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Adams, Carol (1948–2007), educationist, was born on 28 July 1948 at Hackney Hospital, London, the daughter of (James) Gordon Adams, wine merchant, and his wife, Daisy Ellen, née Matthews. At the time of her birth registration her parents lived at 103 Glyn Road, Hackney...

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Adams, Mary Jane Bridges- [née Mary Jane Daltry] (1854–1939), socialist and educationist, was born on 19 October 1854 at Maesycwmer, Bedwas, Monmouthshire, south Wales, the daughter of William Daltry, an engine fitter, and his wife, Margaret Jones. She was born into a family of civil engineers, and her father later held an appointment at the ...

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Ainslie, Charlotte Edith (1863–1960), headmistress and educationist, was born at Lauriston Place, Edinburgh, on 15 February 1863, the second daughter of William Ainslie, a pharmaceutical chemist, and his wife, Mary Ann Wood. She attended the Merchant Company's endowed George Watson's Ladies' College, Edinburgh...

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Shireen Nishat Akbar (1944–1997) by unknown photographer [third from left, in the Nehru Gallery of Indian Art, Victoria and Albert Museum] V&A Images, The Victoria and Albert Museum

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Akbar [née Hasib], Shireen Nishat (1944–1997), educationist, was born on 30 July 1944 in Calcutta, India, the daughter of F. A. Hasib and Selina Hasib, who also had two sons. Among her forebears was Begum Rokeya Hossain (1880–1932), an early worker for women's emancipation in ...

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Appleton [married name Lachlan], Elizabeth (c. 1790–1849), educationist and author, was the fourth, but third living, child of a large, impecunious family. Her mother, the eldest daughter of a respectable Warwick family, married her father in Worcester in 1785 or 1788 and lived in ...

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Augur [née Thomas], Jean Florence (1934–1993), educationist, was born at 17 Caxton Street, Cannock, Staffordshire, on 24 March 1934, the daughter of William Henry Thomas, coal hewer (later bus conductor), and his wife, Lilian May Ghent, both of whom were still alive in 1956. She was educated at ...

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Backhouse, Margaret Ann (1887–1977), educationist and humanitarian activist, was born at The Grange, Hurworth, near Darlington, co. Durham, on 4 May 1887, the youngest but one of ten children of James Edward Backhouse (1845–1897) and his wife, Elizabeth Barclay Fowler (1849–1911). Her father was a partner in ...

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Bannister [née Stourton], Sarah Jane (1858–1942), educationist and local politician, was born on 5 August 1858 at Norton St Philip, Somerset, the daughter of John Stourton, a journeyman mason, and his wife, Harriet, née Moon. In 1879, after completing a course of teacher training at ...

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Batten, Edith Mary [Mollie] (1905–1985), welfare worker and educationist, was born in London on 8 February 1905, the third of the four children and elder daughter of Charles William Batten, general draper, of High Street, Wandsworth, London, and his wife, Edith Wallis, daughter of ...

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Bennett, Joyce Mary (1923–2015), educationist and Anglican priest, was born at 28 James Street, Marylebone, London, on 22 April 1923, the daughter of Frank Bennett (1890–1981), master butcher, and his wife, Edith Mary (Edie), née Stevens (1890–1976). Her parents had married in ...

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Ada Benson (1840–1882) by unknown artist from the archives of Bedford High School; reproduced with permission

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Benson [married name McDowall], Ada (1840–1882), headmistress and educationist, was born on 27 November 1840 at Winson Green, Birmingham, sixth of the eight children of Edward White Benson (1800–1843), chemical manufacturer, and his wife, Harriet (née Baker). Their mother's death in 1850 left the six surviving orphans unprovided for, and they were separated into the care of friends and relatives; ...

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Blyth, Phoebe (1816–1898), educationist and philanthropist, was born at Gray Street, Newington, in Edinburgh, on 5 April 1816, the daughter of Robert Brittain Blyth, a metal merchant, and his wife, Barbara Cooper. Phoebe had a brother, the Revd Robert Blyth, who was an ardent supporter of Scottish sabbath schools. The family were active members of the ...

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Bonwick, Theodora Ellen (1876–1928), educationist and women's rights activist, was born on 27 December 1876 at 60 Coningham Road, Shepherd's Bush, London, the daughter of William Priessnitz Bonwick, a schoolteacher, and his wife, Sarah, formerly Beddow, an executive member of the Women's Liberal Federation...

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Boole [née Everest], Mary (1832–1916), scholar and educationist, was born at Wickwar, Gloucestershire, the elder of the two children of the Revd Thomas Roupell Everest (d. 1855), rector of Wickwar, and his wife, Mary (d. 1895), daughter of Isaac Ryall...

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Brearley, Molly Root (1905–1994), educationist, was born on 28 March 1905 at Rosebank, 2 Priory Avenue, Hastings, Sussex, the daughter of Dr Hermon Brearley (1876–1940), professor of music and organist, and his wife, Mabel Daisy, née Root (1880–1962), pianist and piano teacher. She was the eldest of three children and attended a small private school in ...

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Brown, Dame Beryl Paston (1909–1997), educationist, was born at 78 Ribblesdale Road, Streatham, London, on 7 March 1909, the only daughter and elder child of Paston Charles Brown, bank clerk, and his wife, Florence May, née Henson. Her father claimed descent from the ...

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Browne, Annie Leigh (1851–1936), educationist and suffragist, was born on 14 March 1851 at Fryern Street, Bridgwater, Somerset, the eldest daughter of Samuel Woolcott Browne (d. c.1870), merchant, and his wife, Thomazine Leigh Browne, formerly Carslake. Her parents were both from naval families and were of Unitarian and Liberal convictions. A second daughter, ...

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Browne, Sheila Jeanne (1924–2015), French scholar, educationist, and college head, was born at Kingshill, Reading Road, Wokingham, Berkshire, on Christmas Day 1924, the only daughter of Edward Elliott Browne (1885–1959), schoolmaster, later headmaster, and his wife Esme Lilian, née Lush (...