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Collier, John Gordon (1935–1995), chemical engineer, was born on 22 January 1935 at 84 Thrale Road, Streatham, London, the only child of John (Jack) Collier, a professional double bass player, and his wife, Edith Georgina de Ville (d. 1948). The Second World War disrupted ...

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Peter Victor Danckwerts (1916–1984) by Godfrey Argent, c. 1970 Godfrey Argent Studios / Royal Society

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Danckwerts, Peter Victor (1916–1984), chemical engineer, was born on 14 October 1916 at Emsworth, Hampshire, the eldest of five children (three sons and two daughters) of Rear-Admiral Victor Hilary Danckwerts (d. 1943), CMG, and his wife, Joyce Middleton. He came from a family with distinguished naval and legal experience; one of his grandfathers was a highly successful QC and an uncle became a lord justice of appeal. Nevertheless, his own inclination was towards chemistry, and as a boy he constructed his own laboratory in an attic at his home. He was educated at ...

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Davis, George Edward (1850–1907), chemical engineer, was born at Eton on 27 July 1850, the eldest son in the family of three sons and two daughters of George Davis, bookseller, and his wife, Lucy (née Smith). Little is known of his early education and at the age of fourteen he was apprenticed to a local bookbinder. However, after two years he abandoned this trade to pursue his interest in chemistry. He went to work at the local gasworks and studied part time—initially at the ...

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Fox, Samson (1838–1903), mechanical and chemical engineer, and benefactor, born at Bowling, near Bradford, Yorkshire, on 11 July 1838, was one of three sons of James Fox, a Leeds cloth-mill worker, and his wife, Sarah Pearson. From the age of ten he worked with his father at the mill; but, showing mechanical aptitude, he was soon apprenticed to the ...

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Fox, Terence Robert Corelli (1912–1962), chemical engineer, was born in London on 2 May 1912, the only son of Corelli Fox, electrical engineer, and his wife, Mabel Ballard; he had two sisters. He was educated at Regent Street Polytechnic Technical School, and in 1930 he entered ...

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Griffiths, Hugh (1891–1954), chemical engineer, was born at 34 Dunning Road, Middlesbrough, on 28 July 1891, the only child of Hugh Griffiths (d. 1892/3), a blast furnace manager, and his wife, Emma Jane Watson. He attended school in Middlesbrough and, at the age of fifteen, won a national scholarship in chemistry at ...

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Hinchley, John William (1871–1931), chemical engineer, was born on 21 January 1871 in Grantham, the fourth in the family of nine children of John Hinchley (d. 1913), plough fitter and Methodist lay preacher, and his wife, Eliza Holland (d. 1932), a worker in a lace factory. His education was hampered by lack of money but, following the family's move to ...

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Humphrey, Herbert Alfred (1868–1951), mechanical and chemical engineer, was born at Hope Cottage, Lismore Road, Gospel Oak, London, on 2 December 1868, the son of John Charles Humphrey, accountant to the Metropolitan Board of Works, and his wife, Louisa Frost. He was the third son and fifth child of a family of seven. He was educated at ...

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Newitt, Dudley Maurice (1894–1980), chemical engineer, was born on 28 April 1894 in London, the second son in the family of four sons and three daughters of Edward James Dunn Newitt, a ballistics engineer, and his wife, Alice Gertrude Lewis, daughter of a craftsman in ...

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Quinan, Kenneth Bingham (1878–1948), chemical engineer and explosives technologist, was born in East Orange, New Jersey, United States, on 3 July 1878, the seventh of nine children (seven boys, two girls) of Henry Julius Quinan (1838–1900), grain merchant, and his wife, Julia Ann, ...

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Rambush, Niels Edward [formerly Niels Edvard Rambusch] (1889–1957), chemical engineer, was born on 25 March 1889 in Selde, Denmark, the eldest in the family of four sons and one daughter of Sigurd Harold Alfred Rambusch, medical practitioner and chief medical officer for ...

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Shanks, James (1800–1867), chemical engineer, was born on 24 April 1800 in Lochwinnoch, near Johnstone, Renfrewshire, the eldest of at least nine children of William Shanks, millwright and engineer. His mother was Isabel Anderson. In 1821, after assisting in his father's engineering works for several years, he went to ...

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Swindin, Norman (1880–1976), chemical engineer, was born at Silkstone Common, Silkstone, Yorkshire, on 16 December 1880, the eldest of three sons and a daughter of William Swindin, stationmaster at Silkstone, and his wife, Martha Normansell. The family moved in 1884 to Macclesfield, where ...

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Sir Richard Threlfall (1861–1932) by Walter Stoneman, 1920 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Threlfall, Sir Richard (1861–1932), physicist and chemical engineer, was born at Hollowforth, Woodplumpton, near Preston, Lancashire, on 14 August 1861, the eldest son of Richard Threlfall (1804–1870), of Hollowforth, wine merchant and sometime mayor of Preston, and his second wife, Sarah Jane Mason (...

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Tuohy, Thomas (1917–2008), chemical engineer and nuclear industry executive, was born at Simpson's Hotel, Wallsend, Newcastle upon Tyne, on 7 November 1917, the elder son of Michael Tuohy, a former private in the Irish Guards who was then the manager of the hotel (in reality a lodging house catering mainly for homeless men), and later a radio engineer, and his wife, ...

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Warner, Sir Frederick Edward [Ned] (1910–2010), chemical engineer, was born on 31 March 1910 at 14 Prospect Terrace, Holloway, London, the eldest of three children of Frederick Warner, a Metropolitan Police detective, later a chief inspector, and his wife, Annie Elizabeth Ellen, née...