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Andrews, Michael James (1928–1995), artist  

William Feaver

Andrews, Michael James (1928–1995), artist, was born on 30 October 1928 at 142 Glebe Road, Norwich, the second child of Thomas Victor Andrews, an insurance clerk, and his wife, Gertrude Emma, née Green. Reared a Methodist and readied by his parents for a job for life in the ...

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Banting, Sir Frederick Grant (1891–1941), physician and medical researcher  

Michael Bliss

Banting, Sir Frederick Grant (1891–1941), physician and medical researcher, was born near the town of Alliston, Ontario, Canada, on 14 November 1891, the fourth son and fifth and youngest child of William Thompson Banting (1849–1929), a farmer of Irish descent, and his wife, ...

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Bibby, Joseph (1851–1940), animal feed and soap manufacturer  

T. A. B. Corley

Bibby, Joseph (1851–1940), animal feed and soap manufacturer, was born on 12 January 1851 at Conder Mill, Vale of Conder, Lancashire, the second of the three sons of James Bibby, farmer and miller, and his wife, Amelia Barnett. He attended an elementary school until 1861 and the ...

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Bray, Charles (1811–1884), freethinker and social reformer  

Matthew Lee

Bray, Charles (1811–1884), freethinker and social reformer, was born on 31 January 1811 in Coventry, Warwickshire, where he was baptized at St Michael’s on 22 February 1811, the son of Jonathan Bray (1775/6–1835), a wealthy ribbon manufacturer, and his first wife, Elizabeth. Ill as a child, ...

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Coates, Wells Wintemute (1895–1958), architect and industrial designer  

Fiona MacCarthy

Coates, Wells Wintemute (1895–1958), architect and industrial designer, was born on 17 December 1895 in Tokyo, Japan, the eldest of the six children of the Revd Dr Harper Havelock Coates (1865–1934), Canadian-born Methodist medical missionary and professor of philosophy and comparative religion at the ...

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Conway, Moncure Daniel (1832–1907), social reformer and ethical preacher  

John d'Entremont

Conway, Moncure Daniel (1832–1907), social reformer and ethical preacher, was born on 17 March 1832 at Middleton plantation, Stafford county, Virginia, the second of the six children of Walker Peyton Conway (1805–1884), a slave-owning planter, attorney, and judge, and his wife, Margaret (1807–1891)...

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Conway, Moncure Daniel (1832–1907)  

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Moncure Daniel Conway (1832–1907) by Debenham & Gabell © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Elmy, Elizabeth Clarke Wolstenholme (1833–1918)  

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Elizabeth Clarke Wolstenholme Elmy (1833–1918) by A. & G. Taylor, c. 1907 Mary Evans / The Women's Library

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Elmy, Elizabeth Clarke Wolstenholme (1833–1918), campaigner for women's rights  

Sandra Stanley Holton

Elmy, Elizabeth Clarke Wolstenholme (1833–1918), campaigner for women's rights, was born on 30 November 1833, at Cheetham Hill, Manchester, Lancashire, daughter of Joseph Wolstenholme (1804/5–1845), a Methodist minister, and his first wife, Elizabeth Clarke (1803/4–1833), the daughter of a cotton spinner; ...

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Eyles [née Pitcairn; other married name Murray], (Margaret) Leonora (1889–1960), novelist and journalist  

Maroula Joannou

Eyles [née Pitcairn; other married name Murray], (Margaret) Leonora (1889–1960), novelist and journalist, was born on 1 September 1889 at 5 Eastcott Street, Swindon, the eldest of three children of Andrew Tennant Pitcairn (1861–1905) and his wife, Rosa, née Bevan (1863/4–1902). Her family were ...

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Firth, Sir Raymond William (1901–2002)  

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Sir Raymond William Firth (1901–2002) by Walter Bird, 1966 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Firth, Sir Raymond William (1901–2002), anthropologist  

John Davis

Firth, Sir Raymond William (1901–2002), anthropologist, was born on 25 March 1901 in Remuera, Auckland, New Zealand, the elder son and eldest of three children of Wesley Hugh Bourne Firth (1872/3–1977), a builder, and his wife, Marie Elizabeth Jane, née Cartmill. His sister died in infancy....

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Gough [married names Miller, Aberle], (Eleanor) Kathleen (1925–1990), social anthropologist and feminist  

Ronald Frankenberg

Gough [married names Miller, Aberle], (Eleanor) Kathleen (1925–1990), social anthropologist and feminist, was born on 16 August 1925 at Hunsingore, near Wetherby, Yorkshire, daughter and youngest child of Albert Gough (1888–1970) and his second wife, Eleanor, née Umpleby (1892–1965), a devout Methodist who sang and recited in local chapels. Her father became village blacksmith in 1914 and played a major role in introducing combines to ...

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Hall, John Vine (1774–1860), religious writer  

Thomas Hamilton

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Hall, John Vine (1774–1860), religious writer, was born on 14 March 1774 at Diss. His father had been a man of property, but had lost it. At eleven ‘little Jack’ was apprenticed to a schoolmaster who, he recounted, 'taught me to write the law-hands, and, by way of making the most of me, hired me to the then clerk of the peace...

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Hill, (John Edward) Christopher (1912–2003), historian  

Robin Briggs

Hill, (John Edward) Christopher (1912–2003), historian, was born on 6 February 1912 at Norfolk House, Bishopthorpe Road, York, the elder child and only son of Edward Harold Hill, a solicitor, and his wife, Janet Augusta, née Dickinson.

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Hogben, Lancelot Thomas (1895–1975), biologist  

Robert Bud

Hogben, Lancelot Thomas (1895–1975), biologist, was born in Southsea, Hampshire, on 9 December 1895, the eldest of three surviving sons of Thomas Hogben and Margaret Alice Prescott. He had three elder sisters (an elder brother died in infancy). His father was a dry-salter and a Methodist who devoted himself to evangelism. His mother was the daughter of a successful building contractor in ...

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Holmes, Arthur (1890–1965), geologist and geophysicist  

Cherry L. E. Lewis

Holmes, Arthur (1890–1965), geologist and geophysicist, was born on 14 January 1890 at 62 Glen Terrace, Hebburn, Newcastle upon Tyne, the only child of David Holmes (1865–1941), hardware shop assistant, and Emily Dickinson (1869–1952?), schoolteacher, both from Newcastle. Educated at Gateshead higher grade school...

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Hyde, Douglas Arnold (1911–1996), journalist and political activist  

Terry Philpot

Hyde, Douglas Arnold (1911–1996), journalist and political activist, was born on 8 April 1911 at 43 Queen Street, Worthing, Sussex, the son of Gerald Hyde, a pastry cook and confectioner, and his wife, Alice Emily, née Shill, a dressmaker and milliner, who later became a journalist. After living in ...

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Jones, John Gwilym (1904–1988), literary scholar and author  

Gwyn Thomas

Jones, John Gwilym (1904–1988), literary scholar and author, was born on 27 September 1904 at 6 Rathbone Terrace, Y Groeslon, near Caernarfon in north Wales. He lived for the greater part of his life in a house called Angorfa, in that village. He was the only child of ...