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Bamford, Joseph Cyril (1916–2001), engineer and businessman, was born on 21 June 1916 at The Parks, New Road, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, the son of Cyril Joseph Bamford, agricultural engineer, and his wife, Dolores Alice, née Turner. His family controlled and managed a long-established farm machinery business. The company, which manufactured balers and other equipment, had been started by his great-great-grandfather in 1812. He was brought up a Roman Catholic. After education at ...

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Joseph Cyril Bamford (1916–2001) by Lucinda Douglas-Menzies, 1989 © Lucinda Douglas-Menzies; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bond, Lawrence (1907–1974), engineer and motor vehicle designer, was born at 5 Penwortham Hill, Penwortham, Preston, Lancashire, on 2 August 1907, the son of Frederick Charles Bond (1873–1963), a clothing maker who became a well-known local historian and artist, and his wife, Margaret Ellen, ...

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Albert William Denly (1900–1989) by unknown photographer, 1923 image courtesy of Brooklands Museum Archive

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Denly, Albert William [Bert] (1900–1989), motorcycle racer and motor engineer, was born in Wisley, Surrey, on 1 June 1900, the only son of James Denly (d. 1918), a bricklayer's labourer on the Wisley estate, and his wife, Ellen, née Woolger (1865/6–1920). Aged fourteen he left the local village school to become an apprentice to the butcher in ...

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Duckworth, (David) Keith (1933–2005), automotive engineer, was born at 112 Accrington Road, Blackburn, Lancashire, on 10 August 1933, the son of Frank Duckworth, a textile engineer who also sold cotton cloth on the Manchester cotton exchange, and his wife, Emma, née Hardman, a cooker demonstrator in ...

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Albert Arthur Molteno Durrant (1898–1984) by Walter Bird, c.1960 © TfL from the London Transport Museum collection

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Durrant, Albert Arthur Molteno [Bill] (1898–1984), mechanical engineer and vehicle designer, was born at Wellington Lodge, Gowlett Road, East Dulwich, London, on 11 September 1898, the only child of Arthur Isaac Durrant (1864–1939), staff clerk in the Office of Works, and his wife, ...

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Engelbach, Charles Richard Fox (1876–1943), motor engineer, was born on 20 May 1876 in Kensington, London, son of Lewis William Engelbach, a clerk in the War Office, and his wife, Jessie Bryan. He left Sandringham School at Southport, Lancashire, when he was sixteen and was apprenticed at the great armaments manufacturer ...

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Frood, Herbert (1864–1931), inventor and manufacturer, was born in Balby, Doncaster, Yorkshire, on 7 March 1864, the fourth of the six children of Charles Trefusis Frood (1827–1881), draper's commercial traveller, and his wife, Amelia, née Blackwell (1830–1869). No information about his education survives, but as a boy he enjoyed making wagons and cranes, and his ambition always was to be an engineer. Aged fourteen he was apprenticed to a small firm in ...

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Walter Hancock (1799–1852) by R. Roffe, pubd 1836 (after Charles Hancock) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hancock, Walter (1799–1852), engineer and inventor of steam carriages, was born on 16 June 1799, the sixth son of James Hancock, a timber merchant and cabinet-maker at Marlborough, Wiltshire. Thomas Hancock (1786–1865), who developed the manufacture of rubber, was his brother. After serving an apprenticeship to a watchmaker and jeweller in ...

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Hart, Frederick Leslie [Fred] (1914–2008), automotive engineer, was born on 12 September 1914 at 25 Pendlestone Road, Walthamstow, Essex, the son of John Octavius Hart (1870–1942), a stock keeper for a provisions dealer, and his wife, Rosina Florence, née Callow (1873–1955). He was educated at ...

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Hickman, Ronald Price [Ron] (1932–2011), inventor and engineer, was born on 21 October 1932 in Greytown, Natal, South Africa, one of five children of Cyril Price Hickman (1899–1958), accountant, and his wife, Hélène Albertina de Villiers, née Neethling (1900–1957), who had been a schoolteacher before her marriage. He attended ...

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Sir Alexander Arnold Constantine Issigonis (1906–1988) by Snowdon, 1979 Snowdon / Camera Press, London; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Issigonis, Sir Alexander Arnold Constantine (1906–1988), motor engineer and designer, was born on 18 November 1906 in Smyrna, Turkey, the only child of Constantine Issigonis (1872–1923), a marine engineer resident in Smyrna who was of Greek origin but had British citizenship, and his wife, ...

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Johnston, George (1855–1945), engineer, was born at West Linton, Peebleshire, on 3 August 1855, the third child of James Aitchison Johnston, the United Presbyterian minister of West Linton, and his wife, Janet, née Fulton. His mother came from Glasgow and in 1861 his father accepted the call to be minister of the congregation at ...

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King, Charles Spencer [Spen] (1925–2010), automotive engineer, was born on 26 March 1925 at Home Farm House, Shackleford, Surrey, the only son of Charles Francis King, solicitor, and his wife, Muriel Amy, née Wilks. He was educated at Haileybury School, Hertfordshire. In 1942 he entered an apprenticeship with ...