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Argyle, Jesse William (1859–1924), social investigator and statistician, was born at 7 Argyle Road, Mile End, London, on 4 September 1859, the elder of two sons of Jesse Smith Argyle (1834/5–1866), a grocer's travelling salesman, and his wife, Martha Annie, née Mattocks. After their father's death ...

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Bartholomew, David John (1931–2017), statistician, was born at Limpsfield, High Street, Oakley, Bedfordshire, on 6 August 1931, the elder son and eldest of three children of Albert Bartholomew (1904–1989), laundry delivery man, and his wife, Joyce, née Payne (1906–2001), an organist at ...

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Brass, William [Bill] (1921–1999), demographer and statistician, was born in Edinburgh on 5 September 1921, the only son and second of the three children of John Brass (1892–1962), engineer, and his wife, Margaret Tait, née Haig (1893–1968), dressmaker. Family circumstances were not easy: his father was gassed in the First World War and never fully recovered. Compulsory attendance at Presbyterian services during childhood had no enduring effect, although the other family commitment, to the ...

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Fox, Alan (1920–2002), sociologist and industrial historian, was born at 102 Goldsmith Avenue, Manor Park, West Ham, in the East End of London, on 23 January 1920, the only child of Walter Henry Fox, a journeyman typewriting machine enameller who had served in the First World War, and his wife, ...

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Sir Patrick Geddes (1854–1932) by Lafayette, 1931 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Geddes, Sir Patrick (1854–1932), social evolutionist and city planner, was born at Ballater, west Aberdeenshire, Scotland, on 2 October 1854, the youngest son of Alexander Geddes (1808–1899), and his wife, Janet Stivenson. His father was a quartermaster in the Black Watch; his mother came from a family of strict Presbyterian covenanters....

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Harrisson, Tom Harnett (1911–1976), ornithologist, museum curator, and co-founder of the Mass-Observation social survey project, was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on 26 September 1911, the elder of the two children of Brigadier-General Geoffry Harnett Harrisson (1881–1939) and his wife, Marie Ellen (Doll; 1886–1961)...

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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...