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Lister, Sir (Robert) Ashton (1845–1929), industrialist, was born on 4 February 1845 in Dursley, Gloucestershire, the third of four sons and the sixth of eight children of George Lister, tanner and wire card maker of Dursley, and his second wife, Louisa Richards, who came from a ...


Simon, Henry (1835–1899), industrialist and inventor, was born Gustav Heinrich Victor Amandus Simon at Brieg, Silesia, then a province of Prussia, on 7 June 1835, the son of Friedrich Gustav Simon (1807–1867), a Jewish civil servant and railway director, and his wife, Antonie Theodora, ...


David Alfred Thomas, first Viscount Rhondda (1856–1918) by Solomon Joseph Solomon, exh. RA 1917 © National Portrait Gallery, London


Thomas, David Alfred, first Viscount Rhondda (1856–1918), politician and industrialist, was born at Ysguborwen, Aberdâr, on 26 March 1856, the fifteenth of the seventeen children—of whom five survived—born to Samuel Thomas (1800–1879), a Merthyr shopkeeper turned coal entrepreneur, and his second wife, Rachel...