John Maynard Smith

(6 January 1920 – 19 April 2004) John Maynard Smith was one of the greatest biologists of the 20th century, remembered for his contributions to genetics and evolutionary biology, and was one of the British Humanist Association‘s distinguished supporter of Humanism. He was deeply committed to his work and to making scientific ideas accessible, and inspired […]

David Hume

(7 May 1711 – 25 August 1776) David Hume was a Scottish philosopher and historian, regarded as one of the most important figures in the history of Western philosophy and the Scottish Enlightenment. Hume was an empiricist, arguing that we should only believe those things for which we have good evidence, and has been a […]

John Baskerville

(28 January 1706 – 8 January 1775) John Baskerville was an avowed atheist and renown printer. Born at Sion Hill Farm, Wolverley, Worcestershire. He was employed as a footman and became a writing teacher and calligrapher. He taught himself japanning, the covering of metalware with layers of varnish usually decorated with pictures, and from 1740 made it a […]

Charles Darwin

(12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882) Charles Robert Darwin is arguably Britain’s greatest contributor to science and his ‘On the Origin of Species’ changed the way we think about life on earth. The theory of evolution has been repeatedly confirmed by evidence and continues to shape our understanding of biology. Darwin was born in […]

Alan Turing

(23 June 1912 – 7 June 1954) Alan Mathison Turing was a code breaker and pioneer of computer science who was eventually prosecuted for being gay. Growing up – shattered faith Turing was born at 2 Warrington Crescent, London but spent most of his childhood in Hastings, where his parents left him and his brother with a retired Army couple, Colonel […]

Bertrand Russell

(18 May 1872 – 2 February 1970) Betrand Russell was foremost a philosopher and mathematician, but also subscribed to many causes throughout his long life. He lived for most of his life in England, with brief interludes in the United States and China Russell was born in Cleddon Hall, Trellech, Monmouthshire and studied at Trinity […]