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Adamson, Daniel (1820–1890), engineer and entrepreneur, was born on 30 April 1820 at Shildon, co. Durham. He was the thirteenth of fifteen children, seven sons and eight daughters, born to Daniel Adamson, landlord of the Grey Horse at Shildon, and his wife, Ann...

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Fisk, Sir Ernest Thomas (1886–1965), entrepreneur and developer of radio, was born on 8 August 1886 at Sunbury, Middlesex, the second child of Thomas Harvey Fisk, builder, and his wife, Charlotte Hariette, née Halland. Educated at St Mary's and Sunbury Boys' schools, Fisk...

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Holden, Sir Isaac, first baronet (1807–1897), inventor of a wool-combing machine, entrepreneur, and politician, was born on 7 May 1807 at Hurlet, near Paisley, the seventh child of Isaac Holden (d. 1826) and his wife, Alice, née Forrest. His father, a native of ...

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Perley, Moses Henry (1804–1862), entrepreneur and naturalist in Canada, was born in Maugerville, Sunbury county, New Brunswick, on 31 December 1804, the son of Moses Perley and his cousin Mary, who were of an old Welsh family which had settled in Massachusetts in 1630. His father died before his birth. His mother took him to ...

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Watts, Thomas (d. 1742), mathematician and entrepreneurial agent, was the son of William Watts of Shanks House, near Wincanton, Somerset. He was probably born before 1695 and his education must have been good, although he did not attend either English university. He first appears as author of ...