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Coatalen, Louis Hervé (1879–1962), designer of cars and aero-engines, was born on 11 September 1879 at Concarneau, Finistère, the second son of a hotelier and wheelwright, François Marie Coatalen, and his wife, Louise Le Bris. From grammar school at Brest, he went to the ...

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Lanchester, Frederick William [pseud. Paul Netherton-Herries] (1868–1946), car and aircraft designer and engineer, was born on 23 October 1868 at 4 Sandfield Terrace, Lewisham Road, Lewisham, London, the fourth of the eight children of Henry Jones Lanchester (1834–1914), architect, surveyor, and part-time inventor, and his wife, ...

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Wilks, Maurice Cary Ferdinand (1904–1963), motor and aeronautical engineer, was born on 19 August 1904 at Eastoke, Hayling Island, Hampshire, the youngest in the family of five sons and one daughter of Thomas Wilks and his wife, Jane Eliza, née Lovell. He was educated at ...

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Williams, Thomas Eifion Hopkins (1923–2001), civil and transport engineer, was born on 14 June 1923 at Castle House, Lower Cwmtwrch, near Ystradgynlais, Brecknockshire, the second son and fourth child of David Garfield Williams, a miner, and his wife, Annie Mary, née Hopkins. Educated at ...