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Cadman, John, first Baron Cadman (1877–1941), mining engineer and industrialist, was born on 7 September 1877 at The Villas, in the north Staffordshire mining village of Silverdale, the eldest son of James Cope Cadman (1851–1914) and his wife, Betty, née Keeling (d...

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Callard, Sir (Eric) John [Jack] (1913–1998), engineer and industrialist, was born on 15 March 1913 at 162 Union Street, Torquay, Devon, the son of Frank Callard, master baker and confectioner, and his wife, Ada Mary, née Fawkes. He had a brother and a sister, and the family lived over their father's shop. ...

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Deacon, Henry (1822–1876), chemist and manufacturer, was born on 30 July 1822 in London, the elder son of Henry Deacon, merchant, and his wife and cousin, Esther Deacon. The Deacons belonged to the Sandemanian church, whose most famous member, Michael Faraday, took an interest in their son. When he was fourteen ...

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Dowty, Sir George Herbert (1901–1975), aeronautical engineer and industrialist, was born on 27 April 1901 at Pershore, Worcestershire, the son of William Dowty, a druggist and chemist in Pershore, and his wife, Laura Masters. He was the elder of twin boys by half an hour and the seventh son in the family. The twins were educated in a small private school in ...

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Fleck, Alexander, Baron Fleck (1889–1968), chemist and industrialist, was born in Glasgow on 11 November 1889, the only son of Robert Fleck, coal merchant, and his wife, Agnes Hendry, daughter of James Duncan, coal clerk. He was educated at Saltcoats public school and ...

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Henley, William Thomas (1813?–1882), electrical engineer and manufacturer, was born at Midhurst, Sussex, and from the age of four was brought up by his grandparents. From the ages of six to eleven he received elementary education in Midhurst. Aged sixteen, he moved to ...

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Kearton, (Christopher) Frank, Baron Kearton (1911–1992), scientist and industrialist, was born on 17 February 1911 at Congleton in Cheshire, the only child of Christopher John Kearton and his wife, Lilian, née Hancock. Shortly afterwards the family moved to Tunstall in the Potteries. His father, a bricklayer, was one of five brothers all of whom, at the insistence of their father, became skilled craftsmen. It is believed that the family came originally from ...

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MacGregor, Sir Ian Kinloch (1912–1998), metallurgical engineer and industrialist, was born on 21 September 1912 at The Bungalow, Kinlochleven, Argyll, the third son of Daniel MacGregor, a works accountant, and his wife, Grace Alexanderina, née Fraser Maclean, a schoolteacher. His parents were leading lights in the ...