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Andrews, Michael James (1928–1995), artist, was born on 30 October 1928 at 142 Glebe Road, Norwich, the second child of Thomas Victor Andrews, an insurance clerk, and his wife, Gertrude Emma, née Green. Reared a Methodist and readied by his parents for a job for life in the ...

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Banting, Sir Frederick Grant (1891–1941), physician and medical researcher, was born near the town of Alliston, Ontario, Canada, on 14 November 1891, the fourth son and fifth and youngest child of William Thompson Banting (1849–1929), a farmer of Irish descent, and his wife, ...

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Coates, Wells Wintemute (1895–1958), architect and industrial designer, was born on 17 December 1895 in Tokyo, Japan, the eldest of the six children of the Revd Dr Harper Havelock Coates (1865–1934), Canadian-born Methodist medical missionary and professor of philosophy and comparative religion at the ...

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Holmes, Arthur (1890–1965), geologist and geophysicist, was born on 14 January 1890 at 62 Glen Terrace, Hebburn, Newcastle upon Tyne, the only child of David Holmes (1865–1941), hardware shop assistant, and Emily Dickinson (1869–1952?), schoolteacher, both from Newcastle. Educated at Gateshead higher grade school...

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Jones, John Gwilym (1904–1988), literary scholar and author, was born on 27 September 1904 at 6 Rathbone Terrace, Y Groeslon, near Caernarfon in north Wales. He lived for the greater part of his life in a house called Angorfa, in that village. He was the only child of ...

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Kahan [née Langridge], Barbara Joan (1920–2000), social worker, was born on 18 March 1920 at Station House, Horsted Keynes, Sussex, the youngest child of Alfred George Langridge, railway clerk and later station master, and his wife, Emily Kathleen, née Bromley. She grew up in a bookish home. The family's Methodism, which she later forswore for agnosticism, inculcated a strong sense of social justice and a taste for public service. She participated in her mother's local good works, and remembered the workhouse where she took part in a Christmas pantomime and the plight of the strikers and their families in 1926. In the 1930s, at her prompting, a refugee Jewish girl came to stay, who became her '...

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Kneale, William Calvert (1906–1990), philosopher, was born on 22 June 1906 in Liverpool, the youngest of the three children of William Kneale (1860–1933), a superintendent in a large building firm, and his wife, Hannah Calvert (1869–1941). He was educated at the Liverpool Institute...

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Martindale, Miles (1756–1824), Methodist minister, son of Paul Martindale, who emigrated to the West Indies, was born at Moss Bank, near St Helens, Lancashire. He had only a slender education but taught himself French, Latin, and Greek, the last in order to read the ...

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Herbert Spencer (1820–1903) by unknown photographer, c. 1898 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Spencer, Herbert (1820–1903), philosopher, social theorist, and sociologist, was born at 12 Exeter Road, Derby, on 27 April 1820. He was the eldest son of (William) George Spencer (bap. 1790, d. 1866), the proprietor and headmaster of a small private school, and his wife, ...