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Askham, Janet Mary (1941–2008), sociologist, was born on 27 October 1941 at Paxton Park, Little Paxton, St Neots, Huntingdonshire, the only daughter of the Revd Leonard Charles Askham (1898–1983), vicar of Godmanchester, and his wife, (Grace) Hilda, née Mallett (1908–1952). She had four brothers, ...

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Banks [née Davies], Olive Lucy (1923–2006), sociologist, historian, and feminist, was born at 10 Riley Road, Enfield Highway, Middlesex, on 2 July 1923, the only child of Herbert Alfred Davies, a house decorator, and later builder and contractor, and his wife, Jessie Louise, ...

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Florence Eveleen Eleanore Bell, Lady Bell (1851–1930) by unknown photographer courtesy of Middlesbrough Libraries & Information

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Bell [née Olliffe], Florence Eveleen Eleanore, Lady Bell (1851–1930), author, social investigator, and playwright, was born on 9 September 1851 at 2 rue St Florentin, Paris, the youngest of the four children of Sir Joseph Olliffe (1808–1869), physician to the British embassy in ...

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Blaxter [née Hall], Mildred Lillington (1925–2010), sociologist, was born on 27 March 1925 in Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne, the elder child and only daughter of Robert Charlton Hall, bank manager, and his wife, Mildred Violet, née Gleed (1897–1963), actress. At the beginning of the Second World War her parents sent her to live with an aunt in ...

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Helen Bosanquet (1860–1925) by unknown photographer © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bosanquet [née Dendy], Helen (1860–1925), social theorist and social reformer, was born in Manchester on 10 February 1860. She was the youngest daughter and the fifth child in the family of five sons and four daughters of the Revd John Dendy, who had been a nonconformist minister, and then became a businessman in ...

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Crompton [née Baxendale], Rosemary (1942–2011), sociologist, was born on 22 April 1942 at 380 Rochdale Old Road, Bury, Lancashire, the only daughter of (James) Wray Baxendale (1916–1990), pharmacist, and his wife, Mona, née Everett (1913–1987). She had one brother, Christopher (b...

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Davidoff, Leonore (1932–2014), sociologist and historian, was born in New York on 31 January 1932, the daughter of Leo Max Davidoff (1898–1975), and his wife Ida née Fisher (1903–2001). Her parents were both Jewish immigrants from eastern Europe. Her father had migrated to the ...

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Jean Esther Floud (1915–2013) by Christopher Pemberton, 1983 © courtesy the Artist's Estate / The Principal and Fellows, Newnham College, Cambridge

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Floud [née McDonald], Jean Esther (1915–2013), sociologist, was born on 3 November 1915 at 496 London Road, Westcliff on Sea, Essex, the only daughter of Ernest Walter McDonald, cobbler and shoe salesman, and his wife, Annie Louisa, née Watson. She attended local primary and secondary schools, and when her family moved to ...

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Glass [née Lazarus; other married name Durant], Ruth Adele (1912–1990), sociologist, was born on 30 June 1912 in Berlin, Germany, the second of three daughters (there were no sons) of Eli Lazarus, described on her marriage certificate as a factory burner, a member of a distinguished Jewish family with a long rabbinical tradition, and his wife, ...

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Hewitt, Margaret (1928–1991), sociologist and churchwoman, was born on 25 October 1928 at 63 Seedley Road, Pendleton, Salford, Lancashire, the daughter of Robert Henry Hewitt, who worked in the local education office, and his wife, Jessie, née Jones. She was educated at Pendleton girls' high school...

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Hulton, Louise Anne (1970–2017), social statistician, demographer, and maternal health campaigner, was born on 18 December 1970 at Buckland Hospital, Dover, the daughter of Frederick George Hulton (b. 1944), a civil engineer then serving as a captain in the Royal Engineers...

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Hutchins, Elizabeth Leigh (1858–1935), social investigator and socialist, was born on 20 April 1858 at 25 Hanover Square, London, the daughter of Frederick Leigh Hutchins, a solicitor, and his wife, Emily Every. Little is known about her early years. Privately educated, she later attended ...

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Jefferys [née Davies], Margaret [Margot] (1916–1999), medical sociologist, was born on 1 November 1916 in Madras, India, the second of three daughters and third among the four children of (James) Arthur Davies, barrister and principal of the Law College in Madras, and his wife, ...

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Jephcott, (Agnes) Pearl (1900–1980), social researcher, was born on 1 May 1900 at Church Street, Alcester, Warwickshire, the youngest of the four children of Edward Arthur Jephcott, auctioneer, and his wife, Agnes Amelia, née Boobbyer. She attended Alcester grammar school and then the ...

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Jones [née Savage], Kathleen [Kay] (1922–2010), historian and scholar of social policy, was born on 7 April 1922 at the Royal Free Hospital, St Pancras, London, the daughter of William Robert Thomas Savage, a furnisher's porter, and later a groundsman, and his wife, ...

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McIntosh, Mary Susan (1936–2013), sociologist, feminist, and campaigner for gay rights, was born on 13 March 1936 at New End Hospital, Hampstead, London, the younger child of Albert William (Mac) McIntosh (1904–1994), a businessman who later became professor of marketing at the London Business School...

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Enid Mary Mumford (1924–2006) by unknown photographer Manchester Business School