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Clark, Alfred Corning (1873–1950), record and electrical goods manufacturer, was born in New York, USA, on 19 December 1873, the elder son of Walter Lowry Clark, a chocolate manufacturer, and his wife, Mary Rowe. His parents' families were both of English extraction and his background was distinctly patrician—his great-uncle had been a ...

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Dockwra [Dockwray], William (bap. 1635?, d. 1716), promoter of the penny post and copper and brass manufacturer, was born in the parish of St Olave Jewry, London, and was almost certainly the son of John Dockrey (d. 1646×50), armourer, and his wife, ...

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Lampson, Sir Curtis Miranda, first baronet (1806–1885), fur merchant and telegraph cable promoter, the fourth son of William Lampson of Newhaven, Vermont, USA, and his wife, Rachel, daughter of George Powell of Louisborough, Massachusetts, was born in Newhaven, Vermont, on 21 September 1806. He worked first as a clerk in a store in ...

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Lewis, Sir Edward Roberts (1900–1980), record and gramophone company executive, was born at Allerton Mount, Duffield Road, Derby on 19 April 1900, the only son in the family of four children of Sir Alfred Edward Lewis (1868–1940), banker, and his wife, May Roberts...

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Mullard, Stanley Robert (1883–1979), radio engineer and industrialist, was born in Bermondsey, London, on 1 November 1883, the third of five children of Robert Mullard and his wife, Ann, née Ludford. He left school at the age of fourteen, joining Mackey's Electric Lamp Company Ltd...

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Murphy, Frank (1889–1955), radio manufacturer, was born on 16 June 1889 at Penwith Villa, 25 Wrottesley Road, West Plumstead, Woolwich, London, the youngest son of the seven surviving children of John James Murphy (1853–1917), schoolmaster, and his wife, Annie, née Leggo (1855–1924). Following ...

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Pender, Sir John (1816–1896), textile merchant and telegraph entrepreneur, was born on 10 September 1816, at Bonhill, Dunbartonshire, Scotland, the second child of James Pender, textile merchant of the Vale of Leven, Dunbartonshire, and his wife, Marion, née Mason. Pender had a sister, ...

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Pye, William George (1869–1949), scientific instrument and radio manufacturer, was born at Battersea, London, on 27 October 1869, the eldest son and the third of the eight children of William Thomas Pye and his wife, Elizabeth. Trained as a scientific instrument maker by his father, who was associated with the ...

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Samuel, Frank (1889–1954), gramophone manufacturer and industrialist, was born on 19 January 1889 at 20 Marlborough Place, London, the youngest of three children in the Jewish family of Nelson Samuel and his wife, Harriett Hymans. Nelson headed the prosperous family business of Barnett Samuel...

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Stanley, Charles Orr (1899–1989), promoter of telecommunications and industrialist, was born on 15 April 1899 in Cappoquin, co. Waterford, Ireland, the second son and fourth of six children of John Stanley (b. 1850), a farmer and entrepreneurial merchant of that town, and ...

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Sterling, Sir Louis Saul (1879–1958), gramophone company manager and industrialist, was born into a Jewish family on 31 May 1879 in New York's Lower East Side, the son of Morris Isaac Sterling, an accountant. Little is known of his childhood beyond his own frequently repeated story of selling newspapers on the streets of ...

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Whent, Sir Gerald Arthur [Gerry] (1927–2002), businessman, was born on 1 March 1927 in Ferozepore, India, the youngest of the four children of Major Albert Whent, an officer in the Royal Artillery. He was educated at St Mary's College, Southampton, but was more interested in sport than academia and left at the age of sixteen to become an apprentice in an aircraft factory. Two years later, in 1945, he joined the army as a regular soldier. His military career took him to ...

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Sir Gerald Arthur Whent (1927–2002) by unknown photographer, 1992 Universal Pictorial Press