Armstrong, Joseph (1816–1877), locomotive engineer, was born on 21 September 1816 at Bewcastle, Cumberland, the son of Thomas Armstrong (1785–1844), yeoman and later farm bailiff, and his wife. Joseph and his three older brothers went with their parents in 1817 to Canada where his brother ...
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Bennett, Alfred Rosling (1850–1928), electrical engineer, was born on 14 May 1850 in Islington, London, the son of John Richard Bennett. He had at least one brother. He was educated at a private school, and later at the Bellevue Academy, Greenwich. His original leanings were towards railway engineering, and he maintained an interest in the subject all his life, but his first appointment in 1869 was to the Indian government ...
Coates, Kenneth Sidney [Ken] (1930–2010), sociologist and politician, was born at 41 Cruso Street, Leek, Staffordshire, on 16 September 1930, the son of Eric Arthur Coates, municipal engineer and local government surveyor, and his wife, Mary, née Griffiths. His father's work took him and his family to ...
Martin, Sir William (1807–1880), judge in New Zealand, the son of Henry Martin, a manufacturer, and his wife, Mary, was born in Birmingham and baptized there on 22 May 1807. He attended King Edward VI's Grammar School, Birmingham, and in 1825 matriculated from ...
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Smedley, John (1803–1874), hydropathy practitioner and Free Methodist leader, was born on 12 June 1803 at Wirksworth, Derbyshire, the eldest son of John Smedley (d. 1840), mill owner, and his wife, Mary. On his mother's side he descended from a long line of ...
Warrell, Charles Watson (1889–1995), headmaster and writer, was born on 23 April 1889 at Farmborough, near Bath, Somerset, the son of Sidney Watson Warrell, headmaster of Farmborough village school, and his wife, Annie, née Stubbs. Charles Warrell was educated at Newfoundland Road School, Bristol...
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Wilson, Robert (1803–1882), engineer, was born at Dunbar, East Lothian, where his father, a fisherman, was drowned in 1810. He became an expert sculler, and conceived the idea of making a hand-cranked propeller to be fixed to the stern of vessels. After a meagre education, he was apprenticed to a joiner. The problem of his propeller continued to occupy his attention, and in 1827 his model was brought to the notice of the ...