Artisans of Influence

The Brontë Sisters (1818-1855)

Charlotte, Emily and Anne Brontë were sisters and writers whose novels have become classics.
Charlotte was born on 21 April 1816, Emily on 30 July 1818 and Anne on 17 January 1820 all in Thornton, Yorkshire. They had two sisters, both of whom died in childhood and a brother, Branwell. Read more

Aneurin Bevan (1897 – 1960)

Aneurin Bevan was one of the most important ministers of the post-war Labour government and the chief architect of the National Health Service.
Aneurin Bevan was born on 15 November 1897 in Tredegar in Wales. His father was a miner and the poor working class family in which Bevan grew Read more

Tim Berners Lee

Sir Timothy John “Tim” Berners-Lee, OM, KBE, FRS, FREng, FRSA, also known as “TimBL,” is a British computer scientist, best known as the inventor of the World Wide Web.
Timothy John Berners Lee was born on 8 June 1955 and grew up in London. He studied physics at Oxford University Read more

Alexander Graham Bell (1847 – 1922) [video]

Bell was a Scottish-born American scientist and inventor, most famous for his pioneering work on the development of the telephone.
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Alexander Graham Bell was born on 3 March 1847 in Edinburgh and educated there and in London. His father and grandfather were both authorities on elocution and at the Read more

Aphra Behn (1640 – 1689)

Behn was the first professional woman writer in English literature, best known for her plays and her novel ‘Oroonoko’.
Aphra Johnson was born near Canterbury in 1640, and baptised on 14 December of that year. She is thought to have spent some of her youth in Dutch Guiana in the Read more

Joseph Bazalgette (1819 – 1891)

As chief engineer to London’s metropolitan board of works in the mid-19th century, Bazalgette had a significant impact both on London’s appearance and, through his design of an efficient sewage system, on the health of its inhabitants.
Joseph Bazalgette was born in London on 28 March 1819. His father was Read more

The Televisor. Successful Baird Demonstration [Video]

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I was definitely able to transmit the living image, and it was the first time it had been done. But how to convince the sceptical, hide-bound, select and exclusive scientific world?…
…Would they admit that a wretched nonentity working with soap boxes in a garret had done something which Read more

John Logie Baird (1888 – 1946)

Baird was a Scottish engineer, most famous for being the first person to demonstrate a working television.
John Logie Baird was born on 14 August 1888 in Helensburgh on the west coast of Scotland, the son of a clergyman. Dogged by ill health for most of his life, he nonetheless Read more

William Blake (1757 – 1827)

Considered insane and largely disregarded by his peers, the visionary poet and engraver William Blake is now recognised among the greatest contributors to English literature and art.
William Blake
(b. Nov. 28, 1757, London–d. Aug. 12, 1827, London) was the first of the great English Romantic poets, as well as a Read more

Jane Austen (1775 – 1817)

Jane Austen was an English novelist whose books, set among the English middle and upper classes, are notable for their wit, social observation and insights into the lives of early 19th century women.
Jane Austen was born on 16 December 1775 in the village of Steventon in Hampshire. She was Read more