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Betson, Thomas (d. 1516), librarian, religious author, and compiler, is first recorded at Cambridge University, where he had studied civil law for two and a half years, canon law for two years, and practised for four years, when he was granted a grace in 1466–7 to proceed to the degree of BCnL. He was rector of ...

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Crestadoro, Andrea (1808–1879), inventor and librarian, was born in 1808 in the Sestiere di Portoria district of Genoa, one of at least four sons of Giambattista Crestadoro and his wife, Maria Antonia. After attending the grammar school in Genoa he followed his elder brother ...

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Jenner, Henry (1848–1934), librarian and promoter of the Cornish language, was born on 8 August 1848 at Union Hill, St Columb Major, Cornwall, the elder son and eldest of the six children of Henry Lascelles Jenner (1820–1898), curate of St Columb, and his wife, ...

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Sir Anthony Panizzi (1797–1879) by George Frederic Watts, c. 1847 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Panizzi, Sir Anthony [formerly Antonio Genesio Maria] (1797–1879), librarian, was born on 16 September 1797 at Brescello in the duchy of Modena (then part of the Cisalpine Republic). He was the first child and only son of Luigi Panizzi (1764–1845) and ...

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Poynter, Frederick Noël Lawrence (1908–1979), librarian and medical historian (known as Noël to family and friends), was born in London on 24 December 1908, the seventh of nine children of Herbert William Poynter and his wife, Margaret, née Gurry (1875/6–1924), originally from Cork...

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Sampson, John (1862–1931), librarian and Romani scholar, was born on 25 February 1862 at Schull, co. Cork, the eldest son and third of the six children of James Sampson (1813–1871), a chemist and mining engineer of Cornish stock, and his wife, Sarah Anne Macdermott (1829–1907)...