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  • Peale, Raphaelle (American painter)

    Rembrandt Peale: …Rembrandt, along with his brother Raphaelle, inherited the mantle of Philadelphia’s premier portrait painter after his father’s retirement from the profession in 1794. While Raphaelle became better known for his elegant still-life compositions, Rembrandt carried on the family’s reputation in portraiture. He studied in London with the American expatriate painter…

  • Peale, Rembrandt (American painter)

    Rembrandt Peale, American painter, writer, and portraitist of prominent figures in Europe and the post-Revolutionary United States. One of the sons of Charles Willson Peale, Rembrandt, along with his brother Raphaelle, inherited the mantle of Philadelphia’s premier portrait painter after his

  • Peale, Sarah Miriam (American painter)

    Sarah Miriam Peale, American painter who, with her sister Anna, was known for her portraiture and still lifes. She was one of the first women in the United States to achieve professional recognition as an artist. Peale was the daughter of James Peale, a painter, and niece of Charles Willson Peale,

  • Peano axioms (mathematics)

    Peano axioms, in number theory, five axioms introduced in 1889 by Italian mathematician Giuseppe Peano. Like the axioms for geometry devised by Greek mathematician Euclid (c. 300 bce), the Peano axioms were meant to provide a rigorous foundation for the natural numbers (0, 1, 2, 3,…) used in

  • Peano’s postulates (mathematics)

    Peano axioms, in number theory, five axioms introduced in 1889 by Italian mathematician Giuseppe Peano. Like the axioms for geometry devised by Greek mathematician Euclid (c. 300 bce), the Peano axioms were meant to provide a rigorous foundation for the natural numbers (0, 1, 2, 3,…) used in

  • Peano, Giuseppe (Italian mathematician)

    Giuseppe Peano, Italian mathematician and a founder of symbolic logic whose interests centred on the foundations of mathematics and on the development of a formal logical language. Peano became a lecturer of infinitesimal calculus at the University of Turin in 1884 and a professor in 1890. He also

  • peanut (plant)

    Peanut, (Arachis hypogaea), legume of the pea family (Fabaceae), grown for its edible seeds. Native to tropical South America, the peanut was at an early time introduced to the Old World tropics. The seeds are a nutritionally dense food, rich in protein and fat. Despite its several common names,

  • peanut butter (food)

    peanut: …seeds are also ground into peanut butter and widely used in candy and bakery products. The peanut is used extensively as feed for livestock in some places; the tops of the plants, after the pods are removed, usually are fed as hay, although the entire plant may be so used.…

  • peanut oil

    Fabales: Ecological and economic importance: An edible oil is pressed from the seed and is used as a cooking oil and in processing margarine, soap, and lubricants. The oil also is employed by the pharmaceutical industry in making medications. Pressed oil cake is fed to livestock. Peanuts are commercially grown in the…

  • peanut worm (marine worm)

    Peanut worm, any member of the invertebrate phylum Sipuncula, a group of unsegmented marine worms. The head bears a retractable “introvert” with the mouth at its end. The mouth is usually surrounded by one or more rings of tentacles. Peanut worms vary in length from a few to 500 millimetres (1.6

  • Peanuts (comic strip by Schulz)

    Peanuts, long-running comic strip drawn and authored by Charles Schulz. First published in 1947 under the name Li’l Folks, the strip, renamed Peanuts in 1950, featured a cast of children led by Charlie Brown, Schulz’s alter ego in the strip. On the surface, Peanuts did not differ radically from

  • Peanuts Movie, The (film by Martino [2015])

    Peanuts: …adaptations 1973 and 1985) and The Peanuts Movie (2015), a 3-D computer-generated adventure. Over the comic strip’s 50-year run, Schulz refused to allow anyone else to draw or write Peanuts, and the collected body of work, amounting to more than 18,000 strips, was thought to be the longest story ever…

  • pear (tree and fruit)

    Pear, (genus Pyrus), genus of some 20–45 trees and shrubs in the rose family (Rosaceae), including the common pear (Pyrus communis). One of the most important fruit trees in the world, the common pear is cultivated in all temperate-zone countries of both hemispheres. The fruit is commonly eaten

  • Pear Garden (Chinese history)

    East Asian arts: Social conditions: …latter school was called the Pear Garden (Liyuan); ever since, actors in China have been called “children of the pear garden” (liyuan zidi). More than a thousand young people from all ranks of society drew government salaries while studying and performing at lavish state banquets and for official ceremonies. Acting…

  • pear slug (insect)

    sawfly: …Caliroa cerasi, commonly called the pear slug. The larch sawfly (Pristiphora erichsonii) is sometimes highly destructive to larch trees in the United States and Canada. The elm leaf miner (Fenusa ulmi) is sometimes a serious pest of elm trees.

