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Famous First Names


This is our A to Z of famous first names. For each name there is a short description about the person with that first name.


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Christopher Sydney Cockerell

[Sir], (1910 - ) English engineer. He invented the hovercraft.

Jesse Jackson

(1941 - ), American Democrat politician and Baptist minister. He has campaigned twice for the Democratic presidential nomination.

Margaret Mead

(1901 - 78), American anthropologist. Her works, include "Coming of Age in Samoa", "Growing Up in New Guinea" and "The Changing Culture of an Indian Tribe".

Ernest Henry Shackleton

[Sir], (1874 - 1922), Anglo-Irish explorer. He served in Robert Scott's Antarctic expedition, and later commanded two further expeditions - in 1908-09 and 1914-16.

Robert Sanderson Mulliken

(1896-1986), American chemist and physicist. For his work on molecular structure and on chemical bonding he was awarded the 1986 Nobel prize for chemistry.

Richard Samuel Attenborough

[Sir], (1923 - ), English film director, producer and actor. He produced and directed 'Ghandi.'

Anne Boleyn

(1507-36), the second wife of King Henry VIII.

Alexander Graham Bell

(1847-1922), inventor of the telephone. In 1877 he founded the Bell Telephone Company.

James Russell Lowell

(1819 - 91), American poet, essayist and diplomat. He wrote "The Biglow Papers", "Poems" and "The Vision of Sir Launfal".

John Ruskin

(1819 - 1900), English writer, artist and art critic. He wrote many books including "Modern Painters", "The Seven Lamps of Architecture" and "The Stones of Venice".