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Yorkshire - Famous People

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  • Alan Bennett
    Alan Bennett Alan Bennett (born 9 May 1934) is an English playwright, screenwriter, actor and author. He was born in Leeds and attended Oxford University where he studied history and performed with t...
  • W.H. Auden (1907 - 1973)
    Wystan Hugh Auden ( /ˈwɪstən ˈhjuː ˈɔːdən/;[1] 21 February 1907 – 29 September 1973), who published as W. H. Auden, was an Anglo-...
  • Oliver Smithies, Twin
    Oliver Smithies Biography In his own words From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Oliver Smithies Born June 23, 1925 (age 89) Halifax, West Yorkshire, England Nationality United Kingdom, United ...
  • Sir Kenneth Wade Parkinson, Knt (1908 - 1981)
    Chairman, Yorkshire Post Newspapers; High Sheriff of Yorkshire.

Famous People Connected to Yorkshire

Image right - Amy Johnson

Those people of note with connections to the county are listed below. Some of these connections are a little tenuous - counties like to lay claim to people of renown!

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  • Herbert Henry Asquith (1852–1928) born in Morley; Prime Minister of the United Kingdom 1908-16
  • James Henry Atkinson (1849–1942) in Leeds; inventor of the mousetrap
  • Edward Victor Appleton (1892–19650 Nobel Prize in Physics in 1947

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  • Sir Donald Bailey (1901–1985) inventor of the Bailey Bridge
  • William Bateson (1861–1926) geneticist; first to use term genetics

  • George Birkbeck (1776–1841)doctor, philanthropist, founder of Birkbeck College
  • William Bradford (1589–1657) born in Austerfield; Plymouth governor, pilgrim father
  • Joseph Bramah (1748–1814) invented hydraulic press; one of two founders of hydraulic engineering
  • Harry Brearley (1871–1948) Sheffield inventor of stainless steel
  • Henry Briggs (mathematician) (1561–1630) perfected system of logarithms used today by astronomers, navigators etc.
  • Anne Brontë (1820-1849) born Thornton; writer, author of "The Tenant of Wildfell Hall"
  • Branwell Brontë (1817-1848) born Thornton; writer and artist
  • Charlotte Brontë (1816-1855) born Thornton; writer, author of "Jane Eyre"
  • Emily Brontë (818-1848) born Thornton; writer, author of "Wuthering Heights"

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  • Captain James Cook (1728-1779) Marton, Middlesbrough; Georgian oceanic explorer. Cook was the first to map Newfoundland prior to making three voyages to the Pacific Ocean

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  • Guy Fawkes (1570–1606) born in York, traitor, Yorkshire born soldier and part of the Gunpowder Plot

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  • John Harrison Foulby 1693–1776 horologist and mathematician

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  • Amy Johnson (1903-1941) was born in Hull Pioneering English aviator.Flying solo or with her husband, Jim Mollison, Johnson set numerous long-distance records during the 1930s. Johnson flew in the Second World War as a part of the Air Transport Auxiliary where she died during a ferry flight.

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  • William Kent (c. 1685 – 12 April 1748), English architect, landscape architect and furniture designer born in Bridlington, Yorkshire. He was baptised (on 1 January 1686) as William Cant.
  • Sir Ben Kingsley born Krishna Pandit Bhanji in 1943 in Snainton.

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  • Augustus Pitt Rivers (1827–1900) British Army officer, ethnologist, anthropologist and archaeologist

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  • Helen Sharman; Born Sheffield 1963 - first British Asatronaut
  • Percy Shaw (1889–1975) born Halifax inventor of the Cat's Eyes reflecting roadstuds
  • John Smeaton (1724-1792) civil engineer responsible for the design of bridges, canals, harbours and lighthouses.

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  • Nicholas Saunderson (1682–1739) Thurlstone - Lucasian Professor of Mathematics, University of Cambridge
  • Frederick Sewards ("Fred") Trueman 1931-2006. English cricketer.

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