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Gardiner, Sir Alan Henderson (1879–1963), Egyptologist and linguistic scholar, was born on 29 March 1879 in Eltham, Kent, the younger son of Henry John Gardiner (1843–1940), director (later chairman) of the textile company Bradbury, Greatorex & Co., and his wife, Clara Elizabeth, née...

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Krapf, (Johann) Ludwig (1810–1881), linguist of Swahili and first protestant missionary in east Africa, was born on 11 January 1810 at Derendingen near Tübingen, in the kingdom of Württemberg, the youngest of four children of Johann Jakob Krapf (1773–1846), peasant farmer, and his wife, ...

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Norris, Edwin (1795–1872), linguist and Assyriologist, was born on 24 October 1795 in Taunton, Somerset, the son of a printer from a prominent local family that migrated from Devon in the sixteenth century. He was educated at a local school where the headmaster was his uncle ...

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Orr, John (1885–1966), linguist and French scholar, was born on 4 June 1885 at 4 Cross Side, Egremont, Cumberland, the son of Peter Orr and his wife, Lillias Duncan, née Allan. His father, of Scottish origin, was a joiner; he emigrated to Australia...

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Theodores, Tobias (1808–1886), linguist and Jewish scholar, was born Theodore Tobias in Margulin, in the province of Posen, Prussia. At the age of sixteen he moved to London with his uncle, before moving to Manchester a few years later to take up a position at the counting house of ...

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Trask, Robert Lawrence [Larry] (1944–2004), linguist and Basque scholar, was born on 10 November 1944 in Olean, Cattaraugus county, New York, USA, the son of Hubert Grant Trask, a wood pattern maker. He had a sister and two brothers. His father's family was of Scottish, Welsh, and Irish extraction, and his mother's family came from ...