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Bredsdorff, Elias Lunn (1912–2002), Danish scholar, was born on 15 January 1912 at Roskilde folk high school, Denmark, the youngest of six sons of Thomas Vilhelm Birkedal Bredsdorff (1868–1922) and his wife, Margrethe, née Lunn (1871–1958). His father was the headmaster of the school, a further education college run on liberal Christian principles, and his mother a teacher. Originally taught at home, from the age of twelve he attended ...

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Magnússon, Eiríkur (1833–1913), librarian and Icelandic scholar, was born in the parsonage of Berufjörður in east Iceland on 1 February 1833, the second son and third child of the Revd Magnús Bergsson (1799–1892), then curate of Berufjörður, and his wife, Vilborg Eiríksdóttir (1804–1862)...

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Magnusson, Magnus (1929–2007), Icelandic scholar, broadcaster, and environmentalist, was born on 12 October 1929 in Reykjavik, Iceland, the son of Sigursteinn Magnússon (1899–1982), European export manager of the Icelandic Co-operative, and later Icelandic consul-general for Scotland, and his wife, Ingibjörg Sigurðardóttir (1905–1983). The second youngest of four children, he had a brother, ...

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Newall [née Phillpotts], Dame Bertha Surtees (1877–1932), educationist and Scandinavian scholar, was born in Bedford on 25 October 1877, the second of three daughters of James Surtees Phillpotts (1839–1930), headmaster of Bedford grammar school, and his wife, Marian Hadfield Cordery (1843–1925). She was the fifth of six children to survive childhood. She apparently had little formal education, but with the extramural aid of the masters of her father's school she managed to win the gold medal of the ...

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Petre, (Edward Oswald) Gabriel Turville- (1908–1978), Icelandic scholar, was born on 25 March 1908 at Bosworth Hall, Husbands Bosworth, Leicestershire, younger son of Lieutenant-Colonel Oswald Henry Philip Turville-Petre (1862–1941), high sheriff of Leicestershire, and his wife, Margaret Lucy, née Cave (d. 1954)...