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Beer, (Anthony) Stafford (1926–2002), management cybernetician, was born on 25 September 1926 at 48 Fernhurst Road, Fulham, London, the elder son of William John Beer (1900–1976), statistician and clerk for Lloyds Register of Shipping, and his wife, Doris Ethel, née Rose (1900–1993). He was educated at ...

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Brech, Edward Francis Leopold (1909–2006), management consultant, theorist, and historian, was born Edward Franz Leopold Brech at 84 Brook Street, Kennington, London, on 26 February 1909, one of four children of Franz Josef, later Francis Joseph, Brech (1876–1933), an Austro-Hungarian restaurant manager, and his wife, ...

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Casson, John (1909–1999), naval officer and management consultant, was born on 28 October 1909 at 75 St George's Square, Pimlico, London, the first of the four children of Sir Lewis Thomas Casson (1875–1969), the actor–manager, and his wife, Dame (Agnes) Sybil Thorndike (1882–1976)...

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Clark, Sir Thomas Fife (1907–1985), journalist and public relations expert, was born at 37 Grange Road, Thornaby-on-Tees, Yorkshire, on 29 May 1907, the son of Thomas Fife Clark, journalist, and his wife, Jane Nevison. On leaving Middlesbrough high school at the age of seventeen he became a journalist with the chain of provincial newspapers owned by the ...

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Sir Harold Brewer Hartley (1878–1972) by Bassano, 1947 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hartley, Sir Harold Brewer (1878–1972), physical chemist and industrial consultant, was born on 3 September 1878 in London, the only son of Harold Thomas Hartley, a mineral water manufacturer and later a partner in the publishing firm of Emmot, Hartley & Co., of ...

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Olins, Wallace [Wally] (1930–2014), corporate identity and branding consultant, was born on 19 December 1930 at 49 Moresby Road, Upper Clapton, London, the younger son of Alfred Olins (1896–1970) and his wife, Rachel, née Muscovitch (1897–1961). His father established ...

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Reece, Sir (James) Gordon (1929–2001), television producer and public relations consultant, was born on 28 September 1929 at Vinton Nursing Home, 14 Heath Park Road, Romford, Essex, the son of James Graham Reece, a motor engineer, and Beatrice Mary Langton, a nurse. Both parents were from ...

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Russell, Thomas Baron (1865–1931), advertising consultant, was born on 15 November 1865 at 12 Avenue Terrace, Avenue Road, Camberwell, London, the son of Thomas Russell, librarian of a circulating library, and his wife, Mary, née Everett. Russell's father encouraged the boy's reading and he developed a love of literature which he intended to pursue at university, but was prevented by his father's serious illness. He was obliged to leave school and, after several jobs, in January 1882 obtained a post with ...

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Sir Roland Smith (1928–2003) by Chris Hay, 1987 © Chris Hay; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Smith, Sir Roland (1928–2003), marketing scholar and businessman, was born on 1 October 1928 at 226 Palmerston Street, Beswick, Manchester, the son of Joshua Smith, police sergeant, and his wife, Hannah, née Hamblet. His father, originally from Bolton, had been a miner before joining the police. ...

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Tallents, Sir Stephen George (1884–1958), civil servant and public relations expert, was born on 20 October 1884 in London, the eldest son of George William Tallents, a conveyancing barrister, and his wife, Mildred Sophia Cubitt, daughter of the first Baron Ashcombe. He had two brothers and two sisters. On his father's side he was descended from a line of midland- and then ...

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Sir Stephen George Tallents (1884–1958) by Bassano, 1947 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Trelawny, Ian Clarence (1917–1998), docks manager and port consultant, was born on 17 January 1917 at 1 Coltbridge Terrace, Edinburgh, the eldest child in the family of three sons and two daughters of Captain Clarence Walter Eyre Trelawny, an officer in the Royal Navy...

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Urwick, Lyndall Fownes (1891–1983), management consultant, was born on 3 March 1891 at Northwood, north Malvern, Leigh, Worcestershire, the only child of Henry Urwick (1859–1931) and his wife, Annis (1862–1948), daughter of Elias Lyndall Whitby (1833–1911), glove manufacturer and leather dresser of Yeovil...

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Young, Arthur Primrose (1885–1977), electrical engineer and management adviser, was born in Shields, Ayrshire, on 2 July 1885, the seventh son and youngest of nine children of William Young, farmer, and his wife, Mary Potts, née Walker. The family moved to Hertfordshire when ...