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Gurney, Oliver Robert (1911–2001), scholar of ancient Near Eastern languages, was born at 6 Marloes Road, Kensington, London, on 28 January 1911, the only child of Robert Gurney (1879–1950), zoologist, and his wife, (Sarah) Gamzu (1878–1972), daughter of Walter Garstang, a Blackburn doctor. The ...

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Johns, Claude Hermann Walter (1857–1920), Assyriologist and Church of England clergyman, was born at Banwell, Somerset, on 4 February 1857, the eldest son of the Revd Walter Pascoe Johns, a Wesleyan minister, of a yeoman family settled for generations at Wendron, Cornwall, and his wife, ...

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Claude Hermann Walter Johns (1857–1920) by Elliott & Fry, 1909 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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King, Leonard William (1869–1919), Assyriologist and archaeologist, was born on 8 December 1869 at Fern House, 20 The Common, Upper Clapton, London, the fifth of six sons, and eleventh of twelve children, of Robert King (1825–1886), timber merchant, and his wife, Mary Jane (1830–1890)...

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Rawlinson, Sir Henry Creswicke, first baronet (1810–1895), Assyriologist and diplomatist, was born at Chadlington, Oxfordshire, on 11 April 1810 into a north Lancashire family. He was the second son of Abram Tyzack Rawlinson, a breeder of racehorses, who married Eliza Eudocia Albinia Creswicke...