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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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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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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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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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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...

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Morris, Sir (James) Richard Samuel [Dick] (1925–2008), engineer and industrialist, was born on 20 November 1925 at Upper Heath, Hampstead, London, the son of James John Morris (d. 1976), banker, and his wife, Kathleen Mary, née McNaughton (d. 1976). At the time of his birth registration his parents lived at ...

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Ruston, Joseph (1835–1897), engineer and manufacturer, was born in February 1835 at Chatteris, Cambridgeshire, son of Robert Ruston (d. 1850/51), farmer. He was educated at Wesley College, Sheffield, and was apprenticed in the cutlery firm of Wolstenholme & Son. Opportunities for advancement in this old-established firm were limited, so he sought a partnership elsewhere, having some capital inherited from his father, who had died when ...

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Watt, James (1769–1848), engineer and manufacturer, was born on 5 February 1769 at Glasgow, the son of the engineer James Watt (1736–1819) and his first wife and cousin, Margaret Miller, who died in 1773. The younger James had difficulties with his father and his father's second wife, ...