Richard Pearse

1877 - 1953

Richard Pearse

Richard William Pearse (3 December 1877 – 29 July 1953) was a New Zealand farmer and inventor who performed pioneering aviation experiments. Witnesses interviewed many years afterward claimed that Pearse flew and landed a powered heavier-than-air machine on 31 March 1903, nine months before the Wright brothers flew. Documentary evidence for these claims remains open to interpretation and dispute, and Pearse himself never made such claims. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Richard Pearse has received more than 171,890 page views. His biography is available in 16 different languages on Wikipedia making him the 311th most popular inventor.

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Among inventors, Richard Pearse ranks 311 out of 323Before him are Andy Bechtolsheim, Henry J. Kaiser, Peter Cooper, Robert S. Langer, Bill Atkinson, and Robert Metcalfe. After him are Almon Brown Strowger, Roger C. Field, Dean Kamen, Marc Andreessen, Elizabeth Holmes, and Stanford R. Ovshinsky.

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Among people born in 1877, Richard Pearse ranks 114Before him are Malcolm Whitman, Patrick Leahy, Marsden Hartley, Tom Crean, Abelardo Olivier, and Filippos Karvelas. After him are Claire McDowell and Norman Pritchard. Among people deceased in 1953, Richard Pearse ranks 124Before him are Robert A. Taft, Lewis Stone, Paul Niggli, Millard Mitchell, John Marin, and Alex James. After him are Roland Young, Alice Eastwood, James Scullin, George Barnes, Alan Curtis, and Fred M. Vinson.

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In New Zealand

Among people born in New Zealand, Richard Pearse ranks 60 out of 145Before him are Hugh Walpole (1884), Taika Waititi (1975), David Lange (1942), Andrew Adamson (1966), Vaughan Jones (1952), and Murray Halberg (1933). After him are Jim Bolger (1935), Kerry Fox (1966), Keith Holyoake (1904), Melanie Lynskey (1977), Anand Satyanand (1944), and Jemaine Clement (1974).

Among INVENTORS In New Zealand

Among inventors born in New Zealand, Richard Pearse ranks 1