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Henry Baker (1698–1774) by William Nutter, pubd 1812 (after W. B. Thomson) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Baker, Henry (1698–1774), natural philosopher and teacher of deaf people, was born on 8 May 1698 in Quality Court, Chancery Lane, London, to William Baker, a clerk in chancery, and his wife, Mary, the daughter of Aaron Pengry, comptroller of the petty bag office. His father died when he was very young, and he himself recorded that he was brought up by his paternal grandmother. At the age of fifteen he was apprenticed to a bookseller of ...

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Bell, Alexander Graham (1847–1922), teacher of deaf people and inventor of the telephone, was born on 3 March 1847 at 16 South Charlotte Street, Edinburgh, the second of three sons of Alexander Melville Bell (1819–1905), speech therapist and elocutionist, and his first wife, ...

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Alexander Graham Bell (1847–1922) by John Wycliffe Lowes Forster, 1919 National Portrait Gallery, Smithsonian Institution

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Bryce, James (1806–1877), schoolteacher and geologist, was born on 22 October 1806 at Killaig, near Coleraine, Ireland, the third son of the family of four sons and at least one daughter of James Bryce (1767–1857), Scottish Presbyterian minister, and his wife, Catherine Annan...

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Thomas Burnet (c. 1635–1715) by Sir Godfrey Kneller, c. 1693 © reserved

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Burnet, Thomas (c. 1635–1715), natural philosopher and headmaster, was born at Croft in Yorkshire, the son of John Burnet, and educated at the free school of Northallerton under Thomas Smelt, who held him up as an example to his later pupils. He was admitted as a pensioner at ...

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Druce, (John) Gerald Frederick (1894–1950), chemist and schoolmaster, was born on 8 December 1894 at 14 St John's Road, Leamington Spa, the son of Frederick Druce, an assistant manager of a coffee house (and later a gardener), and his wife, Hannah Freeman. Following the family's move to ...

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Hayward, Robert Baldwin (1829–1903), mathematician and schoolteacher, was born on 7 March 1829, probably at Bocking, Essex, the son of Robert Hayward and his wife, Ann Baldwin. His father was from an old Quaker family but withdrew from the Quaker community on his marriage. ...

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Highton, Henry (1816–1874), schoolmaster and experimenter in telegraphy, was born at Leicester on 19 January 1816, the eldest son of Henry Highton of that town. He was educated at Rugby School under Thomas Arnold, with whom he remained friendly for a number of years afterwards. He matriculated at ...

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Horner, William George (1786–1837), mathematician and schoolteacher, was the son of William Horner (1746/7–1826), a native of Ireland who became an itinerant preacher in 1770. Brought to England by Wesley, the elder Horner officiated as a regular minister until 1819. Horner was educated from 1794 until 1800 at ...

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David Edward Hughes (1829/3131–1900) by unknown photographer, 1890s Heritage Images Partnership

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C. H. Lees

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Hughes, David Edward (1829/31–1900), teacher and telegraph engineer, was born either on 18 June 1829 or on 16 May 1831 at Corwen, near Bala, Merioneth, or in Holborn, London, the second son in the family of three sons and one daughter of David Hughes...

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W. A. J. Archbold

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Keith, Thomas (bap. 1759, d. 1824), writer on mathematics and teacher, was born at Winestead, near Patrington, the son of Thomas Keith, a labourer, and his wife, Elizabeth, and was baptized at Brandesburton, near Beverley, East Riding of Yorkshire, on 22 September 1759. His father died soon after....

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Neal, Ernest Gordon (1911–1998), biologist and schoolmaster, was born on 20 May 1911 at 106 St Johns Road, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire, the youngest child in the family of two sons and two daughters of the Revd Frederick Neal (d. 1952), a Baptist minister, and his Scottish wife, ...

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A. M. Clerke

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Pritchard, Charles (1808–1893), headmaster and astronomer, the fourth son of William Pritchard (d. 1859), a hatter of Shrewsbury, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Lloyd, was born at Alberbury, Shropshire, on 28 February 1808. He and his brothers were baptized on 18 December 1808 at ...

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Charles Pritchard (1808–1893) by Henry John Whitlock © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Shenstone, William Ashwell (1850–1908), chemist and schoolmaster, was born at Wells next the Sea, Norfolk, on 1 December 1850. He was the eldest son of James Burt Byron Shenstone, a pharmaceutical chemist in Colchester, and his wife, Jemima, daughter of James Chapman, of ...

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Thurlby, Thomas (d. 1486), mathematician and teacher, came from the diocese of Durham. Educated at Oxford, he took rather a long time over his junior arts career and did not receive his MA until 1462; but in 1453 he (together with the MA ...

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G. S. Boulger

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Uvedale, Robert (1642–1722), schoolteacher and botanist, was born on 25 May 1642 in the parish of St Margaret, Westminster, the third son of eleven children of Robert Uvedale (d. 1683), innkeeper, and his wife, Margaret, formerly Smith. Robert was the eldest of the seven children to survive infancy. The family was a very minor offshoot of a younger branch of the ...