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Aconcio, Jacopo [Jacobus Acontius] (c. 1520–1566/7?), theologian and military engineer, was perhaps born at Ossana, in the Val di Sole, not far from Trento in Italy, the son of Gerolamo Aconcio and his wife, Oliana. After studying law Aconcio was admitted to the ...

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Arthur Joseph Hungerford Pollen (1866–1937) by unknown photographer © reserved; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Pollen, Arthur Joseph Hungerford (1866–1937), expert on gunnery and businessman, was born on 13 September 1866 in Southwater, Sussex, the eighth child and sixth son in the family of eight sons and two daughters of John Hungerford Pollen (1820–1902), artist and author, a Tractarian who had followed ...

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Portinari, Sir Giovanni (b. c. 1502x1508, d. in or after 1572), military engineer, was probably born in Florence, to unknown parents. By 1526 he was living in England, being recorded in that year as one of the king's gentlemen pensioners; he retained this position until at least 1547. He married an English wife, and letters of denization issued on 14 February 1537 granted him many of the privileges of English-born subjects. In the following year he was employed in the dissolution of the monasteries, being placed by ...

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Stokes, Sir (Frederick) Wilfrid Scott (1860–1927), civil engineer and inventor, was born at 28 Huskisson Street, Liverpool, on 9 April 1860, the fifth and youngest son of Scott Nasmyth Stokes (1821–1891), barrister and inspector of schools, and his wife, Emma Louisa (1820–1896), youngest daughter of ...