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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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Baxter [née fforde], Kathleen Mary Carver [Kay] (1904–1994), careers adviser and playwright, was born in Bulandshahar, India, on 16 September 1904, the eldest daughter of Arthur Brownlow fforde, an Indian Civil Service judge, and his wife, Mary Alice Branson. Arthur Frederic Brownlow fforde...

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Evans, (Benjamin) Ifor, Baron Evans of Hungershall (1899–1982), literary scholar and college administrator, was born in Soho, London, on 19 August 1899, the younger son of Benjamin Evans, journeyman carpenter, and his wife, Ann Powell, both of whom came from Wales. He was educated at the ...

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(Benjamin) Ifor Evans, Baron Evans of Hungershall (1899–1982) by Sir William Coldstream, 1958–60 © courtesy the Artist's Estate / Bridgeman Art Library; The College Art Collections, University of London

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McCormick, Sir William Symington (1859–1930), English scholar and educational administrator, was born at Dunbar Terrace, Dumfries, Scotland, on 29 April 1859, the elder son of William McCormick, an ironmonger and maker of agricultural implements in that town, and his wife, Agnes Ann, daughter of the ...

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Norrington, Sir Arthur Lionel Pugh (1899–1982), publisher and university administrator, was born on 27 October 1899 at Normandy Villa, Godstone Road, Kenley, Croydon, Surrey, the only son and elder child of Arthur James Norrington, an iron merchant in the City of London, and his wife, ...

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Sir Arthur Lionel Pugh Norrington (1899–1982) by John Ward, 1967 The President and Fellows of Trinity College, Oxford