Harry Beck

Harry Beck (4 June 1902 – 18 September 1974) was a graphic artist and map designer. An engineering draughtsman at the London Underground Signals Office he began working on a new map of the Underground in his spare time. Inspired by an electrical circuit diagram his stations and interchanges were correctly positioned in relation to […]

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Dame Anne McLaren

Dame Anne McLaren (26 April 1927 – 7 July 2017) was a geneticist. After obtaining a first class Zoology degree at Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford in 1949 and her DPhil for research on viruses in mice, she worked with husband Donald Michie at University College, London at University College, London before moving to the Royal […]

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Kit Calvert

Kit Calvert (26 April 1903 – 4 January 1984) was a businessman and philanthropist. Born in Wensleydale in Yorkshire, he and his brother kept cattle and sheep in the dales. He is considered the saviour of Wensleydale. When told by the newly founded Milk Marketing Board during the Depression in 1935 that milk would no […]

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Catherine Raisin

Catherine Raisin (24 April 1855 – 12 July 1945) was a geologist and educationalist. She studied geology and zoology at University College London the year after degrees were opened up to women, was the first woman to study geology there and was the top geology graduate in 1884. After joining Bedford College for Women in […]

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Emily Davies

Emily Davies (22 April 1830 – 13 July 1921) was a suffragist and promoter of higher education for women. In 1862 she wrote a paper ‘Medicine as a profession for women’ and began writing for the English Woman’s Journal which she also edited in 1863. In 1865 she was a founder member of the ladies’ […]

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Emily Sturge

Emily Sturge (20 April 1847 – 3 June 1892) was a campaigner for women’s education and suffrage. Born into a Quaker family with five sisters involved in women’s education, she became in 1878 honorary secretary of the west of England branch of the National Society for Women’s Suffrage, and campaigned through to the Liberal party […]

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Amy Bulley

Amy Bulley (20 April 1852 – 16 November 1939) was a promoter of women’s education. The daughter of parents with progressive views on women’s education, she studied at Girton, then Newnham College Cambridge. She was Assistant Head at Manchester High School for Girls from 1876 to 1885 and at the same time involved with advancing […]

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Steve Pimlott

Steven Pimlott (18 April 1953 – 14 February 2007) was an opera and theatre director. After studying English literature and starting to direct at Sidney Sussex, Cambridge, notable early work included Borodin’s Prince Igor at Opera North (1982) and Carmen (1989) at Earls Court. Moving into theatre he directed Twelfth Night at the Crucible, Sheffield […]

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Emily Williamson

Emily Williamson (17 April 1855 – 12 January 1936) was a founder of the Society for the Protection of Birds. In 1889 she became concerned about the decline in bird population due to women wearing then fashionable bird feathers on hats and dresses and set up a group from her home in Didsbury near Manchester […]

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Percy Shaw

Percy Shaw (15 April 1890 – 1 September 1976) invented the reflective road stud or ‘cat’s eye’. He worked in the construction of macadamized roads when in 1934 he came up with the invention that made him famous. There are several version of the story as to how he came up with his invention. One […]

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