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Bacon, John Mackenzie (1846–1904), astronomer and aviator, born at Lambourn Woodlands, Berkshire, on 19 June 1846, was the fourth son of John Bacon (1809–1871), vicar of Lambourn Woodlands, a friend and neighbour of Charles Kingsley and Tom Hughes, and his wife, Mary Lousada...

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William Beardmore, Baron Invernairn (1856–1936) by Elliott & Fry courtesy of Glasgow University Archive Services

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Beardmore, William, Baron Invernairn (1856–1936), engineer and shipbuilder, was born on 16 October 1856 at Deptford, the eldest son of William Beardmore and his wife, Sophia Louisa Halkman. His father was assistant manager of the Deptford works of the General Steam Navigation Company...

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Sir Thomas Bell (1865–1952) by unknown photographer reproduced with permission of Archives and Special Collections Department, Glasgow City Libraries, Information and Learning

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Bell, Sir Thomas (1865–1952), engineer and shipbuilder, was born on 21 December 1865 at Sirsawa in India, the son of Imrie Bell, a consultant engineer specializing in the design of lighthouses, and his wife, Jane Walker of Edinburgh. His early education was undertaken at the ...

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Berthon, Edward Lyon (1813–1899), inventor of nautical aids and Church of England clergyman, was born in Finsbury Square, London, on 20 February 1813, the tenth child of Peter Berthon, an army contractor, who was reduced to comparative poverty by the wreck of a number of his ships and the end of the war in 1814. In 1828 ...

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Browne, Sir Benjamin Chapman (1839–1917), engineer and shipbuilder, was born on 26 August 1839 at Stouts Hill, Uley, Gloucestershire, the youngest of the three sons of Colonel Benjamin Chapman Browne (d. c.1853) of the 9th lancers and later of the Gloucestershire yeomanry...

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Chance, Sir James Timmins, first baronet (1814–1902), glass manufacturer and lighthouse engineer, was born in Birmingham on 22 March 1814, the eldest of the six sons of William Chance (1788–1856), merchant and glass manufacturer, of Spring Grove, Birmingham, and his wife, Phoebe (...

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Churchward, George Jackson (1857–1933), railway engineer, was born at Rowes Farm, Stoke Gabriel, south Devon, on 31 January 1857, the second son in the family of three sons and two daughters of George Churchward, a farmer, and his wife, Adelina Mary Churchward, who was his cousin. He was educated at ...

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Cook, Sir Frederick Charles (1875–1947), highway engineer and advocate of motorways, was born at Switzerland House, Kingston Crescent, Portsea, Hampshire, on 22 April 1875, the second child of Charles Christopher Cook (bap. 1840), contractor, and his wife, Fanny, née Bailey (b...

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Ellerman, Sir John Reeves, second baronet (1909–1973), shipowner and naturalist, was born at 5A Earls Avenue, Folkestone, Kent, on 21 December 1909, the only son and second child (Winifred Ellerman was the eldest child) of Sir John Reeves Ellerman, first baronet (1862–1933)...

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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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Douglas Graham Gilmour (1885–1912) by unknown photographer Sylvia Adams

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Gilmour, Douglas Graham (1885–1912), engineer and aviator, was born at Dartford, Kent, on 7 March 1885, the elder son of the large family of East India merchant David Gilmour (d. 1907), formerly of Shanghai, and his wife, Margaret Jane Muirhead (d...

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Sir Daniel Gooch, first baronet (1816–1889) by Sir Francis Grant, 1872 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Gooch, Sir Daniel, first baronet (1816–1889), railway engineer and executive, was born at Bedlington, Northumberland, on 24 August 1816, the third son of John Gooch (1763–1833) and his wife, Anna Longridge (1783–1863). His father was the cashier and bookkeeper at the Bedlington ironworks, where ...

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Herbert George Hasler (1914–1987) by Eileen Ramsay, c.1960 © Eileen Ramsay / PPL

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Hasler, Herbert George (1914–1987), inventor of sailing equipment and Royal Marines officer, was born in Dublin on 27 February 1914, the younger child and younger son of Lieutenant Arthur Thomas Hasler, quartermaster, of the Royal Army Medical Corps, and his wife, Annie Georgina Andrews...

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Hondelink, Englebert Roger (1890–1972), civil engineer and railway consultant, was born on 13 September 1890 at Dieren, Netherlands, son of Gerrit Hendrik Hondelink (1865–1930×34), stationmaster, and his wife, Gerarda Jacoba Immink (1865–1919). He was educated at Winterswyk high school, followed by a pupillage with the ...