People by name, P with Quotes

545 people with 9,951 quotes

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P-Orridge, Genesis2Genesis P-Orridge (born Neil Andrew Megson on February 22, 1950) is an English performer, musician, writer and artist.
P. G. Wodehouse200Pelham Grenville Wodehouse KBE (/ˈwʊdhaʊs/; 15 October 1881 – 14 February 1975) was an English comic writer who enjoyed enormous popular success during a career that lasted more than seventy years.
P. V. Narasimha Rao32P. V. Narasimha Rao, born Pamulaparti Venkata Narasimha Rao (Telugu:పాములపర్తి వేంకట నరసింహ రావు June 28, 1921 – December 23, 2004) was an Indian lawyer and politician who served as the tenth Prime Minister of India (1991–1996). His ascendancy to the prime ministership was politically significant in that he was the first holder of this office from non-Hindi-speaking south India.
Paar, Jack1Jack Harold Paar (May 1, 1918 – January 27, 2004) was an American author, radio and television comedian and talk show host, best known for his stint as host of The Tonight Show from 1957 to 1962. Time magazine's obituary noted that: "His fans would remember him as the fellow who split talk show history into two eras: Before Paar and Below Paar."
Pace, Peter3Peter Pace (born 5 November 1945) is a former United States Marine Corps general. He served as the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from October 2005 to October 2007.
Pacino, Al3Alfredo James Pacino (born April 25, 1940) is an Academy Award-, Golden Globe-, Tony-, BAFTA-, Emmy- and SAG award-winning American film and stage actor and director.
Pacioli, Luca3Fra Luca Bartolomeo de Pacioli (sometimes Paciolo) (c. 1445 – 1517) was an Italian mathematician and Franciscan friar, collaborator with Leonardo da Vinci, and seminal contributor to the field now known as bookkeeping and accounting.
Packer, Boyd K.8Boyd Kenneth Packer (born September 10, 1924) is an American religious leader and former educator, and was the current president of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Pacquiao, Manny3Emmanuel Dapidran Pacquiao (born December 17, 1978, in Kibawe, Bukidnon, Mindanao, Philippines), also known as Manny Pacquiao, is a Filipino professional boxer and politician. He is a seven-division world champion, the first boxer in history to win nine world titles in seven different weight divisions. He is also the first boxer in history to win the lineal championship in four different weight classes. He was named "Fighter of the Decade" for the 2000s by the Boxing Writers Association of America (BWAA). He is also a three-time BWAA and The Ring "Fighter of the Year" in 2006, 2008 and 2009.
Pagano, Francesco Mario1Francesco Mario Pagano (8 December 1748 – 29 October 1799) was an Italian jurist, philosopher and author, one of the leaders of the short-lived Parthenopean Republic.
Page, Ellen10Ellen Philpotts-Page (born February 21, 1987), known professionally as Ellen Page, is a Canadian actress who made her breakthrough with role as Juno in the movie Juno (2007).
Page, Kirby228Kirby Page (1890–1957) was an author, minister and peace activist who argued in favor of democratic socialism as integral to the Social Gospel.
Page, Larry6Larry Page (born March 26, 1973) is a founder of the Google company and search engine.
Pagels, Heinz1Heinz Rudolf Pagels (February 19, 1939 – July 23, 1988) was an American physicist, an adjunct professor of physics at Rockefeller University, the executive director and chief executive officer of the New York Academy of Sciences, and president of the International League for Human Rights.
Paglia, Camille323Camille Paglia (born 2 April 1947) is an American author, scholar and critic, most notable for writing Sexual Personae: Art and Decadence from Nefertiti to Emily Dickinson, a monumental survey of Western art and literature from earliest recorded history to the 20th Century.
Pahlavi, Farah18Farah Pahlavi (born 14 October 1938) is the former empress of the Imperial State of Iran, and widow of Muhammad Reza Pahlavi.
Pahlavi, Muhammad Reza110Mohammad Rezā Shāh Pahlavi (Persian: محمدرضا شاه پهلوی, pronounced mohæmmæd-rezɒː-ʃɒːh-e pæhlæviː) (26 October 1919 – 27 July 1980) was the Shah of the Imperial State of Iran from 1941 until he was deposed in 1979 by the Islamic Revolution.
