Famous British Educators

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Mary Beard
(British Scholar of Ancient Rome)
Mary Beard
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Birthdate: January 1, 1955
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Much Wenlock, Shropshire, England

Known as the most famous classicist in the world, Mary Beard is a Cambridge professor who is also quite popular for her controversial blog A Don's Life. A DBE and OBE, she also contributes to BBC radio and TV shows and has been an editor for The Times Literary Supplement.

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Shirley Ballas
(English Dance Teacher, Ballroom Dancer, and Dance Adjudicator)
Shirley Ballas
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Birthdate: September 6, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wallasey, Cheshire, England

Shirley Ballas is an English dance teacher, ballroom dancer, and dance adjudicator. Nicknamed The Queen of Latin, Ballas is best known for her achievements in the International Latin division. Shirley Ballas' popularity increased in 2017, when she started appearing as the head judge on the popular TV dance show, Strictly Come Dancing.

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Anna Leonowens
(British Travel Writer, Educator, and Social Activist)
Anna Leonowens
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Birthdate: November 5, 1834
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ahmednagar, India
Died: January 19, 1915

Indian-born British author Anna Leonowens is best remembered for her memoir The English Governess at the Siamese Court, which related her experience as a governess of the children of King Mongkut of Siam. The musical The King and I and the novel Anna and the King of Siam were inspired by her life.

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 4 
Peter Higgs
(British Theoretical Physicist and Nobel Prize Laureate for His Work on the Mass of Subatomic Particles)
Peter Higgs
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Birthdate: May 29, 1929
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Newcastle upon Tyne, England

Peter Higgs is a British theoretical physicist. He studied at King's College London and was awarded a Ph.D. in 1954. He went on to have a brilliant academic career and was elected Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS) in 1983. In 2013, he shared the Nobel Prize in Physics with Belgian physicist François Englert.  

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Mary Whitehouse
(British Teacher and Conservative Activist)
Mary Whitehouse
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Birthdate: June 13, 1910
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Nuneaton, Warwickshire, England
Died: November 23, 2001

While she was initially a schoolteacher, who specialized in sex education, Mary Whitehouse later began a campaign against the moral standards of the media in Britain, particularly the BBC. She launched the Clean Up TV campaign, vocalizing her opposition toward content such as war and child pornography.

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Andrew Jack
(Voice coach)
Andrew Jack
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Birthdate: January 28, 1944
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: London, England
Died: March 31, 2020
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Simon Armitage
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Birthdate: May 26, 1963
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Huddersfield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England
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Charles Freer Andrews
(Anglican Priest, Christian Missionary, Educator and Social Reformer)
Charles Freer Andrews
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Birthdate: February 12, 1871
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: England, United Kingdom
Died: April 5, 1940

Charles Freer Andrews was a Christian missionary and Anglican priest. He was also an educator and social reformer. A close friend of Indian freedom fighters Rabindranath Tagore and Mahatma Gandhi, he supported the Indian struggle for independence. Gandhi fondly called him Deenabandhu, or "Friend of the Poor". Even today, Andrews is widely respected in India. 

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Alcuin
(Scholar, Clergyman and Poet)
Alcuin
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Birthdate: 0735 AD
Birthplace: York, England
Died: May 19, 0804

Eighth-century Anglo-Latin poet and cleric Alcuin served as the head of the Palatine school, established by Charlemagne. A significant figure of the Carolingian Renaissance, he introduced English learning methods into Frankish schools and reformed Roman Catholicism. He also wrote extensively on education, philosophy, and theology.

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Julian Lloyd Webber
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Birthdate: April 14, 1951
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: London, England

The son of world-renowned composer William Lloyd Webber and his piano teacher wife, Julian Lloyd Webber is also the brother of composer Andrew Lloyd Webber. A talented celloist in his own right, he has taught at Guildhall and has collaborated with musical legends such as Yehudi Menuhin and Elton John.

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Halford Mackinder
(British Geographer, Academic and One of the Founding Fathers of Both 'Geopolitics' and 'Geostrategy')
Halford Mackinder
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Birthdate: February 15, 1861
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Gainsborough, England
Died: March 6, 1947

Halford Mackinder was an English geographer, politician, and academic. He is considered one of the founding fathers of geostrategy as well as geopolitics. Mackinder’s work helped establish geography as a separate discipline in the UK. An influential academic, Halford Mackinder held important positions in popular universities, including the University Extension College and the London School of Economics.

