From being a political agent he became Parliamentary Private Secretary to his wife, who became a ground-breaking politician.
After experiencing strange phenomena in the RAF, he set up the Sole Experiment project to prove that there is life after death.
A qualified doctor he became a cosmonaut and completed two separate journeys into space, where he did medical experiments. He holds the world record for the longest continuous spell in space.
A talented New York nightclub singer, she had problems with her hair. So, she invented a hair accessory which she named after her dog – and became a millionaire.
Born into a wealthy New York family, her father was the famous composer Irving Berlin. She wrote the seminal biography of her father to try to correct his public image.
Before the war she played test cricket for England and then joined MI6. She resumed her cricket career and went on to be the world’s oldest test cricketer.
A chair designer of great renown, he designed school chairs and seating arrangements for well-known places like the Royal Albert Hall and the Eden Project.
Learning to fly at the start of the Second World War, she was a pilot for the Air Transport Auxiliary, flying and delivering all types of planes around the country.
Part of the Windrush generation coming to the UK from the Caribbean, he organised the Bristol Bus Boycott , which led to the first race relations legislation.