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Belling, Charles Reginald (1884–1965), electrical engineer and manufacturer, was born on 11 May 1884 at Fore Street, Bodmin, Cornwall, the son of Samuel Thomas Belling, a dentist, and his wife, Maria, née Harry. Charles Belling, known to all as C. R. B., was educated at ...

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Bond, Sir Kenneth Raymond Boyden (1920–2006), accountant and industrialist, was born on 1 February 1920 at 38 Harborough Road, Streatham, London, the son of James Edwin Bond, a Post Office sorter who had served as a sergeant-major in the Royal Engineers during the First World War, and his wife, ...

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Clark, Alfred Corning (1873–1950), record and electrical goods manufacturer, was born in New York, USA, on 19 December 1873, the elder son of Walter Lowry Clark, a chocolate manufacturer, and his wife, Mary Rowe. His parents' families were both of English extraction and his background was distinctly patrician—his great-uncle had been a ...

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Cossor, Alfred Charles (1861–1922), manufacturer of electronic and medical equipment, was born in Islington, London, on 8 July 1861, the elder son of Alfred Charles Cossor and his wife, Elizabeth, née Freeman. He joined his father's business making thermometers and barometers, in 1875, but left in 1890 to set up his own business as a scientific glass-blower in ...

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Humphreys, Arthur Leslie Charles (1917–2003), computer industry executive, was born on 8 January 1917 at 102 Manor Lane, Lewisham, London, the son of Percy Stuart Humphreys, insurance agent, and his wife, Louise, née Weston. He was educated at Catford grammar school, but left at the age of fourteen to train as a solicitor's clerk. Invalided out of the army during the Second World War on account of a heart defect, in October 1940 he became the share registrar of the ...

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Lewis, Sir Edward Roberts (1900–1980), record and gramophone company executive, was born at Allerton Mount, Duffield Road, Derby on 19 April 1900, the only son in the family of four children of Sir Alfred Edward Lewis (1868–1940), banker, and his wife, May Roberts...

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Murphy, Frank (1889–1955), radio manufacturer, was born on 16 June 1889 at Penwith Villa, 25 Wrottesley Road, West Plumstead, Woolwich, London, the youngest son of the seven surviving children of John James Murphy (1853–1917), schoolmaster, and his wife, Annie, née Leggo (1855–1924). Following ...

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Pye, William George (1869–1949), scientific instrument and radio manufacturer, was born at Battersea, London, on 27 October 1869, the eldest son and the third of the eight children of William Thomas Pye and his wife, Elizabeth. Trained as a scientific instrument maker by his father, who was associated with the ...

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Railing, Sir Harry (1878–1963), electrical equipment manufacturer, was born on 10 December 1878, the son of Isaac Railing, a Jewish hop merchant of Munich, and his wife, Hannah, née Bing. His first name was originally Adolf, which he later changed to Harry when he settled in ...

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Russell, William Morris [Bill] (1920–2006), engineer and designer, was born on 22 July 1920 at 73 Oxford Road, Islington, London, the youngest in the family of two sons and two daughters of Albert Edward Russell, printer, and his wife, Agnes Mary, née Carrick (...

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Samuel, Frank (1889–1954), gramophone manufacturer and industrialist, was born on 19 January 1889 at 20 Marlborough Place, London, the youngest of three children in the Jewish family of Nelson Samuel and his wife, Harriett Hymans. Nelson headed the prosperous family business of Barnett Samuel...

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Sterling, Sir Louis Saul (1879–1958), gramophone company manager and industrialist, was born into a Jewish family on 31 May 1879 in New York's Lower East Side, the son of Morris Isaac Sterling, an accountant. Little is known of his childhood beyond his own frequently repeated story of selling newspapers on the streets of ...

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Veale, Sir Alan John Ralph (1920–2006), engineer and industrialist, was born on 2 February 1920 at 86 Monks Road, Exeter, the son of Leslie Henry Veale (d. 1971), wholesale fruit merchant, and his wife, Eleanor, née Davies. Educated at Exeter School, he took an early interest in what was then the new technology of electricity generation, and he secured an apprenticeship at ...

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Weinstock, Arnold, Baron Weinstock (1924–2002), industrialist, was born at 50 Belgrade Road, Stoke Newington, London, on 29 July 1924, the son of Simon Weinstock (b. 1873/4), and his wife, Golda, née Schag (b. 1877/8). His Jewish parents had emigrated from Poland...

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Arnold Weinstock, Baron Weinstock (1924–2002) by Sue Adler, 1989 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Whent, Sir Gerald Arthur [Gerry] (1927–2002), businessman, was born on 1 March 1927 in Ferozepore, India, the youngest of the four children of Major Albert Whent, an officer in the Royal Artillery. He was educated at St Mary's College, Southampton, but was more interested in sport than academia and left at the age of sixteen to become an apprentice in an aircraft factory. Two years later, in 1945, he joined the army as a regular soldier. His military career took him to ...

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Sir Gerald Arthur Whent (1927–2002) by unknown photographer, 1992 Universal Pictorial Press

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Wood, Kenneth Maynard (1916–1997), electrical manufacturer, was born on 4 October 1916 in Lewisham, London, the elder son and second child in the family of two sons and three daughters of Frederick Cavendish Wood (d. 1929), who ran a company in Hatton Garden, London...