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Hale, William (1797–1870), rocket inventor and entrepreneur, was born on 21 October 1797 in Colchester, Essex, the son of Robert Hale, baker, and his wife, Elizabeth, and may have been descended from Sir Matthew Hale, lord chief justice.

Hale's early education is unknown, but his maternal grandfather, ...


Quinan, Kenneth Bingham (1878–1948), chemical engineer and explosives technologist, was born in East Orange, New Jersey, United States, on 3 July 1878, the seventh of nine children (seven boys, two girls) of Henry Julius Quinan (1838–1900), grain merchant, and his wife, Julia Ann, ...