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Blackham, Harold John (1903–2009), philosopher, humanist, and educationist, was born on 31 March 1903 at 4 Piers Road, Handsworth, near Birmingham, the only son and youngest of four children of Walter Roland Blackham (1875–1911), bookseller and publisher, and his wife, Harriet Mary, née...

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Goldsworthy Lowes Dickinson (1862–1932) by Roger Fry, 1925 The Provost and Scholars of King's College, Cambridge

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Dickinson, Goldsworthy Lowes (1862–1932), scholar and advocate of a league of nations, was born on 6 August 1862 at Langham Chambers, near Oxford Circus, London, the third of the five children of Lowes Cato Dickinson (1819–1908) and his wife, Margaret Ellen (d...

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Elvin, (Herbert) Lionel (1905–2005), educationist, was born on 7 August 1905 at 2 Laurel Villas, Hills Road, Buckhurst Hill, Essex, the eldest of the three sons of Herbert Henry Elvin (1874–1949), engineer's clerk, trade unionist, and lay preacher, and his wife, Mary Jane (Dolly), ...

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Faris, Ahmad [Aḣmad Fāris; formerly Faris ibn Yusuf al-Shidyaq] (1805/6–1887), author and translator, was born in al-Hadath, Lebanon, the youngest of five sons of Abu Husayn Yusuf ibn Mansur al-Shidyaq (1762–1821), secretary and tutor of Lebanese chieftains, and his wife, the daughter of ...

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Finley, Sir Moses I. (1912–1986), historian and sociologist, was born in New York on 20 May 1912, the eldest in the family of three sons and one daughter of Nathan Finkelstein, mechanical engineer, of New York, and his wife, Anna Katzenellenbogen. In October 1946 he followed his brothers and changed his name to ...

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Garnett [married name Crow], Alice (1903–1989), geographer, was born at 83 Cicada Road, Wandsworth, London, on 15 May 1903, the daughter of George Garnett, publisher's clerk and later company secretary, and his wife, Alice, née Brooks. After studying geography at University College, London...

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Richard Burdon Haldane, Viscount Haldane (1856–1928) by Lafayette, 1906 V&A Images, The Victoria and Albert Museum

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Haldane, Richard Burdon, Viscount Haldane (1856–1928), politician, educationist, and lord chancellor, was born at 17 Charlotte Square, Edinburgh, on 30 July 1856. He was the second son (but first surviving infancy) of Robert Haldane (1805–1877), writer to the signet and a Baptist, and his second wife, ...

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Sir (Alfred) Daniel Hall (1864–1942) by Lafayette, 1927 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hall, Sir (Alfred) Daniel (1864–1942), agricultural educationist and researcher, was born on 22 June 1864 at 44 Milnrow Road, Rochdale, Lancashire, the eldest of the five children of Edwin Hall (1835–1918), flannel manufacturer, and his wife, Mary Ann Billett (d. 1888), daughter of ...

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James Harold Kirkup (1918–2009) by Maurice de Sausmarez, 1951 © by kind permission of Jane de Sausmarez; image courtesy University of Leeds Art Collection

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Kirkup, James Harold (1918–2009), poet and translator, was born at 19 Robertson Street, South Shields, co. Durham, on 23 April 1918, the son of James Harold Kirkup (1886–1958), a carpenter then serving as a company sergeant-major in the Royal Marines, and his wife ...

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MacAlister, Sir John Young Walker (1856–1925), librarian, was born on 10 May 1856 in Perth, the second of the surviving three sons and three daughters of Donald MacAlister (1825–1881), publisher's agent, and his wife, Euphemia Kennedy (fl. 1826–1905). Educated at Liverpool high school...

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Muirhead, John Henry (1855–1940), philosopher, was the third son of John William Muirhead (d. 1857), writer to the signet, of Glasgow, and his wife, Mary Burns (d. 1891), who claimed a connection with the novelist Susan Ferrier and her nephew the philosopher ...

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Perry, Walter Laing Macdonald, Baron Perry of Walton (1921–2003), pharmacologist and university administrator, was born on 16 June 1921 at 5 Nelson Terrace, Dundee, the son of Fletcher Smith Perry (1888–1960), an officer (later head) of the customs and excise in Scotland, and his wife, ...

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Sturt, Henry Cecil (1863–1946), philosopher, was born on 14 June 1863 in Sheen Vale, Mortlake, Surrey, the son of Henry Sturt, a surgeon, and Mary Elizabeth Sturt, née Terry. In 1882 he won a Hastings exhibition scholarship to Queen's College, Oxford, where he took a first class in ...

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Joseph Sidney Weiner (1915–1982) by unknown photographer, early 1970s Institute of Biological Anthropology

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Weiner, Joseph Sidney (1915–1982), human biologist and environmental physiologist, was born on 29 June 1915 at Nourse Mines in Johannesburg, Transvaal, South Africa, the second of the seven children of Robert Weiner (1885–1966), general dealer, and his wife Fanny (Chana), née Simon (1896–1978)...