1923 - present
Former President of the National Secular Society (1971–1996).
Campaigner for the abolition of the death penalty, nuclear disarmament, legalisation of abortion and voluntary euthanasia.
1731 - 1802
English physician. One of the key thinkers of the Midlands Enlightenment, he was also a natural philosopher, physiologist, slave trade abolitionist, inventor and poet. His poems included much natural history, including a statement of evolution and the relatedness of all forms of life. He was a member of the Darwin–Wedgwood family, which includes his grandsons Charles Darwin and Francis Galton. Darwin was also a founding member of the Lunar Society of Birmingham, a discussion group of pioneering industrialists and natural philosophers.