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Barber, John (1734–1793), coalmaster and inventor, was born at Greasley Castle Farm, Nottinghamshire, and baptized at Greasley on 22 October 1734, the eldest son of Francis Barber (d. 1782), Nottinghamshire coalmaster, and his wife, Elizabeth Fletcher (d. 1787). His mother's father, ...

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John Cadman, first Baron Cadman (1877–1941) by Ivan Opffer, 1930 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cadman, John, first Baron Cadman (1877–1941), mining engineer and industrialist, was born on 7 September 1877 at The Villas, in the north Staffordshire mining village of Silverdale, the eldest son of James Cope Cadman (1851–1914) and his wife, Betty, née Keeling (d...

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Chalmers, George (1857–1928), mining engineer in Brazil, was born at Flushing, Cornwall, on 17 January 1857, the youngest son of Captain John Chalmers (1810–1870), an army officer who had served in Jamaica before retiring to Cornwall, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Goater (1820–1885)...

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Hatch, Frederick Henry (1864–1932), geologist and mining engineer, was born on 7 March 1864 at 7 Westbourne Park Place, Bayswater, London, eldest son in the London family of five sons and two daughters born illegitimately to Henry Hatch (1817–1885) of Oxford, boot- and shoemaker (later merchant, draper, Liberal councillor, and lessee of the ...

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Humfrey, William (c. 1515–1579), mining promoter and assayer, about whom nothing is known before 1560, was a central figure in the Elizabethan government's attempt to revitalize the country's mining and metallurgical industries. In 1560 Humfrey is known to have been a member of the ...

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Illing, Vincent Charles (1890–1969), petroleum geologist, was born on 24 September 1890 at Jullundur, Punjab, the younger son of Thomas Illing (1863–1934), a non-commissioned officer in the 3rd rifle brigade of the Indian army, and his wife, Annie née Payton (1856–1954). His early education came from army and other schools in ...

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Jeffcock, Parkin (1829–1866), mining engineer, was born at Cowley Manor on 27 October 1829, the second child and elder son of John Jeffcock of Cowley, Derbyshire, and his wife, Catherine, née Parkin. Although at first intended for Oxford and the church, he was articled in 1850, after some training at the ...

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Oats, Francis (1848–1918), mining engineer and authority on diamonds, was born on 24 October 1848 at South Torfrey Farm, Golant, near Fowey, Cornwall, the elder child of Francis Oats (1796–1874), farmer, and his wife, Marion, née Rundle (b. 1810). About 1854 his family moved to ...

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Phillips, John Arthur (1822–1887), mining engineer and metallurgist, was born on 18 February 1822 at Polgooth, near St Austell, Cornwall, the son of John Phillips (1793–1851), mineral agent, and his wife, Prudence Gavid (b. 1795). He was educated at a private school at ...

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Sadler, (William) Windham (1796–1824), balloonist and gas engineer, was born on 17 October 1796 at 10 Stafford Row, Pimlico, London, the fourth, but second surviving, son of James Sadler (bap. 1753, d. 1828), first English-born aeronaut, and his second wife, Martha Hancock. William...

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Smyth, Robert Brough (1830–1889), civil servant and mining engineer, was born on 18 February 1830 at Carville, near Wallsend, Northumberland, the son of Edward Smyth, mining engineer, and his wife, Ann, née Brough. Educated initially at Whickham, co. Durham, Smyth studied mining and geology under his father, brother, and the mining engineer ...

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Robert Brough Smyth (1830–1889) by George Gordon McCrae, 1880s by permission of the National Library of Australia R8321

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Smyth, Sir Warington Wilkinson (1817–1890), mining engineer and geologist, was born at San Giovanni in the kingdom of Naples on 28 August 1817, the eldest son of William Henry Smyth (1788–1865), then a captain in the Royal Navy, and his wife, Annarella Warington (1788–1873)...

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Southwell, Sir (Charles Archibald) Philip (1894–1981), petroleum geologist and industrialist, was born at Oak Royce, Calverley Lane, Rodley, Calverley, Yorkshire, on 6 June 1894, the only son of Charles Edward Southwell, medical practitioner, and his wife, Clare, née Beaumont. Educated at Newcastle under Lyme high school...

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Wood, Nicholas (1795–1865), civil and mining engineer, was born at the farm of Daniel at Sourmires in the parish of Ryton, co. Durham, on 24 April 1795, the son of Nicholas Wood, tenant farmer. He was of a delicate constitution in early life, and lived with his uncle at ...