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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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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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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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Keir, James (1735–1820), chemist and industrialist, was born on 29 September 1735 at Edinburgh, the youngest of eighteen children of John Keir (1686–1743), landowner of Muirton and Queenshaugh, Stirlingshire, and his wife, Magdaline, née Lind (1691–1775). His mother was the sister of George Lind...

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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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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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Southwell, Sir (Charles Archibald) Philip (1894–1981), petroleum geologist and industrialist, was born at Oak Royce, Calverley Lane, Rodley, Calverley, Yorkshire, on 6 June 1894, the only son of Charles Edward Southwell, medical practitioner, and his wife, Clare, née Beaumont. Educated at Newcastle under Lyme high school...

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Stanley, Charles Orr (1899–1989), promoter of telecommunications and industrialist, was born on 15 April 1899 in Cappoquin, co. Waterford, Ireland, the second son and fourth of six children of John Stanley (b. 1850), a farmer and entrepreneurial merchant of that town, and ...