  • Pearce, Ann Philippa (British author)

    Philippa Pearce, British book editor and children’s writer (born Jan. 23, 1920, Great Shelford, near Cambridge, Eng.—died Dec. 21, 2006, London, Eng.), was best known for her Carnegie Medal-winning novel Tom’s Midnight Garden (1958), a mystical tale of friendship and growing up in which 1

  • Pearce, Anna (American actress)

    Patty Duke, (Anna Marie Duke; Patty Duke Astin; Anna Pearce), American actress (born Dec. 14, 1946, Elmhurst, N.Y.—died March 29, 2016, Coeur d’Alene, Idaho), won an Academy Award for best supporting actress in 1963 for her powerful performance as the deaf and blind Helen Keller, who is taught to

  • Pearce, David (British philosopher)

    transhumanism: Characteristics of the movement: Bostrom and British philosopher David Pearce founded the World Transhumanist Association in 1998 as a nonprofit organization dedicated to working with those social institutions to promote and guide the development of human-enhancement technologies and to combat those social forces seemingly dedicated to halting such technological progress.

  • Pearce, Guy (Australian actor)

    The Hurt Locker: Thompson (Guy Pearce), the team leader, dons a bomb suit and approaches the bomb. He picks up the wagon containing the detonator and places it correctly on the IED and then heads back. Specialist Eldridge (Brian Geraghty) spots a man with a cell phone inside a…

  • Pearce, Henry (British boxer)

    John Gully: …visited by his pugilist friend Henry Pearce, “the Game Chicken.” As the result of an informal bout between them in jail, Gully’s debts were paid, and he was matched against Pearce. They met at Hailsham, Sussex, on October 8, 1805, before the duke of Clarence (afterward King William IV). Gully…

  • Pearic languages

    Pearic languages, a branch of the Mon-Khmer family of languages, which is itself a part of the Austroasiatic stock. The Pearic languages include Chong, Samre (Eastern Pear), Samrai (Western Pear), Chung (Sa-och), Song of Trat, Song of Kampong Speu, and Pear of Kampong Thom. All but the last are

  • Pearl (album by Joplin)

    Janis Joplin: Released posthumously, that album, Pearl, topped the chart in 1971, as did the single “Me and Bobby McGee.” Joplin’s importance in the history of rock is due to not only her strength as a singer but also her intensity as a performer, which flew in the face of the…

  • Pearl (Middle English poem)

    Pearl, an elegiac dream vision known from a single manuscript dated about 1400. The poem is preserved with the chivalric romance Sir Gawayne and the Grene Knight and two homiletic poems called Patience and Purity. Pearl was composed in stanzaic form, with alliteration used for ornamental effect.

  • pearl (gemstone)

    Pearl, concretion formed by a mollusk consisting of the same material (called nacre or mother-of-pearl) as the mollusk’s shell. It is a highly valued gemstone. Pearls are often strung into a necklace after a small hole is drilled by hand-driven or electric tools through the centre of each pearl

  • Pearl (fictional character)

    Pearl, fictional character, the daughter of the protagonist, Hester Prynne, in the novel The Scarlet Letter (1850) by Nathaniel Hawthorne. A wild, fey child who is associated throughout the work with nature and the natural, Pearl is the product of an unsanctified relationship between Hester and the

  • pearl barley (cereal)

    barley: Pearl barley, the most popular form in many parts of the world, consists of whole kernels from which the outer husk and part of the bran layer have been removed by a polishing process. It is added to soups. Barley has a soft straw, used…

  • Pearl Bridge (bridge, Japan)

    Akashi Strait Bridge, suspension bridge across the Akashi Strait (Akashi-kaikyo) in west-central Japan. It was the world’s longest suspension bridge when it opened on April 5, 1998. The six-lane road bridge connects the city of Kōbe, on the main island of Honshu, to Iwaya, on Awaji Island, which in

  • pearl doublet (assembled gem)

    cultured pearl: …become a mabe pearl or pearl doublet.

