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Adams, William George Stewart (1874–1966), political scientist and college head, was born on 8 November 1874 at Hamilton, Lanarkshire, the second son and youngest of the four children of John Adams, headmaster of St John's Grammar School, Hamilton, with Aberdonian farming ancestors, and his wife, ...

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Barry, Brian Michael (1936–2009), social and political theorist, was born on 7 August 1936 at the Redhill County Hospital, Edgware, London, the only child of James Frederick Barry (1910–1975), an enamelling engineer's secretary and later an insurance agent, and his wife, Doris Rose, ...

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Bennett, Sir John Wheeler Wheeler- (1902–1975), historian and expert on international affairs, was born on 13 October 1902, at Keston, in Kent, the youngest in the family of three sons (the first of whom died in childhood) and one daughter of John Wheeler Wheeler-Bennett (1840–1926)...

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Bull, Hedley Norman (1932–1985), scholar of international relations, was born on 10 June 1932 in Englewood Hospital, Burwood, Sydney, New South Wales, the third and youngest child of (Joseph) Norman Bull (1891–1972), insurance broker, and his wife, Doris Annie, née Hordern (1893–1967), whose family had developed a chain of department stores in ...

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Charlot [née Huber], Monica (1933–2005), historian and political scientist, was born at 6 Maitland Park Villas, St Pancras, London, on 31 May 1933, the second of three children of Joseph Jacob (Jack) Huber, consular official, and his wife, Doris May, née Fickling...

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(Vere) Gordon Childe (1892–1957) by Lafayette, 1928 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Childe, (Vere) Gordon (1892–1957), prehistorian and labour theorist, was born at the rectory of St Thomas's Church in Sydney, New South Wales, on 14 April 1892, the only surviving offspring of the Revd Stephen Henry Childe (1844–1928), rector of St Thomas's Church, and his second wife, ...

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Drucker, Henry Matthew (1942–2002), political scientist and fund-raiser, was born on 29 April 1942 in Paterson, New Jersey, USA, the elder son of Arthur Drucker (1912–1980) and his wife, Frances (1915–2001), New Deal Democrat parents. He was at school in Rutherford where his father was the proprietor of a local department store. At ...

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Ian Hedworth John Little Gilmour, Baron Gilmour of Craigmillar (1926–2007) by unknown phootgrapher, 1974 © Photoshot

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Gilmour, Ian Hedworth John Little, Baron Gilmour of Craigmillar (1926–2007), politician and author, was born Ian Hedworth Gilmour on 8 July 1926 at 16 Devonshire Terrace, London, the only son (there was an older daughter) of Lieutenant-Colonel Sir John Little Gilmour, second baronet...

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Hirst, Paul Quentin (1946–2003), social and political theorist, was born on 20 May 1946 at the maternity home, Holberton, Devon, the son of Henry (Harry) Hirst, a fitter in the motor trade and later a manager at the royal dockyard, Plymouth, and his non-practising Jewish wife, ...

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Tony Robert Judt (1948–2010) by John R. Rifkin, 2004 © John R. Rifkin

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Judt, Tony Robert (1948–2010), historian and political commentator, was born on 2 January 1948 at 153 Lower Clapton Road, Hackney, London, the elder child of Isaac Joseph Judt, whose various occupations included hairdresser and sundriesman, and his wife, Stella Sophie, née Dudakoff. He had one sister, ...

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Elie Kedourie (1926–1992) by unknown photographer © reserved; private collection

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Kedourie, Elie [formerly Eliahou Abdallah Khedhouri] (1926–1992), historian and political scientist, was born in Baghdad on 25 January 1926, the son of Abdallah Eliahou Khedhouri (d. 1964), an employee of the Iraq currency board, and his wife, Loulou Moshi, née Dangour (...

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Mackintosh, John Pitcairn (1929–1978), political scientist and politician, was born in Simla, India, on 24 August 1929, the elder of two brothers. He spent his first eleven years in British India where his mother, Mary Victoria Pitcairn, taught at a teacher training college. Her husband, ...

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Dorothy Maud Pickles (1903–1994) by unknown photographer © reserved; News International Syndication; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Pickles [née Salmon], Dorothy Maud (1903–1994), historian and political scientist, was born at Rokesby, Bessingby Road, Bridlington, Yorkshire, on 8 August 1903. She was the eldest of four children: one brother and boy and girl twins. Her father, John Salmon, taught physical education at ...

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Salter, (James) Arthur, Baron Salter (1881–1975), civil servant, politician, and political scientist, was born on 15 March 1881 at Oxford, the eldest of the four sons of James Edward Salter, a member of a well-known Oxford firm of boat builders, who served as a member of the city council for many years and became mayor of the city, and his wife, ...