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Allen, John Willoughby Tarleton (1904–1979), colonial administrator and Swahili scholar, was born at Chalfont St Peter, Buckinghamshire, on 14 November 1904, the second child and only son of the vicar, the Revd Roland Allen (1868–1947), writer and theologian, and his wife, Mary Beatrice, ...

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John Willoughby Tarleton Allen (1904–1979) by unknown photographer, c.1950 by kind permission of Hubert J. B. Allen

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Krapf, (Johann) Ludwig (1810–1881), linguist of Swahili and first protestant missionary in east Africa, was born on 11 January 1810 at Derendingen near Tübingen, in the kingdom of Württemberg, the youngest of four children of Johann Jakob Krapf (1773–1846), peasant farmer, and his wife, ...

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Lambert, Harold Ernest (1893–1967), Swahili scholar and ethnographer, was born on 4 September 1893 at Pield Heath, Hillingdon, Middlesex, the second of three sons of George Lambert (1863–1915), gardener, and Amy Hearn (1868/9–1937), both of Hillingdon. Lambert attended Bournemouth School from 1905 to 1912 when he was admitted to ...

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Sacleux, Charles Joseph (1856–1943), Swahili scholar and missionary, was born on 5 July 1856 at Enquin, Pas-de-Calais, France, the second of three children, all sons, of Auguste Sacleux, a tobacconist, and his wife Marie Firmine Bayart. His father died when he was five and it was his widowed mother who had the responsibility of bringing up the family. In 1869 he entered the junior seminary at ...

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Taylor, William Ernest (1856–1927), Swahili scholar and missionary, was born on 25 January 1856 at 26 The Cross, St Nicholas, Worcester, the eldest child in the family of at least four sons and two daughters of Samuel Taylor (1822–1884), perfumer, and his wife, ...

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Yahya Ali Omar (1924–2008), Swahili scholar, was born in June 1924 in Mombasa, Kenya protectorate, the only son, a twin, and the youngest of three children of Ali bin Omar, fisherman, and his wife, Sudi binti Athman, both Swahili from northern Swahililand. When ...