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Adams, Sir Walter (1906–1975), university administrator, was born on 16 December 1906 at Brighton, the son of Walter Adams, a builder's clerk, and his wife, Margaret Evans. He was educated at Brighton, Hove, and Sussex grammar school and at University College, London, where he read history, being awarded the BA degree with first-class honours in 1928, and where he was subsequently appointed to a lectureship in history. He married in 1933 ...

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Sir Walter Adams (1906–1975) by Godfrey Argent, 1970 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Alexander, Sir Kenneth John Wilson [Ken] (1922–2001), economist, university administrator, and public servant, was born on 14 March 1922 at 12 Kilmaurs Terrace, Edinburgh, the only son of William Wilson Alexander (1888–1930), lawyer, and his wife, Mary Logan Grahame, née Wilson (1888–1975), tailoress. He won a scholarship to ...

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Anderson, Sir Hugh Kerr (1865–1928), physiologist and university administrator, was born at Frognal Park, Hampstead, on 6 July 1865. His great-grandfather was a surgeon in the Royal Navy; his grandfather was a doctor at Peterhead, who died young, leaving a family. The second son, ...

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Annan, Noel Gilroy, Baron Annan (1916–2000), historian and academic administrator, was born on 25 December 1916 (hence his first name) at 64 Gloucester Terrace, London, the younger of the two sons of James Gilroy Annan (1886–1965), a silent, shy Scottish accountant, then serving as a lieutenant in the ...

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Noel Gilroy Annan, Baron Annan (1916–2000) by Sir Cecil Beaton, 1962 © Cecil Beaton Archive, Sotheby's; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Armitage, Sir Arthur Llewellyn (1916–1984), jurist and university administrator, was born on 1 August 1916 at Town Gate, Marsden, Yorkshire, the elder son of Kenyon Armitage (d. 1972), master draper of Oldham, and his wife, Lucy Amelia Beaumont (d. 1968). He attended ...

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Armstrong, Edward (1846–1928), historian and college administrator, was born at Tidenham vicarage, Gloucestershire, on 3 March 1846, the second son of John Armstrong DD (1813–1856) and his wife, Frances Whitmore (d. 1908). In 1853 his father was made the first bishop of ...

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Sir Thomas Henry Wait Armstrong (1898–1994) by Walter Bird, 1968 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Armstrong, Sir Thomas Henry Wait (1898–1994), organist and college administrator, was born on 15 June 1898 at Peterborough, the only son of Amos Ebenezer Armstrong (1878–1950), an organist and choirmaster, and his wife, Elizabeth Annie West, née Handford (1880–1939), a former headmistress. He had two younger sisters, ...