  • Pearl Fishers, The (work by Bizet)

    Georges Bizet: …Les Pêcheurs de perles (The Pearl Fishers; first performed 1863) nor La Jolie Fille de Perth (1867; The Fair Maid of Perth) had a libretto capable of eliciting or focusing the latent musical and dramatic powers that Bizet eventually proved to possess. The chief interest of Les Pêcheurs de…

  • Pearl Harbor (naval base, Hawaii, United States)

    Pearl Harbor, naval base and headquarters of the U.S. Pacific Fleet, Honolulu county, southern Oahu Island, Hawaii, U.S. In U.S. history the name recalls the surprise Japanese air attack on December 7, 1941, that temporarily crippled the U.S. Fleet and resulted in the United States’ entry into

  • Pearl Harbor (film by Bay [2001])

    Ben Affleck: Starring roles in Armageddon, Pearl Harbor, and The Sum of All Fears: In Pearl Harbor (2001) he played an enthusiastic American pilot fighting alongside the British in World War II. Although the film was largely panned by critics, it was a box-office success. Branching out, Affleck began working as a producer, most notably on Project Greenlight (2001, 2003,…

  • Pearl Harbor and the back door to war theory

    Was there a “back door” to World War II, as some revisionist historians have asserted? According to this view, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, inhibited by the American public’s opposition to direct U.S. involvement in the fighting and determined to save Great Britain from a Nazi victory in

  • Pearl Harbor attack (Japanese-United States history)

    Pearl Harbor attack, (December 7, 1941), surprise aerial attack on the U.S. naval base at Pearl Harbor on Oahu Island, Hawaii, by the Japanese that precipitated the entry of the United States into World War II. The strike climaxed a decade of worsening relations between the United States and Japan.

  • Pearl Islands (archipelago, Panama)

    Pearl Islands, archipelago, in the Gulf of Panama, about 50 miles (80 km) southeast of Panama City, Panama, consisting of 183 islands, of which 39 are sizable. The most important islands include the mountainous del Rey Island on which the principal town, San Miguel, is located; San José; Pedro

  • Pearl Jam (American music group)

    Pearl Jam, American band that helped popularize grunge music in the early 1990s and that continued to be a respected alternative rock group into the 21st century. The original members were lead vocalist Eddie Vedder (original name Edward Louis Severson III; b. December 23, 1964, Chicago, Illinois,

  • pearl millet (plant)

    Pennisetum: Pearl millet (Pennisetum glaucum), an annual species, is cultivated in tropical areas for its edible grain. Several varieties of feathertop (P. villosum), native to Ethiopia, are cultivated as ornamentals for their arching form and feathery coloured flower clusters.

  • Pearl Mosque (mosque, Agra, India)

    Agra Fort: The Pearl Mosque (Moti Masjid), constructed by Shah Jahān, is a tranquil and perfectly proportioned structure made entirely of white marble. The Hall of Private Audience (Diwan-i-Khas) was used for receiving distinguished visitors. The famous Peacock Throne was once kept there, before Aurangzeb took it to…

  • Pearl of Great Price (work by Smith)

    Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints: Scriptures: …Abraham, were incorporated into the Pearl of Great Price. The Doctrines and Covenants contains Smith’s ongoing revelations through 1844. The editions of the Utah church and of the Community of Christ add the revelations of their respective church presidents (who, like Smith, are regarded as prophets). The Community of Christ’s…

  • Pearl of the East (national capital, Syria)

    Damascus, city, capital of Syria. Located in the southwestern corner of the country, it has been called the “pearl of the East,” praised for its beauty and lushness; the 10th-century traveler and geographer al-Maqdisī lauded the city as ranking among the four earthly paradises. Upon visiting the

  • pearl onion (plant)

    onion: Pearl onions are not a specific variety but are small, round, white onions harvested when 25 mm (1 inch) or less in diameter. They are usually pickled and used as a garnish and in cocktails. Small white onions that are picked when between 25 and…

