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Alfonsi, Petrus (fl. 1106–1126), scholar and translator of scientific works, was born in northern Spain, to Jewish parents. He was baptized a Christian on 29 June 1106 in Huesca, Aragon, with the names of the apostle on whose feast day the baptism took place and of his godfather, ...


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


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 ...


Hill, Abraham (bap. 1635, d. 1722), secretary of the Royal Society and cultural dilettante, baptized on 16 June 1635 at St Dionis Backchurch, London, was the eldest son of Richard Hill (d. 1660), a prosperous London cordwainer and alderman, and of his wife, ...