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Thomas Edward Allibone (1903–2003) by Elliott & Fry, 1958 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Allibone, Thomas Edward [Ted] (1903–2003), physicist and electrical engineer, was born on 11 November 1903 at 10 Melbourne Road, Nether Hallam, Sheffield, the son of Henry James Allibone, schoolteacher, and his wife, Eliza, née Kidger, a farmer's daughter. He was educated at the ...

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Angwin, Sir (Arthur) Stanley (1883–1959), electrical engineer, was born in Penzance on 11 December 1883, the son of the Revd George William Angwin, a nonconformist minister, and his wife, Lucinda Cambellock. A change of circuit brought the family nearer London, and Angwin went to school in ...

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Ayrton [née Marks], (Phoebe) Sarah [Hertha] (1854–1923), electrical engineer and suffragist, was born Phoebe Sarah Marks on 28 April 1854 at 6 Queen Street, Portsea, Portsmouth, third child of Alice Theresa (d. 1898), seamstress, daughter of Joseph Moss, glass merchant of ...

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William Edward Ayrton (1847–1908) by W. & D. Downey, pubd 1893 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Ayrton, William Edward (1847–1908), electrical engineer and physicist, was born in London on 14 September 1847 to the accomplished barrister and linguist Edward Nugent Ayrton (1815–1873), and his wife, thereby joining a family long connected with law and music, and traditionally supportive of women's rights. ...

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Francis Thomas Bacon (1904–1992) by Lucinda Douglas-Menzies, 1987 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bacon, Francis Thomas [Tom] (1904–1992), engineer and developer of the fuel cell, was born on 21 December 1904 at Ramsden Hall, Ramsden Crays, Billericay, Essex, the second of three sons of Thomas Walter Bacon (1863–1950), electrical engineer, and his wife, Edith Mary, née...

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Bailey, Sir George Edwin (1879–1965), electrical engineer and industrialist, was born in Loughborough on 19 October 1879, the tenth child of Thomas W. Bailey, master tailor, and his second wife, Ann Wilmot. He was educated at Loughborough grammar school, and entered the works of the ...

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Harold Everard Monteagle Barlow (1899–1989) by Elliott & Fry, 1950 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Barlow, Harold Everard Monteagle (1899–1989), electrical engineer, was born on 15 November 1899 at 45 Balfour Road, Islington, London, the second child in the family of four sons and two daughters of Leonard Barlow, professional electrical engineer, and his wife, Katharine Monteagle, of ...

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Belling, Charles Reginald (1884–1965), electrical engineer and manufacturer, was born on 11 May 1884 at Fore Street, Bodmin, Cornwall, the son of Samuel Thomas Belling, a dentist, and his wife, Maria, née Harry. Charles Belling, known to all as C. R. B., was educated at ...

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Alfred Rosling Bennett (1850–1928) by Elliott & Fry, pubd 1907–9 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bennett, Alfred Rosling (1850–1928), electrical engineer, was born on 14 May 1850 in Islington, London, the son of John Richard Bennett. He had at least one brother. He was educated at a private school, and later at the Bellevue Academy, Greenwich. His original leanings were towards railway engineering, and he maintained an interest in the subject all his life, but his first appointment in 1869 was to the Indian government ...

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Binyon, Basil (1885–1977), electrical engineer, was born on 23 April 1885, at 5 Henley Road, Ipswich, Suffolk, the third of four children of Brightwen Binyon (1852–1905) and his wife, Rachel Mary (1853–1949), daughter of William Cudworth and his wife, Mary. His father, an architect and an accomplished painter in watercolours, had a number of important commissions, including the design of ...

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Blyth, James (1839–1906), electrical engineer and university teacher, was born on 4 April 1839 at Marykirk in Kincardineshire, near Montrose (Forfarshire), the son of John Blyth (1793/4–1874), an innkeeper and small farmer, and his wife, Catherine (1802/3–1884), daughter of John Grant, militia officer; his parents were both originally from ...

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James Blyth (1839–1906) by E. J. Mills, 1901 by permission of Strathclyde University Archives

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Bolton, Sir Francis John (1831–1887), army officer and electrical engineer, was the son of Dr Thomas Wilson Bolton, surgeon, of London and Manchester. He enlisted in the Royal Artillery and soon became a non-commissioned officer. He was commissioned ensign in the Gold Coast artillery corps...

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Brosan, George Stephen (1921–2001), engineer and educational administrator, was born on 8 August 1921 in Budapest, Hungary, the only child of Rudolph Brosan, an architect, and his wife, Margaret. They moved to England in 1922. Brosan went from Kilburn grammar school to Faraday House Electrical Engineering College...

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Brown, Sidney George (1873–1948), electrical engineer and inventor, was born in Chicago, USA, on 6 July 1873, the eldest son of English parents, Sidney Brown and his wife, Clara, née Napier. The family returned to England in 1879, and Brown attended a private school in ...