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Blackburn, Robert (1885–1955), aircraft designer and manufacturer, was born on 26 March 1885 at Kirkstall near Leeds, the eldest of three sons of George William Blackburn, an engineer, and his wife, Kate, née Naylor. His career was influenced by his engineering background—George Blackburn...

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Havilland, Sir Geoffrey de (1882–1965), aircraft and aero-engine designer and manufacturer, was born at Magdala House, Terriers Wycombe, Buckinghamshire, on 27 July 1882, second of three sons of the Revd Charles de Havilland (1854–1920) and his first wife, Alice Jeannette (1854–1911), daughter of ...

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Sir Geoffrey de Havilland (1882–1965) by Sir Oswald Birley, 1940 reproduced with permission of BAE Systems plc

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Hives, Ernest Walter, first Baron Hives (1886–1965), aero-engine designer and industrialist, was born on 21 April 1886 at 20 Cholmeley Road, Earley, Reading, the twelfth child of John William Hives, a factory clerk, of Reading, and his wife, Mary Washbourne. He was educated at ...

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Martin, Sir James (1893–1981), ejector seat designer and manufacturer, was born on 11 September 1893 at Killinchy Woods, Crossgar, co. Down, Ireland. His father, Thomas, a farmer and inventor, died when James was two, leaving his mother, Sarah, to bring up Martin and his only sister. He had designed a three-wheel motorcar before preparing to go to university. A visit to ...

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Miles, Frederick George (1903–1976), aircraft designer and manufacturer, was born on 22 March 1903 in Worthing, Sussex, the oldest of the four sons of Frederick G. Miles, laundry proprietor of Portslade, Shoreham Harbour, Sussex, and his wife, Esther, née Wicks. He left school in ...

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Page, Sir Frederick Handley (1885–1962), aircraft designer and manufacturer, was born on 15 November 1885 at 141 Cranham Villa, Cheltenham, the second child in a family of four sons and one daughter of Frederick Joseph Page, master upholsterer and an active member of the ...

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Roe, Sir (Edwin) Alliott Verdon- (1877–1958), aircraft designer and manufacturer, was born Edwin Alliott Verdon Roe at Patricroft, Manchester, on 26 April 1877, the fourth child of a family of three girls and four boys of Edwin Hodgson Roe, a doctor, and his wife, ...