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Busia, Kofi Abrefa (1913–1978), sociologist and politician, was born on 14 April or 11 July 1913 (he stated 11 July) at Wenchi, in the Asante region of the Gold Coast. He was the son of Yaw Bosea, a prominent member of the royal ...

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(Arthur) Eric Rowton Gill (1882–1940) self-portrait, 1927 © courtesy the Artist's Estate / Bridgeman Art Library; Art Collection, Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center, the University of Texas at Austin

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Gill, (Arthur) Eric Rowton (1882–1940), artist, craftsman, and social critic, was born at 32 Hamilton Road, Brighton, Sussex, on 22 February 1882, the eldest son and second of the thirteen children of the Revd Arthur Tidman Gill (1848–1933), minister of the Countess of Huntingdon's Connexion...

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Benjamin Kidd (1858–1916) by Elliott & Fry, pubd 1894 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Kidd, Benjamin (1858–1916), sociologist, was born on 9 September 1858 near Bandon, co. Cork, the first of eleven children of Benjamin Kidd (c.1831–1914), constable in the Royal Irish Constabulary, and his wife, Mary Rebecca (1833–1916), daughter of John Dawson, landowner of ...

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Sayers, John Edward [Jack] (1911–1969), newspaper editor and social commentator, was born on 13 July 1911 in King Street, Birkenhead, the eldest of three children of John Sayers (1880–1939), journalist, of 16 Cyprus Avenue, Belfast, and his wife, Elizabeth Lemon (1886–1957).

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Schreiner, Olive Emilie Albertina (1855–1920), author and social theorist, was born on 24 March 1855 at Wittebergen Wesleyan mission station, on the border of Basutoland, Cape Colony, the ninth of the twelve children of Rebecca Lyndall (1818–1903) of London and her husband, Gottlob Schreiner (1814–1876)...

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Frederick Soddy (1877–1956) by Walter Stoneman, 1920 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Soddy, Frederick (1877–1956), chemist and social commentator, was born on 2 September 1877 at Bolton Road, Eastbourne, the fourth son of Benjamin Soddy (d. 1911), a semi-retired London corn buyer, and his second wife, Hannah Green (d. 1879), who died when ...

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Herbert Spencer (1820–1903) by unknown photographer, c. 1898 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Spencer, Herbert (1820–1903), philosopher, social theorist, and sociologist, was born at 12 Exeter Road, Derby, on 27 April 1820. He was the eldest son of (William) George Spencer (bap. 1790, d. 1866), the proprietor and headmaster of a small private school, and his wife, ...