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Aston, William George (1841–1911), diplomatist and Japanese and Korean scholar, was born on 9 April 1841 near Londonderry, one of the five children of George Robert Aston, minister of the Unitarian Church of Ireland and schoolmaster. He was educated at Saintfield national school...

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William George Aston (1841–1911) by Minnie Agnes Cohen, 1911 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Carmen Elizabeth Deidre Blacker (1924–2009) by Michael Loewe, c.1992 © by kind permission of Michael Loewe

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Blacker, Carmen Elizabeth Deidre (1924–2009), Japanese scholar, was born on 13 July 1924 at 12 Eldon Road, Kensington, London, the eldest of three children of Carlos Paton Blacker (1895–1975), psychiatrist and eugenicist, and his wife, Helen Maud, née Pilkington (1894–1984). At an early age she became interested in ...

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Chamberlain, Basil Hall [called Ōdō] (1850–1935), Japanologist, was born on 18 October 1850 in Southsea, Hampshire, the eldest son of William Charles Chamberlain (1818–1878), an admiral in the British navy, and his wife, Eliza Jane (1825?–1856?), daughter of Captain Basil Hall RN...

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Frederick Victor Dickins (1838–1915) by unknown artist, c. 1900–10 Douglas Dickins FRPS

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Dickins, Frederick Victor (1838–1915), Japanologist, was born on 24 May 1838, the eldest son of Thomas Dickins JP, of Edgemoor House, Broughton, Manchester. He was educated at private schools and then at the Lycée Buonaparte in Paris. In 1855 he became an apprentice at ...

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Morris, Ivan Ira Esme (1925–1976), Japanologist, was born on 29 November 1925 at 45 Cromwell Road, London, the son of Ira Victor Morris and Edit Dagmar Emilia (née Toll). His father, an American, was a member of a well-to-do family related to the ...

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Sansom, Sir George Bailey (1883–1965), diplomatist and Japanese scholar, was born at 20 Farrance Street, Limehouse, London, on 28 November 1883, the only son of George William Morgan Sansom, naval architect, of Little Thurrock, Essex, and his wife, Mary Ann Bailey, from Yorkshire...

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Sir George Bailey Sansom (1883–1965) by Walter Stoneman, 1935 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Storry, (George) Richard (1913–1982), Japanologist, was born on 20 October 1913 in Doncaster, the youngest of three children (all sons) of Frank Storry, manager of the Midland Bank there, and his wife, Kate Roberts. He was educated at Repton School and Merton College, Oxford...

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Waley [formerly Schloss], Arthur David (1889–1966), translator of Chinese and Japanese literature, was born at Tunbridge Wells on 19 August 1889, the second of the three sons of David Frederick Schloss (1850–1912), economist and Fabian socialist, and his wife, Rachel Sophia, daughter of ...

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Arthur David Waley (1889–1966) by Rex Whistler, c. 1928–38 © Estate of Rex Whistler. All rights reserved, DACS 2010; collection National Portrait Gallery, London