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Adamson, Daniel (1820–1890), engineer and entrepreneur, was born on 30 April 1820 at Shildon, co. Durham. He was the thirteenth of fifteen children, seven sons and eight daughters, born to Daniel Adamson (1778–1832), landlord of the Grey Horse at Shildon, and his wife, ...

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Francis, (Bertram) Frederick (1919–1998), engineer and businessman, was born on 15 October 1919 at 30 Sumatra Road, Hampstead, London, the only child of Walter Henry Francis (b. 1892), businessman, and his wife, Florence Eleanor Dell (b. 1898). Fred, as he was usually known, was educated at ...

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Ligon, Richard (c. 1585–1662), business agent and natural science writer, was the son of Thomas Ligon of Elstone in Wiltshire and his wife, Frances, daughter of Hugh Dennis of Pucklechurch, Gloucestershire. His life before the 1630s is poorly documented, although he was apparently active at court. ...

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Mensforth, Sir Holberry (1871–1951), engineer and engineering company executive, was born at Snow Hill, Bradford, Yorkshire, on 1 May 1871, the second son of Edward Mensforth and his wife, Dorcas, née Harrison. His father was a painter and decorator; his mother's family were machine makers, of ...

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See Paget, Sir Richard Arthur Surtees, second baronet

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Simmons, John Richardson Mainwaring (1902–1985), office systems pioneer and company director, was born on 18 March 1902 at 52 Ward Place, Cinnamon Gardens, Colombo, Ceylon, the third child of Sydney Mainwaring Simmons (1870–1955), clerk in holy orders, and his first wife, Beatrice Margaret Reynolds (1869–1907)...

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Watts, Thomas (d. 1742), mathematician and entrepreneurial agent, was the son of William Watts of Shanks House, near Wincanton, Somerset. He was probably born before 1695 and his education must have been good, although he did not attend either English university. He first appears as author of ...

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Young, Arthur Primrose (1885–1977), electrical engineer and management adviser, was born in Shields, Ayrshire, on 2 July 1885, the seventh son and youngest of nine children of William Young, farmer, and his wife, Mary Potts, née Walker. The family moved to Hertfordshire when ...