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Cossor, Alfred Charles (1861–1922), manufacturer of electronic and medical equipment, was born in Islington, London, on 8 July 1861, the elder son of Alfred Charles Cossor and his wife, Elizabeth, née Freeman. He joined his father's business making thermometers and barometers, in 1875, but left in 1890 to set up his own business as a scientific glass-blower in ...

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Humphreys, Arthur Leslie Charles (1917–2003), computer industry executive, was born on 8 January 1917 at 102 Manor Lane, Lewisham, London, the son of Percy Stuart Humphreys, insurance agent, and his wife, Louise, née Weston. He was educated at Catford grammar school, but left at the age of fourteen to train as a solicitor's clerk. Invalided out of the army during the Second World War on account of a heart defect, in October 1940 he became the share registrar of the ...

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Whent, Sir Gerald Arthur [Gerry] (1927–2002), businessman, was born on 1 March 1927 in Ferozepore, India, the youngest of the four children of Major Albert Whent, an officer in the Royal Artillery. He was educated at St Mary's College, Southampton, but was more interested in sport than academia and left at the age of sixteen to become an apprentice in an aircraft factory. Two years later, in 1945, he joined the army as a regular soldier. His military career took him to ...

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Sir Gerald Arthur Whent (1927–2002) by unknown photographer, 1992 Universal Pictorial Press