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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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Day, Daniel (1683–1767), engineer and founder of Fairlop fair, Essex, was born in Southwark, Surrey, where his father was a prosperous brewer. Day never married, and resided all his working life in Wapping, then on the eastern margin of London, where he pursued his trade as an engine, pump, and block maker. He was known as an upright and ingenious mechanic, and was responsible for many improvements and inventions. His modification to the brewers' jigger—a pump used to force beer into vats—was in use for many years. His business prospered and he became sufficiently wealthy to enjoy the pleasures of generosity, endowing his nieces at their marriages, and lending or giving to those in need. Such was his reputation for probity that he was regularly called on to settle local disputes....

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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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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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Martin, William (1767–1810), naturalist and actor, was born at Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, the son of Joseph Martin, a hosier, and Ann Mallatratt (c.1746–1819), both from Mansfield. About 1769 he and his mother were abandoned; Joseph Martin moved to Ireland as an actor, adopted the name ...

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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...