Born in London in 1953, the daughter of immigrants, Diane Julie Abbott attended Harrow County grammar school, where she acted in a play opposite Michael Portillo, later to become a leading Conservative. After school, Ms Abbott went on on to Newnham College, Cambridge, graduating with a history degree. She then worked at the Home Office, followed by a stint as a civil liberties campaigner and some time as a breakfast TV reporter.
Sir Peter Mansfield was born on 9 October 1933 and grew up in London. Nobel Laureate Professor Sir Peter Mansfield is an inventor who has changed the lives of millions, a scientist who has created revolutionary new pathways for physics, and a role model for people everywhere who want to achieve success from the most humble backgrounds. Sir Peter’s early work was in Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR), then being used to study the chemical structure of substances. Peter Mansfield Biography and Profile.
Oscar Wilde, Anglo-Irish novelist, playwright, poet and critic, and a celebrity, was born in Dublin on 16 October 1854. He was educated at Trinity College, Dublin and Magdalen College, Oxford. Drama and tragedy marred Wilde’s private life. More about Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde Biography and Profile.
Dua Lipa, born on 22 August 1995 in north-west London. She comes from a large family of ethnic Albanians, to whom “so much has happened”, she says, “in my grandparents’ lives, and my parents’ lives. When you try to come to it and grasp everything there, it’s a lot.” Her mother, Anesa, was born to a Kosovan father and a Bosnian mother. Her first hit was with Be The One in October 2015. Dua beat Beyonce and Taylor Swift to become Spotify’s most-streamed female of 2017. Dua Lipa Biography and Profile.
Naomi Osaka was born 16 October 1997 to a Japanese mother and a Haitian father. In the 2016 US Open, a serve by her was timed at 201.1km/h. At 18, Osaka was the youngest player inside the world’s top 50 when she signed with IMG Tennis in the summer of 2016. Osaka embodies her sport – multiracial, multinational, multilayered. Naomi Osaka Biography and Profile.
Michelle Mone was born on 8 October 1971. As one of the UK’s most renowned entrepreneurs, Lady Michelle Mone has turned her impressive business acumen to a wide range of sectors, from lingerie to interiors, jewellery to property, tech to speaking. Lady Michelle Mone Biography and Profile.
Emily Dunning Barringer was born 27 September 1876 in Scarsdale, New York, to Edwin James Dunning and Frances Gore Lang. She grew up in a well-to-do New York family that fell on financial hard times when she was about ten years old, forcing her father to seek his fortune in Europe. Dr. Emily Barringer was the first woman ambulance physician at New York City’s Gouverneur Hospital. Dr. Barringer died on April 8, 1961 in New Milford, Conn. Emily Dunning Barringer Biography and Profile.
Joshua Wong, political activist and politician, was born 13 October 1996 in Hong Kong to middle-class Christian parents Grace and Roger Wong, eight months before control of Hong Kong was handed over from the UK to China. His major influence on Hong Kong’s pro-democracy movement resulted in his inclusion in TIME magazine’s Most Influential Teens of 2014 and nomination for its Person of the Year 2014, recognition by Fortune magazine as one of the world’s greatest leaders in 2015, and, in 2017, plans for nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize. Joshua Wong Biography and Profile.