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ADAMSON, (Samuel) Ian (Gamble) (born 1944), medical practitioner; Member (UU), Belfast City Council, 1989–2011 (Lord Mayor of Belfast, 1996–97)

ALDERDICE, David King (born 1966), Consultant Dermatologist, Ulster Hospital, since 2010; Lord Mayor of Belfast, 1998–99

Alderdice, John Thomas (born 1955), consultant psychiatrist in psychotherapy, Belfast Health and Social Services Trust (formerly Eastern Health and Social Services Board, then South and East Belfast Health and Social Services Trust), 1988–2010; Convenor, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Party, House of Lords, since 2010

ALLEN, Ingrid (Victoria) (born 1932), Director of Research and Development, Health and Personal Social Services, Northern Ireland, 1997–2001; Professor of Neuropathology, Queen’s University of Belfast, 1979–97, now Emerita

ALLEN, Thomas Palmer (1899 - 1979), Professor of Light Electrical Engineering, The Queen’s University, Belfast, 1955–65, Emeritus Professor since 1965

ALLISON, Richard Sydney (1899 - 1978), Hon. Archivist and Consulting Neurologist (retired) to Royal Victoria and Claremont Street Hospitals, Belfast

Annual Scientific Meeting of the Society of Occupational Medicine 2001, Belfast, 26–29 June 2001

ARCHARD, David William (born 1951), Professor of Philosophy, Queen’s University Belfast, since 2012

Ashby, Eric (1904 - 1992), Chancellor, Queen’s University, Belfast, 1970–83; Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge, 1958, Life Fellow 1975

Ashley-Cooper, Anthony (1869 - 1961), HM Lieut Co. Dorset, 1916–52; Chm. Dorset County Council, 1924–46; late Development Commissioner under the Development Fund Act 1910 (Chairman of the Commission, 1946–48); Younger Brother of Trinity House; Vice-Pres. Royal Choral Soc.; Provincial Grand Master of Dorset, 1902–52; Pres., Shaftesbury Society; late President of the English Church Union, and Member National Church Assembly; late Chairman National Advisory Council to the Ministry of Labour for Juvenile Employment in England and Wales; Bailiff of Egle and Bailiff Grand Cross in the Order of St John of Jerusalem; Brig.-General Commanding 1st South-West Mounted Brigade, 1913–16; served European War, 1914–18; retired with hon. rank of Brig.-Gen.; late Hon. Col North Irish Horse; Lord Chamberlain to the Queen, 1910–22; Commissioner of Congested Districts Board for Ireland, 1902–14; Chancellor of Queen’s Univ. of Belfast till 1923; HM Lieutenant for Co. of Antrim, 1911–16; Grand Officer Legion of Honour

ASTIN, Alan Edgar (1930 - 1991), Professor of Ancient History, Queen’s University of Belfast, since 1967; Chairman, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, since 1986

ATTWOOD, Alex (born 1959), Member (SDLP) Belfast West, Northern Ireland Assembly, since 1998; Minister of the Environment, since 2011

BAIN, George (Sayers) (born 1939), President and Vice-Chancellor, Queen’s University Belfast, 1998–2004, now Professor Emeritus

BAIRD, Robert Hugh Hanley (1855 - 1934), DL County of City of Belfast, 1922; JP; a Managing Director of W. & G. Baird, Ltd., Belfast Telegraph; controls Belfast Telegraph and founded and controls Irish Daily Telegraph, 1904; Ireland’s Saturday Night, 1894; Belfast Weekly Telegraph, 1873; Larne Times, 1891; Ballymena Weekly Telegraph, 1887

BAIRD, William (1874 - 1956), DL, JP Belfast City; Director, Belfast Telegraph; retired as Chairman and Managing Director of W. and G. Baird Ltd, publishers of the Belfast Telegraph and allied newspapers, 1951

BANNISTER, Grace (died 1986), JP; Lord Mayor of Belfast, 1981–82

BARKLEY, John Montieth (1910 - 1997), retired; Principal, Union Theological College, Belfast, 1978–81

Baroque in Belfast

BARRONS, John Lawson (born 1932), Director: Century Newspapers Ltd, Belfast, 1989–98 (Chief Executive, 1989–97); Praxis Care Ltd, Belfast, since 2011

BATES, David (Robert) (1916 - 1994), Research Professor, Queen’s University, Belfast, 1976–82, then Emeritus

BATES, (Richard) Dawson (1876 - 1949), Solicitor; Vice-President Ulster Unionist Council, and Clerk to the Lieutenancy of Co. Down; DL Belfast; JP Co. Down; MP East Belfast and Victoria Division, 1921–29, and 1929–43

BAXTER, Frederick William (1897 - 1980), Professor of English Language and Literature in The Queen’s University of Belfast, 1949–58, retired (Professor of English Literature, 1930–49)

BAXTER, James Sinclair (died 1933), Regius Professor of Law, University of Dublin; Professor of English Law, Queen’s University, Belfast, since 1900

BECKETT, James Camlin (1912 - 1996), Professor of Irish History, Queen’s University of Belfast, 1958–75

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Is the second largest city in Ireland, and the economic and political capital of Northern Ireland. Although the Normans established a fort at Belfast in the 12th cent., a substantial town only developed at the beginning of the 17th cent., and was incorporated by royal charter in 1613. The most remarkable years of expansion were from 1860 to the First World War, coinciding with the development of the shipbuilding and engineering industries, and the consolidation of linen manufacturing: the population of Belfast grew from 87,000 in 1851 to 349,000 by 1901. With the Government of Ireland Act (1920), and the partition of the island, Belfast became the administrative capital of the newly created Northern Ireland.

The swift expansion of Belfast partly determined its politics. The proportion of catholic citizens grew from virtually nothing at the beginning of the 18th cent. to one‐third by the late 19th and 20th cents. The industrial growth of the city brought closer links with the British economy: this, in combination with a protestant domination of capital, helped to determine the predominantly unionist character of the city's politics. The city suffered greatly in the 1980s and 1990s from the IRA bombing campaign but the cease‐fire of 2002 gave an opportunity for it to recover some of its former prosperity.

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