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Aspall, Geoffrey of (d. 1287), administrator and natural philosopher, took his name from Aspall in Suffolk; his father was a landowner in that county who married a member of the wealthy London family of Bukerel, and he had at least three brothers. Information concerning the dates and place of ...

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Cox, Sir (Ernest) Gordon (1906–1996), crystallographer and public servant, was born on 24 April 1906 at Pretoria House, Southdown, Twerton, Somerset, the son of Ernest Henry Cox (1884–1987), railway clerk and market gardener, and his wife, Rosina, née Ring (1872–1931), the daughter of a chef, who had worked on a farm in ...

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Dainton, Frederick Sydney, Baron Dainton (1914–1997), chemist and public servant, was born on 11 November 1914 at 66 Ranby Road, Sheffield, the youngest of the four children of George Whalley Dainton (1857–1930), stonemason, and his second wife, Mary Jane (1873–1943), a domestic servant, daughter of ...

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Fletcher, Joseph (1813–1852), statistician and school inspector, was the third son of George Fletcher, of Rennes, France. Little is known of his background and early life, except that he was admitted to the Middle Temple in 1838 and called to the bar on 7 May 1841. As with contemporaries such as ...

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Giffard, John Anthony Hardinge [Tony], third earl of Halsbury (1908–2000), scientist and public servant, was born on 4 June 1908 at Ennismore Gardens, London. He was the only son and elder child of Hardinge Goulborn Giffard, second earl of Halsbury (1880–1943), barrister and recorder of ...

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John Anthony Hardinge Giffard, third earl of Halsbury (1908–2000) by Lenare, 1955 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Leonard Horner (1785–1864) by unknown artist Heriot-Watt University Archive

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Horner, Leonard (1785–1864), factory inspector, geologist, and educationist, was born on 17 January 1785 at St George's Square, Edinburgh, the third and youngest son of John Horner (d. 1829), a wealthy whig linen merchant, and his wife, Joanna, née Baillie. In his youth his circle of acquaintances included ...

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Julius, Sir George Alfred (1873–1946), engineer and public servant, was born on 29 April 1873 in Norwich, the eldest son of Churchill Julius (1847–1938), who later became the Anglican archbishop and primate of New Zealand, and his wife, Alice Frances, daughter of Colonel Michael John Rowlandson...

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King, Alexander [Alex] (1909–2007), chemist, international civil servant, and environmentalist, was born on 26 January 1909 at 5 Battlefield Avenue, Langside, Glasgow, the eldest child of James Mitchell King, a cashier in the Nobel Explosives Company, later a director of ICI, and his wife, ...

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Marshall, Walter Charles, Baron Marshall of Goring (1932–1996), physicist and public servant, was born on 5 March 1932 at 15 Tymawr Road, Rumney, Newport, Monmouthshire, the last of three children of Frank Marshall (d. 1939), a baker, and his wife, Amy, née...

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Walter Charles Marshall, Baron Marshall of Goring (1932–1996) by Godfrey Argent, 1973 Godfrey Argent Studios / Royal Society

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McNaughton, Andrew George Latta (1887–1966), army officer, scientist, and public servant, was born at Moosomin, Saskatchewan, Canada, on 25 February 1887, the elder son of Robert Duncan McNaughton of Moosomin, a prosperous storekeeper of Scottish highland descent, and his wife, Christina Mary Ann...

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Andrew George Latta McNaughton (1887–1966) by Yousuf Karsh Karsh / Camera Press, London

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Penney, William George, Baron Penney (1909–1991), mathematical physicist and public servant, was born at 4E Block, Naval Hospital Road, Gibraltar, on 24 June 1909, the only son and eldest of the three children of William Alfred Penney (b. 1881), sergeant-major in the ...

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William George Penney, Baron Penney (1909–1991) by unknown photographer Getty Images; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Perrin, Sir Michael Willcox (1905–1988), administrator and scientist, was born on 13 September 1905 in Victoria, British Columbia, the only son and elder child of William Willcox Perrin (1848–1934), Anglican bishop, and his wife, Isoline Harriet, daughter of James Bailey of Southampton. He moved to ...

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Preece, Sir William Henry (1834–1913), electrical engineer and administrator, was born on 15 February 1834 at Bryn Helen near Caernarfon, Wales, the eldest son of Richard Matthias Preece (1797–1854), stockbroker and politician, and his wife, Jane (1799–1870), daughter of John Hughes of Caernarfon...

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Sir William Henry Preece (1834–1913) by unknown photographer, 1900s Heritage Images Partnership

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Ranger, William (1799–1863), civil engineer and sanitary inspector, was the son of Richard Ranger (d. 1839), a builder and later town commissioner, and his wife, Mary, née Martin, who were married on 21 October 1798. He was born in 1799 and baptized on 23 November at ...