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Joseph Chessborough Dyer (1780–1871) by Edward Scriven (after J. Allen) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Dyer, Joseph Chessborough (1780–1871), inventor, was born at Stonington Point, Connecticut, USA, on 15 November 1780, the son of Captain Nathaniel Dyer of the Rhode Island navy. Joseph's mother died about a year later and the boy was sent to school at Wickford, Rhode Island...

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Hall, Chester Moor (bap. 1703, d. 1771), lawyer and inventor of an achromatic lens, was baptized on 9 January 1703 at Leigh, Essex, the only son of Jehu Hall (d. 1728) and Sarah Moor (née Bittridge). Both families were of some antiquity and substance. ...

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Menzies [Menzey], Michael (d. 1766), advocate and inventor of agricultural and mining machinery, was probably one of the Menzies of Culter-Allers, Lanarkshire; little is known of his origins, but a younger brother was ‘sheriff-depute’ of Haddingtonshire. Menzies was admitted a member of the ...

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Mungo Ponton (1802–1880) by unknown photographer, 1870s Heritage Images Partnership

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Ponton, Mungo (1802–1880), inventor of photographic processes and lawyer, the only son of John Ponton, farmer, and his wife, Isabell née Ponton, was born at Balgreen, near Edinburgh, on 23 November 1802. Educated as a lawyer, he was admitted to the Society of Writers to the Signet...

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Prosser, Richard (1804–1854), inventor and patent reformer, was born in Aston, Warwickshire, on 3 April 1804, the third child of Walter Prosser (1772–c.1840), a joiner and builder, and his wife, Eleanor Davies (1764–1854). Evidence of any formal education is lacking but, during his early employment with the ...