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Edwards, Sir Ronald Stanley (1910–1976), economist, was born on 1 May 1910 in New Southgate, London, the second of three sons (the eldest having died in childhood) of Charles Edwards, a gas fitter, and his wife, Alice Osborne. He was educated at Garfield Road primary school, Southgate...

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Flanders, Allan David (1910–1973), socialist and industrial relations expert, was born on 27 July 1910 at 18 Market Street, Watford, Hertfordshire, the only child of William Frederick Flanders, a grocer's manager, and his wife, Emily Louisa Shaw. After obtaining his school certificate at a local school he transferred to ...

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(Robert) Douglas Laurie (1874–1953) by Maurice de Sausmarez, c. 1953–5 © reserved; collection Association of University Teachers, London; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Laurie, (Robert) Douglas (1874–1953), founder and first president of the Association of University Teachers, was born at 10 Laurel Road, Tranmere, Cheshire, on 27 October 1874, the only son of Robert Laurie, a bookkeeper, and his wife, Eleanor (née Ord). He was educated at ...

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Sturgeon, William (1783–1850), electrician and scientific lecturer, was born on 22 May 1783 at Whittington, Lancashire, near Kirkby Lonsdale, the only son of John Sturgeon, shoemaker, and his wife, Betsy Adcock (d. 1793), the daughter of a small shopkeeper. All accounts of his father, who had migrated from ...

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William Sturgeon (1783–1850) by unknown engraver © National Portrait Gallery, London