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Bader, Ernest (1890–1982), chemical manufacturer and industrial reformer, was born in Regensdorf, Switzerland, on 24 November 1890, the youngest of thirteen children of a protestant farmer, Gottlieb Bader, and his wife, Barbara Meier. He was expelled from school at the age of twelve and went to work as a menial in a ...

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Haslett, Dame Caroline Harriet (1895–1957), electrical engineer and electricity industry administrator, was born at Worth, Sussex, on 17 August 1895, the second of the five children of Robert Haslett (b. c.1864, d. after 1957), a railway signal fitter and a pioneer of the co-operative movement, and his wife, ...

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Dame Caroline Harriet Haslett (1895–1957) by Sir Gerald Kelly, c. 1949 ? reserved; by courtesy of the Royal Society of Arts / National Portrait Gallery, London

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Horner, Leonard (1785–1864), factory inspector, geologist, and educationist, was born on 17 January 1785 at St George's Square, Edinburgh, the third and youngest son of John Horner (d. 1829), a wealthy whig linen merchant, and his wife, Joanna, née Baillie. In his youth his circle of acquaintances included ...

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Larke, Sir William James (1875–1959), engineer and industrial administrator, was born at Ladywell, Kent, on 26 April 1875, the eldest son of William James Larke, builder, and his wife, Rosa Barton. He was educated at Colfe's School, Lewisham, and trained as an engineer with ...