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Abrams, Mark Alexander [formerly Max Alexander Abramowitz] (1906–1994), social scientist, was born at 57 Balfour Road, Edmonton, London, on 27 April 1906, one of eight children born to Abraham (Abram) Abramowitz, also known as Abramovich or Abrams, and his wife, Annie (Hannah), ...

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Allen, William Edward David [pseuds. James Drennan, Liam Pawle] (1901–1973), historian and businessman, was born on 6 January 1901 at 12 Sussex Place, Regent's Park, London, the eldest of the three sons of William Edward Allen (1860–1919), printer and theatre owner, and his wife, ...

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Askham, Janet Mary (1941–2008), sociologist, was born on 27 October 1941 at Paxton Park, Little Paxton, St Neots, Huntingdonshire, the only daughter of the Revd Leonard Charles Askham (1898–1983), vicar of Godmanchester, and his wife, (Grace) Hilda, née Mallett (1908–1952). She had four brothers, ...

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Branford, Victor Verasis (1863–1930), sociologist and businessman, was born at 15 West Street, Oundle, Northamptonshire, on 25 September 1863, the eldest surviving son of William Catton Branford (1837–1891), a veterinary surgeon, and Ann Kitchen (1826–1871), the sister of his father's deceased first wife. His father spent two short periods as professor in the veterinary college in ...

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Brech, Edward Francis Leopold (1909–2006), management consultant, theorist, and historian, was born Edward Franz Leopold Brech at 84 Brook Street, Kennington, London, on 26 February 1909, one of four children of Franz Josef, later Francis Joseph, Brech (1876–1933), an Austro-Hungarian restaurant manager, and his wife, ...

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Daniell, John Frederic (1790–1845), experimental philosopher and businessman, was born on 12 March 1790 at Essex Street, Strand, London, the eldest son of George Daniell (c.1760–1833), barrister, and his wife, Louisa Hahn (d. 1833). His mother was of German birth but had long lived in ...

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Eden, Sir Frederick Morton, second baronet (1766–1809), insurance company manager and writer on the state of the poor, was born at Ashtead, Surrey, the eldest son of Sir Robert Eden (created a baronet in 1776), governor of Maryland, and grandson of Sir Robert Eden, ...

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Evans, John [pseuds. I. D. Ffraid, Adda Jones] (1814–1875), Welsh scholar and businessman, was born at Tŷ Mawr, Llansanffraid Glan Conwy, on 23 July 1814, the son of David and Grace Evans. His education consisted of two periods, at Abergele in 1824 and at ...

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Fry, Francis (1803–1886), businessman and bibliographer, was born on 28 October 1803 at Westbury-on-Trym, near Bristol, Gloucestershire, the second son of the seven children of Joseph Storrs Fry (1769–1835), manufacturer, and Ann Allen (1764?–1829). His grandfather Joseph Fry (1728–1787) was a doctor, a manufacturer of porcelain and chocolate, and a partner in the firm of ...

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Goodenough, Sir Francis William (1872–1940), sales executive and educationist, son of Henry Goodenough, currier, and his wife, Louisa Hatchwell, was born in East Street, Newton Abbot, Devon, on 9 September 1872, and was educated at Torquay Public College. At the age of sixteen he joined the ...

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Macdonald, Eleanor Catherine (1910–2004), businesswoman and management consultant, was born on 1 September 1910 at 83 Gordon Road, Wanstead, Essex, the younger of the two children of Frederick William Macdonald (d. 1959), a foreman in a cigarette factory, and his wife, Frances Catherine, ...

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Sir Iain Andrew Noble, third baronet (1935–2010) by unknown photographer image courtesy of Electric Scotland

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Noble, Sir Iain Andrew, third baronet (1935–2010), financier, entrepreneur, and promoter of the Gaelic language, was born Ian Andrew Noble in Berlin on 8 September 1935, the eldest son and eldest of three children of Sir Andrew Napier (Paddy) Noble, second baronet (1904–1987)...

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Power, Sir John Cecil, first baronet (1870–1950), company director and public benefactor, was born at Eldon, co. Down, on 21 December 1870, the younger son of William Taylor Power and his wife, Cecilia, daughter of Colonel John Burgoyne. At ten Power went to ...

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Robinson, Sir David (1904–1987), entrepreneur and benefactor, was born on 13 April 1904 in Cambridge, the third of the six sons and nine children of Herbert Robinson, cycle shop and later garage owner, and his wife, Rosie Emily Tricker. He was educated at the ...

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Rowntree, (Benjamin) Seebohm (1871–1954), sociologist and businessman, was born at Bootham, St Olave Marygate, York, on 7 July 1871, the second son of Joseph Rowntree (1836–1925), who then described himself as a master grocer but later became a successful cocoa and chocolate manufacturer, and his second wife, ...

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(Benjamin) Seebohm Rowntree (1871–1954) by Jane Bown, 1952 Jane Bown / Camera Press, London

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Schreiber [née Bertie; other married name Guest], Lady Charlotte Elizabeth (1812–1895), translator, businesswoman, and collector, eldest child of Albemarle Bertie, ninth earl of Lindsey (1744–1818), former army general and tory MP for Stamford, and his second wife, Charlotte Susanna Elizabeth, née Layard (1780–1858)...

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Lady Charlotte Elizabeth Schreiber (1812–1895) by William Walker, pubd 1852 (after Richard Buckner) Glamorgan Record Office

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Sir Roland Smith (1928–2003) by Chris Hay, 1987 © Chris Hay; collection National Portrait Gallery, London