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Hamilton, Sir James Arnot (1923–2012), aeronautical engineer and civil servant, was born on 2 May 1923 at 18 Kirkhill Road, Penicuik, Midlothian, the son of Andrina Hamilton (d. 1995), a milliner. His mother later married Walter Hogarth, a furniture salesman. Educated at ...


William George Arthur Perring (1898–1951) by Bassano, 1946 © National Portrait Gallery, London


Perring, William George Arthur (1898–1951), aerodynamicist and government scientist, was born on 16 December 1898 in Gillingham, Kent, the eldest son of John Richard Brooking Perring, a shipwright, and his wife, Alice Johns, both formerly of Devon. In 1913 he commenced a seven-year apprenticeship at the ...


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Wimperis, Harry Egerton (1876–1960), government scientist, was born on 27 August 1876 at 47 Brighton Road, South Hornsey, London, the only son of Joseph Price Wimperis, a mercantile clerk, later a timber merchant, and his wife, Jemima Samuel, or Wood-Samuel. After his father's early death his mother struggled to educate him. He was apprenticed at the locomotive works of the ...