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Adamson, Daniel (1820–1890), engineer and entrepreneur, was born on 30 April 1820 at Shildon, co. Durham. He was the thirteenth of fifteen children, seven sons and eight daughters, born to Daniel Adamson, landlord of the Grey Horse at Shildon, and his wife, Ann...

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Bamford, Joseph Cyril (1916–2001), engineer and businessman, was born on 21 June 1916 at The Parks, New Road, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire, the son of Cyril Joseph Bamford, agricultural engineer, and his wife, Dolores Alice, née Turner. His family controlled and managed a long-established farm machinery business. The company, which manufactured balers and other equipment, had been started by his great-great-grandfather in 1812. He was brought up a Roman Catholic. After education at ...

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Joseph Cyril Bamford (1916–2001) by Lucinda Douglas-Menzies, 1989 ? Lucinda Douglas-Menzies; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Brodie, John Leopold [formerly Leopold Janno Braude] (1873–1945), businessman and inventor, was by his own account born in Riga (at that time in the Russian empire) on 10 June 1873, the son of a railway builder (Buffalo Courier Express, 22 August 1926...

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Cronshaw, Cecil John Turrell (1889–1961), industrial chemist and businessman, was born on 13 June 1889 at Heywood in Lancashire, the son of William Robert Cronshaw, a commercial traveller, and his wife, Anne Elizabeth, née Turrell. He was educated at Bury grammar school and apprenticed for a time to ...

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Dame Hilary Mary Cropper (1941–2004) by Terry O'Neill, c. 2000 Getty Images

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Cropper [née Trueman], Dame Hilary Mary (1941–2004), businesswoman, was born on 9 January 1941 at 6 Oldham Street, Bollington, near Macclesfield, Cheshire, the daughter of Arnold Trueman, a commercial clerk then serving as an aircraftsman second class in the RAF, and his wife, ...

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Curry, Dennis (1912–2001), businessman and geologist, was born on 18 May 1912 at 27 Lorne Road, Leicester, the oldest child in the family of three sons and three daughters of Albert Curry (1886–1950), cycle manufacturer, and his wife, Edith Ada, née Baxter. He was educated at ...

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Ehrenberg, Andrew Samuel Christopher (1926–2010), statistician and marketing scientist, was born in Bochum, Germany, on 1 May 1926 into a remarkably talented Jewish family. His father, the Revd Hans Philip Ehrenberg (1883–1958), was the outspoken pastor of Pauluskirche in Bochum at the time of the Nazis' seizure of power, one of the co-founders of the ...

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Finniston, Sir (Harold) Montague [Monty] (1912–1991), metallurgist and businessman, was born at 26 Aikenhead Road, Govanhill, Glasgow, on 15 August 1912, the eldest child in the family of two sons and three daughters of Robert Finniston and his wife, Esther, née Diamond. Both parents were Russian-Jewish immigrants; the original family name was ...

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Fisk, Sir Ernest Thomas (1886–1965), entrepreneur and developer of radio, was born on 8 August 1886 at Sunbury, Middlesex, the second child of Thomas Harvey Fisk, builder, and his wife, Charlotte Hariette, née Halland. Educated at St Mary's and Sunbury Boys' schools, Fisk...

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Foreman, Sir Philip Frank (1923–2013), engineer and businessman, was born on 16 March 1923 in Harraton Cottages, Ducks Lane, Exning, near Newmarket, Suffolk, the only child of Frank Foreman, farm labourer, and his wife, Mary, née Chapple, daughter of a Manchester police officer. The family soon moved to a farm in ...

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Frame, Sir Alexander Gilchrist [Alistair] (1929–1993), engineer and businessman, was born on 3 April 1929 at 16 Burns Street, Dalmuir, Dunbartonshire, Scotland, the eldest son in the family of four children of Alexander Frame, industrial chemist, and his wife, Mary Gilchrist, née Fraser...

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Francis, (Bertram) Frederick (1919–1998), engineer and businessman, was born on 15 October 1919 at 30 Sumatra Road, Hampstead, London, the only child of Walter Henry Francis (b. 1892), businessman, and his wife, Florence Eleanor Dell (b. 1898). Fred, as he was usually known, was educated at ...

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Fry, Jeremy Joseph (1924–2005), inventor and businessman, was born on 19 May 1924 at Grove House, Frenchay, Winterbourne, Gloucestershire, the youngest child in the family of two sons and one daughter of Cecil Roderick Fry (1890–1952), chairman of J. S. Fry & Sons Ltd...

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Griffin, John Joseph (1802–1877), chemist, author, and business manager, the fourth and youngest son of Joseph Griffin (1752–1838), was born at Webb Square in Shoreditch, London, on 22 January 1802. The family later moved to Glasgow where the father sold books and chemicals. The eldest son, ...

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Hartley, Sir Harold Brewer (1878–1972), physical chemist and industrial consultant, was born on 3 September 1878 in London, the only son of Harold Thomas Hartley, a mineral water manufacturer and later a partner in the publishing firm of Emmot, Hartley & Co., of ...