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Alfred Bader

Born in Vienna, Afred Bader fled to England at the age of 14 just before the outbreak of World War II, where he was interned as an enemy alien and sent to a Canadian prisoner of war camp. On his release in 1941 he read engineering chemistry at Queen's University, Ontario, and was subsequently a fellow in Organic Chemistry at Harvard. In 1951 he founded Aldrich, which became, as Sigma-Aldrich, one of the world's largest suppliers of research chemicals. After being ousted from the company in a boardroom coup he turned his attention to Old Master paintings, becoming a leading collector and dealer. Alfred and his family have become well known as generous benefactors in many diverse fields and his personal philanthropy has been directed towards helping students and teachers of chemistry and art history.
Daniel Barenboim

Daniel Barenboim was born in Buenos Aires in 1942, educated in Rome and made his piano debut at the age of eight and as a solo pianist at the age of eleven with the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra. His musical tours have taken him all over the world and he has made regular appearances at the Bayreuth, Edinburgh, Lucerne, Prague and Salzburg festivals. In 1967 he married the cellist Jacqueline du Pré (who died in 1987). In 1988 he married Elena Bashkirova. He was musical director of the Paris Orchestra 1975-88, and he has been Music Director of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra since 1991 and of the Berlin State Opera since 1992.
Beatles

If you haven't heard of the Beatles, then this probably isn't the book for you.
Isaiah Berlin

Sir Isaiah Berlin OM spent the whole of his professional life at Oxford, as a Fellow of All Souls College, a Fellow of New College, Chichele Professor of Social and Political theory and first President of Wolfson College. He is the author of many books and was President of the British Academy from 1974 until 1978. He died in 1997.
William Blake

Peter Butter, formerly Regius Professor of English at Glasgow University, has written widely on Romantic, Victorian and modern poetry, especially on Blake, Shelley and Edwin Muir.
Charlotte Bronte

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Douglas Brooks-Davies

Douglas Brooks-Davies was born in Wimbledon in 1942, and educated at Merchant Taylors' School, Crosby and Brasenose College, Oxford. Formerly Senior Lecturer in English Literature at the University of Manchester, where he remains an Honorary Research fellow, he has published widely on Renaissance and later literature, and is now a freelance writer. His hobbies include gardening, singing, and playing the oboe.
Peter Butter

Peter Butter, formerly Regius Professor of English at Glasgow University, has written widely on Romantic, Victorian and modern poetry, especially on Blake, Shelley and Edwin Muir.
Samuel Taylor Coleridge

John Beer's work on Coleridge includes two books, Coleridge the Visionary and Coleridge's Poetic Intelligence, the editing of a collection of essays, Coleridge's Variety, and the preparation of an edition of Aids to Reflection for Coleridge's Collected Works. He is also general editor of the series Coleridge's Writings and has written on a variety of other authors, including Blake, Wordsworth and E.M. Forster.
John Donne

D. J. Enright is a celebrated poet. Among his publications are books of literary criticism, memoirs and translations. His Collected Poems 1948-1998 (Oxford University Press) appeared in 1998.
Umberto Eco

Umberto Eco is Professor of Semiotics at the University of Bologna and one of the world's most famous -- and admired -- writers. His is the author of the novels In the Name of the Rose, Foucault's Pendulum, Baudolino and The Island of the Day Before.
E.D. Enright

D. J. Enright is a celebrated poet. Among his publications are books of literary criticism, memoirs and translations. His Collected Poems 1948-1998 (Oxford University Press) appeared in 1998.
Peter Guralnick

Peter Guralnick is one of popular culture's greatest biographers and his 2-volume biography of Elvis is widely regarded as definitive.Visit the website for more www.peterguralnick.com, join on Facebook at www.facebook.com/peterguralnickofficial and follow on Twitter at https://twitter.com/PeterGuralnick.
Michel Houellebecq

Michel Houellebecq lives in County Cork, Ireland. He is the bestselling author of Atomised, Platform, Lanzarote and Whatever. He is also a poet, essayist and rap artist.
Oliver Kamm

Oliver Kamm is a leader writer and columnist for The Times. He writes extensively on politics, public policy, foreign affairs, culture, science and other fields, including weekly columns on language and on the economy. He also contributes to Prospect, the Jewish Chronicle and other periodicals. His book Accidence Will Happen: The Non-Pedantic Guide to English was published by W&N in 2015.
Omar Khayyam

Omar Khayyam was a Persian astronomer, mathematician and poet. He died in 1122.
Rudyard Kipling

Born in Bombay, India, but raised in England from the age of five, Rudyard Kipling (1865-1936) is today best known as the author of such classics of literature as The Jungle Book (1894), Kim (1902) and Just So Stories (1902). He returned to India in 1882 to become a journalist and local newspaper editor and began writing supernatural stories set in his native continent. Kipling was the first British writer to be award the Nobel Prize for Literature, in 1907.
Helmut Kohl

Kohl was born in 1930, married in 1960. Educated at Frankfurt and Heidelberg universities. Leader of the CDU in the Rhineland Palatinate from 1963. Leader of the Opposition in the Budestag 1976-82.
Elmore Leonard

Elmore Leonard was born in New Orleans in 1925. He wrote forty-five books during his phenomenal career, including the bestsellers MR PARADISE, TISHOMINGO BLUES, BE COOL and THE HOT KID. Many have been made into successful movies, including GET SHORTY with John Travolta, OUT OF SIGHT with George Clooney and RUM PUNCH, which became Tarantino's JACKIE BROWN. He is the recipient of the Cartier Diamond Dagger Award and the PEN USA Lifetime Achievement Award. He died in 2013 in Detroit.www.elmoreleonard.com
Donald Low

Donald A. Low studied at St Andrews and Pembroke College, Cambridge, and was Professor of English Studies at the University of Stirling. His publications on Burns include Poems in Scots and English and The Songs of Robert Burns.