Phillip Hughes: Batsman whose aggressive but effective style made him the perfect cricketer for the modern game

For a cricketer remembered fondly by team-mates for being quiet and self-effacing but with a cheeky sense of humour and a friendly and generous nature, Phillip Hughes, who has died a few days short of his 26th birthday, tended to announce himself spectacularly on the field.

James sits by her typewriter in 1980

PD James: Novelist and public servant who began as a crime writer but whose work crossed over into mainstream fiction

Phyllis Dorothy James was born in 1920, the eldest of three children of an Inland Revenue officer, Sidney Victor James, and his wife, Dorothy

Burgdorfer in 1954 at the Rocky Mountain Laboratories in Hamilton, Montana

Doctor Willy Burgdorfer: Researcher acclaimed round the world for his discovery of the micro-organism that transmits Lyme disease

Willy Burgdorfer was a Swiss-born medical entomologist who gained international recognition for discovering the bacteria that causes Lyme disease. He spent decades researching the connections between animal and human diseases caused by the bites of fleas, ticks and mosquitoes.

Neal at Stamford Bridge in 1981; but for ill-health he might have been in the front rank of managers

John Neal: Footballer and manager who led impecunious Chelsea out of the Second Division doldrums in the early 1980s

John Neal was a Chelsea manager of the quiet and unassuming variety, but his impact at Stamford Bridge was profound. A resourceful and exceptionally shrewd football man, he did much to transform the playing fortunes of the club during the first half of the 1980s, providing a welcome interlude of stability and improvement in turbulent times for the impecunious Londoners, though somehow missing out on much of the public acclaim he deserved.

Reeve and Nelson Mandela in 1994 at a party in Pretoria to celebrate the Queen’s birthday

Sir Anthony Reeve: Ambassador to South Africa who became close to Nelson Mandela despite Margaret Thatcher's opposition to UN sanctions

Anthony Reeve arrived in South Africa in July 1991, at an unprecedented and particularly uncertain moment in that country's history.

Sir Thomas Macpherson: Soldier who with his guile, imagination and talent for bluffing played a crucial role for the Allies after D-Day

Through the trees a group of men and boys watched the harbinger of death: SS Panzer division Das Reich, which had stopped for the night as it traversed France. They did not know its name; only that its men were taking vengeance by stringing villagers up on lamp-posts along the way. The motley group was a French resistance cell, and they had a new leader, a vision in the moonlight in full Scottish Highland military rig, his kilt swinging, who now inspired them to quick work to stop the tanks.

Arthur Butterworth: Composer whose work was suffused with his love of the landscapes of northern England and the Scottish highlands

Arthur Butterworth's major works for orchestra span his career − seven symphonies, a violin concerto played by Nigel Kennedy, a viola concerto recorded by Sarah-Jane Bradley, a guitar concerto for Craig Ogden, a notable organ concerto premiered by Gillian Weir in 1973 and others for cello and bassoon. His work was always informed by his deep love of the north of the country.

Viktor Tikhonov: Ice hockey coach who led the Soviets to Olympic gold but lost to the US in 1980 in 'The Miracle on Ice'

Viktor Tikhonov was a Soviet hockey coach whose teams won three Olympic gold medals but fell to the US in "The Miracle on Ice".Under Tikhonov, the Soviet "Big Red Machine" was a powerhouse, although it had to settle for the silver medal at the 1980 Olympics in Lake Placid after the stunning defeat to the US.

Kani: he headed various committees, including the Combatant
Clergy Association

Ayatollah Kani: Cleric who was championed by Ayatollah Khomeini and led the body which chooses Iran's Supreme Leader

Ayatollah Mohammadreza Mahdavi Kani was a cleric who headed Iran's most influential clerical body charged with choosing or dismissing the nation's Supreme Leader. Kani was the chairman of the Assembly of Experts, a body of 86 senior clerics that monitors the Supreme Leader and picks a successor after his death. That makes it potentially one of the most powerful institutions in Iran, although it does not involve itself in the daily affairs of state.

Barry, left, in 1978, after winning his first mayoral election

Marion Barry: Civil rights hero who went on to become mayor of Washington but was laid low by his personal demons

Marion Barry could have been a great man, an indomitable fighter for civil rights and the mayor who made Washington DC whole. Instead, he will be remembered above all as a racial polariser brought low by his demons, his career summarised by grainy images of him smoking crack cocaine with a former mistress at a downtown hotel.

Pasco with his wife and son at Buckingham Palace in 1977 after receiving his CBE

Richard Pasco: RSC stalwart lauded for his verse-speaking who gave some of the finest Shakespearian performances of his generation

An actor of great humanity and warmth, and one of the finest verse-speakers of his age, Richard Pasco was an Olympian classical player whose 11-year adventure with the RSC from 1969-1980 produced some of the most significant and incisive Shakespearean performances of the era. Pasco exuded a fatherly warmth but was also equipped with searching, little-boy-lost eyes, giving him both a resolute dignity and a romantic vulnerability.

Prince David Chavchavadze: Descendant of Czar Nicholas who became a CIA officer recruiting and interrogating Cold War Russian agents

‘I would be the only Romanov working actively against the Bolshevik regime’

Bendukidze: he was in line for a key post in Georgia at the time of his death

Kakha Bendukidze: Businessman and statesman who fell foul of Vladimir Putin but rescued Georgia’s post-Soviet economy

‘Right now the Russian authorities do not need such talented people,’ said Boris Berezovsky

Owen: he was a genial, modest and selfless man

Professor Ray Owen: Scientist whose pioneering work on immunological tolerance paved the way for human organ transplants

Though he received many honours, the Nobel Prize eluded him, to the chagrin of his many admirers

Takakura in 2005: ‘I like movies that picture the human heart,’ he said

Ken Takakura: Actor revered in Japan who became best-known outside it for his role in the Ridley Scott thriller 'Black Rain'

Ken Takakura, who has died of lymphoma, was a craggy-faced, quiet actor known for playing outlaws and stoic heroes in scores of Japanese films.

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