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Adamson, Daniel (1820–1890), engineer and entrepreneur, was born on 30 April 1820 at Shildon, co. Durham. He was the thirteenth of fifteen children, seven sons and eight daughters, born to Daniel Adamson, landlord of the Grey Horse at Shildon, and his wife, Ann...

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Chapman, John (1801–1854), engineer and political economist, was born at Loughborough, Leicestershire, on 20 January 1801, the eldest of the three surviving sons of John Chapman, clockmaker of that town. He received his education first at a school kept by Mr Mowbray, and then under the ...

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Foreman, Sir Philip Frank (1923–2013), engineer and businessman, was born on 16 March 1923 in Harraton Cottages, Ducks Lane, Exning, near Newmarket, Suffolk, the only child of Frank Foreman, farm labourer, and his wife, Mary, née Chapple, daughter of a Manchester police officer. The family soon moved to a farm in ...

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Frame, Sir Alexander Gilchrist [Alistair] (1929–1993), engineer and businessman, was born on 3 April 1929 at 16 Burns Street, Dalmuir, Dunbartonshire, Scotland, the eldest son in the family of four children of Alexander Frame, industrial chemist, and his wife, Mary Gilchrist, née Fraser...

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Francis, (Bertram) Frederick (1919–1998), engineer and businessman, was born on 15 October 1919 at 30 Sumatra Road, Hampstead, London, the only child of Walter Henry Francis (b. 1892), businessman, and his wife, Florence Eleanor Dell (b. 1898). Fred, as he was usually known, was educated at ...

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Jefferson, Sir George Rowland (1921–2012), engineer and business executive, was born on 26 March 1921 at 26 Dumbreck Road, Eltham, London, the second son of Harold Jefferson (1885–1948), electrical engineer and civil servant, and his wife, Eva Ellen Elizabeth, née Hunn (1888–1975). At ...

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Mais, Alan Raymond, Baron Mais (1911–1993), engineer and businessman, was born on 7 July 1911 at Rathmore, Winn Road, Southampton, the only child of Captain Ernest Mais, a master mariner, and his wife, Violet Geraldine, née Thomas. He was educated at Banister Court School, Hampshire...

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Mensforth, Sir Holberry (1871–1951), engineer and engineering company executive, was born at Snow Hill, Bradford, Yorkshire, on 1 May 1871, the second son of Edward Mensforth and his wife, Dorcas, née Harrison. His father was a painter and decorator; his mother's family were machine makers, of ...

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Nelson, (Henry) George, second Baron Nelson of Stafford (1917–1995), engineer and businessman, was born on 2 January 1917 in Stretford, Manchester, the only son and younger child of George Horatio Nelson, first Baron Nelson of Stafford (1887–1962), engineer and industrialist, and his wife, ...

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Pearson, Sir (James) Denning (1908–1992), engineer and businessman, was born on 8 August 1908 in Bootle, Lancashire, the son of James Pearson, engineer, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Henderson. His father died when he was twelve and Pearson moved with his mother to ...

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Reece, Alan Richard (1927–2012), engineer, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, was born on 7 March 1927 at the Princess Christian Maternity Home, 70 Alma Road, Windsor, the son of Richard Reece, a trooper in the Life Guards (later a postman), and his wife, Olive Winifred, ...

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Smith, Gavin (b. c. 1550, d. in or after 1604), engineer and projector, may have been the son of John Smith who in 1558 was the king and queen's fletcher and subsequently master of the Fletchers' Company. Gavin Smith was a citizen of ...

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Williams, Sir Robert, baronet (1860–1938), engineer and businessman, was born on 21 January 1860 at Regent Quay, Aberdeen, one of seven children of William Williams (bap. 1822, d. 1866), whisky distiller, and his wife, Mary (d. 1906), daughter of John Duthie...