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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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Prosser, Richard (1804–1854), inventor and patent reformer, was born in Aston, Warwickshire, on 3 April 1804, the third child of Walter Prosser (1772–c.1840), a joiner and builder, and his wife, Eleanor Davies (1764–1854). Evidence of any formal education is lacking but, during his early employment with the ...

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Simon, Henry (1835–1899), industrialist and inventor, was born Gustav Heinrich Victor Amandus Simon at Brieg, Silesia, then a province of Prussia, on 7 June 1835, the son of Friedrich Gustav Simon (1807–1867), a Jewish civil servant and railway director, and his wife, Antonie Theodora, ...