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Andrews, William (1835–1914), industrial designer, entrepreneur, and politician, was born in Coventry on 17 March 1835, the only son of three children of James and Isabella Andrews. His father was a Scot, a former regular soldier, and small businessman of Coventry. Andrews attended ...

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Beckett, Sir Terence Norman (1923–2013), industrialist and business leader, was born on 13 December 1923 at 41 Tasker Street, Walsall, the son of Horace Norman Beckett (1901–1979), a junior civil servant, and his wife, Clarice Lillie, otherwise Clarice Lillian, née Allsopp (1892–1967), both from ...

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Clark, Sir Allen George (1898–1962), entrepreneur and industrialist, was born on 24 August 1898 in Brookline, Massachusetts, in the United States of America, the elder child and only son of Byron George Clark, a businessman who travelled extensively in Europe on behalf of the ...

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Fox, Robert Were (1754–1818), merchant and industrial entrepreneur, was born on 5 July 1754 in Fowey, Cornwall, the second of the five sons of George Croker Fox (d. 1807) and his wife, Mary. The Foxes were a Quaker family holding a long-established and significant position in Cornish commercial life. As mine owner, merchant, and shipping agent, ...

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Knight, Sir Arthur William (1917–2003), industrialist, was born on 29 March 1917 at 47 Park Road, Tottenham, London, the son of Arthur Frederick Knight, a steel hardener and later a railway porter, and his wife, Emily, née Scott. He was educated at Tottenham county school...

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Paley, Richard (bap. 1746, d. 1808), industrialist and entrepreneur, was born in Langcliffe, Giggleswick, and baptized on 10 August 1746 at Giggleswick parish church in the West Riding of Yorkshire, the second of the four children of George Paley (1721–1765), a freeholder, of ...

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Shaw, John (1782–1859), entrepreneur and industrialist, was born in Penn, Staffordshire, the son of John Shaw, farmer and maltster, and his wife, Elizabeth, née Edwards. He had a brother and a sister. Little is known of his early life, but by 1800 he had been apprenticed to a ...

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Sir Alfred Joseph Shepperd (1925–2007) by unknown photographer, 1980s Wellcome Library, London

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Shepperd, Sir Alfred Joseph [Shep] (1925–2007), industrialist, was born on 19 June 1925 at 37 St Peter Street, Bethnal Green, London, the son of Alfred Charles Shepperd (1898–1939), printer, and his wife, Mary Ann, née Williams (1896–1975), milliner. His maternal grandmother, Amelia Williams (...

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Tata, Jamshed Nasarwanji [Jamsetji] (1839–1904), entrepreneur and industrialist in India, born on 3 March 1839 at Navsari, in Gujarat, was the only son of five children of Nasarwanji Ratanji Tata, a Parsi of priestly family, and his wife (and cousin), Jiverbai Cowasjee Tata...

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Jamshed Nasarwanji Tata (1839–1904) by unknown photographer, 1885 © Tata Central Archives

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Wilkes, Joseph (bap. 1733, d. 1805), industrialist and entrepreneur, was the fourth of nine children and second son of Joseph Wilkes (1698–1769), grocer, of Overseal, Derbyshire, and Elizabeth, his wife (d. 1762). His grandfather was another Joseph Wilkes (1670–1749), a nailer, of ...