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Priestley, Sir Raymond Edward (1886–1974), geologist and academic administrator, was born in Tewkesbury, Gloucestershire, on 20 July 1886, the second son and second of eight children of Joseph Edward Priestley, headmaster of Tewkesbury grammar school, and his wife, Henrietta Rice. Priestley was educated in his father's school and taught there for a year before reading geology at ...

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Sibly, Sir (Thomas) Franklin (1883–1948), geologist and university administrator, was born in Bristol on 25 October 1883, the only son (there was also a daughter) of Thomas Dix Sibly, a solicitor, and his wife, Virginia, daughter of the Revd Franklin Tonkin, vicar of ...

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Sir (Thomas) Franklin Sibly (1883–1948) by William Dring, 1947 by permission of the University of Reading

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Trueman, Sir Arthur Elijah (1894–1956), geologist and university administrator, was born in Nottingham on 26 April 1894, the son of Elijah Trueman, journeyman lacemaker, and his wife, Thirza Newton, née Cottee. He was educated at High Pavement School (1906–11), then taught briefly at a local school before entering ...