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Alexander, Louis George (1932–2002), language teacher and author, was born Elias George Ftyaras on 15 January 1932 at 116 Sutherland Avenue, Maida Vale, London, the son of George Elias Ftyaras (b. c.1909), a Greek doctor who settled permanently in England, and his wife, ...

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Castelvetro, Giacomo (bap. 1546, d. 1616), writer and teacher of Italian, was born in Modena, Italy, and was baptized there at S. Barnaba, on 25 March 1546, the third son and ninth child of Niccolò Castelvetro (d. 1578), a wealthy banker, and his wife, ...

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Gordon Goodwin

revised by M. C. Curthoys

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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John Florio (1553–1625) by William Hole, 1611 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Florio, John (1553–1625), author and teacher of languages, was born in London, the son of a Tuscan former Franciscan friar, Michael Angelo Florio (d. 1566x71), and of an Englishwoman whose identity has not been determined. His father, like the famous Italian reformers and preachers ...

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W. W. Wroth

revised by John D. Haigh

Hamilton, James (1769–1829), teacher of languages, is thought to have been born at Dublin, where he was taught for four years at a school kept by Beatty and Mulhall, two Jesuit priests. For about three years before the revolution he was in business in ...

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Gordon Goodwin

revised by A. J. Hegarty

Leighton, Henry (d. 1669), language teacher, was a Scot educated mainly in France. While serving in the royal army at Oxford he intruded himself by stealth at dusk on 1 November 1642 into a mass creation of masters of art commanded by Charles I...

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Masson, (George Joseph) Gustave (1819–1888), French scholar and teacher, was born in London on 9 March 1819, the son of Emile Masson, who served under Napoleon and having survived the retreat from Moscow lived in exile in London where he met and married ...

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O'Brien, Paul (1762/3–1820), Irish-language scholar and teacher, was born in the district of Breakey in co. Meath, near its border with co. Cavan; the names of his father and mother have not been preserved. In the late eighteenth century this district was a stronghold of Irish language and culture, with a number of poets—...

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Oswald, Eugene (1826–1912), teacher and writer, was born in Heidelberg on 16 October 1826, the youngest of the five children of Carl August Oswald, a publisher in Heidelberg, and his wife, Christiana Augusta Brédé, who was of Huguenot descent. Though of a scholarly bent, ...

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Palmer, Harold Edward (1877–1949), linguist and teacher of languages, was born on 6 March 1877 at 63 Wornington Road, North Kensington, London, the elder child of Edward Palmer (b. 1853), schoolmaster and (from 1890) newspaper proprietor, and his wife, Minnie, née Frostick (...

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Palsgrave, John (d. 1554), teacher and scholar of languages, was born in London. The identity of his parents is unknown, though Palsgrave was evidently close to his mother, his provision for her being mentioned in the state papers in 1529. He is first recorded at the end of 1503 as a student at ...

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Siepmann, Otto (1861–1947), teacher of modern languages, was born on 9 May 1861 at Waldbröl, near Cologne. He was the eldest of the nine surviving children of August Siepmann (1835–1908), insurance broker, and his wife, Wilhelmine Henriette Hasenbach (1836–1891). The Lutheran Siepmann family came from a long line of wealthy landowning ...

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Werner, Alice (1859–1935), teacher of Bantu languages, was born in Trieste, then part of the Austrian empire, on 26 June 1859, one of seven children in the family of Reinhardt Joseph Werner (1817–1874) of Mainz, teacher of languages, and his wife, Harriett (1822–1904)...