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McVittie, George Cunliffe (1904–1988), astronomer and cryptanalyst, was born on 5 June 1904 in Smyrna, Turkey, the eldest of three children (two sons and a daughter) of Francis Skinner McVittie (1872–1950), businessman, and his wife, Emily Caroline (1877–1942), daughter of George Weber from ...

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Stratford, William Samuel (1789x91–1853), naval officer and astronomer, was, according to one source, born on 31 May 1790, the eldest son of William Stratford of Farncote, Gloucestershire. He was educated at Hanwell Heath Academy, Middlesex, and Mr Oard's school, London. He entered the ...