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J. A. Ratcliffe

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Eccles, William Henry (1875–1966), physicist and engineer, was born on 23 August 1875 at 2 Buccluch St, Barrow in Furness, Lancashire, the son of Charles Eccles, a blacksmith and later an engineer, and his wife, Annabella Todd. In later life Eccles said that it was in his father's workshop that he had learned about designing metal structures. He was educated privately and in 1894 went as a national scholar to the ...