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Davis, Ian Gordon McNaught- (1929–2014), mountaineer, businessman, and broadcaster, was born on 30 August 1929 at Noordschote, Third Avenue, Newton Hill, Wakefield, Yorkshire, the son of Stanley Gordon McNaught-Davis (1889–1971), an ex-Royal Flying Corps pilot then working as a bus driver, later a transport manager, and his wife ...

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Frederick Dibnah (1938–2004) by Alisdair Macdonald, 2004 Rex Features

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Dibnah, Frederick [Fred] (1938–2004), steeplejack and television presenter, was born at 7 Alfred Street, Bolton, on 29 April 1938, the son of Frank Dibnah, a bleacher's beetler, and his wife, Betsy, later Bessie, née Travis, a gasworks charwoman. He grew up watching steam trains on the railway line that ran behind the family's terraced house and marvelled at the tall industrial chimney-stacks across the skyline, which he enjoyed sketching. His fascination with steam power was furthered by seeing various contraptions, pulleys, and belts on visits to the bleach factory where his father worked....

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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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Pyke, Magnus Alfred (1908–1992), food scientist, author, and broadcaster, was born on 29 December 1908 at 209 Gloucester Terrace, Paddington, London, the son of Robert Bond Pyke (d. 1924), wholesale confectionery manager, and his wife, Clara Hannah (née Lewis). He was educated at ...

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Magnus Alfred Pyke (1908–1992) by Kyffin Williams, 1966 © Kyffin Williams

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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...