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Adams, William George Stewart (1874–1966), political scientist and college head, was born on 8 November 1874 at Hamilton, Lanarkshire, the second son and youngest of the four children of John Adams, headmaster of St John's Grammar School, Hamilton, with Aberdonian farming ancestors, and his wife, ...

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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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Ballinger [née Hodgson], (Violet) Margaret Livingstone (1894–1980), university teacher and politician in South Africa, was born at 4 Waverley Terrace, Glasgow, on 11 January 1894, the third of four children born to John Hodgson (1860–1927), a commercial traveller, and his wife, Lillias Robertson, ...

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Bull, Hedley Norman (1932–1985), scholar of international relations, was born on 10 June 1932 in Englewood Hospital, Burwood, Sydney, New South Wales, the third and youngest child of (Joseph) Norman Bull (1891–1972), insurance broker, and his wife, Doris Annie, née Hordern (1893–1967), whose family had developed a chain of department stores in ...

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Flanders, Allan David (1910–1973), socialist and industrial relations expert, was born on 27 July 1910 at 18 Market Street, Watford, Hertfordshire, the only child of William Frederick Flanders, a grocer's manager, and his wife, Emily Louisa Shaw. After obtaining his school certificate at a local school he transferred to ...

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Foster, Sir Michael (1836–1907), physiologist and politician, was born in Huntingdon on 8 March 1836, the eldest child of the three sons and seven daughters of Michael Foster (1810–1880) and his wife, Mercy Cooper. Foster was the descendant of a line of nonconformist farmers in ...

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Sir Michael Foster (1836–1907) by John Collier, 1907 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gibb, Andrew Dewar (1888–1974), jurist and Scottish nationalist, was born at the High Street, Paisley, Renfrewshire, on 13 February 1888, the son of William Fletcher Gibb (1855/6–1923), medical doctor, and his wife, Mary Jane, née Walker (1860/61–1948). He was educated at Trinity College, Glenalmond...

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Goulding, Sir Marrack Irvine [Mig] (1936–2010), diplomatist, international civil servant, and college head, was born on 2 September 1936 at Woodside Nursing Home, Plymouth, the only son and elder child of Sir (Ernest) Irvine Goulding (1910–2000), a High Court judge, and his wife, ...

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Jardine, George (1742–1827), logician and university administrator, was born at Wandal, in Lanarkshire, the son of William Jardine, a landholder in that county, and his wife, the daughter of the landowning Weir of Birkwood. He attended his local parish school at Lamington before entering ...

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Mackintosh, John Pitcairn (1929–1978), political scientist and politician, was born in Simla, India, on 24 August 1929, the elder of two brothers. He spent his first eleven years in British India where his mother, Mary Victoria Pitcairn, taught at a teacher training college. Her husband, ...

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Matthews, Zachariah Keodirelang (1901–1968), university teacher and political leader in South Africa, was born on 20 October 1901 in his grandmother's home at Winter's Rush, near Kimberley, in the Barkly West district of Cape Colony, the second son of Motsielwa Peter (Rre-Dinku) Matthews...

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Perham, Dame Margery Freda (1895–1982), writer on African affairs and university teacher, was born at 219 Walmersley Road, Bury, Lancashire, on 6 September 1895, the youngest in the family of five sons and two daughters of Frederick Perham (1854–1924), wine and spirit merchant, and his wife, ...

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Dame Margery Freda Perham (1895–1982) by Sir William Rothenstein, 1919 © Estate of Sir William Rothenstein / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Reynolds, John Stuckey (1791–1874), civil servant and promoter of teacher training, born in Manchester on 13 September 1791, was the son of John and Ann Reynolds of Manchester. His father later held the office of comptrolling surveyor of the port of London. His mother belonged to the ...

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Rush, Benjamin (1746–1813), physician and revolutionary politician in America, was born on 4 January 1746 in Byberry, Pennsylvania, the fourth of the seven children of John Rush (1712?–1751), a farmer and gunsmith, and Susanna Harvey, née Hall (1717?–1795). When Rush's father died at the age of thirty-nine in 1751, his mother, whom ...

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Salter, (James) Arthur, Baron Salter (1881–1975), civil servant, politician, and political scientist, was born on 15 March 1881 at Oxford, the eldest of the four sons of James Edward Salter, a member of a well-known Oxford firm of boat builders, who served as a member of the city council for many years and became mayor of the city, and his wife, ...

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Sinker, Sir (Algernon) Paul (1905–1977), classicist and civil servant, was born on 13 April 1905 in Slough, Buckinghamshire, the only child of Robert Sinker (1868–1941), a Church of England clergyman, and his second wife, Jessie Mildred, née Barrett (1873–1908). Baptized Algernon after a benefactor in his father's parish, he was always known by his second name, ...

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Skeffington, Owen Lancelot Sheehy- (1909–1970), French scholar and politician, was born on 19 May 1909 in hospital at 122 Lower Baggot Street, Dublin, the only child of Francis Sheehy-Skeffington (1878–1916), journalist, and Johanna Mary, known as Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington (1877–1946), lecturer and journalist, eldest daughter of ...

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Stewart [née Birkinshaw], Mary Elizabeth Henderson, Baroness Stewart of Alvechurch (1903–1984), lecturer and politician, was born at 72 St Mary's Road, Manningham, Bradford, on 8 May 1903, the daughter of Herbert Birkinshaw (d. 1941), commercial traveller, and his wife, Isabella Henderson, ...