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Dame Hilary Mary Cropper (1941–2004) by Terry O'Neill, c. 2000 Getty Images

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Cropper [née Trueman], Dame Hilary Mary (1941–2004), businesswoman, was born on 9 January 1941 at 6 Oldham Street, Bollington, near Macclesfield, Cheshire, the daughter of Arnold Trueman, a commercial clerk then serving as an aircraftsman second class in the RAF, and his wife, ...

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Hudson, Thomas Charles [Tom] (1915–2009), computer industry executive, was born on 23 January 1915 at 26 Durham Road, Chislehurst, Kent, the youngest of three sons of Thomas Charles Bingant Hudson, farmer, and his wife, Elsie Elizabeth, née Harris. Hudson's father earned his living as the manager of fruit farms owned by his much older brother, whose death deprived him of his occupation. As a result the family emigrated to ...

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Nixon, Sir Edwin Ronald (1925–2008), computer industry executive, was born at 4 Grace Road, Leicester, on 21 June 1925, the son of William Archdale Nixon, a bookbinder and later printer, and his wife, Ethel, née Corrigan. He was educated at Alderman Newton's School, Leicester...

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John Richardson Mainwaring Simmons (1902–1985) by unknown photographer private collection

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Simmons, John Richardson Mainwaring (1902–1985), office systems pioneer and company director, was born on 18 March 1902 at 52 Ward Place, Cinnamon Gardens, Colombo, Ceylon, the third child of Sydney Mainwaring Simmons (1870–1955), clerk in holy orders, and his first wife, Beatrice Margaret Reynolds (1869–1907)...