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Costard, George (bap. 1710, d. 1782), writer on ancient astronomy, was baptized on 20 January 1710 at St Mary's Church, Shrewsbury, the son of the Revd Edward Coster, vicar of St Mary's, and his wife, Anne. Educated at Shrewsbury grammar school, in 1726 he matriculated at ...

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Dingle, Herbert (1890–1978), physicist, historian, and philosopher of science, was born at 44 Chantry Road, Stockwell, London, on 2 August 1890, the son of James Henry Dingle (1858–1890), a Liberal Party activist, and his wife, Emily Jane, née Gorddard (1863/4–1946...

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Gimpel, Jean Victor (1918–1996), cultural historian and historian of medieval technology, was born in Paris on 10 October 1918. Of Jewish descent, he was the third son of René Gimpel (d. 1944), a leading art dealer and friend of Renoir and Proust...

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North, John David (1934–2008), historian, was born at 61 Kipling Road, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, on 19 May 1934, the son of John Ernest North (1901–1987), wool buyer, and his wife, Gertrude Annie, née Lobley (1902–1989). Both parents were born in Bradford. After attending the grammar school at ...

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Rolt, (Lionel) Thomas Caswall (1910–1974), engineering historian, was born on 11 February 1910 at Eaton Road, Chester, the only child of Lionel Caswall Rolt, a minor country gentleman, and his wife, Jemima Clarke (subsequently Timperley). He was distantly related to Kyrle Willans, the son of ...

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Whiteside, Derek Thomas [Tom] (1932–2008), historian of mathematics, was born on 23 July 1932 at the Corporation Maternity Home, Devonshire Road, Blackpool, the second son of Ernest Whiteside, photographer, and his wife, Edith, née Watts (1899/1900–1937). The family lived in Blacow Street, Blackpool...

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Whitrow, Gerald James (1912–2000), mathematician, historian, and philosopher of science, was born on 9 June 1912 at Kimmeridge, Dorset, the eldest son of George William Whitrow (1875–1953), a farmer, and his wife, Emily, formerly Watkins (1872–1955). In 1916 the family moved to Clapham, London...