  • pearl oyster (mollusk)

    bivalve: Annotated classification: Pterioida (pearl oysters and fan shells) Shell equivalve, variably shaped; anisomyarian but often monomyarian; shell structure of outer simple calcitic prisms and inner nacre; ctenidia pseudolamellibranch, often plicate (deeply folded); mantle margin lacking fusions; foot reduced; marine; endobyssate or epibyssate. About 100 species. Order Limoida

  • Pearl River (river, United States)

    Pearl River, river in the southern United States, rising in east-central Mississippi and flowing southwestward, through Jackson, the capital of the state, then generally southward into Louisiana, past Bogalusa, and emptying into Mississippi Sound on the Gulf of Mexico. West of Picayune, Miss., the

  • Pearl River (river, China)

    Guangdong: Drainage: The Pearl River itself, extending southward from Guangzhou, receives the Dong River and opens into its triangular estuary that has Macau (west) and Hong Kong (east) at its mouth. Entirely rain-fed, these rivers are subject to extreme seasonal fluctuations, and they collect so much water that,…

  • Pearl River Convention (American history)

    Columbia: …was the site of the Pearl River Convention (1816), at which the delegates agreed on Mississippi’s boundaries and began the petition process for its admission to the Union. Inc. 1819. Pop. (2000) 6,603; (2010) 6,582.

  • Pearl River Delta (delta, China)

    Pearl River Delta, extensive low-lying area formed by the junction of the Xi, Bei, Dong, and Pearl (Zhu) rivers in southern Guangdong province, China. It covers an area of 2,900 square miles (7,500 square km) and stretches from the city of Guangzhou (Canton) in the north to the Macau Special

  • pearl tapioca (food)

    tapioca: A pellet form, known as pearl tapioca, is made by forcing the moist starch through sieves. Granulated tapioca, marketed in various-sized grains and sometimes called “manioca,” is produced by grinding flake tapioca. When cooked, tapioca swells into a pale, translucent jelly.

  • Pearl, Daniel (American journalist)

    Daniel Pearl, American journalist (born Oct. 10, 1963, Princeton, N.J.—died late January? 2002, Pakistan), went to work for The Wall Street Journal in 1990 and by 2000 had become the paper’s South Asia bureau chief. On Jan. 23, 2002, thinking he was being taken to interview a radical Islamic

  • Pearl, Judea (Israeli-American computer scientist)

    Judea Pearl, Israeli-American computer scientist and winner of the 2011 A.M. Turing Award, the highest honour in computer science, for his “fundamental contributions to artificial intelligence.” Pearl received a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Technion–Israel Institute of

  • Pearl, Minnie (American entertainer)

    Minnie Pearl, (SARAH OPHELIA COLLEY CANNON), U.S. entertainer (born Oct. 25, 1912, Centerville, Tenn.—died March 4, 1996, Nashville, Tenn.), performed at Nashville’s Grand Ole Opry for more than 50 years and on the television show "Hee Haw" for 20 years. Announcing her presence with a signature "

  • Pearl, Raymond (American zoologist)

    Raymond Pearl, American zoologist, one of the founders of biometry, the application of statistics to biology and medicine. As an instructor at the University of Michigan, where he had earned a Ph.D. in zoology (1902), Pearl recognized the advantages to be gained from applying standard statistical

  • Pearl, The (short story by Steinbeck)

    The Pearl, short story by John Steinbeck, published in 1947. It is a parable about a Mexican Indian pearl diver named Kino who finds a valuable pearl and is transformed by the evil it attracts. Kino sees the pearl as his opportunity for a better life. When the townsfolk of La Paz learn of Kino’s

  • Pearl, The (painting by Vrubel)

    Mikhail Aleksandrovich Vrubel: One of these paintings, The Pearl (1904), is frequently cited as one of the most characteristic paintings of Russian Art Nouveau.

  • Pearl, the (American basketball player)

    Earl Monroe, American basketball player who is regarded as one of the finest ball handlers in the sport’s history. In 1967 Monroe entered the National Basketball Association (NBA) an urban legend, a high-scoring virtuoso with fabled one-on-one moves. He retired 13 years later, after he sublimated

  • Pearl, The (periodical)

    pornography: …periodical of the era was The Pearl (1879–80), which included serialized novels, short stories, crude jokes, poems, and ballads containing graphic descriptions of sexual activity. Such works provide a valuable corrective to conventional images of Victorian prudery.

