Charles Dickens

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Charles Dickens is perhaps the best known British author as his works such as Oliver Twist and A Tale of Two Cities have obtained worldwide acclaim.

Dickens was born on the 7th February 1812, in Hampshire to John and Mary Dickens. He was the second of 8 children.

He married Catherine Thomson Hogarth in April 1836 and eventually went on to father 10 children.

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Sir Isaac Newton

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Born in 1643 Isaac Newton is known as one of the most influential people in history.

His best known work Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica is considered one of the greatest and most significant books in the history of science.

Many people associate Isaac Newton with the story of the apple whereby, while sitting under a tree and apple fell and hit him on the head. It is from the experience that Newton derived the Theory of Gravity.

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John Peel

John Peel OBE (born John Ravenscroft) served in the British army and sold insurance before he became a radio DJ. He was the longest-serving of the original BBC Radio 1 DJs, broadcasting regularly from 1967, until his death in 2004.

He moved from England to Texas in the mid-60s and began working at a Dallas radio station. In 1965 he returned to the U.K. where he worked on a pirate radio ship. Subsequent to that he joined the BBC.

Peel explored new directions in music and new artists. He was one of the first broadcasters to play psychedelic rock, reggae and punk records on British radio, and it is widely acknowledged that he promoted artists working in various genres including alternative rock, indie rock, pop, hardcore punk, grindcore, death metal, British hip hop and dance music.

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Charles Darwin

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Charles Robert Darwin was born in Shropshire in the 12th February 1809, he was the fifth of 6 children to Robert and Susannah Darwin.

He originally became an apprentice Doctor to follow in his father’s footsteps however his interest in natural history soon prevailed.

Darwin is best known for this Theory of Evolution which was published in 1859.

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John Hughes

John Wilden Hughes Jr. was born on February 18th, 1950 in Lansing, Michigan.

After dropping out of the University of Arizona in 1970 he began his career as an advertising copywriter.  His first foray into comedy writing had him selling jokes to comics like Rodney Dangerfield and Joan Rivers.

Inspired by early family vacations he wrote a story called “Vacation ‘58” which gained him entry to the staff of National Lampoon Magazine.  “Vacation ‘58” was also the basis for the movie “National Lampoon’s Vacation” which was released in 1983.

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