August 2015: people

Stacy Aumonier

Stacy Aumonier was born near Regent’s Park into a family of craftsmen and artists in 1877; his father, William, was an architectural sculptor and his uncle, James, a noted painter. He threw himself into school life, excelling at cricket, drama and art and joining the literary and debating society. After leaving Cranleigh he studied decorative design and exhibited paintings at both the Royal Academy and the Royal Institute.

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Peter Henry Emerson

Born in Cuba to an American father and English mother, Emerson lived in the United States until 1869, when his widowed mother brought her two sons back to England. He was educated at Cranleigh, where he excelled as both a scholar and an athlete, going on to study medicine at King’s College Hospital, London. He later received a BA (1883) and a Bachelor of Medicine degree (1885) from Cambridge University, where he also studied photography for the first time and joined the Photographic Society of Great Britain. It became his passion and, after a brief period of medical practice, he left the profession in 1886 to pursue a full time career in photography and writing.

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Peter Conder

The son of a shipbroker, Peter Conder was born in South London and his interest in ornithology began when he came to Cranleigh as a boy. He became a member, then Secretary, of the school’s popular ornithological society and in the Foreword to one of his many books on birds and birdwatching he recalled sneaking from the school dormitory for early morning birdwatching expeditions. Despite throwing himself into school life as a member of the Choir, House Prefect and OTC Lance-Corporal, his academic career was uninspiring and in the spring of 1938 he began work at SH Benson, the advertising firm launched by his eponymous grandfather, the celebrated ‘king of advertising’. This start was to help him transform the public face of the RSPB many years later.

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EW Swanton

Ernest William Swanton, though known for being a cricket writer and commentator under his initials, E. W. Swanton, was never called anything but Jim. From his early days at Cranleigh he adored sports and particularly cricket, a passion that was sealed during a visit to the Oval as a boy in 1919, to watch Surrey play Yorkshire.

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Godfrey Harold “G. H.” Hardy

Born in Cranleigh, Hardy attended the school as a day boy. <insert info on school life> He graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge, in 1899, became a fellow of the College the following year and continued to lecture in mathematics at Trinity until 1919.

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