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Charlotte Mason
(British Educator & Reformer)
Charlotte Mason
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Birthdate: January 1, 1842
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bangor, Gwynedd, Wales
Died: January 16, 1923

Renowned educator of the 1800s, Charlotte Mason introduced a new way of teaching children, which included the use of books which engage the reader, or what she called “living books,” maintaining a nature journal, and using music and art as resources. She helped develop homeschooling techniques that are in use to this day.

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Angus Deaton
(British Economist, Academic and Nobel Laureate in Economic Sciences)
Angus Deaton
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Birthdate: October 19, 1945
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Edinburgh, Scotland

British-American economist and Nobel laureate Angus Deaton revolutionized applied economics with his work on consumption, savings, poverty, and development. Apart from teaching at Princeton, he has penned multiple award-winning papers and given rise to concepts such as the Deaton Paradox. He was also the first to receive the Frisch Medal.

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Mike Edwards
(Cellist)
Mike Edwards
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Birthdate: May 31, 1948
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: London, England
Died: September 3, 2010
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Rose Tremain
(Novelist)
Rose Tremain
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Birthdate: August 2, 1943
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England
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Thomas Arnold
(Educator)
Thomas Arnold
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Birthdate: June 13, 1795
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: East Cowes, England
Died: June 12, 1842
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John Bayley
(Literary critic)
John Bayley
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Birthdate: March 27, 1925
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Lahore, Pakistan
Died: January 12, 2015
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I. A. Richards
(British Educator, Literary Critic, Poet, and Rhetorician)
I. A. Richards
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Birthdate: February 26, 1893
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sandbach, Cheshire, England
Died: September 7, 1979

British scholar and poet I. A. Richards is known for contributing to the New Criticism movement. While he initially taught English and moral sciences, he later focused on developing a new way of reading literature, known as practical criticism. The Meaning of Meaning remains one of his best-known works.

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Ralph Miliband
(Former Sociologist who published The State in Capitalist Society in 1969)
Ralph Miliband
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Birthdate: January 7, 1924
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Brussels, Belgium
Died: May 21, 1994
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A. V. Dicey
(British Whig Jurist and Constitutional Theorist)
A. V. Dicey
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Birthdate: February 4, 1835
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: England
Died: April 7, 1922

British jurist A. V. Dicey is best known for his Introduction to the Study of the Law of the Constitution, which forms the basis of the modern British constitution. Apart from teaching law at Oxford, he also served as the principal of the Working Men’s College of London.

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Katharine Birbalsingh
(Founder and headmistress of Michaela Community School, a free school)
Katharine Birbalsingh
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Birthdate: 1973 AD
Birthplace: Auckland, New Zealand
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Malcolm Bradbury
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Birthdate: September 7, 1932
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sheffield, England
Died: November 27, 2000
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Thomas The Rhymer
(Scottish poet)
Thomas The Rhymer
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Birthdate: 1220 AD
Birthplace: Earlston, United Kingdom
Died: 1298 AD
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Richard Hoggart
(Academic)
Richard Hoggart
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Birthdate: September 24, 1918
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Leeds, England
Died: April 10, 2014
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John Cowper Powys
(Philosopher)
John Cowper Powys
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Birthdate: October 8, 1872
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Shirley, England, United Kingdom
Died: June 17, 1963
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Benjamin Jowett
(British Tutor and Theologian)
Benjamin Jowett
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Birthdate: April 15, 1817
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Camberwell, London, England
Died: October 1, 1893

Proving himself to be a brilliant classical scholar in school, Benjamin Jowett gained a scholarship to Balliol College, Oxford, where he was eventually elected a master and vice-chancellor. The 19th-century academic and Anglican theologian is remembered for his translation of The Dialogues of Plato and other classical texts.

William Sterndale Bennett
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Birthdate: April 13, 1816
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sheffield, Yorkshire, England
Died: February 1, 1875
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David Cox
(Statistician)
David Cox
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Birthdate: July 15, 1924
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Birmingham, England
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Arthur Hugh Clough
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Birthdate: January 1, 1819
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Liverpool, England
Died: November 13, 1861
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John Sulston
(Biologist)
John Sulston
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Birthdate: March 27, 1942
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cambridge, England
Died: March 6, 2018
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Montague Druitt
(Cricketer, Educator)
Montague Druitt
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Birthdate: August 15, 1857
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Wimborne Minster, Dorset, England
Died: December 31, 1888
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Henry Liddell
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Birthdate: February 6, 1811
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bishop Auckland, County Durham, United Kingdom
Died: January 18, 1898
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John James Rickard Macleod
(British Biochemist and Physiologist Who Co-Discovered 'Insulin' and Worked on 'Carbohydrate Metabolism')
John James Rickard Macleod
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Birthdate: September 6, 1876
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Clunie, Perthshire, Scotland
Died: March 16, 1935

John James Rickard Macleod was a Scottish biochemist and physiologist. Even though his research covered diverse topics in physiology and biochemistry, he is best remembered for his work in carbohydrate metabolism. He played a major role in the discovery and isolation of insulin, for which he shared the 1923 Nobel prize in Physiology or Medicine with Frederick Banting.  

