Person    | Male  Born 12/7/1922  Died 6/9/1956

Michael Ventris

Categories: Architecture, History

Countries: Greece

Architect and decipherer of Linear B script. While still at school he heard about the discovery of Knossos by Arthur Evans, and about the undeciphered Linear B script on the tablets. This mystery became his obsession and in June 1952 he, an amateur, managed to crack the code.

After that his architectural career held no interest, his personal life did not sustain him and he could expect no further great success in the field of philology. Aged 34 he died in a car crash on the Barnet Bypass, driving his car at high speed into a parked lorry.

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Michael Ventris

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Michael Ventris

Michael Ventris, 1922 - 1956, architect and decipherer of Linear B script. En...

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Whitfield Partners
1 memorial
Francis Léon Pither

Francis Léon Pither

Architect.  1881 living with his mother and brother.

Person, Architecture, Art

1 memorial
William Nisbet Blair

William Nisbet Blair

Architect. Born Morpeth, Northumberland. Appointed St Pancras Borough Engineer in 1893 and still in post in 1906. Lived at 23 West Hill. Father of the entomologist, Kenneth Blair. Died Middlesex. H...

Person, Architecture

1 memorial
Kingerlee and Sons

Kingerlee and Sons

Builders. An unusual name, so we are assuming that this is the company founded by Thomas Henry Kingerlee, a plumber from Banbury. He moved to Oxford where he established a thriving business, undert...

Group, Architecture, Commerce

1 memorial
Harry W. Ford

Harry W. Ford

Born Harry Wharton Ford.  Architect to the District Railway from 1900-11 and designed a number of stations on the District Line including: Earl's Court, Barons Court, Hammersmith and Walham Green. ...

Person, Architecture

1 memorial