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Illing, Vincent Charles (1890–1969), petroleum geologist, was born on 24 September 1890 at Jullundur, Punjab, the younger son of Thomas Illing (1863–1934), a non-commissioned officer in the 3rd rifle brigade of the Indian army, and his wife, Annie née Payton (1856–1954). His early education came from army and other schools in ...

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Livesey, Sir George Thomas (1834–1908), gas engineer and industrialist, was born on 8 April 1834 at Canonbury Terrace, Islington, London, the eldest of the three children of Thomas Livesey (1807–1871), company manager, and his wife, Ellen, née Hewes (1806–1886). His family was already active in the developing gas industry: his great-uncle, also ...

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Sadler, (William) Windham (1796–1824), balloonist and gas engineer, was born on 17 October 1796 at 10 Stafford Row, Pimlico, London, the fourth, but second surviving, son of James Sadler (bap. 1753, d. 1828), first English-born aeronaut, and his second wife, Martha Hancock. William...

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Southwell, Sir (Charles Archibald) Philip (1894–1981), petroleum geologist and industrialist, was born at Oak Royce, Calverley Lane, Rodley, Calverley, Yorkshire, on 6 June 1894, the only son of Charles Edward Southwell, medical practitioner, and his wife, Clare, née Beaumont. Educated at Newcastle under Lyme high school...

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West, John (1839–1922), gas engineer, was born at Northampton on 10 August 1839, the eldest son and second of nine children of Joseph West (1815/16-1892), a gardener, and his wife, Ann, née Perkins (1817/18-1883). He was taken on at an early age as an articled pupil by the manager of the local ...