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Abrams, Mark Alexander [formerly Max Alexander Abramowitz] (1906–1994), social scientist, was born at 57 Balfour Road, Edmonton, London, on 27 April 1906, one of eight children born to Abraham (Abram) Abramowitz, also known as Abramovich or Abrams, and his wife, Annie (Hannah), ...

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Askham, Janet Mary (1941–2008), sociologist, was born on 27 October 1941 at Paxton Park, Little Paxton, St Neots, Huntingdonshire, the only daughter of the Revd Leonard Charles Askham (1898–1983), vicar of Godmanchester, and his wife, (Grace) Hilda, née Mallett (1908–1952). She had four brothers, ...

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Beales, Hugh Lancelot (1889–1988), economist and social historian, born at Sedbergh, Yorkshire, on 18 February 1889, was the son of William Beales, a Wesleyan Methodist minister, and his wife, Zaida Mary Ann Elizabeth Scantlebury Green. He grew up in a radical political household. He was sent to the ...

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Branford, Victor Verasis (1863–1930), sociologist and businessman, was born at 15 West Street, Oundle, Northamptonshire, on 25 September 1863, the eldest surviving son of William Catton Branford (1837–1891), a veterinary surgeon, and Ann Kitchen (1826–1871), the sister of his father's deceased first wife. His father spent two short periods as professor in the veterinary college in ...

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Eden, Sir Frederick Morton, second baronet (1766–1809), insurance company manager and writer on the state of the poor, was born at Ashtead, Surrey, the eldest son of Sir Robert Eden (created a baronet in 1776), governor of Maryland, and grandson of Sir Robert Eden, ...

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Hall, Charles (1745?–1825?), social and economic theorist, was probably the Carolus Hall, Anglus, who became a student at the University of Leiden on 30 May 1765. He later took the degree of MD, and in 1785 published The Medical Family Instructor, with an Appendix on Canine Madness...

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Hilton, John (1880–1943), social scientist and broadcaster, was born at 14 Rumworth Street, Bolton, Lancashire, on 28 December 1880, the first son and the last of seven children of John Hilton (b. 1841) and his wife, Mary, née Bowden. He avoided much of the poverty that the rest of his family had had to endure. His father had risen steadily from spindle polisher to become ...

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Hobson, John Atkinson (1858–1940), social theorist and economist, was born on 6 July 1858 at Iron Gate, Derby, the second son of William Hobson (1825–1897), founder, editor, and part proprietor of the Derbyshire Advertiser and twice mayor of Derby, and his wife, Josephine Atkinson...

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John Atkinson Hobson (1858–1940) by unknown photographer British Library of Political and Economic Science

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Rowntree, (Benjamin) Seebohm (1871–1954), sociologist and businessman, was born at Bootham, St Olave Marygate, York, on 7 July 1871, the second son of Joseph Rowntree (1836–1925), who then described himself as a master grocer but later became a successful cocoa and chocolate manufacturer, and his second wife, ...

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(Benjamin) Seebohm Rowntree (1871–1954) by Jane Bown, 1952 Jane Bown / Camera Press, London

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Smith, Brian Abel- (1926–1996), economist and social policy analyst, was born on 6 November 1926 at 24 Kensington Court Gardens, London, the younger son of Brigadier-General Lionel Abel Abel-Smith (1870–1946), officer in the Royal Artillery, and his wife, Genevieve Lilac, née Walsh, daughter of ...

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Brian Abel- Smith (1926–1996) by unknown photographer © News International Newspapers Ltd

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Barbara Frances Wootton, Baroness Wootton of Abinger (1897–1988) by Walter Bird, 1964 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Wootton [née Adam], Barbara Frances, Baroness Wootton of Abinger (1897–1988), economist and social scientist, was born on 14 April 1897 in Cambridge, the only daughter and youngest of three children of James Adam (1860–1907), tutor at Emmanuel College, Cambridge, and his wife, ...