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Francesco Algarotti, Count Algarotti in the Prussian nobility (1712–1764) by Jean-Étienne Liotard, c. 1745 Rijksprentenkabinet, Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

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Algarotti, Francesco, Count Algarotti in the Prussian nobility (1712–1764), poet and scholar, was born on 11 December 1712 in the family home in Venice on the Fondamenta Nuove, the second son of Rocco Algarotti (d. 1726) and his wife, Maria Mercati. His father was a prosperous merchant of Paduan origin, settled in ...

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Jacob Bronowski (1908–1974) by unknown photographer © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bronowski, Jacob (1908–1974), mathematician, poet, and humanist, was born on 18 January 1908 in Łódź, Poland, the first of the three children of Abram Bronowski, haberdasher, and his wife, Celia Flatto. During the First World War the family lived in Germany, and in 1920 they moved to ...

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Busk, Hans, the elder (1772–1862), scholar and poet, was born on 28 May 1772, the youngest son of Sir Wadsworth Busk (1730–1811), attorney-general of the Isle of Man and treasurer of the Middle Temple, and Alice (d. 1776), daughter and coheir of ...

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Evans, Evan [pseud. Ieuan Fardd; called Ieuan Brydydd Hir] (1731–1788), scholar and poet, was born on 20 May 1731 at Cynhawdref farm in the parish of Lledrod, Cardiganshire. The son of Jenkin Evans (d. c.1758), a farmer, and his wife, ...

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Johnston, John (c. 1565–1611), scholar and poet, was born in Aberdeen, the son of Robert Johnston, merchant, and Isobell Boyes (d. 1616). He was educated at Aberdeen grammar school and King's College, and matriculated at the University of Rostock in August 1584, probably aged about nineteen....

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Thomas Gwynn Jones (1871–1949) by unknown photographer, 1936 private collection

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Jones, Thomas Gwynn (1871–1949), poet and scholar, was born on 10 October 1871 at Gwyndy-uchaf, Betws-yn-Rhos, Denbighshire, the eldest of the four children of Isaac Jones (1842–1929), farmer, poet, and lay preacher, and his wife, Jane, née Roberts (1845–1896). At birth he was given the name ...

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Prince, Frank Templeton (1912–2003), poet and scholar, was born in Kimberley, South Africa, on 13 September 1912, the second of three children of Henry (Harry) Prince (formerly Prinz), a diamond merchant from London's East End, of Dutch descent, and his wife, Margaret Templeton, ...

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Sayers, Frank (1763–1817), poet and scholar, was born on 3 March 1763 in East Ham, Essex, the only child of Francis Sayers (1724–1763/4), a merchant, and his wife, Ann (1732–1790), daughter of John Morris, a merchant of Great Yarmouth. After her husband's death ...

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Sedulius Scottus (fl. 840x51–860x74), poet and scholar, was an Irishman who spent most of his life in Francia. Little is known of his career apart from the evidence implicit in his own writings. He probably came from Leinster, in south-east Ireland, a notable home of Irish panegyric to kings. His date of birth is unknown. In ...

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Stone, Jerome [Jeremiah] (bap. 1727, d. 1756), scholar and poet, son of William Stons (d. c.1730) and Janet Hoggos (d. c.1758) of Leven, was baptized on 19 March 1727 in the parish of Scoonie in Fife. He had two brothers and a sister. When he was only three his father, a seafaring man, died abroad leaving his mother in poverty. After a basic education ...