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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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Armitage, Sir Arthur Llewellyn (1916–1984), jurist and university administrator, was born on 1 August 1916 at Town Gate, Marsden, Yorkshire, the elder son of Kenyon Armitage (d. 1972), master draper of Oldham, and his wife, Lucy Amelia Beaumont (d. 1968). He attended ...

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Armstrong, Edward (1846–1928), historian and college administrator, was born at Tidenham vicarage, Gloucestershire, on 3 March 1846, the second son of John Armstrong DD (1813–1856) and his wife, Frances Whitmore (d. 1908). In 1853 his father was made the first bishop of ...

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Armstrong, Sir Thomas Henry Wait (1898–1994), organist and college administrator, was born on 15 June 1898 at Peterborough, the only son of Amos Ebenezer Armstrong (1878–1950), an organist and choirmaster, and his wife, Elizabeth Annie West, née Handford (1880–1939), a former headmistress. He had two younger sisters, ...

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Sir Thomas Henry Wait Armstrong (1898–1994) by Walter Bird, 1968 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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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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Babington, Humphrey (bap. 1615, d. 1692), college administrator, was baptized on 5 November 1615 in the village of Cossington, Leicestershire, the younger of two sons of Adrian Babington, rector of that parish, and his wife, Margaret Cave. He entered Trinity College, Cambridge, as a sizar in 1634. He graduated BA in 1639, becoming a fellow of ...

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Baker, John (1677/8–1745), Church of England clergyman and college administrator, was born in Burley, Rutland, the son of John Baker. He was admitted to Westminster School, on the foundation, in 1691, and thence elected to Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1695, aged seventeen. Having matriculated in 1696 he graduated BA in 1699 and proceeded MA (1702), BD (1709), and DD ...

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Balme, David Mowbray (1912–1989), university administrator and classical scholar, was born on 8 September 1912 at Carlisle, eldest of the four children of Harold Balme (1878–1953), a surgeon, and his wife, Hilda Carr (d. 1968). He spent his first ten years in ...

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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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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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Beverley, John (1743–1827), university administrator, was born in Norwich, where his father, William Beverley, was in the wine trade. Having been educated at Norwich School he matriculated from Christ's College, Cambridge, at Michaelmas 1764; he graduated BA in 1767 and proceeded MA in 1770. He was elected an esquire bedell of the university in 1770, through the influence of ...

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Blackburn, Hugh (1823–1909), mathematician and college administrator, was born on 2 July 1823 at Craigflower in Fife, the seventh and youngest son of the eight children of John Blackburn (1756–1840), Glasgow sugar merchant, and his wife, Rebecca Leslie (b. 1788), daughter of ...

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Blair, Sir Robert (1859–1935), educational administrator, was born in Wigtown in south-west Scotland on 8 March 1859, the eldest of the ten children of William Blair and his wife, Mary, née Hood. His father, a Presbyterian, appears to have had a variety of jobs but was principally a cobbler by trade. ...

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Bodington, Sir Nathan (1848–1911), Greek scholar and university administrator, born at Aston, Birmingham, on 29 May 1848, was the only son in a family of one son and one daughter of Jonathan Bodington (1794–1875), miller, and his wife, Anne Redfern (1818–1894). He entered ...

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Boyd, Zachary (1585–1653), Church of Scotland minister and university administrator, was born in Kilmarnock, Ayrshire, of unknown parentage. He matriculated at Glasgow University in 1601, and graduated MA from St Andrews in 1607. Perhaps encouraged by his cousin Robert Boyd of Trochrig he completed his education at the protestant ...

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Brattle, Thomas (1658–1713), astronomer and college administrator in America, was born in Boston, Massachusetts, on 20 June 1658, the second of the eight children of Thomas Brattle (c.1624–1683), a merchant, and his wife, Elizabeth Tyng (1638–1682). The elder Thomas was one of the wealthiest men in the colony, which he served in many capacities, including as a representative in the ...

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Brewster, Sir David (1781–1868), natural philosopher and academic administrator, was born on 11 December 1781 in a house in the Canongate, Jedburgh, second son and third of the six children of James Brewster (c.1735–1815), rector of Jedburgh grammar school, and his wife, ...