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Austin, Lloyd James (1915–1994), scholar of French literature, was born on 4 November 1915 in Melbourne, Australia, the third of four children (all sons) of J. W. A. Austin and his wife, née J. E. Tymms. He grew up in Melbourne and was educated at ...

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Auty, Robert (1914–1978), philologist, was born on 10 October 1914 at 31 Tooker Road, Rotherham, Yorkshire, the second son and youngest of the four children of George Auty, headmaster of an elementary school, and his wife, Martha Louise, née Richards. Robert's sister Phyllis...

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Baldick, Robert André Édouard (1927–1972), French scholar and translator, was born on 9 November 1927 at 69 Heaton Road, Paddock, Huddersfield, Yorkshire, the only son of George Sidney Baldick, schoolmaster, and his French wife, Marie Octavie Angéla, née Marielle. He was educated at ...

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Boase, Alan Martin (1902–1982), French scholar, was born in Rathalpin, St Andrews, on 23 June 1902, the son of William Norman Boase (1870–1938), the owner of a linen mill, and his wife, Mabel Margaret, the daughter of John Leadbetter of Broughty Ferry. His father gained distinction in ...

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Bowie, Malcolm McNaughtan (1943–2007), scholar of French and comparative literature, was born on 5 May 1943 at 1 Hollesley Villa, Saxmundham Road, Aldeburgh, Suffolk, the elder of two children (both sons) of George Alexander Bowie (b. 1913), a private in the Royal Army Medical Corps...

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Browne, Sheila Jeanne (1924–2015), French scholar, educationist, and college head, was born at Kingshill, Reading Road, Wokingham, Berkshire, on Christmas Day 1924, the only daughter of Edward Elliott Browne (1885–1959), schoolmaster, later headmaster, and his wife Esme Lilian, née Lush (...

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Bussy [née Strachey], Dorothea [Dorothy] [pseud. Olivia] (1865–1960), translator and author, was born on 24 July 1865 at Willenhall, near Barnet, London, the third of the ten children (three others died in infancy) of Lieutenant-General Sir Richard Strachey (1817–1908), scientist and administrator in ...

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Charlton, Donald Geoffrey (1925–1995), scholar of French literature, was born on 8 April 1925 at Haslam Maternity Home, Heaton, Bolton, the son of Harry Charlton, local government clerk, and his wife, Hilda, née Whittle. He was educated at Bolton School and read philosophy on a short course scheme at ...

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Denisot, Nicolas (1515–1559), French poet and tutor, was born at Le Mans, the son of Jean Denisot (d. 1539), bailiff of Assé and advocate in the provincial court of Le Mans. He learned the arts of engraving and cartography and produced maps of ...

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Gordon Goodwin

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Dufief, Nicolas Gouin (1776?–1834), teacher of French, was a native of Nantes. His father, Nicolas-Henri Dufief, a knight of the order of St Louis, served during the French Revolution as a volunteer under the French princes in Germany; his mother, the Comtesse Victoire Aimée Libault Gouin Dufief...

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Fairlie, Alison Anna Bowie (1917–1993), scholar of French literature, was born on 23 May 1917 at the manse, Lerwick, Shetland, the eldest daughter of Robert Paul Fairlie, minister of the Church of Scotland, and his wife, Florence Annie Allan, née Wilson. She always maintained an intense feeling for her homeland. ...

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Alison Anna Bowie Fairlie (1917–1993) by unknown photographer by permission of the Syndics of Cambridge University Library

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Fallaize, Elizabeth Anne (1950–2009), French scholar, was born on 3 June 1950 at 106 Maidstone Road, Rochester, Kent, the elder daughter of John Sidney Fallaize (b. 1920), civil servant, and his wife, Hilda Elizabeth (Jill), née Smith. She was educated at Dame Allan's School...

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Ford, Philip John (1949–2013), scholar of French and neo-Latin literature, was born at 59 St Lukes Avenue, Ilford, Essex, on 28 March 1949, the son of Peter James Ford, postman, and his wife, Leah, née Alvarez. Their only child, he had a half-brother on his mother's side. She was from an ...

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Austin Gill (1906–1990) by James Johnston Rough, c. 1939 © reserved; by kind permission of Helene Demisay

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Gill, Austin (1906–1990), French scholar, was born on 3 September 1906 at 6B Northgate Street, Stockport, the second child and first son of Austin Gill (b. 1876/7), a cotton operative, and his wife, Ada, née Nuttall (b. 1880/81). His parents were also born in the ...

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Knowles, Dorothy [Diana] (1906–2010), French scholar and fencing champion, was born on 28 March 1906 in Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa, the daughter of William Haigh Knowles (d. 1911), a Yorkshire-born mining engineer. Known to her friends and family as Diana, she came with her mother to ...

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Krailsheimer, Alban John (1921–2001), French scholar, was born on 11 January 1921 at 18 Bramham Gardens, Kensington, London, the son of Leonard Oscar Krailsheimer (1885–1965), banker, whose own father had come from southern Germany to London in the 1870s, and his wife, Audrey Elizabeth, ...

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Laun, Henri van (1820–1896), author and French scholar, was born in the Netherlands. He was educated in France, and settled permanently in England in 1848. At first he sought to make his fortune as a journalist, but soon came to prefer the less precarious business of teaching. He was successively French master at ...

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Lawton, Harold Walter (1899–2005), soldier and French scholar, was born on 27 July 1899 at 28 Grove Street, Burslem, Staffordshire, the son of William Thomas Coates Lawton, potter's tile fixer, and later owner of a tile-laying and mosaics business, and his wife, Alice, ...