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  • John Heathcoat (deceased)
    John Heathcoat From Wikipedia: John Heathcoat (7 August 1783 – 18 January 1861) was an English inventor from Duffield in Derbyshire. During his apprenticeship he made an improvement to the...
  • Thomas Newcomen (1663 - 1729)
    Thomas Newcomen Thomas Newcomen was a prominent British engineer, best known for inventing the atmospheric steam engine, which was the the world’s oldest known steam engine for pumping water. ...
  • Thomas Savery (c.1650 - 1715)
    Wikipedia Biographical Summary Thomas Savery (c. 1650–1715) was an English inventor and engineer, born at Shilstone, a manor house near Modbury, Devon, England. Career Savery became a mili...
  • John Davis (c.1550 - 1605)
    John Davis or Davys (c. 1550 – 29 December 1605) was one of the chief English navigators and explorers under Elizabeth I. He led several voyages to discover the Northwest Passage, served as pilo...
  • James Anthony Froude (1818 - 1894)
    James Anthony Froude (23 April 1818 – 20 October 1894) was an English historian, novelist, biographer, and editor of Fraser's Magazine. Wikipedia contributors. " James Anthony Froude ." Wiki...

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  • Charles Babbage (1791-1871) born Teignmouth
  • Guy Burgess (1911-1963) born in Devonport; Recruited as Soviet agent in 1930s. Worked for BBC, wrote war propaganda, worked for MI5 and Foreign Office. Recalled from Washington DC for misconduct he disappeared turning up in Russia in 1956.

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  • Capt. Martin Pring (1580-c1626) Pring was a sea-captain and made voyages to America and India.

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  • Robert Falcon Scott, CVO (6 June 1868 – c. 29 March 1912) was a Royal Navy officer and explorer who led two expeditions to the Antarctic regions: the Discovery Expedition, 1901–04, and the ill-fated Terra Nova Expedition, 1910–13.
  • Sir Donald Sinden (1923- English Actor born in Plymouth

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