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Coxeter, Harold Scott Macdonald [Donald] (1907–2003), mathematician, was born on 9 February 1907 at 1B Holland Park Road, Kensington, London, the son of Harold Samuel Coxeter, manufacturer of compressed gases and surgical instruments, and his wife, Lucy, née Gee, painter. Originally named Macdonald Scott Coxeter...

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Jeffery, George Barker (1891–1957), mathematician and educationist, was born in Lambeth, London on 9 May 1891, the son of George Jeffery, corresponding clerk, and his wife, Elizabeth McDonald McKenzie. He was educated at Strand School, King's College, London, and Wilson's Grammar School, Camberwell...

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Richardson, Lewis Fry (1881–1953), mathematician and pacifist, was born on 11 October 1881 at The Gables, Elswick Road, Newcastle upon Tyne, the youngest of the seven children of David Richardson (1835–1913) and his wife, Catherine (1838–1919), daughter of Robert and Jane Fry of ...

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Lewis Fry Richardson (1881–1953) by Walter Stoneman, 1931 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Robins, Benjamin (1707–1751), mathematician and military engineer, was born in Bath, the only son of John Robins (1666–1758), a tailor, and his wife, Sarah Broughton, Quakers of modest means. Although largely self-taught, Robins soon demonstrated his talents for literature, language, and mathematics, especially Euclidean geometry. To acquire respectable teaching credentials ...

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Witchell, George (1728–1785), mathematician, was born at Birchin Lane, London, on 27 January 1728, the youngest of six children of Nicholas Witchell (1686–1761), a glover, and his wife, Elizabeth (1687?–1764), daughter of George Wass, members of the Society of Friends. In 1734 Nicholas Witchell...