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Brown, James (1921–1993), petroleum engineer, was born on 13 March 1921 at 151 Cartvale Road, Glasgow, the son of William Brown, engineer's toolmaker, and his wife, Margaret-Ann, formerly Cameron. Brown was educated at Queen's Park secondary school, Glasgow, then became a tax officer, an experience which stood him in good stead when he joined ...

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Davies, David Christopher (1827–1885), geologist and mining engineer, was born on 13 September 1827 at Oswestry, the son of Edward Thomas, labourer of Pentre Clawdd, and Elizabeth Davies, servant, of Leg Street, Oswestry. He was probably illegitimate and was orphaned at an early age; he had little or no formal education. When he was eleven he was apprenticed to ...

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Dunstan, Albert Ernest (1878–1964), research chemist and petroleum technologist, was born on 25 January 1878 at 69 Washington Road, Sheffield, the only son of Arthur Dunstan (d. 1896), a workshop manager, and Mary Ann Wainwright (d. 1897). His father was shop manager for an old-established firm (...

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Forbes, David (1828–1876), geological chemist and mining engineer, was born at Douglas, Isle of Man, on 6 September 1828, one of the eight surviving children and fifth son of Edward Forbes (b. 1786) of Oakhill and Croukbane, near Douglas, a Manx banker and businessman, and ...

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Foster, Sir Clement Le Neve (1841–1904), geologist and mining engineer, was born on 23 March 1841 at Camberwell, Surrey, the second son of Peter Le Neve Foster (1809–1879), later secretary to the Society of Arts, and Georgiana Elizabeth (bap. 1817, d. 1885)...

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Hatch, Frederick Henry (1864–1932), geologist and mining engineer, was born on 7 March 1864 at 7 Westbourne Park Place, Bayswater, London, eldest son in the London family of five sons and two daughters born illegitimately to Henry Hatch (1817–1885) of Oxford, boot- and shoemaker (later merchant, draper, Liberal councillor, and lessee of the ...

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Illing, Vincent Charles (1890–1969), petroleum geologist, was born on 24 September 1890 at Jullundur, Punjab, the younger son of Thomas Illing (1863–1934), a non-commissioned officer in the 3rd rifle brigade of the Indian army, and his wife, Annie née Payton (1856–1954). His early education came from army and other schools in ...

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Smyth, Sir Warington Wilkinson (1817–1890), mining engineer and geologist, was born at San Giovanni in the kingdom of Naples on 28 August 1817, the eldest son of William Henry Smyth (1788–1865), then a captain in the Royal Navy, and his wife, Annarella Warington (1788–1873)...

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Southwell, Sir (Charles Archibald) Philip (1894–1981), petroleum geologist and industrialist, was born at Oak Royce, Calverley Lane, Rodley, Calverley, Yorkshire, on 6 June 1894, the only son of Charles Edward Southwell, medical practitioner, and his wife, Clare, née Beaumont. Educated at Newcastle under Lyme high school...