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Biggs, Charles Henry Walker (1845–1923), technical journalist and journal editor, was born Charles Henry Biggs on 23 May 1845 in Haddenham, Buckinghamshire, the son of Elizabeth Walker Biggs and an unknown father. He was probably educated in Reading. According to one obituary he soon showed a technical bent for '...

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Kempe, Harry Robert (1852–1935), electrical engineer and journal editor, was born at 12 Addison Terrace, Kensington, London, on 1 March 1852. He was the youngest in the family of four sons and one daughter of the Revd John Edward Kempe, later rector of ...

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Sir Joseph Norman Lockyer (1836–1920) by Walery, c. 1890–97 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Lockyer, Sir Joseph Norman (1836–1920), astronomer and journal editor, was born on 17 May 1836 at Rugby, the only son of Joseph Hooley Lockyer, surgeon-apothecary, and his wife, Ann, daughter of Edward Norman, squire of Cosford, Warwickshire. He was educated at private schools in ...

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Loudon [née Webb], Jane (1807–1858), writer on botany and magazine editor, was born on 19 August 1807 at Ritwell House, near Birmingham. Her mother died when she was twelve, and her father, Thomas Webb, a businessman, suffered financial reverses a few years later. Little is known of ...

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Sir John Royden Maddox (1925–2009) by David Rose, 2003 © David Rose / Rex Features

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Maddox, Sir John Royden (1925–2009), scientific journalist and editor, was born on 27 November 1925 at Broomfield, Penllergaer, near Swansea, the son of Arthur John (Jack) Maddox, a furnaceman in a tinplate mill, and his wife, Mary Elizabeth, née Davies. From Gowerton Boys' County School...