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Abrams, Mark Alexander [formerly Max Alexander Abramowitz] (1906–1994), social scientist, was born at 57 Balfour Road, Edmonton, London, on 27 April 1906, one of eight children born to Abraham (Abram) Abramowitz, also known as Abramovich or Abrams, and his wife, Annie (Hannah), ...

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Argyle, Jesse William (1859–1924), social investigator and statistician, was born at 7 Argyle Road, Mile End, London, on 4 September 1859, the elder of two sons of Jesse Smith Argyle (1834/5–1866), a grocer's travelling salesman, and his wife, Martha Annie, née Mattocks. After their father's death ...

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Askham, Janet Mary (1941–2008), sociologist, was born on 27 October 1941 at Paxton Park, Little Paxton, St Neots, Huntingdonshire, the only daughter of the Revd Leonard Charles Askham (1898–1983), vicar of Godmanchester, and his wife, (Grace) Hilda, née Mallett (1908–1952). She had four brothers, ...

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Andrea Brandolini, John Micklewright, and Stephen P. Jenkins

Atkinson, Sir Anthony Barnes [Tony] (1944–2017), economist, was born on 4 September 1944 at the Lydia Beynon Maternity Hospital, Christchurch, Caerleon, Monmouthshire, the youngest of three sons of Norman Joseph Atkinson (1905–1988), a carpentry teacher, and his wife, Esther Muriel, ...

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Sir Tony Atkinson (1944-2017), by Dorothy Hahn

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Aves, Ernest Harry (1857–1917), social investigator and civil servant, was born on 30 August 1857 at Cleveland Villa, Station Road, Cambridge, the son of William Owen Aves (1815–1858), tailor and woollen draper, and his wife, Mary Ann Coales (1817–1865). He was educated in ...

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Banks, Joseph Ambrose [Joe] (1920–2005), sociologist and historian, was born at 66 Montague Road, Edmonton, Middlesex, on 5 January 1920, the only child of Joseph William Banks, a boot and shoe dealer who later became a master tailor, and his wife, Louisa Mary Ann, ...

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Banks [née Davies], Olive Lucy (1923–2006), sociologist, historian, and feminist, was born at 10 Riley Road, Enfield Highway, Middlesex, on 2 July 1923, the only child of Herbert Alfred Davies, a house decorator, and later builder and contractor, and his wife, Jessie Louise, ...

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Barry, Brian Michael (1936–2009), social and political theorist, was born on 7 August 1936 at the Redhill County Hospital, Edgware, London, the only child of James Frederick Barry (1910–1975), an enamelling engineer's secretary and later an insurance agent, and his wife, Doris Rose, ...

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Bartholomew, David John (1931–2017), statistician, was born at Limpsfield, High Street, Oakley, Bedfordshire, on 6 August 1931, the elder son and eldest of three children of Albert Bartholomew (1904–1989), laundry delivery man, and his wife, Joyce, née Payne (1906–2001), an organist at ...

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Bauman, Zygmunt (1925–2017), sociologist and philosopher, was born on 19 November 1925 in Poznań, Poland, the son of Jewish parents, Maurycy Bauman (b. 1890), accountant, and his wife, Zofia, née Cohn (b. 1894). He had one older brother, Tauba...

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Beales, Hugh Lancelot (1889–1988), economist and social historian, born at Sedbergh, Yorkshire, on 18 February 1889, was the son of William Beales, a Wesleyan Methodist minister, and his wife, Zaida Mary Ann Elizabeth Scantlebury Green. He grew up in a radical political household. He was sent to the ...

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Florence Eveleen Eleanore Bell, Lady Bell (1851–1930) by unknown photographer courtesy of Middlesbrough Libraries & Information

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Bell [née Olliffe], Florence Eveleen Eleanore, Lady Bell (1851–1930), author, social investigator, and playwright, was born on 9 September 1851 at 2 rue St Florentin, Paris, the youngest of the four children of Sir Joseph Olliffe (1808–1869), physician to the British embassy in ...

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Bernstein, Basil Bernard (1924–2000), sociologist, was born on 1 November 1924 at 189 Oxford Street, Mile End Old Town, London, the son of Bertram Bernstein, furrier, and his wife, Julia, née Park. He was originally named Bernard Basil, but reversed the order of his forenames. He was brought up in the ...

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Blaxter [née Hall], Mildred Lillington (1925–2010), sociologist, was born on 27 March 1925 in Jesmond, Newcastle upon Tyne, the elder child and only daughter of Robert Charlton Hall, bank manager, and his wife, Mildred Violet, née Gleed (1897–1963), actress. At the beginning of the Second World War her parents sent her to live with an aunt in ...

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Charles Booth (1840–1916) by George Frederic Watts, c. 1901 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Booth, Charles (1840–1916), shipowner and social investigator, was born on 30 March 1840 at 27 Bedford North Street, Liverpool. He was the third son of Charles Booth (1799–1860), a prosperous corn merchant, and his first wife, Emily Fletcher (1803–1853). Both his parents were Unitarians, and had wide connections among the commercial, dissenting, and philanthropic ‘aristocracy’ of ...

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Bernard Bosanquet (1848–1923) by Walter Stoneman, 1917 © National Portrait Gallery, London

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Bosanquet, Bernard (1848–1923), philosopher and social theorist, was born on 14 June 1848 at Rock Hall, near Alnwick, the youngest of five sons of the Revd Robert William Bosanquet (1800–1880), of Rock, Northumberland, and formerly rector of Bolingbroke, Lincolnshire, son of Charles Bosanquet (1769–1850)...