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Aves, Ernest Harry (1857–1917), social investigator and civil servant, was born on 30 August 1857 at Cleveland Villa, Station Road, Cambridge, the son of William Owen Aves, tailor and woollen draper, and his wife, Mary Ann Coales. He was educated in Cambridge at ...

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Barry, Brian Michael (1936–2009), social and political theorist, was born on 7 August 1936 at the Redhill County Hospital, Edgware, London, the only child of James Frederick Barry (1910–1975), an enamelling engineer's secretary and later an insurance agent, and his wife, Doris Rose, ...

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Busia, Kofi Abrefa (1913–1978), sociologist and politician, was born on 14 April or 11 July 1913 (he stated 11 July) at Wenchi, in the Asante region of the Gold Coast. He was the son of Yaw Bosea, a prominent member of the royal ...

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Coates, Kenneth Sidney [Ken] (1930–2010), sociologist and politician, was born at 41 Cruso Street, Leek, Staffordshire, on 16 September 1930, the son of Eric Arthur Coates, municipal engineer and local government surveyor, and his wife, Mary, née Griffiths. His father's work took him and his family to ...

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Hirst, Paul Quentin (1946–2003), social and political theorist, was born on 20 May 1946 at the maternity home, Holberton, Devon, the son of Henry (Harry) Hirst, a fitter in the motor trade and later a manager at the royal dockyard, Plymouth, and his non-practising Jewish wife, ...

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Hogge, James Myles [formerly James-Miles] (1873–1928), social researcher and politician, was born on 19 April 1873 at 4 St Cuthbert's Lane, Edinburgh, the son of Robert Hogg, a journeyman tailor, and his wife, Mary-Ann-Grameleslay Miles. He later changed the spelling of his middle name and surname. He was educated at the ...

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McGregor, Oliver Ross, Baron McGregor of Durris (1921–1997), social scientist and public servant, was born at Durris, Kincardineshire, on 25 August 1921, the only child of William McGregor, farmer, and his wife, Anne Olivia, née Ross. He was educated at Worksop College, Aberdeen University...

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Price, Richard (1723–1791), philosopher, demographer, and political radical, was born on 23 February 1723 at Tyn-ton, in the parish of Llangeinor, in the county of Glamorgan, the only son and eldest of three children of Rice Price (1673–1739) and his second wife, Catherine (1697–1740)...

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Richard Price (1723–1791) by Thomas Holloway, pubd 1793 (after Benjamin West, 1788) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Smith, Sir Hubert Llewellyn (1864–1945), civil servant and social investigator, was born in Bristol on 17 April 1864. Of middle-class Quaker extraction, he was the youngest son of Samuel Wyatt Smith, a partner in a wholesale tea business, and his wife, Louisa, daughter of ...

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Sir Hubert Llewellyn Smith (1864–1945) by Walter Stoneman, 1917 © National Portrait Gallery, London