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George Charesworth

From the Telegraph and Argus:
Now a familiar sight on hundreds of thousands of streets throughout the world, the idea of using black and white stripes to mark pedestrian crossings came from Skipton-born engineer George Charlesworth. The former Keighley Grammar school pupil who died earlier this year aged 94, was working with the Road Research Laboratory when he came up with the zebra crossing.Mr Charlesworth refused to take credit for the zebra crossing insisting it was a team effort, although it was a result of work under his direction. He later travelled to Brazil and Hong Kong as an advisor and in 1960 was "loaned" to the Minister of Transport to take charge of traffic in London.