List of Old Gowers
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This is a List of Notable Old Gowers – former pupils of University College School. The school opened on 1 November 1830, at 16 Gower Street, which is the origin of the sobriquet 'Old Gower'.
- Thomas Adès, composer (OG ?-1988)
- The Very Rev. Dr. Hermann Adler (OG 1852–54), Chief Rabbi of the United Kingdom
- The Rev. Canon Alfred Ainger (OG 1847–49), Master of the Temple
- David Ainsworth, Liberal Member of Parliament for Cumberland 1880–1885 and 1892–1895
- Sir John Stirling Ainsworth, 1st Baronet, Liberal Member for Argyllshire 1903–1918
- Moses Angel, according to A Tradition for Freedom founder of The Jewish Chronicle
- Richard Arnell (OG 1927–35), Composer
- Sir Eric Ash (OG ?-?), electrical engineer and Rector of Imperial College (1985–93)
- Professor William Edward Ayrton (OG 1859–64), physicist
- The Most Rev. Edward Gilpin Bagshawe (OG 1836–38), Roman Catholic Bishop of Nottingham and later of the titular see of Selucia
- Walter William Rouse Ball (OG ?-?), mathematician and historian, Fellow of Trinity College, Cambridge His bequests founded the Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics and Rouse Ball Professor of English Law in the University of Cambridge. The Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford is named after him as well.
- Sir Roger Bannister (OG 1944–46), runner and neurologist
- John Barrett, tennis player and commentator, who represented Britain in the Davis Cup
- Lucas Barrett (OG ?-?), English geologist and naturalist
- Sir G. C. T. Bartley (OG 1852–59), politician
- Tony Bastable (OG 1955–?), television presenter and independent producer
- Walter Bayes, painter and art critic,
- Robert Anning Bell (OG 1876–78), painter and illustrator
- Nicolas Bentley, illustrator
- Alan Blaikley (OG 1948–58), songwriter
- Dirk Bogarde (OG ?-? Junior Branch only), actor
- Sir Chris Bonington (OG 1944–52), mountaineer
- Dion Boucicault (OG ?-?), Anglo-Irish author and playwright. Helped to get the first dramatic US copyright law passed in 1856, and was involved in the setting up of the UK royalty system.
- Sir Alfred Gibbs Bourne (OG 1872–76), Director of the Indian Institute of Science
- Edgar Alfred Bowring, literary translator, Liberal Member of Parliament for Exeter 1868–1874
- Sir Edward Braddon (OG 1843–44), Premier of Tasmania
- Major General Sir John Rose Bradford, 1st Baronet (OG 1875–80), President of the Royal College of Physicians
- Professor Paul Brand (OG ?-?) orthopaedic surgeon who helped sufferers from leprosy. Emeritus Clinical Professor of Orthopaedics, University of Washington, international president of the Leprosy Mission, Hunterian Professor of the Royal College of Surgeons.
- Leslie Bricusse English composer, lyricist, and playwright, most prominently working in musicals and also film theme songs.
- William Speirs Bruce (OG 1885-7?), Polar scientist and oceanographer
- Sir George Buchanan (OG 1878–85), Chief Medical Officer for England, 1879–1892
- Laurence Buckman (OG ?-1972), Chairman of the British Medical Association’s General Practitioners’ Committee.
- Edward Levy-Lawson, 1st Baron Burnham (OG 1847–50), Principal proprietor of 'The Daily Telegraph
- Sir Edward Henry Busk Vice-Chancellor of London University 1905–1907
- Ingram Bywater (OG 1853–56), Regius Professor of Greek at Oxford University
- Gerald Campion, actor, most famous for playing Billy Bunter
- G. S. Carr (OG ?-?), mathematician.
- Richard D'Oyly Carte, impresario, producer in partnership with Gilbert and Sullivan. He owned and built the Savoy Hotel and Savoy Theatre.
