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Ashbridge, Sir Noel (1889–1975), broadcasting engineer, was born on 10 December 1889 in Wanstead, Essex, the fourth son and youngest child of John Ashbridge, solicitor, of Wanstead, and his wife, Sylvia Moore. He was educated at Forest School, Snaresbrook, Essex, and King's College, London...

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Bishop, Sir Harold (1900–1983), broadcasting engineer, was born on 29 October 1900, at 57 Rosebery Road, Clapham, London, the third son of Henry Thomas Bishop, a builder, and his wife, Mary Ann Ellis. He was educated at Alleyn's School, Dulwich, and on leaving school took an apprenticeship with ...

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Bray, (William) John (1911–2004), telecommunications engineer, was born on 10 September 1911 at 198 Walmer Road, Kingston, Portsmouth, one of the two sons of William James Bray, an engine room artificer on HMS Achilles, and his wife, Emily Eliza, née Clothier. The family moved to ...

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Cole, Eric Kirkham (1901–1966), radio engineer, was born at 14 Windsor Road, Prittlewell, Southend-on-Sea, Essex, on 4 July 1901, the only child of Henry Cole, a dairyman, and his wife, Alice Laura, née Kirkham. He was educated at Southend Day Technical School and, after serving a three-year apprenticeship, went into partnership with his father as an electrical engineer. He set up his own business in 1922, making radio receivers to take advantage of the demand following the foundation of the ...

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Eckersley, Peter Pendleton (1892–1963), broadcasting engineer, was born on 6 January 1892 in Puebla, Mexico, the third son, and the third and youngest child, of (William) Alfred Eckersley, a railway engineer, and his wife, Rachel, daughter of Thomas Henry Huxley, physiologist. Eckersley's elder brother was the physicist and engineer ...

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Fisk, Sir Ernest Thomas (1886–1965), entrepreneur and developer of radio, was born on 8 August 1886 at Sunbury, Middlesex, the second child of Thomas Harvey Fisk, builder, and his wife, Charlotte Hariette, née Halland. Educated at St Mary's and Sunbury Boys' schools, Fisk...

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Gould, Rupert Thomas (1890–1948), horologist and broadcaster, was born on 16 November 1890 at St Edward's Road, Southsea, Hampshire, the second son of William Monk Gould (d. 1923), composer and musician, and Agnes Hilton (d. 1937), daughter of Thomas Skinner, medical doctor of ...

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Ludwig Karl Koch (1881–1974) by Fred Kormis, c. 1960 © reserved; unknown collection; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Koch, Ludwig Karl (1881–1974), broadcaster and sound recordist, was born on 13 November 1881 at Eschersheimer Landstrasse 20, Frankfurt am Main, Germany, the second of the three children of Karl Theodor Koch, businessman, and his wife, Auguste Hess. Ludwig Koch's parents, both of whom were Jews, were enthusiastic music-lovers who introduced him into ...

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Loring, Frederick George (1869–1951), naval officer and wireless expert, was born on 11 March 1869 at Stonelands, Ryde, Isle of Wight, the eldest son of Admiral Sir William Loring (d. 1895), and his wife, Frances Louisa Adams. From a naval family—his grandfather ...

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Guglielmo Marconi (1874–1937) by unknown photographer, 1896 Getty Images

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Marconi, Guglielmo (1874–1937), physicist and inventor of wireless transmission, was born on 25 April 1874 in Bologna, Italy, the son of Giuseppe Marconi (1826–1904), a local administrator and landowner, and his second wife, Annie (b. c.1843), daughter of Andrew Jameson of the notable Irish family of whiskey distillers. Owing to his poor health ...

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McLean, Sir Francis Charles (1904–1998), broadcasting engineer, was born on 6 November 1904 at 5 Back 45, Friston Street, Ladywood, Birmingham, the son of Michael McLean, a railway porter, and his wife, Alice. After gaining first-class honours in electrical engineering at the University of Birmingham...

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Moore, Sir Patrick Alfred Caldwell- (1923–2012), astronomer and broadcaster, was born Patrick Alfred Moore on 4 March 1923 at Innamincka, 22 Cannon Lane, Pinner, Middlesex, the only child of Captain Charles Trachsel Moore (1885–1947), an accountant who had served on the western front in the First World War, and his wife, ...

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Sir Patrick Alfred Caldwell- Moore (1923–2012) by Dominic Old, 1985 © Dominic Old

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Mullard, Stanley Robert (1883–1979), radio engineer and industrialist, was born in Bermondsey, London, on 1 November 1883, the third of five children of Robert Mullard and his wife, Ann, née Ludford. He left school at the age of fourteen, joining Mackey's Electric Lamp Company Ltd...

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Power, Edward Joseph [Ted] (1899–1993), radio engineer and art collector, was born on 11 September 1899 at Maryborough, Queen's county, Ireland, one of the four children of Patrick Power, an army sergeant in the Leinster regiment, and his wife, Jane, formerly Heart. The family moved to ...

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Robinson, John Ebdon [known as John Ebdon] (1923–2005), planetarium director and broadcaster, was born on 22 December 1923 at Durham House, 102 Crouch Hill, London, the son of William Ewart Robinson, export and import merchant, of 109 rue du Relais, Ixelles, Brussels...

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Round, Henry Joseph (1881–1966), radio engineer and inventor, was born on 2 June 1881 at Kingswinford, Staffordshire, the eldest child in the family of two sons and two daughters of Joseph Alfred Round, registrar of births and deaths, Cheltenham, and his wife, Gertrude Rider...