  • pearlfish (fish)

    Pearlfish, any of about 32 species of slim, eel-shaped marine fishes of the family Carapidae noted for living in the bodies of sea cucumbers, pearl oysters, starfishes, and other invertebrates. Pearlfishes are primarily tropical and are found around the world, mainly in shallow water. They are

  • pearling (pearl industry)

    Torres Strait Islander peoples: History and governance: …to the establishment of the pearling industry, which brought a large influx of foreigners but exhausted the natural marine resources. Bêche-de-mer (trepang, or sea cucumber) fishing also drew outsiders to the Torres Strait. With this increased activity, Torres Strait Islander peoples were subject to abuse from the pearlers and trepangers.…

  • pearlite (chemical compound)

    iron processing: …leads to the formation of pearlite, which in a microscope can be seen to consist of alternate laths of alpha-ferrite and cementite. Cementite is harder and stronger than ferrite but is much less malleable, so that vastly differing mechanical properties are obtained by varying the amount of carbon. At the…

  • Pearlman, Lou (American music executive)

    Lou Pearlman, (Louis Jay Pearlman), American music executive (born June 19, 1954, Flushing, N.Y.—died Aug. 19, 2016, Miami, Fla.), created and managed such 1990s boy bands as the Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC, and O-Town and was credited with being the driving force behind the popularity of such musical

  • Pearlman, Louis Jay (American music executive)

    Lou Pearlman, (Louis Jay Pearlman), American music executive (born June 19, 1954, Flushing, N.Y.—died Aug. 19, 2016, Miami, Fla.), created and managed such 1990s boy bands as the Backstreet Boys, *NSYNC, and O-Town and was credited with being the driving force behind the popularity of such musical

  • Pearls Airport (airport, Grenada, West Indies)

    Grenada: Transportation: Pearls Airport—providing service to nearby islands with connecting flights to Venezuela—is located on the northeastern coast. An airport on Carriacou also provides flights to nearby islands.

  • Pearls of Wisdom (American periodical)

    Church Universal and Triumphant: …were published in the periodical Pearls of Wisdom and mailed to followers around the world. Following her husband’s death, Elizabeth Clare Prophet soon reorganized the movement as the Church Universal and Triumphant and moved its headquarters to southern California in 1976 and then to its present location in Montana in…

  • Pearls, Isle of (island, Venezuela)

    Margarita Island, island in the Caribbean Sea, 12 miles (19 km) north of the Península de Araya in northeastern Venezuela. Also known as the Isle of Pearls, Margarita is the largest of 70 islands comprising Nueva Esparta estado (state). In reality two islands joined by a low narrow isthmus,

  • Pearlstein, Philip (American painter)

    Philip Pearlstein, American painter whose portraits and images of nude models in studio settings reinvigorated the tradition of realist figure painting. After graduating (B.F.A., 1949) from Pittsburgh’s Carnegie Institute of Technology (now Carnegie Mellon University), where one of his classmates

  • pearlstone (natural glass)

    Perlite, a natural glass with concentric cracks such that the rock breaks into small pearl-like bodies. It is formed by the rapid cooling of viscous lava or magma. Perlite has a waxy to pearly lustre and is commonly gray or greenish but may be brown, blue, or red. Some perlites are of intrusive

  • pearly everlasting (plant)

    everlasting: In North America the pearly everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea) is widely distributed, occurring in dry soils from Newfoundland to Alaska and south to North Carolina and California. Several members of the family Amaranthaceae are considered everlastings: such are the globe amaranth (Gomphrena globosa), with oval heads of white, orange, rose,…

  • pearly lustre (mineralogy)

    mineral: Lustre: …is common in sphalerite [ZnS]); pearly, having the lustre of mother-of-pearl (i.e., an iridescent pearl-like lustre characteristic of mineral surfaces that are parallel to well-developed cleavage planes; the cleavage surface of talc [Mg3Si4O10(OH)2] may show pearly lustre); greasy, having the appearance of being covered with a thin layer of oil…

  • pearly nautilus (cephalopod)

    Nautilus, either of two genera of cephalopod mollusks: the pearly, or chambered, nautilus (Nautilus), to which the name properly applies; and the paper nautilus (Argonauta), a cosmopolitan genus related to the octopus. The pearly nautilus has a smooth, coiled external shell about 25 cm (10 inches)

