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Beecham, Sir Joseph, first baronet (1848–1916), manufacturer of patent medicines, was born at Wigan on 8 June 1848. He was the eldest of the family of two sons and two daughters of Thomas Beecham (1820–1907), founder of Beecham's pills, and his first wife, ...

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Boot, Jesse, first Baron Trent (1850–1931), retail and manufacturing chemist, was born in Nottingham on 2 June 1850, the only son of John Boot (1815–1860), a medical herbalist newly arrived from the country, and his second wife, Mary, daughter of Benjamin Wills of ...

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Brotherton, Edward Allen, Baron Brotherton (1856–1930), chemical manufacturer and philanthropist, was born on 1 April 1856 at 2 Tiverton Place, Ardwick Green, Manchester, the eldest of three children of Theophilus Brotherton, a yarn agent, and his wife, Sarah, née O'Donnell. His relatives included the educational reformer ...

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Brunner, Sir John Tomlinson, first baronet (1842–1919), chemical manufacturer and politician, was born on 8 February 1842 in Everton, Liverpool, the second of the three sons and the fourth of the five children of John Brunner, a Swiss protestant minister, who migrated to ...

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Colman family (per. 1814–1898), mustard and starch manufacturers, traced its origins in that trade to Jeremiah Colman (1777–1851), originally a flour miller at Bawburgh, who in 1814 purchased the flour and mustard making concern of Edward Ames at Stoke Holy Cross...

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Falk, Herman Eugene (1820–1898), salt manufacturer, was born on 20 November 1820 in Danzig, the fourth of five children of David Wilhelm Falk (1773–1848), merchant, and his second wife, Julianne Rickert. His parents were both German, though his grandfather, he claimed, was English. In 1839 ...

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Haslam, Robert [Bob], Baron Haslam (1923–2002), industrialist, was born on 4 February 1923 at 37 Beech Street, Bolton, the only child of Percy Haslam, who ran a small painting and decorating business with his brother, and his wife, Mary Alice (Cissy), née Bentley...

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Holloway, Thomas (1800–1883), manufacturer of patent medicines and philanthropist, was born on 22 September 1800 at Devonport, the eldest of six children and elder of two sons of Thomas Holloway (d. 1836), a baker formerly in the Royal Navy, and his wife, ...

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Howard, Luke (1772–1864), manufacturing chemist and meteorologist, was born on 28 November 1772 in London, one of the several children of Robert Howard (1738–1812) and his wife, Elizabeth Leatham (1742–1816) of Pontefract. His father was a wealthy tin plate manufacturer and the chief agent for introducing the Argand lamp into ...

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James, Robert (bap. 1703, d. 1776), physician and inventor of James's fever powder, was baptized on 23 August 1703 at Shenstone, Staffordshire, the son of Edward James of Kinvaston, a major in the army, and his wife, Frances Clarke of Stafford. He was educated at ...

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Jephcott, Sir Harry, first baronet (1891–1978), pharmaceutical industrialist, was born on 15 January 1891 at Tardebigge, near Redditch, Worcestershire, youngest of the five children and three sons of John Josiah Jephcott (1853–1929), train driver and former miner, and his wife, Helen (1849–1930), daughter of ...

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Jones, Sir John Henry Harvey- (1924–2008), industrialist, was born at 2 Queensdown Road, Hackney, Middlesex, on 16 April 1924, the son of Mervyn Stockton Harvey-Jones (1893/4–1968) and his wife, Eileen Margaret, née Wilson (1894/5–1963). His father had served in the Indian army during the First World War, leaving with the rank of captain. At the time of his son's birth he was working for a bank in ...

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Lever, William Hesketh, first Viscount Leverhulme (1851–1925), soap manufacturer and philanthropist, was born on 19 September 1851, at 16 Wood Street, Bolton, seventh child and elder son of James Lever (1809–1897), wholesale and retail grocer, and his wife, Eliza, daughter of William Hesketh...

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Macintosh, Charles (1766–1843), manufacturing chemist and inventor of mackintosh waterproof fabrics, was born in Glasgow on 29 December 1766, the son of George Macintosh (d. 1807) of Glasgow, merchant, and his wife, Mary Moore (d. 1808). His maternal uncle was John Moore (1729–1802)...

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Maplethorpe, Cyril Wheatley (1898–1983), pharmaceutical manufacturer, was born on 20 April 1898 at 68 Balfour Street, Drypool, Kingston upon Hull, the son of Jack Maplethorpe, a police constable, and his wife, Emeline Annie, née Vesiter. He was educated at Hymers College, Hull, where he held a scholarship, before going on to study pharmacy at ...

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Morison, James (1770–1840), pill manufacturer, was born on 3 March 1770 at Bognie, Aberdeenshire, the youngest of four sons (there were no daughters) of Alexander Morison, laird of Bognie, and his wife, Katherine, daughter of John Duff of Culbin, Moray, and great-granddaughter of ...

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Muspratt, Edmund Knowles (1833–1923), industrial chemist, was born on 6 November 1833 in Linacre, near Bootle, the youngest in the family of four sons and six daughters of James Muspratt (1793–1886), founder of the alkali industry in Lancashire, and his wife, Julia Josephine Connor...

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Smith, (Robert) Angus (1817–1884), applied chemist and environmental scientist, was born in Pollokshaws, near Glasgow, on 15 February 1817, the seventh son and twelfth child of John Smith (1765–1843), a minor manufacturer of Loudoun, Ayrshire, and Janet (1776–1853), daughter of James Thomson, owner of flax mills. Both families were connected to the prominent ...

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Stevenson, James Cochran (1825–1905), chemical manufacturer, was born on 9 October 1825 in Glasgow, the eldest of the numerous children of James Stevenson (1786–1866), a Glasgow cotton broker, and Jane Stewart, née Shannan, daughter of a Greenock merchant. John James Stevenson was a younger brother, while ...

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Swinburne, Sir James, ninth baronet (1858–1958), industrial chemist and electrical engineer, was born in Inverness on 28 February 1858, the third of the six sons of Lieutenant Thomas Anthony Swinburne RN and his wife, Mary Anne, daughter of Captain Edward Fraser of Gortuleg...