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Alexander, Sir Kenneth John Wilson [Ken] (1922–2001), economist, university administrator, and public servant, was born on 14 March 1922 at 12 Kilmaurs Terrace, Edinburgh, the only son of William Wilson Alexander (1888–1930), lawyer, and his wife, Mary Logan Grahame, née Wilson (1888–1975), tailoress. He won a scholarship to ...

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Arnold, Matthew (1822–1888), poet, writer, and inspector of schools, was born at Laleham-on-Thames, Middlesex, on 24 December 1822, the eldest son and second of the nine surviving children of the Revd Thomas Arnold (1795–1842) and Mary Penrose Arnold (1791–1873). Thomas Arnold had been a fellow of ...

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Matthew Arnold (1822–1888) by George Frederic Watts, 1880 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bathurst, Katherine (1862–1933), inspector of schools, was born on 10 May 1862 at Diddington, Huntingdonshire, daughter of the Revd Frederick Bathurst (1826/7–1910), who was vicar of the parish and later archdeacon of Bedford, and his first wife, Catherine Georgiana Moore (d. 1902)...

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Caine, Sir Sydney (1902–1991), colonial official and university administrator, was born on 27 June 1902 at 58 Gresham Road, Hendon, London, the son of Harry Edward Caine, railway clerk, and his wife, Jane Harker, née Buckley. He was educated at Harrow county school...

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Drucker, Henry Matthew (1942–2002), political scientist and fund-raiser, was born on 29 April 1942 in Paterson, New Jersey, USA, the elder son of Arthur Drucker (1912–1980) and his wife, Frances (1915–2001), New Deal Democrat parents. He was at school in Rutherford where his father was the proprietor of a local department store. At ...

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Eliot, Sir Charles Norton Edgcumbe (1862–1931), diplomatist and university administrator, was born at Sibford Gower, Oxfordshire, on 8 January 1862, the eldest son of Edward Eliot (1827–1898), curate of Sibford Gower, who in 1863 became vicar of Norton Bavant, Wiltshire, and his wife, ...

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Fletcher, Joseph (1813–1852), statistician and school inspector, was the third son of George Fletcher, of Rennes, France. Little is known of his background and early life, except that he was admitted to the Middle Temple in 1838 and called to the bar on 7 May 1841. As with contemporaries such as ...

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Fulton, John Scott, Baron Fulton (1902–1986), university administrator and public servant, was born in Dundee on 27 May 1902, the younger son and youngest of three children of Angus Robertson Fulton, principal of University College, Dundee, and his wife, Annie Scott. He was educated at ...

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Gater, Sir George Henry (1886–1963), educational administrator and civil servant, was born in Southampton on 26 December 1886, the son of a solicitor, William Henry Gater (1855–1942) and his wife, Ada Mary Welch (1859–1939). After attending Winchester College and New College, Oxford, where he gained a fourth in classical moderations (1907) and a second-class degree in modern history (1909), and took the diploma in education, he joined ...