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Durell, Clement Vavasor (1882–1968), mathematics teacher and textbook writer, was born on 6 June 1882 at the rectory, Fulbourn, near Cambridge, the son of John Vavasor Durell (1837–1923), rector of Fulbourn, and his wife, Ellen Annie Carlyon. Educated at Felsted School, he entered ...

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Edgeworth, Richard Lovell (1744–1817), educational writer and engineer, was born on 31 May 1744 in Pierrepont Street, Bath, the only surviving son of Richard Edgeworth (1701–1769), a middling Irish country gentleman, whose family had been settled in co. Longford since the seventeenth century, and his wife, ...

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Richard Lovell Edgeworth (1744–1817) by Horace Hone, 1785 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Praagh, Gordon Van (1909–2003), chemist and educationist, was born on 13 March 1909, at 3 Honeybourne Road, Hampstead, London, the eldest son of Harold John Van Praagh (1877–1946), a medical practitioner, and his Scottish wife, Ethel Louise, née Shanks. On his father's side he was of Dutch-Jewish descent; his grandfather ...