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Garcke, Emile Oscar (1856–1930), company director and constructor of electric tramways, was born in Saxony. He came early to Britain, and was naturalized on 17 March 1880, but details of his early background and education have not survived. Their outcome was to provide him with a grasp of the commercial potential of electrical power, and his single-minded application to business enabled him to become the prime mover in the establishment of the ...

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Lawson, Henry John (1852–1925), bicycle designer and company promoter, was born at 1 Nevills Court in the City of London on 23 February 1852, the son of Thomas Lawson, brass turner and Calvinistic Methodist minister, and his wife, Ann Lucy, née Kent. Little is known about ...

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Sir Peter Parker (1924–2002) by Stephen Hyde, 1983 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Parker, Sir Peter (1924–2002), businessman, was born in Malo-les-Bains, near Dunkirk, France, on 30 August 1924, the third son of Tom Parker, a marine engineer born in Hull, and his wife, Dorothy Sydney, née Mackinlay, a teacher. Both his brothers died during the Second World War. He spent half of his childhood in ...