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Marina Warner
(Writer, Educator)
Marina Warner
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Birthdate: November 9, 1946
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Paddington, Middlesex, England
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Bob Brunning
(Musician)
Bob Brunning
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Birthdate: June 29, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bournemouth, England
Died: October 18, 2011
Kumar Bhattacharyya, Baron Bhattacharyya
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Birthdate: June 6, 1940
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bangalore, Kingdom of Mysore, Madras Presidency, British India
Died: March 1, 2019

Born to a IISc professor father, Kumar Bhattacharyya, or Baron Bhattacharyya, began his career as an apprentice at Lucas Industries. Equipped with a PhD in engineering production, he later established the Warwick Manufacturing Group. An advocate of industrial strategy to bring in investments into the UK, he was also knighted.

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Venetia Phair
(Amateur astronomer)
Venetia Phair
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Birthdate: July 11, 1918
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Oxford, England
Died: April 30, 2009
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Henry Sweet
(English Phonetician, Philologist, and Grammarian)
Henry Sweet
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Birthdate: September 15, 1845
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
Died: April 30, 1912
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Frank Kermode
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Birthdate: November 29, 1919
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Isle of Man, England
Died: August 17, 2010
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Nicholas Ferrar
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Birthdate: February 22, 1592
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: London, England
Died: December 4, 1637
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A.L. Rowse
(Historian)
A.L. Rowse
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Birthdate: December 4, 1903
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: St Austell, England
Died: October 3, 1997
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Sophia Jex-Blake
(English Physician, Feminist and the First Practising Female Doctor in Scotland)
Sophia Jex-Blake
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Birthdate: January 21, 1840
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hastings, Sussex, England
Died: January 7, 1912

Sophia Louisa Jex-Blake was an English teacher, physician, and feminist. A pioneer of medical education for women, Jex-Blake was the first woman to practise medicine in Scotland. She was also involved in the establishment of two medical schools for women in Edinburgh and London at a time when no medical schools were training women.

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Debbie Wiseman
(Film score composer)
Debbie Wiseman
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Birthdate: May 10, 1963
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England
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Albert Hourani
(Historian)
Albert Hourani
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Birthdate: March 31, 1915
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Manchester, England
Died: January 17, 1993
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A.C. Bradley
(Scholar)
A.C. Bradley
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Birthdate: March 26, 1851
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cheltenham, England
Died: September 2, 1935
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Alberico Gentili
(Italian-British Jurist and a Tutor of 'Queen Elizabeth I')
Alberico Gentili
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Birthdate: January 14, 1552
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San Ginesio, Macerata, Italy
Died: June 19, 1608

Regarded as the father of international law, Italian jurist Alberico Gentili was perhaps the first in western Europe to distinguish between secular law and canon law. He had also tutored Queen Elizabeth I, had served as a professor of law at Oxford, and specialized in Roman law.

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Tim Ingold
(Anthropologist)
Tim Ingold
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Birthdate: November 1, 1948
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kent, England

Timothy Ingold, a British anthropologist, is a Chair of Social Anthropology at the University of Aberdeen. He discussed his entire career in the book From science to art and back again: The pendulum of an anthropologist. Ingold taught at the University of Helsinki (1973–74) and thereafter at the University of Manchester; he became professor in 1990 and Max Gluckman Professor in 1995.


 
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Isaac Pitman
(Teacher)
Isaac Pitman
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Birthdate: January 4, 1813
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Trowbridge, England
Died: January 22, 1897
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Geoffrey Hill
(Poet, Writer)
Geoffrey Hill
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Birthdate: June 18, 1932
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, England, United Kingdom
Died: June 30, 2016
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Georgina Born
(Academic)
Georgina Born
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Birthplace: Wheatley, England

While she performs as a musician using the name Georgina Born, Georgina Emma Mary Born is also a successful anthropologist and academician, known for her research on music, culture, and media. A bass guitarist and cellist for the rock group Henry Cow, she also uses ethnography to study culture.