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Marks, George Croydon, Baron Marks (1858–1938), engineer, patent agent, and politician, was born in Eltham, Kent, on 9 June 1858, the eldest of eight children (four of whom died in infancy) of William Marks, an artisan at the Royal Arsenal, Woolwich, and his wife, ...

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Prosser, Richard (1804–1854), inventor and patent reformer, was born in Aston, Warwickshire, on 3 April 1804, the third child of Walter Prosser (1772–c.1840), a joiner and builder, and his wife, Eleanor Davies (1764–1854). Evidence of any formal education is lacking but, during his early employment with the ...

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Prosser, Richard Bissell (1838–1918), patent examiner and historian of technology, was born at the Chunk Works, in Coventry Road, Aston, Warwickshire, on 25 August 1838, the second child of Richard Prosser (1804–1854), engineer and inventor, and his first wife, Sarah Potter (1814–1848). By May 1840 the family had moved into ...

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Woodcroft, Bennet (1803–1879), engineer and Patent Office administrator, was born on 29 December 1803 at Heaton Norris, Lancashire, the son of John Woodcroft. Both his parents came from Sheffield, but about 1800 John Woodcroft had established himself as a merchant and manufacturer of silk and muslin in business at ...