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Akers, Sir Wallace Alan (1888–1954), chemist and industrialist, was born on 9 September 1888 at Walthamstow, the second child of Charles Akers, a chartered accountant, and his wife, Mary Ethelreda Brown. He was educated at Lake House School in Bexhill, and at Aldenham School...

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Allen, Sir Peter Christopher (1905–1993), chemist and industrialist, was born at Mawmead, Ashtead, Surrey, on 8 September 1905, the son of Sir Ernest King Allen (1864–1937), barrister and later assistant public trustee, and his wife, Florence Mary, née Gellatly. After Harrow School (1919–24) he studied natural sciences at ...

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Bain, Sir Frederick William (1889–1950), chemist and industrialist, was born on 22 March 1889 at Macduff, Banffshire, the son of James Bain, agent for the Macduff Commercial Company, and his wife, Isabella Strachan. Educated at the Banff Academy, he was only seventeen when the death of his father put an end to his hopes of a university career. He moved with his mother and younger sister to ...

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Calvert, Frederick Crace- (1819–1873), industrial and analytical chemist, was born on 14 November 1819 in London, the son of Alfred Crace, who later emigrated to Canada to escape his debts, and adopted the name Crace-Calvert. Nothing is known of Crace-Calvert's early education; at the age of sixteen he went to ...

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Davies, Duncan Sheppey (1921–1987), chemist and industrialist, was born in Liverpool on 20 April 1921, the only child of Duncan Samuel Davies, stockbroker, and his wife, Elsie Dora, née May. He grew up in Liverpool and was educated at Liverpool College. He went to ...

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Alexander Fleck, Baron Fleck (1889–1968) by Sir Lawrence Gowing, 1957 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Fleck, Alexander, Baron Fleck (1889–1968), chemist and industrialist, was born in Glasgow on 11 November 1889, the only son of Robert Fleck, coal merchant, and his wife, Agnes Hendry, daughter of James Duncan, coal clerk. He was educated at Saltcoats public school and ...

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Keir, James (1735–1820), chemist and industrialist, was born on 29 September 1735 at Edinburgh, the youngest of eighteen children of John Keir (1686–1743), landowner of Muirton and Queenshaugh, Stirlingshire, and his wife, Magdaline, née Lind (1691–1775). His mother was the sister of George Lind...

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Nicholson, Edward Chambers (1827–1890), chemist and dye manufacturer, was born in January 1827 at Lincoln, the seventh son of Robert Nicholson. His mother died the following year and he was brought up by an aunt and, when he was ten, sent away to school in ...

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Rogers, John (1878–1975), chemist and industrialist, was born on 24 May 1878 in the Gorbals, Glasgow, the son of Richard and Sarah Rogers. He was educated at a local board school until he was fourteen and then, while working as a laboratory boy at the ...

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Warner, Sir Frederick Edward [Ned] (1910–2010), chemical engineer, was born on 31 March 1910 at 14 Prospect Terrace, Holloway, London, the eldest of three children of Frederick Warner, a Metropolitan Police detective, later a chief inspector, and his wife, Annie Elizabeth Ellen, née...