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Thomas Crapper (bap. 1836, d. 1910) by Edith Bertha Crapper V&A Images, The Victoria and Albert Museum; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Crapper, Thomas (bap. 1836, d. 1910), plumber, was born at Thorne, Yorkshire, and baptized on 28 September 1836 at St Nicholas's Church, Thorne, the fourth of five sons of Charles Crapper, steamboat captain, and his wife, Sarah. The claim that, aged eleven, he walked the ...

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Robert Hunt

revised by J. A. Secord

Crosse, Andrew (1784–1855), electrician, was born on 17 June 1784 at Fyne Court in the parish of Broomfield, Somerset. He was the son of Richard Crosse (d. 1800), high sheriff of Somerset, and his second wife, Susanna (d. 1805), daughter of ...

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W. J. Harrison

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Gassiot, John Peter (1797–1877), electrician, was born in London on 2 April 1797. He went to school at Lee and was for a few years a midshipman in the Royal Navy. He married, on 6 February 1819, Elizabeth Scott, and had nine sons and three daughters; six of his children survived him. ...

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G. C. Boase

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Noad, Henry Minchin (1815–1877), electrician, was born at Shawford, near Frome, Somerset, on 22 June 1815, the oldest of three sons of Humphrey Noad (d. 1845) and his wife, Maria Hunn (d. 1860), a half-sister of George Canning. He was educated at ...

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Porter, David (1746/7–1819), chimney sweep, social reformer, and property developer, was the son of Stephen Porter (1727/8–1766), an itinerant country chimney sweep from Peterborough. His mother was probably Mary Porter, Stephen Porter's wife at the time of his death. According to his Considerations on the Present State of Chimney Sweepers...

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William Sturgeon (1783–1850) by unknown engraver © National Portrait Gallery, London

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William Gee

revised by Frank A. J. L. James

Sturgeon, William (1783–1850), electrician and scientific lecturer, was born on 22 May 1783 at Whittington, Lancashire, near Kirkby Lonsdale, the only son of John Sturgeon, shoemaker, and his wife, Betsy Adcock (d. 1793), the daughter of a small shopkeeper. All accounts of his father, who had migrated from ...

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Whitehouse, (Edward Orange) Wildman (1816–1890), surgeon and electrician, was born in Liverpool on 1 October 1816, the youngest child of a merchant. He had several brothers and at least four sisters. Although best known for his work on the first Atlantic telegraph of 1858 he was a surgeon by profession, having been an articled student of the ...