- Joseph Chamberlain (OG 1850–52), Colonial Secretary, leader of the Imperialist Liberals and father of British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain
- Richard Chamberlain, Member of Parliament for Islington 1885–1892
- The Rt. Hon. Sir Arthur Charles (OG 1848–54), Judge of the High Court
- André Chevrillon (OG 1876–77), member of the French Academy
- Sir William Christie, Astronomer Royal 1881–1910
- Sir William Job Collins (OG 1869–76), Member of Parliament, Chairman of London County Council, Surgeon, two term Vice-Chancellor of the University of London (1907-9, 1911–12)
- Sir Daniel Cooper (OG 1835–39), First Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of New South Wales. He was also a member of the sub-committee of four that completed the drafting of a bill to constitute the Commonwealth of Australia.
- Allan Corduner (OG ?-?), actor, played Sir Arthur Sullivan in the film Topsy-Turvy.
- Gordon Corera, Security Correspondent of BBC News
- Baron Cozens-Hardy (OG ?-?), Commander of the Royal Naval Volunteer Reserve in the First World War
- Joe Craig, novelist
- Sir Frank Crisp (OG 1857–59), lawyer
- Charles Crompton, Liberal Member of Parliament for Staffordshire 1885–1886
- Sir David Crouch, (OG ?-?) Conservative politician
- Eric Crozier, opera producer
- Paul Dacre, editor of the Daily Mail
- Sir Michael Day (OG 1946–52), Chair of the Commission for Racial Equality 1988-1993; Previous career: Chief Probation Officer of Surrey 1968-1976, CPO West Midlands 1976-1988, Chair Conference of CPOs 1974-77, Chairman Chief Officers of Probation 1982-1984; OBE 1980; Knighthood 1992
- William Frend De Morgan (OG 1849–55), artist, potter and novelist
- Hugh Dennis (OG 1974–1980), actor and comedian, was head boy in 1980
- Nick Denton (OG ?-?), Internet businessman
- Jonathan Djanogly, Member of Parliament, Shadow Solicitor General and Shadow Minister for Trade and Industry (2005–)
- Peter Dollery, leading British educationalist
- John Dorian (OG ?-?), surgeon
- Sir Henry Doulton (OG 1833–36), inventor and manufacturer of pottery, winner of the Albert Medal
- Sir Edwin Durning-Lawrence (OG 1847–52), Professor at University College London. He researched the Baconian theory. There a Durning-Lawrence Professor of the History of Art at UCL, and the main hall at UCS is officially known as the Durning-Lawrence Hall.
- Joseph Duveen, 1st Baron Duveen of Millbank (OG 1877–80), One of the most influential art dealers of all time and a philanthropist
- Richard Eckersley, deconstructionist graphic designer, appointed a Royal Designer for Industry in 1999.
- Albert James Edmondson, 1st Baron Sandford (OG ?-?), Conservative politician
- Simon Ellinas (OG 1971–1976), cartoonist and humorous writer
- Sir George Faudel-Phillips (OG 1853–55), Lord Mayor of London 1896–97
- Anthony Finkelstein (OG 1970-1977) Dean of the UCL Faculty of Engineering Sciences
- Lord Daniel Finkelstein OBE (OG 1973-1980) Chief Leader Writer at The Times
- Sir John Ambrose Fleming (OG ?-?), electrical engineer
- Sir Walter Morley Fletcher (OG 1886–91), physiologist, Secretary of the Medical Research Council, Senior Tutor of Trinity College, Cambridge
- Ford Madox Ford (OG 1888–90), novelist, editor
- George Forrest (OG ?-?) Wykeham Professor of Logic, University of Oxford, founder member of British Committee for the Reunification of the Parthenon Marbles.
- Sir Michael Foster (OG 1849–52), physiologist, professor and Member of Parliament
- Sir Gregory Foster (OG 1881-4), Vice-Chancellor of the University of London, the first Provost of University College London.
- Percy F. Frankland, chemist.
- Jonathan Freedland (OG ?-?), newspaper journalist, The Guardian
- Simon Garfield (OG ?-?), journalist, The Observer, and author
- Alex Garland (OG ?- 1987), novelist, writer of The Beach
- Samuel Gee (1839–1911) Physician and paediatrician
- Charles Gifford (Canadian politician) (OG ?-?)
- Paul Gilroy, (OG ?-?) Giddens Professor at the London School of Economics & writer.
- Air Vice-Marshall Leonard William George Gill (Bill Gill) (OG 1932–35), Order of the King of Bohemia, RAF officer.
