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  • ID: I2804
  • Title: Sir 1
  • Name: Richard Arthur Surtees PAGET of Cranmore Hall, Somerset; 2nd Baronet 1
  • Sex: M
  • Change Date: 30 JUL 2016
  • Birth: 13 JAN 1869 in East Cranmore, Somerset 1
  • Census: 31 MAR 1901 2
  • Death: 23 OCT 1955
  • Note:
    Obituary, The Times
    Sir Richard Paget, Bt., a leading authority on speech, vocal acoustics, and gesture language, died yesterday at his home in London at the age of 86.

    His original studies of the problems of sound in general, and of those involved in voice production in particular, could always be relied upon to interest, and sometimes to startle, anyone unfamiliar with they branches of science in which he was an expert. The late Sir Oliver Lodge said of him: "Having been endowed by nature with hypersensitive appreciation of the niceties of musical tone, he has cultivated his faculty to the uttermost until to ordinary people his achievements in that direction are astonishing. He has, moreover made an involved study of sounds of all kinds, especially of the varieties of sound used in human speech." He was a scientist with a mission, happiest when his studies were directed to the contribution of knowledge calculated to benefit those handicapped by physical misfortune.

    Sir Richard Arthur Surtees Paget, the second holder of a baronetcy created in 1886, was born on January 13, 1869, the eldest son of the first baronet, whom he succeeded in 1908. He was educated at Eton, and Magdalen College, Oxford, and was called to the Bar by the Inner Temple in 1895. He became secretary to the Patent Law Committee in 1900, and in the same year secretary to the court of arbitration set up to deal with a large-scale fishing dispute at Grimsby. He served in a similar capacity to a court of arbitration under the Metropolitan Water Act of 1902, and to the University College Transfer Commission three years later. In 1915 he was appointed assistant secretary to the Admiralty Board of Invention and Research, retaining the post for three years.

    He was a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and of the Physical Society of London, a Fellow of the Royal Anthropological Institute, and a member of the Royal Institution. He was also an Honorary Associate of the Royal Institute of British Architects, and an Honorary Associate of the Town Planning Institute. He married in 1897 Lady Muriel Evelyn Vernon Finch-Hatton, C.B.E. the only daughter of the twelfth Earl of Winchelsea, and there were two sons and three daughters of the marriage. She died in 1938, and in the following year he married secondly Grace Hartley, the only daughter of the late Walter Herbert Glover, of Birkdale and Grasmere. The elder son of the first marriage died in infancy and the heir to the baronetcy is the surviving son, Mr. John Starr Paget.
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    Father: Richard Horner PAGET of Cranmore Hall, Somerset; 1st Baronet; MP b: 14 MAR 1832
    Mother: Caroline Isobel SURTEES

    Marriage 1 Muriel Evelyn Vernon FINCH-HATTON CBE b: 19 AUG 1876 in Kensington, London, England
    • Married: 31 MAY 1897 in St George's, Hanover Square, Mayfair, London 1 4
    1. Has No Children Richard Hatton Harcourt PAGET b: 06 MAR 1898
    2. Has Children Sylvia Mary PAGET OBE b: 10 JUL 1901
    3. Has Children Pamela Winefred PAGET b: 07 AUG 1903
    4. Has Children Angela Sibell PAGET b: 14 NOV 1906
    5. Has Children John Starr PAGET 3rd Baronet b: 25 NOV 1914

    Marriage 2 Grace Hartley GLOVER
    • Married: 1939 5

    1. Title: Burke's
      Abbrev: Burke's
      Page: BP2003 volume 3, page 3046
    2. Title: Census
      Abbrev: Census
      Page: 1901 RG13/116 Folio 111 St Marylebone - Christchurch Dist 27
      Page 3 Sched 9 No.10 Cornwall Terr.
      Richard AS Paget Head M 32 Barrister-at-Law Somt. Cranmore
      Muriel EV Paget Wife M 24 London Kensington
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    3. Title: The Times, London
      Abbrev: The Times
      Page: The Times (London, England), Monday, Oct 24, 1955; pg. 12; Issue 53359
    4. Title: Free BMD, Url: http://www.freebmd.org.uk/cgi/search.pl
      Abbrev: Free BMD
      Page: Marriages Jun 1897 St Geo H Sq 1a 929
      Finch Hatton Muriel E V
      Paget Richard Arthur S
    5. Title: Free BMD, Url: http://www.freebmd.org.uk/cgi/search.pl
      Abbrev: Free BMD
      Page: Marriages Sep 1939 Oxford 3a 6945
      Glover Grace H
      Paget Richard A S

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