Sir Isaac Newton 1642 - 1727
The greatest genius of his age, and perhaps of any age.
Built the reflecting telescope.
Discovered the laws of gravity and motion.
Joseph Priestley 1733 - 1804
Important English scientist he discovered oxygen, electricity, chemistry.
Was elected to the Royal Society for his work on Electricity and
his work in chemistry. He was also a Doctor of Law.
Above all, he was an outstanding Unitarian minister
and reformer working to abolish slavery.
Charles Dickens 1812 - 1870
Writer of many books with intriguing stories.
His powerful pen was used mainly to campaign for love and kindness.
A fantastic amount of good was done by his social comment
on prisons, on factories, on child labour.
And legal reforms on mental illness.
Elizabeth Gaskell 1810 - 1865
Another great novelist whose writings campaigned for better conditions
for the poor. She and her husband, Rev William Gaskell,
worked to relieve the poverty of working people.
James Martineau 1805 - 1900
He was one of the most outstanding philosophers and theologians of the
nineteenth century. Gladstone acclaimed him as
"the greatest of living thinkers" .
Adrian Boult 1889 - 1983
Great conductor and musician, founded the B.B.C. Symphony orchestra was conductor
of the London Philharmonic and City of Birmingham orchestras.
Theophilus Lindsey 1723 - 1808
One of the most important Unitarians.
His Essex Street Chapel was the first church specially started for Unitarian worship.
Essex Hall now stands on place where this first chapel was built.
John Pounds 1766 - 1839
An important influence on English Education.
Founder of the Ragged Schools
A man who shared what little he had with his neighbours and taught
hundreds of children, for the love of it.
Josiah Wedgwood 1730 - 1795
Without doubt the most important person in English pottery, a brilliant
artist and craftsman who made many scientific developments in the craft
James Wood 1672 - 1759
James Wood's ministry of Chowbent chapel lasted a remarkable 60 years and saw the
transfer of the congregation from the old to the new chapel.
James Wood was a loyal supporter of the House of Hanover.
In 1715 he marched a large number of men of his congregation to Walton, near Preston. Armed with basic weapons such as farm implements, Wood and his 'army' successfully
prevented the rebel Jacobites from crossing the River Ribble.
For his courageous action, Wood was awarded a pension and the honorary title of
'General' to add to that of Reverend.
Christopher Reeve 1952 - 2004
- film actor best known for playing "Superman" and for his struggle against paralysis
Sir Tim Berners-Lee 1955 -
- English computer scientist and MIT professor credited with inventing the World Wide Web.