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Cornelius Walford

revised by Robert Brown

Ansell, Charles (1794–1881), actuary, was born in Paddington, London, on 8 December 1794, the eldest son of Thomas Ansell (1758–1808) of Lewisham, and his wife Sarah Eleanor Algar (1765–1829). He was employed by the Atlas Fire and Life Assurance Company in 1808, and took a prominent position on the staff in 1810. In 1823 he was appointed actuary of the life branch of the company, and held the office until 1864, when he retired from active official life, but remained the consulting actuary of the company. He also filled a similar post in the ...

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Barrett, George (1752–1821), actuary, was the son of a farmer of Wheeler Street, a small hamlet in Surrey. At an early age he developed an aptitude for mathematics, taking a special interest in calculations relating to the duration of human life. Despite working as a schoolmaster, and subsequently as a land steward, he developed a series of life-assurance and annuity tables over a period of twenty-five years. In 1813 he was appointed actuary to the ...

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Cornelius Walford

revised by Robert Brown

Brown, Samuel (1811–1875), actuary and statistician, was born in London on 24 March 1811, the second son in the family of five sons and two daughters of John Aquila Brown (d. 1830), a silversmith, and his wife, Ann Eliza, née Truss (...

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Cleghorn, James (1778–1838), actuary and author, was born at Duns, Berwickshire. Although lame from birth, he was for some time a farmer, but in 1811 he moved to Edinburgh where he edited the Farmer's Magazine. In 1817 William Blackwood appointed Cleghorn and Thomas Pringle...

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G. C. Boase

revised by Robert Brown

Davies, Griffith (1788–1855), actuary, son of Owen Davies (1761–1854), farmer and quarryman, and his wife, Mary William, was born at Tŷ Croes, at the foot of Cilgwyn Mountain, in the parish of Llandwrog, Caernarvonshire, on 28 December 1788. He was taught to read and spell in Welsh at the ...

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Deuchar, John James Walker (1851–1911), actuary and insurance company manager, was born on 24 September 1851 in Edinburgh, the youngest of five sons of John Deuchar (1786–1863), lecturer in chemistry at Edinburgh University, and his wife, Jane, daughter of James Walker, a publisher in ...

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G. J. Gray

revised by Anita McConnell

Dodson, James (c. 1705–1757), mathematician and actuary, was the son of John Dodson (b. 1675), citizen and freeman of the Merchant Taylors' Company, and his wife, Elizabeth, who died shortly after his birth. His grandfather, also John Dodson, was a tailor of ...

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Edmonds, Thomas Rowe (1803–1889), actuary and political economist, was born on 20 June 1803 in Penzance, the third of seven children of Richard Edmonds (1774–1860), solicitor, and town clerk of Marazion, Cornwall, and his wife, Elizabeth (1770–1840), daughter of Thomas Nicholas and his wife, ...

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John Finlaison (1783–1860) by unknown photographer © reserved

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Finlaison, John (1783–1860), civil servant and government actuary, was born on 27 August 1783 at Thurso, Caithness, the eldest son of Donald Finlayson (1761–1790), fisherman, who had six children, and his wife, Isobel Guthrie, née Sutherland (b. 1761). His parents were both Scottish. As a youth ...

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Frend, William (1757–1841), religious writer and actuary, was born on 22 November 1757 at Canterbury, the second son of George Frend, wine merchant, alderman, and twice mayor of the city, and his wife, Catherine (d. 1763). His mother died when he was five years old, and his father married, on 25 September 1764, ...

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William Frend (1757–1841) by A. Birrell, pubd 1793 (after Sylvester Harding, 1789) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gompertz, Benjamin (1779–1865), mathematician and actuary, was born on 5 March 1779 at 3 Bury Street in the City of London, the fourth of five sons of Solomon Barent Gompertz (1729–1807/8), a successful diamond merchant, and his second wife, Leah Cohen (1747×9–1809). His mother was Dutch by birth, the daughter of ...

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Goobey, Alastair Ross (1945–2008), pension fund manager, was born at 29 The Avenue, Wanstead, Essex, on 6 December 1945, the son of George Henry Ross Goobey (1911–1999), pension fund manager, and his wife, Gladys Edith, née Menzies (b. 1911). He was brought up in ...

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Alastair Ross Goobey (1945–2008) by unknown photographer, 2003 Rex Features

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Gray, Peter (1807/8–1887), actuary and mathematician, was born at Aberdeen. Little is known about his origins, but he was educated at Gordon's Hospital (subsequently Gordon's College) and at Aberdeen University for two years. He developed a passion for mathematics and, in order to assist the work of a friend, took a special interest in the study of life contingencies. This led to honorary membership of the ...

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Marks, Geoffrey (1864–1938), actuary and insurance company manager, was born on 15 November 1864 at Beddington, near Mitcham, Surrey, the third of five sons of John George Marks, sherry shipper of Croydon, and his wife, Sarah, née Walker. He was educated at Whitgift Grammar School, Croydon...

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W. A. S. Hewins

revised by Robert Brown

Milne, Joshua (1776–1851), actuary, is of unknown parentage and origins. He received an education grounded in mathematics and languages, before being appointed the first actuary of the newly established Sun Life Assurance Society on 15 June 1810. The background to Milne's appointment was the decision 'that the ...

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William Morgan (1750–1833) by Charles Turner, pubd 1830 (after Sir Thomas Lawrence, 1818) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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D. L. Thomas

revised by Robin Pearson

Morgan, William (1750–1833), actuary, was born on 26 May 1750 at Bridgend, Glamorgan, the third of the eight children of William Morgan (1708–1772), physician of Bridgend, and his wife, Sarah, née Price (1726–1803), sister of the well-known radical and writer Richard Price (1723–1791)...