  • Pears, David Francis (British philosopher)

    David Francis Pears, British philosopher (born Aug. 8, 1921, London, Eng.—died July 1, 2009, Oxford, Eng.), emerged as a major post-World War II figure at the University of Oxford, where he examined such penetrating issues in modern philosophy as identity. He was best remembered, however, for his

  • Pears, Sir Peter (English singer)

    Sir Peter Pears, British tenor, a singer of outstanding skill and subtlety who was closely associated with the works of Sir Benjamin Britten. He received a knighthood in 1977. Pears studied at the University of Oxford, at the Royal College of Music, and then with Elena Gerhardt and Dawson Freer. In

  • Pears, Sir Peter Neville Luard (English singer)

    Sir Peter Pears, British tenor, a singer of outstanding skill and subtlety who was closely associated with the works of Sir Benjamin Britten. He received a knighthood in 1977. Pears studied at the University of Oxford, at the Royal College of Music, and then with Elena Gerhardt and Dawson Freer. In

  • Pearsall, Phyllis Isobel Gross (British entrepreneur)

    Phyllis Isobel Gross Pearsall, British artist, writer, and publisher who created the popular London A-Z maps, exhaustive guides to the city’s 23,000 streets, after having walked over 4,800 km (3,000 mi) researching the maps; the business later expanded to produce maps for other cities (b. Sept. 25,

  • Pearse, Patrick (Irish poet and statesman)

    Patrick Pearse, Irish nationalist leader, poet, and educator. He was the first president of the provisional government of the Irish republic proclaimed in Dublin on April 24, 1916, and was commander in chief of the Irish forces in the anti-British Easter Rising that began on the same day. The son

  • Pearse, Patrick Henry (Irish poet and statesman)

    Patrick Pearse, Irish nationalist leader, poet, and educator. He was the first president of the provisional government of the Irish republic proclaimed in Dublin on April 24, 1916, and was commander in chief of the Irish forces in the anti-British Easter Rising that began on the same day. The son

  • Pearson distribution (mathematics)

    Pearson distribution, in statistics, a family of continuous distribution functions first published by British statistician Karl Pearson in 1895. In particular, Pearson showed that many probability density functions satisfy a differential equation of the form (in simplified notation) Pearson devised

  • Pearson International Airport (airport, Ontario, Canada)

    airport: Unit terminals: , London’s Heathrow, Pearson International Airport near Toronto, John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City), terminals fulfilling different functions (e.g., Heathrow, Arlanda Airport near Stockholm, Barajas Airport near Madrid), or terminals serving different airlines (e.g., Paris’s Charles de Gaulle, John F. Kennedy, Dallas–Fort Worth). The successful…

  • Pearson PLC (British media firm)

    Marjorie Scardino: …of the British media firm Pearson PLC from 1997 to 2012.

  • Pearson, Andrew Russell (American journalist)

    Drew Pearson, one of the most influential newspaper columnists in the United States. Pearson was the son of a Quaker professor who became governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands. He was educated at Phillips Exeter Academy and attended Swarthmore College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and

  • Pearson, Arthur (British publisher)

    history of publishing: General periodicals: …empire was built up by Arthur Pearson, another former Tit-Bits employee, with Pearson’s Weekly and Home Notes, among others.

  • Pearson, Bill (New Zealand author)

    New Zealand literature: Fiction: …of the postwar period include Bill Pearson, whose one novel, Coal Flat (1963), gives a sober, faithful, strongly written account of life in a small mining town on the West Coast of the South Island; David Ballantyne (Sydney Bridge Upside Down [1968] and The Talkback Man [1978]), the “lost man”…

  • Pearson, David (American stock-car racer)

    David Pearson, American stock-car racer who was one of the most successful drivers in National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) history. Pearson could well have been the greatest NASCAR driver of all time had he competed in as many races as his rivals. He never raced a complete season

  • Pearson, Drew (American journalist)

    Drew Pearson, one of the most influential newspaper columnists in the United States. Pearson was the son of a Quaker professor who became governor of the U.S. Virgin Islands. He was educated at Phillips Exeter Academy and attended Swarthmore College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa and

  • Pearson, George (British physician)

