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Sir Samuel Crowe Curran (1912–1998) by unknown photographer, 1969 © News International Newspapers Ltd

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Curran, Sir Samuel Crowe [Sam] (1912–1998), physicist and university administrator, was born in Ballymena, co. Antrim, on 23 May 1912, the second of four sons of John Curran (1885–1959), a steelworks foreman, and his wife, Sarah Owens, née Crowe (1886–1968). His mother had gone to her ancestral home a few weeks before his birth so that he could be born in ...

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Flowers, Brian Hilton, Baron Flowers (1924–2010), theoretical physicist, public servant, and university administrator, was born on 13 September 1924 at 321 Revidge Road, Blackburn, Lancashire, the only son and eldest of three children of the Revd Harold Joseph Flowers (1894–1971), Baptist minister, and his wife, ...

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Garnett, William (1850–1932), physicist and educational administrator, was born at 183 Queen Street, Portsea, on 30 December 1850, son of William Garnett, auctioneer, and his wife, Selina (née Webb). He was baptized at King Street Chapel in the following March. Four years later, the family moved to ...

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Jones, John Viriamu (1856–1901), university administrator and physicist, was born on 2 January 1856 at Pentre-poeth, near Swansea, the second son of Thomas Jones (1819–1882), nonconformist minister, and his first wife, Jane, née Jones (d. 1867). His elder brother was Sir David Brynmor Jones KC...

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Lloyd, Humphrey (1800–1881), physicist and university administrator, was born on 16 April 1800, at Dublin, the eldest son of the Revd Bartholomew Lloyd (1772–1837), later provost of Trinity College, Dublin, and his wife, Eleanor McLaughlin. Having received his early education at Mr White's school, Dublin...

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Menter, Sir James Woodham [Jim] (1921–2006), physicist, industrialist, and university administrator, was born at Oxford House, Lynsted, near Sittingbourne, Kent, on 22 August 1921, the only son of Horace Menter, railway signalman, and his wife, Jane Anne, née Lackenby, nurse. He had two older sisters, ...

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Sir Gareth Gwyn Roberts (1940–2007) by unknown photographer, 1997 CVCP (now Universities UK)

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Roberts, Sir Gareth Gwyn (1940–2007), physicist and university administrator, was born on 16 May 1940 at Craig Beuno Nursing Home, Bangor, Caernarvonshire, the son of Edwin Roberts (d. 1974), a wages clerk in the local granite quarry, and his wife, Meri, née...

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Stoney, George Johnstone (1826–1911), physicist and university administrator, born at Oakley Park, Clareen, near Birr, in King's county, Ireland, on 15 February 1826, was the elder son of George Stoney and his wife, Anne, second daughter of Bindon Blood of Cranagher, co. Clare...