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Born: 1905 Died: 1972

Francis Chagrin described himself as ‘Rumanian by birth, British by nationality and cosmopolitan by inclination.’ He was born Alexander Paucker in Bucharest on the 15 November 1905 to wealthy Jewish parents who expected their son to take his rightful place in the family business. Reluctantly he complied, if only initially, by reading for an engineering degree in Zurich, while secretly putting himself through the city’s music conservatoire. After graduating in 1928 and having ‘done the… read more

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