Edwin Plowden, Baron Plowden of Plowden
Before World War II, Plowden joined C Tennant Sons & Co, commodity dealers. As he spoke French and German and knew the European mainland well, he was put in charge of selling Palestine potash, in competition with the European potash cartel; he did so to such effect that his firm, as it had hoped, was invited to join the cartel.
During the war he served in the Ministry of Economic Warfare, and later joined the Ministry of Aircraft Production, in which he remained until 1946. During 1945-46 he was chief executive in succession to Air Chief Marshal Sir Wilfrid Freeman.
His wife, Lady Bridget Plowden, DBE (née Bridget Horatia Richmond; 1910-2000), was Chair of the group which wrote the 1967 Plowden report on primary education. She was created a Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE).
- Plowden, Edwin Noel Auguste, Baron Plowden (1907–2001), industrialist and public servant by Peter Jay, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography
- Cairncross, Alec (17 February 2001). "Lord Plowden of Plowden dies". The Guardian. Retrieved 20 August 2013.
- Conferral of barony on Sir Edwin Plowden, KCB, KBE, London Gazette, 17 February 1959, pg. 1164
- Corbett, Anne (3 October 2000). "Obituary for Bridget, Lady Plowden". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 July 2010.
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