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Hale, William (1797–1870), rocket inventor and entrepreneur, was born on 21 October 1797 in Colchester, Essex, the son of Robert Hale, baker, and his wife, Elizabeth, and may have been descended from Sir Matthew Hale, lord chief justice.

Hale's early education is unknown, but his maternal grandfather, ...

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Molyneux, Emery (d. 1598), maker of globes and ordnance, came, according to Petruccio Ubaldini, who knew him, 'of obscure and humble family background' (Crinò and Wallis, 14) and was probably the Emery Molynox who was presented as William Cooke's apprentice to the ...

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Schalch, Andrew (1692–1776), gun-founder, was born in Schaffhausen in Switzerland and was trained in Douai arsenal, but little else is known about his early life. He married and had at least two sons and two daughters. At that time Britain was one of the leading producers of iron cannon in the world, and ...