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Frank Whittle, inventor of the turbojet

Flying and engineering were passions from an early age for Frank Whittle, who was admitted to the RAF at the second...

Ada Lovelace: the first computer programmer

The only legitimate child of the poet Lord Byron, Ada Lovelace described her approach to mathematics as “poetical science” and herself...

Michael Faraday: “one of the greatest scientific discoverers of all time”

Michael Faraday (1791-1867)“One of the greatest scientific discoverers of all time” Today’s digital revolution owes much to...

Barbara Brown: the golden girl of Heal’s

Asked about his slogan “I miss my pre-internet brain” in an interview with the FT, the artist Douglas Coupland observed: “I...

A voice, of sorts* – the life and art of Alan Kitching

The sound of Celia Stothard fills the room at 19 Cleaver Street in Kennington, transporting me to years precociously spent in...

Professor John Benyon, criminologist and passionate educator

John Benyon was Professor of Political Studies at the University of Leicester from 1993 until his death on 19 May aged...

“I did it any way”: what punk taught me

Punk sprang up all around me in Manchester, seemingly in answer to questions I was already beginning to pose in early...

Raj Loomba: the widows’ voice

The lot of a widow is shocking in many parts of the world, the sorrow of losing her husband compounded by...

Anne Boleyn: Mother of the Anglican Church

She may not have given Henry VIII the male heir he thought so important but, apart from giving birth to arguably...
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