- David Ginsburg, (OG ?-?) Labour, later, SDP MP.
- Oliver Gledhill, (OG ?-?) Cellist, regularly broadcast on Classic FM.
- Paul Gorman, (OG 1971–1978) Writer.
- Sir John Grandy, (OG ?-?) GCB GCVO KBE DSO KStJ, Marshal of the Royal Air Force, Chief of the Air Staff from 11 April 1967 to 31 March 1971. Governor of Gibraltar from 3 October 1973 to 30 May 1978.
- Sir Alan Greengross, (OG ?-?) Former Conservative Leader on the Greater London Council, Vice-Chair of the Council of University College London.
- Joseph Gouge Greenwood, (OG 1835–37) Principal of Owens College and Vice-Chancellor of Victoria University.
- Maurice Greiffenhagen RA (OG 1872–76), Artist
- Raymond Gubbay, (OG ?-?) impresario.
- The Rt. Hon. William Court Gully, 1st Viscount Selby, PC, QC, (OG 1848–49), Speaker of the House of Commons
- Thom Gunn, (OG ?-?) Poet
- Robert Gunther (OG ?-?) founded the Museum of the History of Science.
- Sir Francis Seymour Haden, (OG ?-?) English etcher, writer and surgeon
- Roger Leighton Hall, CNZM, QSO, (OG 1952–55) New Zealand playwright.
- Professor W.D. Halliburton MD, FRS (OG1872-77), Professor of Physiology, King's College London
- Laurence Halsted (OG 1984– ), British Fencer
- Nick Harkaway, novelist and commentator
- Numa Edward Hartog (OG 1857–61), First Jewish Senior Wrangler, prominent figure in the movement to remove Jewish disabilities. His evidence before a committee of the House of Lords helped considerably to secure the passing of the Universities Tests Act in 1871.
- Sir Philip John Hartog KBE, CIE (OG 1874–80), Vice-Chancellor of the University of Dacca
- His Excellency Count Hayashi Tadasu, Japanese Foreign Minister, and Ambassador to the Court of St James. Signed the Anglo-Japanese Alliance in 1902.
- Alexander Hill OBE MA, MD, MRCS, FRCS (OG 1870–72), Master of Downing College, Cambridge, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge (1897–99), Principal of Southampton University College 1912-1920
- Surgeon Vice-Admiral Sir Robert Hill, KCB, KCMG, CVO, FRCS, (OG 1871–81), Director-General of the Admiralty Medical Department, Hon. Surgeon to H.M. the King
- Mayer Hillman, (OG ?-?) Senior Fellow Emeritus of the Policy Studies Institute. Author.
- David Hobman CBE, Founder Director of Age Concern.
- S. D. Holden, (OG ?–c. 1886) Steam locomotive engineer
- Frank Holl, (OG ?-?) English painter
- Tom Hood, (OG ?-?) Humourist
- Ken Howard, (OG 1947-1956) Songwriter, Composer, TV Director, Author.
- Geoffrey Howard, English cricketer and cricket administrator.
- Dr Tristram Hunt, (OG ?-1992) TV historian and Labour MP
- Major General Hutchinson (OG 1839–41), probably Charles Scrope Hutchinson, Inspector of Railways for the board of trade.
- Richard Holt Hutton (OG 1835–41), Editor of The Spectator
- Leonard Huxley LL.D. (OG 1872–77), Editor of The Cornhill Magazine
- Rufus Isaacs, 1st Marquess of Reading (OG 1873–74), Lord Chief Justice, Foreign Secretary (briefly), Leader of the House of Lords, solicitor and attorney general (held separately), Ambassador to the USA, Lord Warden of the Cinque Ports and Viceroy of India.
- William Stanley Jevons, (OG ?-?) Logician & Economist
- Sir David Brynmor Jones, PC, QC, MP (OG 1862–69), writer of parliamentary reports.
- Judge Jules, (OG ?-?) Dance music DJ
- Ian Katz, (OG ?-?) Editor of BBC Newsnight 2014 -
- Brian Keith (judge), Court of Appeal judge, Hong Kong; High Court judge, England and Wales
- Arthur Edwin Kennelly, (OG ?-?) American electrical engineer
- Dairoku Kikuchi, (OG ?-?) Japanese mathematician and Minister of Education
- Martin Francis Lamble, (b.28 August 1949, in St John's Wood, Northwest London. d.12 May 1969) original drummer with British electric folk band, Fairport Convention.
