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Blackburn, Hugh (1823–1909), mathematician and college administrator, was born on 2 July 1823 at Craigflower in Fife, the seventh and youngest son of the eight children of John Blackburn (1756–1840), Glasgow sugar merchant, and his wife, Rebecca Leslie (b. 1788), daughter of ...

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Combridge, John Theodore (1897–1986), mathematician and university administrator, was born on 28 August 1897 at 5 Leopold Road, Brighton, the son of Daniel Thomas Combridge, a retired butcher, and his wife, Rhoda Rebecca Gardner. Educated at Brighton College (1912–17), he served in France...

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Ferrers, Norman Macleod (1829–1903), mathematician and university administrator, was born on 11 August 1829 at Prinknash Park, Upton St Leonards, Gloucestershire, the only child of Thomas Bromfield Ferrers (1794–1849), stockbroker, of London, and his wife, Lavinia, daughter of Alexander Macleod of Harris. He was educated at ...

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Filon, Louis Napoleon George (1875–1937), mathematical physicist and university administrator, was born at St Cloud, near Paris, on 22 November 1875, the only son of Pierre Marie Augustin Filon, littérateur and tutor to the prince imperial, and his wife, Marie Jeanne Madeline Poirel...

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Sir (Michael) James Lighthill (1924–1998) by Elliott & Fry, 1959 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Lighthill, Sir (Michael) James (1924–1998), applied mathematician and university administrator, was born on 23 January 1924 in the rue Puccini, Paris, the third and youngest child of Ernest Balzar (Bal) Lighthill (1868–1952), mining engineer, son of a Liverpool shipowner, and his wife, Marjorie (1887–1962)...

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Pitt, Sir Harry Raymond (1914–2005), mathematician and university administrator, was born on 3 June 1914 at 212 Oldbury Road, West Bromwich, Staffordshire, the only son of Harry Pitt, iron turner, and his wife, (Florence) Harriet, née Draper. His father, who had left school at thirteen, later became an engineer in the motor industry; his ancestors were small farmers and craftsmen. ...

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Wright, Sir Edward Maitland (1906–2005), mathematician, was born on 13 February 1906 at Park Side House, Farnley, near Leeds, the son of Maitland Turner Wright (d. 1943), soap manufacturer, and his wife, Kate, née Owen (d. 1954), music teacher. When he was three his father's business (manufacturing ...