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Thomas Edward Allibone (1903–2003) by Elliott & Fry, 1958 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Allibone, Thomas Edward [Ted] (1903–2003), physicist and electrical engineer, was born on 11 November 1903 at 10 Melbourne Road, Nether Hallam, Sheffield, the son of Henry James Allibone, schoolteacher, and his wife, Eliza, née Kidger, a farmer's daughter. He was educated at the ...

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Charles Babbage (1791–1871) by Antoine Claudet, c. 1847–51 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Babbage, Charles (1791–1871), mathematician and computer pioneer, was the first son born to Benjamin Babbage (d. 1827), a well-to-do London banker, and Elizabeth (Betsy, Betty) Plumleigh Teape (d. 1844). Confusion has surrounded both the year and place of Babbage's birth. This confusion is not an invention of modern historiography but dates back to the last century since when ...

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Barron, David William (1935–2012), computer scientist, was born at 277 Brownhill Drive, Blackburn, on 9 January 1935, the only son and the youngest of three children of George William Barron (1900–1962) and his wife, Mary, née Whalley, both schoolteachers. He attended Queen Elizabeth Grammar School, Blackburn...

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Alan Dower Blumlein (1903–1942) by unknown photographer private collection

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Blumlein, Alan Dower (1903–1942), electronics engineer, was born on 29 June 1903 at 31 Netherhall Gardens, Hampstead, London, the only son and the second of two children of Semmy Joseph Blumlein (1863–1914), a German mining businessman and naturalized British subject, and his wife, ...

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Blyth, James (1839–1906), electrical engineer and university teacher, was born on 4 April 1839 at Marykirk in Kincardineshire, near Montrose (Forfarshire), the son of John Blyth (1793/4–1874), an innkeeper and small farmer, and his wife, Catherine (1802/3–1884), daughter of John Grant, militia officer; his parents were both originally from ...

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James Blyth (1839–1906) by E. J. Mills, 1901 by permission of Strathclyde University Archives

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Buxton, John Noel (1933–2009), computer scientist, was born on 25 December 1933 in Shipley Hospital, 90 Kirkgate, Shipley, Yorkshire, the eldest child of John William Buxton, journalist, and his wife, Laura Frances, née Whitehead. At the time of his birth registration his parents lived at ...

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Caminer, David Tresman (1915–2008), computing systems engineer, was born David Solomon Treisman on 26 June 1915 in Hackney, London, the only son of Henry Jacob (Jack) Treisman (1892–1918), tailor, and his wife, Rachel (Raie), née Simmons (1891–1982), milliner. Following his mother's remarriage, to ...

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Clayton, Sir Robert James (1915–1998), electronics engineer, was born on 30 October 1915 at 122 Bishops Road, Fulham, London, an only son of Frank Clayton, wine merchant's assistant, and his wife, Flora, née Gilibanks. The experiences of his early years strongly influenced his character. His parents had a struggle to support themselves because his father, originally a clerk, had been invalided out of the services in the First World War and could seek only outdoor work. Thoughts of emigration to ...

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Sir Christopher Sydney Cockerell (1910–1999) by unknown photographer, 1979 Getty Images

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Cockerell, Sir Christopher Sydney (1910–1999), electronic and mechanical engineer, was born at Wayside, Cavendish Avenue, Cambridge, on 4 June 1910, the only son in the family of one son and two daughters of Sir Sydney Carlyle Cockerell (1867–1962), the distinguished director of the ...

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Cole, Michael (1928–2008), scientist and inventor, was born on 18 October 1928 at 27 Welbeck Street, Marylebone, London, the oldest child in the family of two sons and one daughter of Captain Awdry Valentine Connor (Henry) Cole (formerly Witkowsky), and his second wife, ...

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Cullen, Alexander Lamb [Alex] (1920–2013), electrical engineer, was born on 30 April 1920 at 24 Cornwall Avenue, Wood Green, London, the son of Richard Henry Cullen (1873–1960), railway clerk, and his wife, Jessie, née Lamb (1880–1962). He was universally known as Alex (pronounced ...

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Davies, Donald Watts (1924–2000), computer scientist, was born on 7 June 1924 at 102 Dumfries Street, Treorci, Glamorgan, with a twin sister; they were the only children of John Watts Davies (1899–1925), a colliery pay clerk, and his wife, Hilda, née Stebbens (1900–1988)...

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Peter Brian Denyer (1953–2010) by Peter Tuffy © Peter Tuffy, The University of Edinburgh

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Denyer, Peter Brian (1953–2010), electronic engineer and entrepreneur, was born on 27 April 1953 at the Zachary Merton maternity home, Rustington, Sussex, the eldest of three sons of Robert Ralph Denyer and his wife, Eveline May, née Swinbank. His father was a wood-working machinist and his mother a clerk for a timber company. At the time of his birth they lived in ...

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Fairclough, Sir John Whitaker (1930–2003), computer engineer and public servant, was born at South View, Carlton Road, Carlton Miniott, near Thirsk, Yorkshire, on 23 August 1930, the son of Harold Whitaker Fairclough, a commercial traveller, and his wife, Elsinora, née Chappell. He was educated at ...