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Sir Samuel Crowe Curran (1912–1998) by unknown photographer, 1969 © News International Newspapers Ltd

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Curran, Sir Samuel Crowe [Sam] (1912–1998), physicist and university administrator, was born in Ballymena, co. Antrim, on 23 May 1912, the second of four sons of John Curran (1885–1959), a steelworks foreman, and his wife, Sarah Owens, née Crowe (1886–1968). His mother had gone to her ancestral home a few weeks before his birth so that he could be born in ...

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Flowers, Brian Hilton, Baron Flowers (1924–2010), theoretical physicist, public servant, and university administrator, was born on 13 September 1924 at 321 Revidge Road, Blackburn, Lancashire, the only son and eldest of three children of the Revd Harold Joseph Flowers (1894–1971), Baptist minister, and his wife, ...

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Jones, John Viriamu (1856–1901), university administrator and physicist, was born on 2 January 1856 at Pentre-poeth, near Swansea, the second son of Thomas Jones (1819–1882), nonconformist minister, and his first wife, Jane, née Jones (d. 1867). His elder brother was Sir David Brynmor Jones KC...

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Lloyd, Humphrey (1800–1881), physicist and university administrator, was born on 16 April 1800, at Dublin, the eldest son of the Revd Bartholomew Lloyd (1772–1837), later provost of Trinity College, Dublin, and his wife, Eleanor McLaughlin. Having received his early education at Mr White's school, Dublin...

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Menter, Sir James Woodham [Jim] (1921–2006), physicist, industrialist, and university administrator, was born at Oxford House, Lynsted, near Sittingbourne, Kent, on 22 August 1921, the only son of Horace Menter, railway signalman, and his wife, Jane Anne, née Lackenby, nurse. He had two older sisters, ...

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Murphy, Alfred John (1901–1980), metallurgist and academic administrator, was born on 26 February 1901 at Deansgate Lane, Timperley, Altrincham, Cheshire, the son of William Murphy, journeyman iron turner and his wife, Martha Ann Goodier. He attended Altrincham high school to 1917 before graduating from ...

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Sir Gareth Gwyn Roberts (1940–2007) by unknown photographer, 1997 CVCP (now Universities UK)

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Roberts, Sir Gareth Gwyn (1940–2007), physicist and university administrator, was born on 16 May 1940 at Craig Beuno Nursing Home, Bangor, Caernarvonshire, the son of Edwin Roberts (d. 1974), a wages clerk in the local granite quarry, and his wife, Meri, née...

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George Johnstone Stoney (1826–1911) by Sir Thomas Alfred Jones, 1883 courtesy of the National Gallery of Ireland

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Stoney, George Johnstone (1826–1911), physicist and university administrator, born at Oakley Park, Clareen, near Birr, in King's county, Ireland, on 15 February 1826, was the elder son of George Stoney and his wife, Anne, second daughter of Bindon Blood of Cranagher, co. Clare...

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Thomson, David (1817–1880), physicist and university teacher, was born on 17 November 1817 in the Italian city state of Leghorn, the eldest son of David Thomson, a Scottish merchant based in that city. Thomson received a multilingual education and attended a M. Godin's boarding-school...

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Vick, Sir (Francis) Arthur (1911–1998), physicist and university administrator, was born on 5 June 1911 at Oakland, Fox Hollies Road, Acocks Green, Warwickshire, the son of Wallace Devonport Vick (d. 1952), toolmaker, and Clara, née Taylor (d. 1932). His father was employed in the manufacturing industries of the west midlands. ...