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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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Arnold Hugh Martin Jones (1904–1970) by Walter Stoneman, 1951 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Jones, Arnold Hugh Martin (1904–1970), historian, was born at Birkenhead, Cheshire, on 9 March 1904, the son of John Arthur Jones (1867–1939), then on the staff of the Liverpool Post and later (1908–24) editor of The Statesman of Calcutta, and his wife, Elsie Martin...

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Ste Croix, Geoffrey Ernest Maurice de (1910–2000), ancient historian, was born in Macau on 8 February 1910; his father, Ernest Henry de Ste Croix, worked in the Chinese customs service, which had been put under foreign control in the aftermath of the Boxer uprising. On the death of his father in 1914 his mother, ...