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Bragge, William (1823–1884), civil engineer and steel manufacturer, was born at Birmingham on 31 May 1823, the third son of Thomas Perry Bragge, a manufacturing jeweller. After some years of general tuition, Bragge studied practical engineering with two Birmingham firms, and in his leisure applied himself closely to the study of mechanics and mathematics. In 1845 he entered the office of a civil engineer, and soon after engaged in railway surveying. He acted first as assistant engineer and then as engineer-in-chief of part of the line from ...

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Ellis, Sir William Henry (1860–1945), civil engineer and iron and steel manufacturer, was born at Thurnscoe Hall, near Rotherham, Yorkshire, on 20 August 1860. He was fourth of five sons and one daughter of John Devonshire Ellis (1824–1906), a founding partner of John Brown & Co....

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Sir William Henry Ellis (1860–1945) by Ernest Moore ? Institution of Civil Engineers; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Hadfield, Sir Robert Abbott, baronet (1858–1940), metallurgist and steel maker, was born in the Vestry Hall, Hilltop, Attercliffe, near Sheffield, on 28 November 1858. He was the only son of Robert Hadfield (1832–1888) and his wife, Marianne Abbott, the daughter of an Oxfordshire...

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Sir Ian Kinloch MacGregor (1912–1998) by David Mansell, 1984 Getty Images – David Mansell

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MacGregor, Sir Ian Kinloch (1912–1998), metallurgical engineer and industrialist, was born on 21 September 1912 at The Bungalow, Kinlochleven, Argyll, the third son of Daniel MacGregor, a works accountant, and his wife, Grace Alexanderina, née Fraser Maclean, a schoolteacher. His parents were leading lights in the ...

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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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Sir Andrew McCance (1889–1983) by Walter Bird, 1966 ? National Portrait Gallery, London

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McCance, Sir Andrew (1889–1983), steelmaster and metallurgist, was born at 12 Adder Steps, Cadder, Dunbartonshire, on 30 March 1889, the third of four children and younger son of John McCance, a cloth factor, and his wife, Janet Ferguson McGaw. His father subsequently worked for the ...

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Menelaus, William (1818–1882), engineer and iron and steel manufacturer, was born in East Lothian on 10 March 1818. Little is known about his family background except that his father was a writer to the signet at Edinburgh, and his mother's maiden name was ...

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Talbot, Benjamin (1864–1947), steel company manager and metallurgist, was born on 19 September 1864 at Hadley, near Wellington, Shropshire, the second son of Benjamin Talbot, engine millwright, and his wife, Emma Isabella, née Todd. He attended Fulneck School, near Leeds, and served his apprenticeship at the ...