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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 ...

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Finlayson, James (1772?–1852?), engineer and cotton manufacturer, was probably born on 29 August 1772 in the parish of Penicuik, near Edinburgh. Of his early life in Scotland nothing is known, and it is in St Petersburg in Russia at the end of the eighteenth century that he first makes his appearance, as a master machinist at the ...

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Grubb, Thomas (1800–1878), engineer and telescope builder, was born on 4 August 1800 at Waterford, son of William Grubb, draper, of Capel Street, Dublin, and his second wife, Eleanor Fayle, both members of the Society of Friends. Thomas was the great-great-grandson of Ishmael Grubb...

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Jordan, Thomas Brown (1807–1890), engineer, was born at Bristol on 24 October 1807, the son of a Quaker engineer, Thomas Jordan. He began life as an artist, moving in his early twenties to Falmouth where he became drawing master to Barclay, son of ...

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Priestman, William Dent (1847–1936), engineer, was born on 23 August 1847 at East Mount, Sutton, near Hull, the second son of eleven children of Samuel Priestman (1800–1872), corn miller and railway company director, and his wife, Mary Anne (1807–1899), daughter of William Dent...

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Tangye, Sir Richard (1833–1906), machine tool manufacturer and engineer, born at Broad Lane, Illogan, Cornwall, on 24 November 1833, was the fifth son in a family of six sons and three daughters of Joseph Tangye, a Quaker Cornish miner of Redruth (who afterwards became a small shopkeeper and farmer there), and his wife, ...

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Wigham, John Richardson (1829–1906), engineer and inventor of gas lighting for lighthouses, was born on 15 January 1829 at 5 South Gray Street, Edinburgh, the youngest of three sons (there were three daughters) of John Wigham (c.1784–1864), shawl manufacturer, of Edinburgh...