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Veale, Sir Alan John Ralph (1920–2006), engineer and industrialist, was born on 2 February 1920 at 86 Monks Road, Exeter, the son of Leslie Henry Veale (d. 1971), wholesale fruit merchant, and his wife, Eleanor, née Davies. Educated at Exeter School, he took an early interest in what was then the new technology of electricity generation, and he secured an apprenticeship at ...