Abrams receives the 2013 National Humanities Medal from President Obama at the White House

MH Abrams: Author, critic and teacher who championed the Romantic poets and edited the 'Norton Anthology'

Abrams' groundbreaking work celebrated Byron, Keats and other Romantics, emphasising how authors' lives and feelings influenced their work

Maloubier in 2011: he resented the fact that while Resistance agents were treated as heroes by General de Gaulle, he downplayed the role of the SOE

Bob Maloubier: French SOE agent who led sabotage missions on Nazi installations and helped the Resistance liberate Limoges

Maloubier helped create France's Special Forces, notably its equivalent of Britain's Special Boat Service (SBS) and the US Navy Seals.

Margaret Rule

Margaret Rule: Archaeological director who led the teams that raised the 'Mary Rose' and excavated Fishbourne Roman Palace

Rule and her volunteers made hundreds of dives, and with meticulous planning and great dexterity they recovered an abundance of treasures

Brian Couzens

Brian Couzens: Businessman who founded the Chandos record label and led the way for independents in the classical music market

Couzen: the speedy public take-up of CDs boosted the fortunes of Chandos

Popular US preacher Robert Schuller

Robert Schuller: Television preacher who built up a global audience of millions but saw his church collapse into financial ruin

Schuller: ‘Come as you are in the family car’ was his motto when he preached from the roof of a drive-in cinema ap

Tony Eldridge

Sub-Lieutenant Anthony Eldridge: Naval officer and a ‘human torpedo’ who helped sink two vessels controlled by the Japanese

Last December Eldridge was one of the subjects of The Independent’s Christmas appeal and was in the paper again when delays in Britain’s visa system prevented his South-African-born grandson from visiting

Morton: ‘a great human being who forgave Austria,’ the country’s Chancellor said

Frederic Morton: Writer who fled from the Nazis and for whom the refugee experience was central to much of his work

Frederic Morton became an internationally renowned author in part thanks to books on the Austrian homeland he was forced to flee because of the Holocaust.

Worth: apart from her work on Beckett, subjects included Wilde, Sheridan and Goldsmith

Professor Katharine Worth: Theatre scholar whose long friendship with Samuel Beckett illuminated her work in theory and practice

Katharine Worth was a leading theatre scholar who worked closely with Samuel Beckett. Her friendship with Beckett, which lasted many years, enabled her to appreciate and emphasise, in her scholarship as well as her theatre practice, a rather more relaxed Beckett than the bleak, curmudgeonly writer of literary myth.

Carter, left, with the current Everton manager Roberto Martinez: his support for Howard Kendall led to the club’s 1980s triumphs

Sir Philip Carter: Everton chairman who helped transform domestic football as a leader of the group that founded the Premier League

Because he never kicked a ball in anger, Sir Philip Carter was amused, and often embarrassed, to hear himself hailed as an “Everton legend”, an epithet he owed to the firm leadership he showed in the face of adversity and the four glorious, trophy-laden seasons which ensued.

Villiers receives her US Bronze Star

Lady Villiers: Countess who served the Resistance, driving airmen to safety, but was forced to flee after being betrayed

Villiers supplied intelligence about aircraft, troop movements, munitions supplies, dummy airfields, the location of searchlights and anti-aircraft guns, and launch sites for V1 flying bombs and V2 rockets

Gemmill: 'She had an extraordinary impact,' said the V&A's Director, Martin Roth

Moira Gemmill: Visionary designer who transformed cultural spaces across Britain, including the V&A and the Museum of London

Gemmill was riding her bicycle to work from her home in Kennington, south London when she died following a collision with a tipper truck

Ken Smales: Cricketer who went on to work behind the scenes as Brian Clough brought glory to Nottingham Forest

Smales was a hugely competent and reassuring presence at the club

Irvine Loudon: Physician and graphic artist who became a leading authority on childbirth fever and maternal mortality

Loudon was gifted as a doctor, medical historian, and an artist - and had a surreal sense of humour

Robert Rietti: Actor who became best-known for providing voices for Bond villains, as well as the later roles of Jack Hawkins

Rietti enjoyed a distinguished career in hundreds of films and television programmes, including such classics as Doctor Zhivago

Gonzalez Ruiz and her then fiancé Enrique Ruano; he was murdered by Franco’s security forces

Dolores Gonzalez Ruiz: Lawyer who survived the 1977 Atocha massacre and became a symbol of those who stood up to Franco

The attack was aimed at the Communist Party and later considered one of the critical moments of Spain's political transition from Franco's dictatorship in 1975 to modern-day democracy

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