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Dawson, (Henry) Christopher (1889–1970), cultural historian, was born on 12 October 1889 at Hay, Brecknockshire, the only son and younger child of Colonel Henry Philip Dawson (1850–1933), a Yorkshire landowner, and his wife, Mary Louisa, the eldest daughter of Archdeacon William Latham Bevan...

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Eckenstein, Lina Dorina Johanna (1857–1931), feminist polymath and cultural historian, was born on 23 September 1857 at 17 St George's Villas, Islington, London, the daughter of Frederick Gottlieb Eckenstein (1820/21–1891), a German businessman, and his wife, Julie Amalie Antonia Helmke (1830/31–1921). One of six children, her younger brother was the mountaineer ...

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Edwards, Hywel Teifi (1934–2010), literary scholar and cultural historian, was born at Minawel, in the tiny seaside village of Llanddewi Aberarth, Cardiganshire, on 15 October 1934, the second child in the family of four children of John Daniel Edwards (1905–1991), carpenter, 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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Hackenbroch, Yvonne Alix (1912–2012), museum curator and historian of jewellery, was born in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, on 27 April 1912, the second of three daughters of Zacharias Max Hackenbroch (1884–1937) and his wife, Clementine, née Schwarzschild (1888–1984). Her father was one of ...

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Hall grew up in Kingston. His brown-skinned father rose to become the chief accountant of the Jamaican subsidiary of the American giant United Fruit. His fair-skinned wife (Hall’s mother) never worked outside the home but treated the family as her personal fiefdom. Hall...

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Lindsay, (John) Maurice (1918–2009), poet, editor, and cultural historian, was born at 8 Lynedoch Place, Glasgow, on 21 July 1918, the son of Matthew Lindsay and his wife, Eileen Frances, née Brock. He was born into a relatively wealthy family: his father was an insurance company manager and local secretary of the city's ...

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Williams, Sir Glanmor (1920–2005), historian, was born on 5 May 1920 at 3 Cross Francis Street, Dowlais, Glamorgan, the only son of Daniel Williams (d. 1957), a haulier in a coalmine, later a clerk, and his wife, Ceinwen, née Evans (d...

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Yan-kit So (1933–2001), food scholar and writer on cookery, was born on 13 July 1933, the only one of eight children of a tea merchant, Yin Moo So, born in the family's home city of Zhongshan in Guangdong province. Like her siblings, she was brought up and educated in ...