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Thomas Hancock (1786–1865) by unknown artist Science & Society Picture Library


R. B. Prosser

revised by Anita McConnell

Hancock, Thomas (1786–1865), rubber manufacturer and inventor, was born at Marlborough, Wiltshire, on 8 May 1786, the second son in the family of twelve children raised by James Hancock, a timber merchant and cabinetmaker at Marlborough, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Longman. Walter Hancock...