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Bailey, Sir George Edwin (1879–1965), electrical engineer and industrialist, was born in Loughborough on 19 October 1879, the tenth child of Thomas W. Bailey, master tailor, and his second wife, Ann Wilmot. He was educated at Loughborough grammar school, and entered the works of the ...

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Beale, Sir Samuel Richard (1881–1964), engineer and industrialist, was born in Birmingham on 7 February 1881, one of two sons of James Samuel Beale (1840–1912) [see under Beale family], solicitor and company director, and his wife, Margaret Field. He was educated at ...

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Budding, Edwin Beard (1796–1846), engineer and inventor, was born on 25 August 1796 and baptized at St Michael's, Eastington and Alkerton, Gloucestershire, on 10 November 1796, the son of Charles Brain Budding (bap. 1755), and his wife, Mary Beard. Nothing is known of ...

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John Cadman, first Baron Cadman (1877–1941) by Ivan Opffer, 1930 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Cadman, John, first Baron Cadman (1877–1941), mining engineer and industrialist, was born on 7 September 1877 at The Villas, in the north Staffordshire mining village of Silverdale, the eldest son of James Cope Cadman (1851–1914) and his wife, Betty, née Keeling (d...

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Sir (Eric) John Callard (1913–1998) by unknown photographer, 1972 © reserved; News International Syndication; photograph National Portrait Gallery, London

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Callard, Sir (Eric) John [Jack] (1913–1998), engineer and industrialist, was born on 15 March 1913 at 162 Union Street, Torquay, Devon, the son of Frank Callard, master baker and confectioner, and his wife, Ada Mary, née Fawkes. He had a brother and a sister, and the family lived over their father's shop. ...

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Corfield, Sir Kenneth George (1924–2016), mechanical engineer and industrialist, was born on 27 January 1924 at home in Westminster Road, Rushall, near Walsall, Staffordshire, the third in the family of four sons of Stanley Corfield (b. 1889), a buyer for an engineering firm, and his wife ...

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Sir George Herbert Dowty (1901–1975) by unknown photographer Royal Aeronautical Society Library

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Dowty, Sir George Herbert (1901–1975), aeronautical engineer and industrialist, was born on 27 April 1901 at Pershore, Worcestershire, the son of William Dowty, a druggist and chemist in Pershore, and his wife, Laura Masters. He was the elder of twin boys by half an hour and the seventh son in the family. The twins were educated in a small private school in ...

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Eccles, Sir Josiah (1897–1967), engineer and industrialist, was born in Cookstown, Co. Tyrone, Ireland on 29 July 1897, one of five sons and seventh of eight children of Johnston Eccles (1856-1920), a farmer, and his wife Mary Ann née Cowan. Educated at ...

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Gibb, Sir Francis Ross [Frank] (1927–2013), engineer and industrialist, was born on 29 June 1927 at the Lying-In Hospital, York Road, Lambeth, London, the son of Robert Gibb (1897–1933), assistant works foreman, and his wife, Violet May (otherwise Mary), née Webb. At the time of his birth registration his parents lived at ...

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William Thomas Henley (1813?–1882) by Basil Holmes, 1870 Institution of Electrical Engineers Archives Department

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Henley, William Thomas (1813?–1882), electrical engineer and manufacturer, was born at Midhurst, Sussex, and from the age of four was brought up by his grandparents. From the ages of six to eleven he received elementary education in Midhurst. Aged sixteen, he moved to ...

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Inskip, Robert Andrew [Robin], second Viscount Caldecote (1917–1999), engineer and industrialist, was born on 8 October 1917 at 10 Eaton Square, Belgravia, London, the only child of Thomas Walker Hobart Inskip, first Viscount Caldecote (1876–1947), barrister and Conservative politician and lord chief justice from 1940 to 1946, and his wife, ...

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Kipping, Sir Norman Victor (1901–1979), electrical engineer and industrialist, was born at 40 Allerton Road, Stoke Newington, London, on 11 May 1901, the younger son and second of three children of Percival Philip Kipping, electrical engineer and owner of the Universal Telephone Company...

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Lorimer, Sir William (1844–1922), locomotive engineer and industrialist, was born on 4 November 1844 in Sanquhar, Dumfriesshire, son of William Lorimer, house factor, and Margaret Whigham. Little is known about his family origins and early life in Sanquhar. He attended the local parish school and at the age of fifteen joined the ...

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Sir Ian Kinloch MacGregor (1912–1998) by David Mansell, 1984 Getty Images – David Mansell

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MacGregor, Sir Ian Kinloch (1912–1998), metallurgical engineer and industrialist, was born on 21 September 1912 at The Bungalow, Kinlochleven, Argyll, the third son of Daniel MacGregor, a works accountant, and his wife, Grace Alexanderina, née Fraser Maclean, a schoolteacher. His parents were leading lights in the ...

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Martin, Sir Thomas Acquin (1850–1906), engineer and industrialist, born at Four Oaks, Sutton Coldfield, near Birmingham, on 6 March 1850, was the son of Patrick William Martin, leather manufacturer, of Birmingham, and his wife, Mary Anne, née Bridges. After education at the Birmingham Oratory School, Edgbaston...