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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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Brooks, Ernest Walter (1863–1955), ancient historian and Syriac scholar, was born in Hambledon, Horndean, Hampshire, on 30 August 1863, the only child of the Revd Walter Brooks, curate of Hambledon, who died when Ernest was a child, and his wife, Emily Grace, née...