1890 – Hugh Beaver was born in Johannesburg, South Africa.
– Educated at Wellington College, Berkshire.
1910-1912 – Served in the Indian Police force.
1921 – Returned to England, before joining Alexander Gibb and Partners, Engineers.
1940-1945 – He was a partner of the firm Alexander Gibb and Partners, Engineers.
1943 – He was knighted.
– Director General and Controller General of the Ministry of Works.
1946 – Became a managing director of Arthur Guinness, Son and Co Ltd.
1948 – Member of the Building Industry Working Party.
1951 – Director of the Colonial Development Corporation.
1952 – Chairman of the Committee on Power Station Construction.
– He advised on the Great Smog of in London.
1953 – As a result of his advice on Smog, Beaver was made chairman of the committee on Air Pollution which resulted in the Clean Air Act.
1954 – Chairman of the Advisory Council on Scientific and Industrial Research.
1955 – Suggester and publisher of 1st edition of "The Guiness Book of World Records".
1956 – He was awarded a KBE.
1958 – Served as chairman of the Industrial Fund for the Advancement of Scientific Education in Schools.
– With Sir Alan Wilson, he was a key sponsor of the creation of St Catherine’s College.
– Received honorary degrees from the University of Cambridge, Trinity College, Dublin, the National University of Ireland.
1960 – Honorary fellow of the London School of Economics.
1967 – He died in London.