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 claimed that Pearse flew and landed a powered heavier-than-air machine on 31 March 1903, nine months before the Wright brothers flew.: 21–30  Documentary evidence for these claims remains open to interpretation and dispute, and Pearse himself never made such claims. In a newspaper interview in 1909, he said he did not "attempt anything practical ... Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Richard Pearse has received more than 205,005 page views. His biography is available in 17 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 16 in 2019). Richard Pearse is the 334th most popular inventor (down from 310th in 2019), the 77th most popular biography from New Zealand (down from 60th in 2019) and the most popular New Zealander Inventor.

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Among inventors, Richard Pearse ranks 334 out of 355Before him are John F. Seitz, Peter Cooper, Christopher C. Kraft Jr., Harold Eugene Edgerton, Roger C. Field, and Robert S. Langer. After him are Arnold Orville Beckman, Andy Bechtolsheim, Bill Atkinson, Lawrence Hargrave, Arunachalam Muruganantham, and Elizabeth Holmes.

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Among people born in 1877, Richard Pearse ranks 140Before him are Tom Crean, Lloyd C. Douglas, William Beebe, Albino Jara, Claire McDowell, and Edward Barrett. After him are Robert F. Wagner and Norman Pritchard. Among people deceased in 1953, Richard Pearse ranks 146Before him are Henri Padé, Paul Niggli, Luis Alberto Riart, Robert G. Vignola, Alan Curtis, and Norman Ross. After him are Fred M. Vinson, George Barnes, Sophia Hayden, Roland Young, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings, and Alex James.

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In New Zealand

Among people born in New Zealand, Richard Pearse ranks 77 out of 206Before him are John Gorton (1911), Vaughan Jones (1952), Graeme Revell (1955), Zoë Bell (1978), Walter Buller (1838), and Onny Parun (1947). After him are Lisa Chappell (1968), Melanie Lynskey (1977), Bill Pickering (1910), Jemaine Clement (1974), Anand Satyanand (1944), and Niki Caro (1967).

Among INVENTORS In New Zealand

Among inventors born in New Zealand, Richard Pearse ranks 1