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Newcomen, Thomas (bap. 1664, d. 1729), ironmonger and inventor of the atmospheric steam engine, was born at Dartmouth, Devon, and baptized at St Saviour's Church on 28 February 1664, one of two sons of Elias Newcomen (d. 1702), a freeholder, shipowner, and merchant, and his wife, ...

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Palmer, George [known as George Giros de Gentilly] (1745/6–1826), chemist and colour scientist, was, according to his obituary (Dagen, March 1826), of English birth and the child of Roman Catholic parents. He may have been related to Thomas Palmer, whose prosperous family firm, established at ...

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Willdey, George (bap. 1676, d. 1737), optical instrument maker and retailer, was baptized on 8 February 1676 at St Editha's Church in Church Eaton, Staffordshire. He was the son of Thomas Willdey, a ‘gentleman’ of Church Eaton, and his wife, Frances, née Chetwind...