- Edmund Leighton, (OG ?-?) artist.
- The Rt. Hon. Frederic Leighton, 1st Baron Leighton (OG 1839–43), Artist and President of the Royal Academy
- Cecil Arthur Lewis, (OG ?-?) one of the 4 founders of the BBC, won an Oscar for adapting the screenplay of Pygmalion.
- Geoffrey Lewis Lewis, (OG ?-?) linguist. Emeritus Professor of Turkish at Oxford University and Emeritus Fellow of St Antony's College.
- Martin Lewis, (OG ?-?) Humorist, Producer, Broadcaster
- The Rt. Hon. Nathaniel Lindley, 1st Baron Lindley, PC, (OG 1837–45), Master of the Rolls, Lord of Appeal in Ordinary
- Dennis Lloyd, Baron Lloyd of Hampstead QC (OG 1929–31, Chairman of Council 1971–79), Quain Professor of Jurisprudence in the University of London, Chairman of the National Film School 1970–1988
- Professor D.S. MacColl (OG 1873–76), Keeper of the Wallace Collection.
- Sir Philip Magnus, MP (circa 1855–60?), educational reformer and Member of Parliament for London University.
- Sir Edward Manville M.Inst. E.E., (OG 1874–78), Chairman of the Imperial Council of Commerce
- Lord Marshall of Knightsbridge, (OG ?-?) former Chairman and Chief Executive of British Airways.
- Lieutenant Horace Robert Martineau (OG ?-?) recipient of the Victoria Cross
- The Rt. Rev Dr. John Howard Bertram Masterman DD, (OG ?-?) Suffragan Bishop of Plymouth and author.
- John Preston Maxwell, (OG ?-?) Missionary, President of the Chinese Society of Obstetrics and Gynaecology.
- David McCallum, (b. 19 September 1933) Actor and Musician.
- Sir Andrew McFadyean, (OG ?-?) senior civil servant, General Secretary to the Reparation Commission 1919, Chairman of S.G. Warburg and Co, Chairman of the Royal Institute of International Affairs.
- Max Minghella (OG 1999–2004), Actor
- The Rt. Hon. John Morley, 1st Viscount Morley of Blackburn, PC, OM, [(OG 1853–54), Secretary of State for India
- The Rev William Stainton Moses, (OG ?-?) Christian Spiritualist Leader and medium, President of the London Spiritualist Alliance (1884-death).
- Rodrigo Moynihan, Artist.
- Alexander Muirhead, (OG ?-?) Developed the fist electrocardiogram, one of the developers of wireless telegraphy.
- Ronald Neame (OG ?-?) British screenwriter and director
- Professor Karl Pearson FRS (OG 1866–73), Founder of Department of Applied Statistics of University College London which was the first statistics department in the world. He was a major contributor to the development of statistics. Contemporary and close friend of Kikuchi Dairoku.
- Giles Pegram CBE, Charity Fundraiser, Oxfam & NSPCC
- Sir Roger Penrose OM FRS, Mathematician, Emeritus Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics, University of Oxford. Winner of De Morgan Medal (See Notable Staff for De Morgan himself). Sir Roger has the honour of holding a Chair and medal named after two different people involved with the school (a pupil and a teacher). Author of popular physics books.
- Sir Claude Phillips (OG 1856–58), Keeper of the Wallace Collection
- Professor Vivian de Sola Pinto, poet, literary critic and historian. He appeared for the defence (Penguin Books) at the Lady Chatterly's Lover trial.
- Richard Bissell Prosser, Engineer and inventor.
- Professor J.P. Quilliam, Peter Quilliam, General Secretary of the British Pharmacology Society (1968–71), Professor of Pharmacology King's College London, Chairman of the BMA Board of Science, Trustee of the University of London.
