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Abraham, Roy Clive (1890–1963), scholar of African languages and colonial administrator, was born on 16 December 1890 in Melbourne, Australia. From a Jewish background, he studied at University College, London, preparatory school, at Clifton College, Bristol, and also at various establishments in Germany...

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Bargery, George Percy (1876–1966), missionary and Hausa scholar, was born on 1 October 1876 at 7 Oxford Terrace, St James Road, Exeter, the son of George Thomas Bargery, commercial traveller, and his wife, Ellen Dawes. Educated in Exeter and at the University of London...

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Kilham [née Spurr], Hannah (1774–1832), missionary and student of African languages, born at Sheffield on 12 August 1774, was the seventh child of Peter and Hannah Spurr. Her father, a cutler by trade, was a strict Anglican, but her mother let her attend ...

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Oliver, Roland Anthony (1923–2014), historian, was born in Srinagar, Kashmir, India, on 30 March 1923, the only son of Maj. Douglas Roderick Giffard Oliver (1880–1936), an officer in the Indian Army and later a member of the Indian Political Service, and his wife ...

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Ward, Ida Caroline (1880–1949), phonetician and scholar of west African languages, was born at Bradford, Yorkshire, on 4 October 1880, the eighth child of Samson Ward, a wool merchant, and his wife, Hannah, daughter of Charles Tempest, also of Bradford. She went to school in ...