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Abudacnus, Josephus (fl. 1595–1643), scholar of oriental languages, was born in Cairo. His parents were Copts, his father probably connected with the Ottoman administration. His Arabic name, Yusuf ibn Abu Dhaqn, was Latinized as Josephus Abudacnus (or Barbatus). In 1595, after a rudimentary education in ...

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Alice, Princess [Princess Alice of Battenberg; married name Princess Andrew of Greece] (1885–1969), Greek Orthodox nun and mother-in-law of Elizabeth II, was born (in the presence of Queen Victoria, her great-grandmother) on 25 February 1885 at Windsor Castle. Named Victoria Alice Elizabeth Julie Marie...

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Alphery, Mickepher [Mikifor Olferyevich Grigoryev] (d. 1668), Church of England clergyman, was asserted by John Walker to have been descended from the Russian imperial line and sent to England by John Bedell, a Russian merchant, to be educated at Oxford, when his and his brothers' lives were in danger from a powerful faction in ...

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Angelus, Christopher [Christopheros Angelos] (d. 1638), writer, was born in the Peloponnese. He seems to have become a monk at an early age and, after touring Greece in search of teachers, went to study at the short-lived and recently founded academy in Athens...

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Boris Vasilyevich Anrep, Count Elmpt in the nobility of the Holy Roman empire (1883–1969) by Pierre Roy, 1949 [Boris Anrep in his Studio, 65 boulevard Arago] © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London, 2010; photograph Tate, London, 2004

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Anrep, Boris Vasilyevich, Count Elmpt in the nobility of the Holy Roman empire (1883–1969), mosaicist, came of a noble Russian family. He was born on 28 September 1883 in St Petersburg, the son of Vasily Konstantinovich von Anrep (1852–1927), a doctor who became the minister of education for ...

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Antonius, George Habib (1891–1942), colonial official, historian, and political activist, was born on 19 October 1891 in Dair al-Qamar, a small town in the Lebanese mountains, the third of five sons of Habib Antonius (d. 1931), a merchant, and his wife, Émilie Hobeika (...

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Smith, Constance Babington (1912–2000), photographic interpreter and author, was born at Beech Law, Puttenham, Surrey (on the Hog’s Back, in the North Downs), on 15 October 1912, the seventh of ten children of Sir Henry Babington Smith (1863–1923), civil servant and financier, and his wife Lady ...

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Svetlana Beriosova (1932–1998) by Baron, 1954 [ and Michael Somes (1917-1994), in Rinaldo and Armida] Corbis

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Beriosova, Svetlana (1932–1998), ballet dancer, was born on 24 September 1932 at Kaunas, Lithuania, the daughter of Nicholas Beriozoff (1906–1996), dancer and ballet master, then a member of the Lithuanian State Ballet, and his first wife, Maria (d. 1941). Her grandparents had migrated to ...

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Besicovitch, Abram Samoilovitch (1891–1970), mathematician, was born at Berdyansk, on the Sea of Azov, on 24 January 1891, the fourth child of the family of four sons and two daughters of Samoil Abramovitch Besicovitch and his wife, Eva Ilinichna Sauskan. The family was descended from Karaite Jews, a breakaway sect who accepted the written but not the oral Jewish tradition. ...

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Bloom, André Borisovich [Anthony of Sourozh] (1914–2003), archbishop of Sourozh, head of the Russian Orthodox church in Great Britain and Ireland, and exarch in Europe, was born in Lausanne, Switzerland, on 19 June 1914, the only child of Boris Edwardovich Bloom (1884–1937), a career diplomat of the Russian ...

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Albert Alick Bowlly (1899–1941) by unknown photographer, c. 1933 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bowlly, Albert Alick [Al] (1899–1941), singer, was born on 7 January 1899 in Delagoa Bay, Portuguese East Africa, the fourth of the ten children of Alick Pauli (1867–1927), a general dealer, and his Lebanese wife, Miriam (Mary) Ayoub-NeeJame (1874–1949). The couple married in ...

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Chrysostomides, Iouliane [Julian] (1928–2008), Byzantine scholar and teacher, was born in Constantinople on 21 April 1928 (two years before the city was renamed Istanbul), the daughter of Chrysostomos Chrysostomides, a Cappadocian entrepreneur, and his wife, Victoria, née Rizas, a Phanariot from whom she inherited her sensitivity, perseverance, and love of beauty, and who remained a major influence in her life. She was educated at the ...

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Iouliane Chrysostomides (1928–2008) by unknown photographer, 1963 Hellenic Institute, Royal Holloway College

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Constantine III (d. 411) coin © Copyright The British Museum