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Adams, Sir Walter (1906–1975), university administrator, was born on 16 December 1906 at Brighton, the son of Walter Adams, a builder's clerk, and his wife, Margaret Evans. He was educated at Brighton, Hove, and Sussex grammar school and at University College, London, where he read history, being awarded the BA degree with first-class honours in 1928, and where he was subsequently appointed to a lectureship in history. He married in 1933 ...

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Annan, Noel Gilroy, Baron Annan (1916–2000), historian and academic administrator, was born on 25 December 1916 (hence his first name) at 64 Gloucester Terrace, London, the younger of the two sons of James Gilroy Annan (1886–1965), a silent, shy Scottish accountant, then serving as a lieutenant in the ...

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Armstrong, Sir Thomas Henry Wait (1898–1994), organist and college administrator, was born on 15 June 1898 at Peterborough, the only son of Amos Ebenezer Armstrong (1878–1950), an organist and choirmaster, and his wife, Elizabeth Annie West, née Handford (1880–1939), a former headmistress. He had two younger sisters, ...

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Arnold, Matthew (1822–1888), poet, writer, and inspector of schools, was born at Laleham-on-Thames, Middlesex, on 24 December 1822, the eldest son and second of the nine surviving children of the Revd Thomas Arnold (1795–1842) and Mary Penrose Arnold (1791–1873). Thomas Arnold had been a fellow of ...

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Ashby, Eric, Baron Ashby (1904–1992), botanist and university administrator, was born on 24 August 1904 at 12 Fairlop Road, north Leyton, London, the eldest of three sons of Herbert Charles Ashby, commercial clerk (and later accountant), and his wife, Helëna Maria, née Chater...

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Birley, Sir Robert (1903–1982), headmaster and educational administrator, was born on 14 July 1903 at Midnapore, India, the only son and elder child of Leonard Birley CSI CIE (1875–1951) of the Indian Civil Service (Bengal), and his first wife, Grace Dalgleish...

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Bowra, Sir (Cecil) Maurice (1898–1971), classical scholar and university administrator, was born in Kiukiang, China, on 8 April 1898, the son of Cecil Arthur Verner Bowra (1869–1947), a senior official in the Chinese customs service, and his wife, Ethel, née Lovibond. His childhood was exotic. Chinese servants, carousing Russian soldiers, and the endless prospect of a Japanese invasion made for a colourful upbringing. In later life he admitted that he had been 'spoiled' as a child, but thought 'it was well worth it, and I have nothing but gratitude to those who did it' (...

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Brewster, Sir David (1781–1868), natural philosopher and academic administrator, was born on 11 December 1781 in a house in the Canongate, Jedburgh, second son and third of the six children of James Brewster (c.1735–1815), rector of Jedburgh grammar school, and his wife, ...

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Burrows, Christine Mary Elizabeth (1872–1959), educationist and college head, was born at New Street, Chipping Norton, Oxfordshire, on 4 January 1872. She was the only and posthumous child of Henry Parker Burrows (1833–1871), a partner in Langton Burrows Breweries, Maidenhead, and his wife, ...

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A. H. Johnson

revised by Peter R. H. Slee

Burrows, Montagu (1819–1905), historian and university administrator, born at Hadley, Middlesex, on 27 October 1819, was the third son of Lieutenant-General Montagu Burrows (1775–1848) and his wife, Mary Anne Pafford, eldest daughter of Joseph Larcom, captain RN, and sister of Sir Thomas Aiskew Larcom...

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Carpenter, William Benjamin (1813–1885), biologist and university administrator, was born in Exeter on 29 October 1813, the fourth child and eldest son of Dr Lant Carpenter (1780–1840) and his wife, Anna (d. 1856), daughter of James Penn, of Kidderminster. He was the brother of ...

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Clough, Blanche Athena (1861–1960), college head and educational administrator, was born at Combe Hurst in Surrey on 5 August 1861, the fourth child and second daughter of Arthur Hugh Clough (1819–1861), poet and civil servant, and his wife, Blanche Mary Shore (b...

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Curran, Sir Samuel Crowe [Sam] (1912–1998), physicist and university administrator, was born in Ballymena, co. Antrim, on 23 May 1912, the second of four sons of John Curran (1885–1959), a steelworks foreman, and his wife, Sarah Owens, née Crowe (1886–1968). His mother had gone to her ancestral home a few weeks before his birth so that he could be born in ...

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Deakin, Sir (Frederick) William Dampier [Bill] (1913–2005), special operations officer, historian, and college head, was born on 3 July 1913 at 30 Temple Gardens, Golders Green, London, the elder son of Albert Whitney Deakin, motor engineer and farmer, and his wife, Bertha Mildred, ...

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H. E. Butler

revised by M. C. Curthoys

Deller, Sir Edwin (1883–1936), university administrator, was born at Paignton, Devon, on 16 March 1883, the son of Edwin Deller, carpenter, of Paignton, and his wife, Mary Ann Stone. He was educated at local schools up to the age of fourteen, when he began work as a clerk for an uncle at ...

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Diggle, Joseph Robert (1849–1917), educational administrator, was born at Canal Bank, Pendleton, Lancashire, on 12 May 1849, the youngest son of William Diggle, a warehouseman, and his wife, Nancy Ann, daughter of John Chadderton. His elder brother, John William Diggle (1847–1920), became bishop of ...

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Evans, (Benjamin) Ifor, Baron Evans of Hungershall (1899–1982), literary scholar and college administrator, was born in Soho, London, on 19 August 1899, the younger son of Benjamin Evans, journeyman carpenter, and his wife, Ann Powell, both of whom came from Wales. He was educated at the ...

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Foster, Sir (Thomas) Gregory, first baronet (1866–1931), university administrator, was born in London on 10 June 1866, the eldest son of Thomas Gregory Foster (1815–1903), barrister, of Clapham and Lincoln's Inn, and his wife, Sophie (d. 1911), daughter of John Farquhar Allday...

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Fyfe, Sir William Hamilton (1878–1965), headmaster and university administrator, was born in London on 9 July 1878, youngest of the three sons of James Hamilton Fyfe (1837–1880), a barrister and journalist, and his wife, Mary Elizabeth Jonas. Henry Hamilton Fyfe was his eldest brother. His father died young, and his mother had little on which to bring up the family. ...

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Greenwood, Joseph Gouge (1821–1894), Greek scholar and university administrator, born at Petersfield, Hampshire, was the son of the Revd Joseph Greenwood (d. 1839), a Congregational minister and his wife, Maria Gouge. At the age of fourteen he was sent to University College School, London...