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Peter Abrahams (1919-2017), by Carl Van Vechten, 1955

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Abrahams, Peter (1919–2017), writer, was born Peter Henry Abrahams Deras on 3 March 1919 in Vrededorp, a slum of Johannesburg, South Africa, the son of an Ethiopian father who had migrated to work in the Johannesburg mines—‘James Henry Abrahams Deras, whose name in Ethiopia was Karim Abdul, son of Ingedi(e) of Addis’ (...

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Aitken, Martin Jim (1922–2017), archaeological scientist, was born at 16 Priory Road, Stamford, Lincolnshire, on 11 March 1922, the second son of Percy Aitken (1882–1943), an engineer’s draughtsman, and his wife Ethel Annie, née Brittain (1884–1953). After education at ...

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Albeck, (Judith) Patricia [Pat] (1930–2017), textile designer, was born on 17 March 1930 at 33 Linnaeus Street, Hull, Yorkshire, the youngest of four daughters of Jewish immigrants, Max Albeck (1889/90–1960), furrier, and his wife Sarah, née Freedman...

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Aldiss, Brian Wilson (1925–2017), author, was born at Friendly House, Dereham, Norfolk, on 18 August 1925, the son of Stanley Aldiss (1890–1956), draper and outfitter, and his wife, Elizabeth May (Dot), née Wilson (1892–1978). Stanley Aldiss worked at the family department store opened by his father, ...

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Brian Aldiss (1925–2017), by Godfrey Argent, 1969

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Aldridge, Alan Roy (1938–2017), art director and illustrator, was born on 8 July 1938 at the Princess Mary RAF Hospital, Halton, Buckinghamshire, the son of Sydney Roland Aldridge (1904-1984), a corporal in the RAF, based at RAF North Weald, Epping, and his wife, ...

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Alexander, Dame Helen Anne (1957–2017), businesswoman, was born in Geneva, Switzerland, on 10 February 1957, the youngest of three children of Bernard Gustav Alexander (1913–1990), a British barrister, and his wife Tatiana (Tania), née von Benckendorff (1915–2004), a translator and theatrical adviser born in ...

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Dame Helen Alexander (1957-2017), by Charles Milligan

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Allchin [née Gordon], Bridget (1927–2017), archaeologist and scholar of South Asian prehistory, was born at the Acland nursing home in Oxford on 10 February 1927, the daughter of Major Stephen Gordon, of the Indian Army Medical Service, and his wife Elsie, ...

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Allington, Edward Thomas (1951–2017), artist and sculptor, was born on 24 June 1951 at Abbotsholme nursing home in Troutbeck Bridge, Westmorland, the eldest child of Ralph Allington (1922–2009), plumber, and his wife Evelyn, née Hewartson (1919–1989), of Allan Bank, Troutbeck Bridge. He had three younger siblings: a brother, ...

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Anderson, Pamela Sue (1955–2017), philosopher of religion, was born on 16 April 1955 in Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA, the daughter of Lutheran parents, Douglas Anderson, a professor of educational psychology, and his wife Yvonne, née Haglund. She had a brother, Larin, and sisters, Laurie...

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Antony Armstrong-Jones, first Earl of Snowdon (1930–2017), by Roger George Clark, 1979

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Jones, Antony Charles Robert [Tony] Armstrong-, first earl of Snowdon and Baron Armstrong-Jones (1930–2017), photographer, designer, and campaigner for disabled rights, was born at 25 Eaton Terrace, Belgravia, London, on 7 March 1930, the younger child and only son of Ronald Owen Lloyd (Ronnie) Armstrong-Jones...

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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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Raj Kumar Bagri, Baron Bagri (1930-2017), by Edward Barber, 1999

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Bagri, Raj Kumar, Baron Bagri (1930–2017), businessman, was born Bhola Nath Bagri on 24 August 1930 in Bikaner, Rajasthan, India, the younger son of Sohanlal Bagri, a Hindu wool merchant, and his wife, Gauran Devi Bagri. His father died when Bagri was about three years old, and he grew up and was educated in ...

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Barber, Derek Coates, Baron Barber of Tewkesbury (1918–2017), farmer, countryman, and conservationist, was born on 17 June 1918 in Park Road, Crumpsall, Lancashire, the son of Thomas Smith Barber (1877–1966), who ran the family’s Manchester-based import brokerage business, and his second wife, ...

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Barklem [née Gaze], Gillian Mary [Jill] (1951–2017), children’s illustrator and writer, was born on 23 May 1951 at St Margaret’s Hospital, Epping, Essex, the younger daughter of John Charles Gaze (1915–1992), owner and managing director of Pyne’s Stores, Epping...