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Pepper, John Henry (1821–1900), popularizer of science, illusionist, and manager of the Royal Polytechnic Institution, was born at Great Queen Street, Westminster, on 17 June 1821, the son of Charles Bailey Pepper (d. 1854), a painter and glazier, civil engineer, and public works contractor, and his wife, ...

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Sargant, Naomi Ellen, Lady McIntosh of Haringey (1933–2006), broadcaster and educationist, was born on 10 December 1933 at 42 Talbot Road, Hornsey, London, the younger daughter of Thomas (Tom) Sargant, then a bank clerk, later a metal merchant and later still first secretary of ...

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Scupham, John (1904–1990), educationist and broadcaster, was born on 7 September 1904 in Market Rasen, Lincolnshire, the younger son and third of five children of Roger Scupham, master builder and monumental mason, and his wife, Kate, daughter of Thomas Hulme Whittingham, proprietor of the ...

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Mary Somerville (1897–1963) by unknown photographer BBC Picture Archives

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Somerville, Mary (1897–1963), educationist and broadcasting executive, was born in New Zealand on 1 November 1897, the eldest daughter of the Revd James Alexander Somerville, of Gullane, East Lothian, Scotland, who at one time had been chairman of a Scottish school board, and his wife, ...