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Brattle, Thomas (1658–1713), astronomer and college administrator in America, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on 20 June 1658, the second of the eight children of Thomas Brattle (c.1624–1683), a merchant, and his wife, Elizabeth Tyng (1638–1682). The elder Thomas was one of the wealthiest men in the colony, which he served in many capacities, including as a representative in the ...

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Joseph Gouge Greenwood (1821–1894) by John H. E. Partington, 1883 © Manchester City Art Galleries

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Greenwood, Joseph Gouge (1821–1894), Greek scholar and university administrator, born at Petersfield, Hampshire, was the son of the Revd Joseph Greenwood (d. 1839), a Congregational minister and his wife, Maria Gouge. At the age of fourteen he was sent to University College School, London...

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Keynes, (John) Neville (1852–1949), logician, economist, and university administrator, was born on 31 August 1852 at Salisbury, Wiltshire, the only son of John Keynes (1805–1878), floriculturist, and his second wife, Anna Maynard Neville. He was reared in a middle-class, staunchly nonconformist household, which included his half-sister (fourteen years his senior), his paternal grandmother, and his father's unmarried sister. At fifteen ...

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Williams, Sir Edgar Trevor [Bill] (1912–1995), intelligence officer and historian, was born on 20 November 1912 at 30 Maidstone Road, Chatham, Kent, the second of three children and elder son of the Revd (Joseph) Edgar Williams (1877–1938), minister of Ebenezer Congregational Church, and his wife, ...