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Sir Walter Adams (1906–1975) by Godfrey Argent, 1970 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Adams, Sir Walter (1906–1975), university administrator, was born on 16 December 1906 at Brighton, the son of Walter Adams, a builder's clerk, and his wife, Margaret Evans. He was educated at Brighton, Hove, and Sussex grammar school and at University College, London, where he read history, being awarded the BA degree with first-class honours in 1928, and where he was subsequently appointed to a lectureship in history. He married in 1933 ...

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Alexander, Sir Kenneth John Wilson [Ken] (1922–2001), economist, university administrator, and public servant, was born on 14 March 1922 at 12 Kilmaurs Terrace, Edinburgh, the only son of William Wilson Alexander (1888–1930), lawyer, and his wife, Mary Logan Grahame, née Wilson (1888–1975), tailoress. He won a scholarship to ...

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Anderson, Sir Hugh Kerr (1865–1928), physiologist and university administrator, was born at Frognal Park, Hampstead, on 6 July 1865. His great-grandfather was a surgeon in the Royal Navy; his grandfather was a doctor at Peterhead, who died young, leaving a family. The second son, ...

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Noel Gilroy Annan, Baron Annan (1916–2000) by Sir Cecil Beaton, 1962 © Cecil Beaton Archive, Sotheby's; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Armitage, Sir Arthur Llewellyn (1916–1984), jurist and university administrator, was born on 1 August 1916 at Town Gate, Marsden, Yorkshire, the elder son of Kenyon Armitage (d. 1972), master draper of Oldham, and his wife, Lucy Amelia Beaumont (d. 1968). He attended ...

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Armstrong, Edward (1846–1928), historian and college administrator, was born at Tidenham vicarage, Gloucestershire, on 3 March 1846, the second son of John Armstrong DD (1813–1856) and his wife, Frances Whitmore (d. 1908). In 1853 his father was made the first bishop of ...

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Sir Thomas Henry Wait Armstrong (1898–1994) by Walter Bird, 1968 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Armstrong, Sir Thomas Henry Wait (1898–1994), organist and college administrator, was born on 15 June 1898 at Peterborough, the only son of Amos Ebenezer Armstrong (1878–1950), an organist and choirmaster, and his wife, Elizabeth Annie West, née Handford (1880–1939), a former headmistress. He had two younger sisters, ...

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Eric Ashby, Baron Ashby (1904–1992) by Ruskin Spear, 1960 in the collection of Queen's University Belfast

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Ashby, Eric, Baron Ashby (1904–1992), botanist and university administrator, was born on 24 August 1904 at 12 Fairlop Road, north Leyton, London, the eldest of three sons of Herbert Charles Ashby, commercial clerk (and later accountant), and his wife, Helëna Maria, née Chater...

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Babington, Humphrey (bap. 1615, d. 1692), college administrator, was baptized on 5 November 1615 in the village of Cossington, Leicestershire, the younger of two sons of Adrian Babington, rector of that parish, and his wife, Margaret Cave. He entered Trinity College, Cambridge, as a sizar in 1634. He graduated BA in 1639, becoming a fellow of ...

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Baillie, Sir James Black (1872–1940), moral philosopher and academic administrator, was born on 24 October 1872 at West Mill, Cortachy, Forfarshire, the second son of William Baillie, forester, afterwards farmer, and his wife, Agnes Black. He was educated at Haddington School, the University of Edinburgh...

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Baker, John (1677/8–1745), Church of England clergyman and college administrator, was born in Burley, Rutland, the son of John Baker. He was admitted to Westminster School, on the foundation, in 1691, and thence elected to Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1695, aged seventeen. Having matriculated in 1696 he graduated BA in 1699 and proceeded MA (1702), BD (1709), and DD ...

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Balme, David Mowbray (1912–1989), university administrator and classical scholar, was born on 8 September 1912 at Carlisle, eldest of the four children of Harold Balme (1878–1953), a surgeon, and his wife, Hilda Carr (d. 1968). He spent his first ten years in ...

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Barling, Sir (Harry) Gilbert, baronet (1855–1940), surgeon and academic administrator, the fourth son of William Barling (d. 1896), farmer and veterinary surgeon, of Newnham-on-Severn, Gloucestershire, and his wife, Eliza Sharpe, was born at Newnham-on-Severn on 30 April 1855. Barling was educated at a boarding-school at ...

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Beverley, John (1743–1827), university administrator, was born in Norwich, where his father, William Beverley, was in the wine trade. Having been educated at Norwich School he matriculated from Christ's College, Cambridge, at Michaelmas 1764; he graduated BA in 1767 and proceeded MA in 1770. He was elected an esquire bedell of the university in 1770, through the influence of ...

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See Bickersteth, (Kenneth) Julian Faithfull

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Birley, Sir Derek Sydney (1926–2002), educationist, was born at 27 Northfield Street, South Kirkby, Yorkshire, on 31 May 1926, the son of Sydney John Birley, colliery timekeeper, and his wife, Margaret, née Beaumont. He was educated at Hemsworth grammar school before enlisting in the ...

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Blackburn, Hugh (1823–1909), mathematician and college administrator, was born on 2 July 1823 at Craigflower in Fife, the seventh and youngest son of the eight children of John Blackburn (1756–1840), Glasgow sugar merchant, and his wife, Rebecca Leslie (b. 1788), daughter of ...