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Crombie, Alistair Cameron (1915–1996), historian of science, the second son of William David Crombie (d. 1949) and Janet Wilmina, née Macdonald (d. 1975), was born on 4 November 1915 in Brisbane, Australia. His parents, who were of Scottish extraction, had established a farmstead at the remote ...

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Dewhirst, David William (1926–2012), astronomer and historian of astronomy, was born on 14 January 1926 at 482 Silver Grove, Utley, near Keighley, Yorkshire, the only son and elder child of Ernest Thomas Dewhirst (1895–1974), solicitor, and his wife, Margaret, née Clure (1892–1970). He attended ...

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Dickinson, Henry Winram (1870–1952), historian of engineering and technology, was born at Ulverston, Lancashire, on 28 August 1870, the eldest son of John Dickinson, general manager and secretary of the North Lonsdale Iron and Steel Company Ltd, and his wife, Margaret Anne, née...

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Dircks, Henry (1806–1873), historian of technology, was born at Liverpool on 26 August 1806, the eldest son of Egbert Dircks, a bookkeeper, of 14 Burnswick Road, and his wife, Maria, née Nightingale. As a boy Henry was apprenticed to a mercantile company in ...

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John Louis Emil Dreyer (1852–1926) by unknown photographer Mary Lea Shane Archives of the Lick Observatory, University Library, University of California

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Dreyer, John Louis Emil (1852–1926), astronomer and historian of astronomy, was born at Copenhagen on 13 February 1852, the third son of John Christopher Dreyer, lieutenant-general in the Danish army, and his wife, Ida Nicoline Margarethe Rangrup. At the age of fourteen he read a book about ...

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Forbes, Eric Gray (1933–1984), historian of astronomy, was born on 30 March 1933 at Linskill Villas, St Andrews, Fife, the only child of Robert James Forbes (1904–1952), railway clerk, and Christina Pearson, née Gray (1906–1978), a nanny and teacher. He was educated at ...

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Fox, Alan (1920–2002), sociologist and industrial historian, was born at 102 Goldsmith Avenue, Manor Park, West Ham, in the East End of London, on 23 January 1920, the only child of Walter Henry Fox, a journeyman typewriting machine enameller who had served in the First World War, and his wife, ...

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Gimpel, Jean Victor (1918–1996), cultural historian and historian of medieval technology, was born in Paris on 10 October 1918. Of Jewish descent, he was the third son of René Gimpel (d. 1944), a leading art dealer and friend of Renoir and Proust...

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Gomme, Arthur Allan (1882–1955), librarian and historian of technology, was born at 2 Park Villas, Lonsdale Road, Barnes, Surrey, on 15 July 1882, the third of the seven sons of Sir (George) Laurence Gomme (1853–1916), public servant and folklorist, and his wife, Alice Bertha Gomme, ...

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Hall, (Alfred) Rupert (1920–2009), historian of science, and Marie Boas Hall (1919–2009), historian of science, forged careers both separately and together. Rupert Hall was born on 26 July 1920 at 8 Victoria Street, Stoke-on-Trent, the third and youngest child of Alfred Dawson Hall (1879–1961)...

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Holmyard, Eric John (1891–1959), teacher and historian of science, was born at Midsomer Norton, Somerset, on 11 July 1891, the son of Isaac Berrow Holmyard, a teacher in a national school, and his wife, Alice Cheshire. His early life was spent in Somerset...

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Philip Edward Bertrand Jourdain (1879–1919) by unknown photographer The Master and Fellows, Trinity College, Cambridge

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Jourdain, Philip Edward Bertrand (1879–1919), historian of mathematics and logic, was born on 16 October 1879 at Ashbourne vicarage, Derbyshire, one of the large family of Francis Jourdain, vicar of Ashbourne, and his wife, Emily, formerly Clay. Among his siblings, an elder sister, ...

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Mason, Stephen Finney (1923–2007), chemist and historian of science, was born on 6 July 1923 at 11 Prebend Street, Leicester, the son of Leonard Stephen Mason, motor bus proprietor, and his wife, Crissie Harriette, née Finney, both of 24 Leicester Road, Anstey, four miles...

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McKie, Douglas (1896–1967), historian of science, was born on 15 July 1896 at Ebbw Vale in Monmouthshire, the elder son of James McKie, a Scottish soldier and farmer, and his wife, Janet Moseley. He was educated at Tredegar grammar school and he chose the army for his career. In 1915 he entered the ...

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North, John David (1934–2008), historian, was born at 61 Kipling Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, on 19 May 1934, the son of John Ernest North (1901–1987), wool buyer, and his wife, Gertrude Annie, née Lobley (1902–1989). Both parents were born in Bradford. After attending the grammar school at ...

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James Riddick Partington (1886–1965) by Ruth Partington Queen Mary & Westfield College, University of London

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Partington, James Riddick (1886–1965), chemist and historian of science, was born on 20 June 1886 at 194 Morris Green Lane, Middle Hulton, Lancashire, the only son and first of the three children of Alfred Partington, bookkeeper of Bolton, and his wife, Mary Agnes...