- Sir Walter Raleigh (OG 1877–79), Professor of English Literature, University of Oxford
- Sir Boverton Redwood, 1st Baronet Boverton (OG 1857–61), Prominent chemist and petroleum expert, co-founded the B & R Redwood consulting practice. He also co-founded, and became the first President of, the Institution of Petroleum Technologists, now known as the Institute of Petroleum, in 1913. He was instrumental in persuading the Royal Navy to change from coal fired ships to oil fired ones.
- Andrew Reid, Lawyer, Racehorse trainer, and Treasurer of the UK Independence Party
- Henry Ling Roth (1855–1925), Anthropologist, active in Australia (brother of Walter Roth)
- Walter Roth, Anthropologist, The Walter Roth Museum of Anthropology in Georgetown, Guyana has been named in his honour.
- Edward John Routh RS, Mathematician, winner of the Adams Prize in 1877, fellow of the Royal Society, also contributed to Routh-Hurwitz theorem and Routh stability criterion.
- Dick Rubenstein, Major, SAS war hero.
- The Very Rev Michael Sadgrove, (OG 1959–67), Provost, then Dean of Sheffield 1995; Dean of Durham 2003 -.
- Herbert Samuel, 1st Viscount Samuel (OG 1884–88), Leader of the Liberal Party, Home Secretary and High Commissioner for Palestine
- Gordon Samuels AC CVO QC Governor of New South Wales (1996–2001)
- David Say (The Right Reverend Richard David Say, KCVO, DD), bishop of Rochester (1961–1988).
- Ben Schott (OG 1987–1992), author of Schott's Miscellanies
- Admiral Sir Percy Scott, Bart., KCB. (OG 1865–66), Often regarded in the Royal Navy as "the father of modern gunnery". Scott was also instrumental in developing other equipment for the fleet such as the masthead flashing lamp (and possibly the masthead semaphore) and the shutter "for the emission of signs" to put on the searchlights so they could be used to send Morse Code. He was Military Commandant of Durban when martial law was declared during the Boer War. In a controversial letter to The Times he foresaw the vulnerability of battleships to new technology such as submarines. He was made Head of the anti-submarine department of the Admiralty months into the First World War. He is one of three Naval officers who (working independently) are credited with the development of depth charges.
- Will Self, Writer
- Sir Arthur Everett Shipley FRS (OG 1877–79), Master of Christ's College, Cambridge 1910–1927, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge 1917–1919.
- Walter Sickert A.RA (OG 1870–71), artist and critic
- Jonathan Sinclair, Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President Jimmy Choo PLC (OG 1975-1980)
- Professor Cedric Austen Bardell Smith, (OG 1932–35), statistician and geneticist
- Kenneth Snowman CBE, Chairman of Wartski, appeared as himself in the James Bond film Octopussy
- Richard Solomons, Chief Executive of InterContinental Hotels Group
- Professor Edward Adolf Sonnenschein, Litt. D. (OG 1867–68), Philologist, Professor of Classics and Dean of the Faculty of Arts in the University of Birmingham
- Stephen Spender, Poet
- Marion Harry Spielmann (OG 1872-66), Historian of Punch, editor of The Magazine of Art.
- The Rt. Rev. Edward Steere (OG 1842–44), Bishop of Central Africa
- Frederic George Stephens, 'Nonartistic' member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood & Art critic.
- Colonel H.F. Stephens (OG 1877–83), Railway engineer and manager
- The Rt. Hon. Lord Wandsworth Sydney Stern, 1st Baron Wandsworth, (OG 1857–58), MP and banker, left much of his estate for the founding of an orphanage, but instead the trustees founded Lord Wandsworth College.
- Greville Stevens, England Cricketer, Ashes winner, Wisden Cricketer of the Year in 1918, at UCS scored 466 in a house match
- Desmond Surfleet, Middlesex Cricketer
- Manfred John Susskind. Fred Susskind (OG 1902–09), South African test match cricketer.
- The Most Rev. Arthur Sweatman (OG 1848–50), Archbishop of Toronto and Primate of all Canada
- Maj.-Gen. Sir Ernest Dunlop Swinton, sometimes spelled Ernst Dunlop Swinton KBE, CB, DSO (OG 1878–83), On outbreak of World War One became, Assistant Secretary (Military), Committee of Imperial Defence and War Cabinet. Directed the creation of the first successful Tank in 1916, (he is sometimes referred to as the "originator" of the tank (see Landships Committee), later Chichele Professor of Military History, University of Oxford.
