–1984), historian of astronomy, was born on 30 March 1933 at Linskill Villas, St Andrews, Fife, the only child of Robert James Forbes (1904–1952), railway clerk, and Christina Pearson, née Gray (1906–1978), a nanny and teacher. He was educated at ...

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Fox, Alan (1920–2002), sociologist and industrial historian, was born at 102 Goldsmith Avenue, Manor Park, West Ham, in the East End of London, on 23 January 1920, the only child of Walter Henry Fox, a journeyman typewriting machine enameller who had served in the First World War, and his wife, ...

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Gimpel, Jean Victor (1918–1996), cultural historian and historian of medieval technology, was born in Paris on 10 October 1918. Of Jewish descent, he was the third son of René Gimpel (d. 1944), a leading art dealer and friend of Renoir and Proust...

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Gomme, Arthur Allan (1882–1955), librarian and historian of technology, was born at 2 Park Villas, Lonsdale Road, Barnes, Surrey, on 15 July 1882, the third of the seven sons of Sir (George) Laurence Gomme (1853–1916), public servant and folklorist, and his wife, Alice Bertha Gomme, ...