    Edward Jenner: …the inoculant, and the doctors George Pearson and William Woodville. Difficulties arose, some of them quite unpleasant; Pearson tried to take credit away from Jenner, and Woodville, a physician in a smallpox hospital, contaminated the cowpox matter with smallpox virus. Vaccination rapidly proved its value, however, and Jenner became intensely…

  • Pearson, Hesketh (English writer)

    Hesketh Pearson, English actor, director, and biographer. After attending the Bedford Grammar School, he took his first job in a shipping office. In 1911 Pearson turned to the theatre, but his acting career was interrupted by World War I; he joined the army and fought as a private in Mesopotamia

  • Pearson, James B. (United States senator)

    Nancy Landon Kassebaum: , to work for Senator James B. Pearson of Kansas as a caseworker. In 1978 she was elected to replace the retiring Pearson, who was expected to leave office in January 1979. However, he resigned early, and Kassebaum was sworn in on December 23, 1978. At the time, she was…

  • Pearson, John Loughborough (British architect)

    Western architecture: From the 19th to the early 20th century: architects William Butterfield and John Loughborough Pearson. Pearson’s masterpiece was St. Augustine’s (1870–80), Kilburn Park Road, London.

  • Pearson, Karl (British mathematician)

    Karl Pearson, British statistician, leading founder of the modern field of statistics, prominent proponent of eugenics, and influential interpreter of the philosophy and social role of science. Pearson was descended on both sides of his family from Yorkshire Quakers, and, although he was brought up

  • Pearson, Lester B. (prime minister of Canada)

    Lester B. Pearson, Canadian politician and diplomat who served as prime minister of Canada (1963–68). He was prominent as a mediator in international disputes, and in 1957 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace. Pearson served in World War I (1914–18) and lectured in history at the University of

  • Pearson, Lester Bowles (prime minister of Canada)

    Lester B. Pearson, Canadian politician and diplomat who served as prime minister of Canada (1963–68). He was prominent as a mediator in international disputes, and in 1957 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace. Pearson served in World War I (1914–18) and lectured in history at the University of

  • Pearson, Mary (English author)

    Mary Norton, British children’s writer most famous for her series on the Borrowers, a resourceful race of beings only 6 inches (15 cm) tall, who secretly share houses with humans and “borrow” what they need from them. Norton was educated in a convent school in London and trained as an actress with

  • Pearson, Richard (British naval officer)

    engagement between Bonhomme Richard and Serapis: …frigate Serapis, commanded by Captain Richard Pearson, in a memorable 3 12-hour duel. The American commander answered a challenge to surrender early in the battle with the famous quotation, “I have not yet begun to fight!” The slaughter on both sides was great; an estimated 150 Americans and nearly as…

  • Peary Land (region, Greenland)

    Peary Land, region, northern Greenland, extending about 200 miles (320 km) east and west along the Arctic Ocean, between Victoria Fjord and the Greenland Sea. One of the northernmost land regions of the world, ending at Cape Morris Jesup, it is Greenland’s largest ice-free part, with a generally

  • Peary, Harold (American actor)

    Harold Peary, American actor. He created the colourful, arrogant character Throckmorton F. Gildersleeve on the hit radio comedy series Fibber McGee and Molly in 1937. He starred in his own popular serial, The Great Gildersleeve (1941–50), considered the first spin-off created from another series.

  • Peary, Robert (American explorer)

    Robert Peary, U.S. Arctic explorer usually credited with leading the first expedition to reach the North Pole (1909). Peary entered the U.S. Navy in 1881 and pursued a naval career until his retirement, with leaves of absence granted for Arctic exploration. In 1886—with Christian Maigaard, who was

  • Peary, Robert Edwin (American explorer)

    Robert Peary, U.S. Arctic explorer usually credited with leading the first expedition to reach the North Pole (1909). Peary entered the U.S. Navy in 1881 and pursued a naval career until his retirement, with leaves of absence granted for Arctic exploration. In 1886—with Christian Maigaard, who was

  • Pearya (geological region, Canada)

    Silurian Period: Clastic wedges: …of another Laurentian highland, called Pearya, is found in the Canadian Arctic in the vicinity of northern Ellesmere Island. Clastic sediments eroded from this source were deposited in the Hazen Trough. One Lower Silurian (Llandovery) unit called the Danish River Formation is composed of interstratified conglomerates, sandstones, and shales 1…

  • peasant (social class)

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