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Fox, Samson (1838–1903), mechanical and chemical engineer, and benefactor, born at Bowling, near Bradford, Yorkshire, on 11 July 1838, was one of three sons of James Fox, a Leeds cloth-mill worker, and his wife, Sarah Pearson. From the age of ten he worked with his father at the mill; but, showing mechanical aptitude, he was soon apprenticed to the ...

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Smith, Herchel (1925–2001), chemist and philanthropist, was born on 6 May 1925 at 110 Union Street, Plymouth, the son of Nathaniel Smith, bookmaker, and his wife, Florrie, née Hafercorn. His father was one of four brothers who, having served in the First World War, migrated to the west country and established themselves as racecourse bookmakers. After early education in ...

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Young, James (1811–1883), chemist and philanthropist, was born on 13 July 1811 at Drygate, Glasgow, the eldest son of John Young, a self-employed carpenter, and his wife, Jean Wilson (married on 9 February 1809). Young worked for his father and in 1830 began to attend the evening lectures in chemistry of ...