- David Sylvester, art critic and curator.
- James Joseph Sylvester (OG 1828), attended aged 14 at a time when the distinctions between the school and college were blurred, professor of mathematics at the Royal Military Academy, inaugural professor of mathematics at Johns Hopkins University, Professor at Oxford University and private tutor to Florence Nightingale.
- Richard Schlagman (OG 1965-71), Publisher of Phaidon Press (1990-2012)
- Sir Geoffrey Ingram Taylor OM FRS (OG 1899–1905?), Physicist and Mathematician, part of British delegation to the Manhattan project, has been described as "one of the greatest physical scientists of the 20th century".
- Gordon Thomson (rower) (OG 1893–99), Gold medalist in the Olympic Games of 1908 (coxless pairs) and rowed for Cambridge.
- Francis Taylor, Liberal MP for Norfolk South 1885–1898
- Matthew Taylor (Liberal politician), MP (1987–present), Liberal Democrat Treasury Spokesman (1999–2003), Chair of the Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Party (2003–2005)
- James Thomas (Australian politician), engineer and politician.
- Sir Hamo Thornycroft RA, (OG 1863–68), Artist and sculptor (works included the statue of Oliver Cromwell outside the Palace of Westminster).
- Captain Norman Todd – Captained the first commercial flight of a British Airways concorde.
- Wilfred Trotter MS FRCS (OG 1888–90), pioneer in neurosurgery, Hon. Surgeon to His Majesty the King.
- Dr Mark Turin (OG 1981–91), linguistic anthropologist, directs the Digital Himalaya project which is jointly based at the University of Cambridge and Cornell University
- John William Van Druten (OG 1911–17), Playwright.
- Sir Julius Vogel KCM.G, Two-time Prime Minister of New Zealand, (Chairman of Old Boys Dining Society 1877)
- Hon Mr Justice; Sir Geoffrey Charles Vos QC, (OG ?-1972), Judge of the High Court, former Chairman of the Bar Council.
- Ed Vulliamy, Journalist (The Guardian & The Observer) and author.
- Dan Wagner, Internet Entrepreneur.
- Sir Francis Walshe, Neurologist.
- Charles Warton, MP, Attorney general of Western Australia.
- Edwin Waterhouse (OG 1855–57), President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and the Waterhouse in PricewaterhouseCoopers
- Julian Lloyd Webber, Cellist
- Sir Arnold Wesker FRSL Honn. Litt. D, Dramatist.
- Philip Wicksteed, Economist and Clergyman.
- Professor Robin Wilson, mathematician, Gresham Professor of Geometry and son of Harold Wilson.
- Guy Wingate, Brand Strategic and media producer
- Ben Winston, TV/Film producer
- Jonathan Wittenberg, Masorti Rabbi
- Roland de Wolfe, Professional poker player.
- Oliver Zangwill Professor of Psychology, University of Cambridge.
- Debrett's People of Today. Jan 2011
- Who's Who 2011
- W. J. O'Connor, ed., British physiologists 1885–1914: a biographical dictionary (1991), p. 124
-  Jewish Chronicle: "He won GPs their big bucks"
- Biographical details don't seem to mention his education below university level, but as he actively participated in UCS fundraising and applied to be a member of the corporation, he may well be an Old Gower
- "Air Vice-Marshal Bill Gill". The Daily Telegraph (London). 20 July 2007.
- Greiffenhagen, Maurice – 'Carlisle, the Gateway to Scotland', LMS poster, 1924. – High quality art prints, canvases, postcards, mugs – SSPL Prints
- "Music – Martin Lamble". BBC. Retrieved 2012-03-03.
- "History of Fairport – Fairport Convention's official website". Fairportconvention.com. Retrieved 2012-03-03.
- 'Lloyd, Dennis, Baron Lloyd of Hampstead', in Who Was Who 1991–1995 (A. & C. Black, 1996, ISBN 0-7136-4496-6
- "David McCallum Biography". Fandango.com. Retrieved 2012-03-03.
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- Thomas Boverton Redwood
- Admiral Sir Percy Scott
- ::The Admiralty and the Submarine Service::
- British Society for the History of Mathematics