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Bernal, Martin Gardiner (1937–2013), Sinologist and ancient historian, was born on 10 March 1937 at 35 Downshire Hill, Hampstead, London, the son of (John) Desmond Bernal (1901–1971), physicist, and Margaret Emilia Gardiner (1904–2005), arts patron. His mother, the daughter of the Egyptologist Sir Alan Gardiner...

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Brunt, Peter Astbury (1917–2005), ancient historian, was born on 23 June 1917, at 16 Highfield Road, Coulsdon, Surrey, the only child of Samuel Brunt, Wesleyan Methodist minister, and his wife, Gladys Eileen, née Blewett. He was educated at Ipswich School, and won an open scholarship in history to ...

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Bury, John Bagnell (1861–1927), classical scholar and historian, was born in co. Monaghan, Ireland, on 16 October 1861. His father, the Revd Edward John Bury, curate of Monaghan, subsequently rector of Clontibert and canon of Clogher, had married Anna Rogers of Monaghan, '...

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John Bagnell Bury (1861–1927) by Walter Stoneman, 1919 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cornford, Francis Macdonald (1874–1943), classical scholar, was born at Eastbourne, Sussex, on 27 February 1874, the second son of the Revd James Cornford (1840–1900), and his wife, Mary Emma Macdonald. He was educated at St Paul's School under F. W. Walker and at ...

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Francis Macdonald Cornford (1874–1943) by Eric Gill, 1929 © courtesy the Artist's Estate / Bridgeman Art Library; the Master and Fellows, Trinity College, Cambridge

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Housman, Alfred Edward (1859–1936), poet and classical scholar, was born on 26 March 1859 at Valley House, Fockbury, a hamlet near Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, the first of the seven children (born within the space of ten years) of Edward Housman (1831–1894), solicitor, and his wife, ...

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Alfred Edward Housman (1859–1936) by Francis Dodd, 1926 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Thomson, George Derwent (1903–1987), classical scholar, was born at 2 Allison Grove, Dulwich Common, London, on 19 August 1903, the eldest of five children of William Henry Thomson (1862–1929), chartered accountant, and his wife, Minnie, née Clements (1876–1938). His father was the illegitimate son of the legal scholar ...