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Richard Pearse

1877 - 1953

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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 describe observing Pearse flying and landing a powered heavier-than-air machine on 31 March 1903, nine months before the Wright brothers flew.: 21–30  Ambiguous statements made by Pearse himself make it difficult to date the aviation experiments with certainty. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Richard Pearse has received more than 272,835 page views. His biography is available in 18 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 17 in 2019). Richard Pearse is the 370th most popular inventor (down from 334th in 2019), the 97th most popular biography from New Zealand (down from 77th in 2019) and the most popular New Zealander Inventor.

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Among inventors, Richard Pearse ranks 370 out of 354Before him are Roger C. Field, Christopher C. Kraft Jr., Charles Ammi Cutter, Peter Cooper, Mohamed M. Atalla, and Arnold Orville Beckman. After him are Arthur Fry, Walter Frederick Morrison, John F. Seitz, Lawrence Hargrave, Charles F. Kettering, and Marc Andreessen.

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Among people born in 1877, Richard Pearse ranks 171Before him are Albino Jara, Lloyd C. Douglas, Henri Hazebrouck, Claire McDowell, Montagu Love, and Edward Barrett. After him are Robert F. Wagner, Mari Beyleryan, Norman Pritchard, and Carl Hayden. Among people deceased in 1953, Richard Pearse ranks 172Before him are Alex James, Ethel Muckelt, Paul Niggli, Roland Young, Delfo Bellini, and Thomas Thorstensen. After him are Robert F. Wagner, Alan Curtis, George Barnes, James Scullin, William Farnum, and Alice Eastwood.

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In New Zealand

Among people born in New Zealand, Richard Pearse ranks 97 out of 248Before him are Jemaine Clement (1974), Silvia Cartwright (1943), Neil Finn (1958), Jed Brophy (1963), Peter Arnett (1934), and Winston Peters (1945). After him are Dean O'Gorman (1976), Kerry Fox (1966), Arthur Porritt, Baron Porritt (1900), Keith Holyoake (1904), Jim Bolger (1935), and Lisa Chappell (1968).

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