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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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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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Prosser, Richard Bissell (1838–1918), patent examiner and historian of technology, was born at the Chunk Works, in Coventry Road, Aston, Warwickshire, on 25 August 1838, the second child of Richard Prosser (1804–1854), engineer and inventor, and his first wife, Sarah Potter (1814–1848). By May 1840 the family had moved into ...

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Cyril Stanley Smith (1903–1992) by Godfrey Argent, 1970 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Smith, Cyril Stanley (1903–1992), metallurgist and historian of technology, was born on 4 October 1903 in Birmingham, the third of the four children of Joseph Seymour Smith, a commercial traveller for Camp coffee, and his wife, Frances, née Norton (1871–1949). He was brought up in a Methodist household. He was educated by avidly reading the ...

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Smith, Edgar Charles (1872–1955), naval officer and historian of technology, was born at Green End, Newport Pagnell, Buckinghamshire, on 5 May 1872, the son of George Charles Hooper Smith, a schoolmaster, and his wife, Mary Armstrong. The following year the family moved to ...

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William Whewell (1794–1866) by J. Rylands © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Whewell, William (1794–1866), college head and writer on the history and philosophy of science, was born on 24 May 1794 at Brock Street, Lancaster, the eldest of seven children of John Whewell, master carpenter, and his wife, Elizabeth Bennison.

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Williams, Trevor Illtyd (1921–1996), writer and historian of science, was born at 12 Cotham Road, Clifton, Bristol, on 16 July 1921, the son of Illtyd Williams (1875–1947), a physics lecturer at Bristol University, and Alma Mathilde (1884–1956), née Sohlberg. His Welsh-speaking father came from ...