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Crossland, Sir Bernard (1923–2011), engineer, was born on 20 October 1923 at 57 Siddons Road, Sydenham, London, the second son of Reginald Francis Crossland (1894–1976), engineer, and his wife, Kathleen Mary, née Rudduck (1896–1950). His grandfather and great-grandfather also had engineering backgrounds. The family moved to ...

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Feilden, Geoffrey Bertram Robert [Bob] (1917–2004), engineer, was born on 20 February 1917, at 31 Meadway Court, Golders Green, London, the oldest of five sons of Captain, later Major, (Robert) Humphrey Feilden, an officer in the Royal Field Artillery, and his wife, Olive, ...

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Walter Hancock (1799–1852) by R. Roffe, pubd 1836 (after Charles Hancock) © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hancock, Walter (1799–1852), engineer and inventor of steam carriages, was born on 16 June 1799, the sixth son of James Hancock, a timber merchant and cabinet-maker at Marlborough, Wiltshire. Thomas Hancock (1786–1865), who developed the manufacture of rubber, was his brother. After serving an apprenticeship to a watchmaker and jeweller in ...

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Johnston, George (1855–1945), engineer, was born at West Linton, Peebleshire, on 3 August 1855, the third child of James Aitchison Johnston, the United Presbyterian minister of West Linton, and his wife, Janet, née Fulton. His mother came from Glasgow and in 1861 his father accepted the call to be minister of the congregation at ...

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Wasbrough, Matthew (bap. 1753, d. 1781), engineer and inventor of steam engines, born at 3 Narrow Wine Street, Bristol, was baptized on 18 November 1753, the son of Mary and William Wasbrough. William Wasbrough was originally a barber–surgeon and peruke maker, who was in partnership with ...