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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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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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Sir (Harold) Montague Finniston (1912–1991) by Godfrey Argent Studios Godfrey Argent Studios / Royal Society

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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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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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Hewitt, Thomas Peter (1848–1933), watchmaker and businessman, was born in Fall Lane, Prescot, Lancashire, on 1 December 1848, the second of seven children (three sons and four daughters) of Joseph Hewitt (1823–1894) and his wife, Elizabeth, née Moses (1820-1891). His great-grandfather, ...

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Hudson, Thomas Charles [Tom] (1915–2009), computer industry executive, was born on 23 January 1915 at 26 Durham Road, Chislehurst, Kent, the youngest of three sons of Thomas Charles Bingant Hudson, farmer, and his wife, Elsie Elizabeth, née Harris. Hudson's father earned his living as the manager of fruit farms owned by his much older brother, whose death deprived him of his occupation. As a result the family emigrated to ...

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Jefferson, Sir George Rowland (1921–2012), engineer and business executive, was born on 26 March 1921 at 26 Dumbreck Road, Eltham, London, the second son of Harold Jefferson (1885–1948), electrical engineer and civil servant, and his wife, Eva Ellen Elizabeth, née Hunn (1888–1975). At ...

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Ligon, Richard (c. 1585–1662), business agent and natural science writer, was the son of Thomas Ligon of Elstone in Wiltshire and his wife, Frances, daughter of Hugh Dennis of Pucklechurch, Gloucestershire. His life before the 1630s is poorly documented, although he was apparently active at court. ...

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Mais, Alan Raymond, Baron Mais (1911–1993), engineer and businessman, was born on 7 July 1911 at Rathmore, Winn Road, Southampton, the only child of Captain Ernest Mais, a master mariner, and his wife, Violet Geraldine, née Thomas. He was educated at Banister Court School, Hampshire...

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Matthews, Sir Peter Alec (1922–2006), engineer and businessman, was born on 21 September 1922 on Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, the son of Major Alec Bryan Matthews, a steel engineer, and his wife, Elsie Lazarus, née Barlow. Brought up on a farm at ...

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Moulton, Alexander Eric [Alex] (1920–2012), engineer and inventor, was born on 9 April 1920 at Rother Place, Stratford upon Avon, the younger son and youngest of three children of Major John Coney Moulton (1886–1926), naturalist and colonial civil servant, and his wife, Beryl Latimer, ...

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Nelson, (Henry) George, second Baron Nelson of Stafford (1917–1995), engineer and businessman, was born on 2 January 1917 in Stretford, Manchester, the only son and younger child of George Horatio Nelson, first Baron Nelson of Stafford (1887–1962), engineer and industrialist, and his wife, ...