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Pioneers


64 People in group

Robert Adamson

Robert Adamson

1821-1848
Pioneer photographer
Sitter in 3 portraits | Artist associated with 382 portraits
Sir John William Alcock

Sir John William Alcock

1892-1919
Aviator and RAF Captain; pilot of the first non-stop flight across the Atlantic
Sitter in 1 portrait
Charles Babbage

Charles Babbage

1791-1871
Mathematician and computer pioneer
Sitter in 5 portraits
John Logie Baird

John Logie Baird

1888-1946
Television pioneer
Sitter in 25 portraits
No individual image available for this person

John Baker

1867-1939
Politician; pioneer of the Political Labour Movement
Sitter in 2 portraits
Sirimavo Ratwatte Dias Bandaranaike

Sirimavo Ratwatte Dias Bandaranaike

1916-2000
Sri Lankan Politician; first woman to be elected Prime Minister in the world
Sitter in 2 portraits
Peter Barham

Peter Barham

1950-
Physicist and pioneer of 'molecular gastronomy'
Sitter in 1 portrait
Ivy Benson

Ivy Benson

1914-1993
Musician; founding member of All Girls Band
Sitter in 3 portraits
James Brand

James Brand

circa 1833-1893
Chairman of the pioneering United Telephone Company, and of Harvey, Brand & Co, East India & China Merchants
Sitter in 2 portraits
Francis Egerton, 3rd Duke of Bridgewater

Francis Egerton, 3rd Duke of Bridgewater

1736-1803
Pioneer of inland waterways
Sitter in 5 portraits
Frank Hedges Butler

Frank Hedges Butler

1855-1928
Balloonist and pioneer of flying
Sitter in 7 portraits
Julia Margaret Cameron

Julia Margaret Cameron

1815-1879
Pioneer photographer
Sitter in 8 portraits | Artist associated with 114 portraits
Sir Samuel Canning

Sir Samuel Canning

1823-1908
Civil engineer and pioneer of submarine telegraphy
Sitter in 1 portrait
Sir George Cayley, 6th Bt

Sir George Cayley, 6th Bt

1773-1857
Pioneer of aviation
Sitter in 2 portraits
Sir Alan John Cobham

Sir Alan John Cobham

1894-1973
Pioneer aviator
Sitter in 29 portraits
Nathaniel Louis Cohen

Nathaniel Louis Cohen

1846-1913
Philanthropist and pioneer of the Labour Exchange movement
Sitter in 1 portrait
Maria Louisa Catherine Cecilia Cosway (née Hadfield)

Maria Louisa Catherine Cecilia Cosway (née Hadfield)

1760-1838
Miniature painter; pioneer of girls' education
Sitter associated with 7 portraits | Artist associated with 3 portraits
George Edward Lynch Cotton

George Edward Lynch Cotton

1813-1866
Bishop of Calcutta and pioneer educator
Sitter in 1 portrait
Sir (Ernest) Gordon Cox

Sir (Ernest) Gordon Cox

1906-1996
Physicist; pioneer of X-ray crystallography and Secretary of the Agricultural Research Council; son of Ernest Henry Cox
Sitter in 2 portraits
James Gerald Crowther

James Gerald Crowther

1899-1983
Science journalist and administrator
Sitter in 2 portraits

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