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Patrick Maynard Stuart Blackett, Baron Blackett (1897–1974) by Lucia Moholy, 1936 © Lucia Moholy

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Blackett, Patrick Maynard Stuart, Baron Blackett (1897–1974), physicist and government and military adviser, was born on 18 November 1897 at Kensington, London, the only son and the second of three children of Arthur Stuart Blackett (1865–1922), stockbroker, and his wife, Caroline Frances (1868–1954)...

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Sir Ralph Howard Fowler (1889–1944) by Walter Stoneman, 1943 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Fowler, Sir Ralph Howard (1889–1944), mathematical physicist and weapons researcher, was born at Fedsden, Roydon, Essex, on 17 January 1889, the elder son of Howard Fowler, of Glebelands, Burnham, Somerset, and his wife, Frances Eva, daughter of George Dewhurst, cotton merchant, of Manchester...

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Fuchs, (Emil Julius) Klaus (1911–1988), theoretical physicist and spy, was born on 29 December 1911 in Rüsselsheim, Germany, the third child in the family of two sons and two daughters of Emil Fuchs and his wife, Else Wagner. His father, renowned for his high Christian principles, was a pastor in the Lutheran church who joined the Quakers later in life and eventually became professor of theology at ...

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Jones, Reginald Victor (1911–1997), physicist and intelligence scientist, was born in Herne Hill, London, on 29 September 1911, the son of Harold Victor Jones (1880–1953), a sergeant of the Grenadier Guards, and his wife, Alice Margaret, née May (1890–1979).

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Sir Edward Sabine (1788–1883) by Stephen Pearce, 1850 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Sabine, Sir Edward (1788–1883), army officer and physicist, was born in Great Britain Street, Dublin, on 14 October 1788, the last of the five sons (and nine children) of Joseph Sabine and his wife, Sarah Hunt, who died within a month of his birth. She was the daughter of ...