Pahlavi, Reza101Reza Pahlavi (born 31 October 1960) is the former crown prince of the Imperial State of Iran, and son of Muhammad Reza Pahlavi, the last Shah.
Pahlavi, Reza Shah9Rezā Shāh Pahlavi (March 16, 1878 – July 26, 1944) was the Shah of the Imperial State of Iran from 1925 to 1941.
Paige, Elaine24Elaine Paige OBE (née Bickerstaff; born 5 March 1948) is an English singer and actress, primarily in musicals.
Paige, Satchel7Leroy Robert "Satchel" Paige (July 7, 1906 – June 8, 1982) was an American baseball player whose pitching in the Negro leagues and in Major League Baseball made him a legend in his own lifetime. He was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1971, the first player to be inducted from the Negro leagues.
Paik, Nam June11Nam June Paik (July 20, 1932 – January 29, 2006) was a South Korean–born American artist. He worked with a variety of media and is considered to be the founder of video art.
Paine, Thomas161Thomas Paine (29 January 1737 – 8 June 1809) was an English-American political writer, theorist, and activist who had a great influence on the thoughts and ideas which led to the American Revolution and the United States Declaration of Independence. He wrote three of the most influential and controversial works of the 18th Century: Common Sense, The Rights of Man and The Age of Reason.
Pais, Abraham15Abraham Pais (May 19, 1918 – July 28, 2000) was a Dutch-born American physicist and science historian. He served as an assistant to Niels Bohr in Denmark and was later a colleague of Albert Einstein at the Princeton Institute for Advanced Study. Pais wrote books documenting the lives of these two great physicists and the contributions they and others made to modern physics.
Paisley, Brad27Brad Douglas Paisley (born October 28, 1972) is an American singer-songwriter and musician. His style crosses between traditional country music and Southern rock, and his songs are frequently laced with humor and pop culture references.
Paisley, Ian8The Reverend Ian Richard Kyle Paisley (born April 6, 1926 - September 12, 2014) was a politician and church leader in Northern Ireland.
Palahniuk, Chuck21Charles Michael "Chuck" Palahniuk (born February 21, 1962) is an American satirical novelist and freelance journalist.
Palau, Francisco7Blessed Francisco Palau y Quer (29 December 1811 – 20 March 1872) is a beatified Carmelite Spanish priest. He founded a "School of Virtue" at Barcelona, and the Congregations of Carmelite Brothers and Carmelite Sisters in the Balearic Islands; his feast day is November 7th.
Palermo, Martin1Martín Palermo ([email protected] Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina, November 7, 1973), is an Argentine retired footballer, who played as a striker. Nowadays he works as a coach, he most recently coached Godoy Cruz.
Paley, Grace25Grace Paley (December 11 1922 – August 22 2007) was an American short story writer, poet, teacher, and political activist. The 1994 edition of her Collected Stories was a finalist for both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize.
Paley, Nina10Nina Paley (born May 3, 1968) is an American cartoonist, animator and free culture activist.
Paley, William11William Paley (July 1743 – 25 May 1805) was a British Christian apologist, philosopher, and utilitarian.
Palgrave, Francis Turner21Francis Turner Palgrave (September 28, 1824 – October 24, 1897) was a British critic and poet, most famous for his anthology, the Golden Treasury of English Songs and Lyrics.
Palin, Michael9Michael Edward Palin (born 5 May 1943) is an English comedian, actor and television presenter most famous as one of the members of the comedy group Monty Python, and as a presenter of travel documentaries.
Palin, Sarah83Sarah Louise Heath Palin (born February 11, 1964) is a former governor of Alaska and was the Republican vice presidential nominee in the 2008 United States presidential election.
Pallasmaa, Juhani2Juhani Pallasmaa (born 14 September 1936) is a Finnish architect, writer of architectural theory and former professor of architecture at the Helsinki University of Technology and a former Director of the Museum of Finnish Architecture (1978–1983)..
Pallenberg, Anita12Anita Pallenberg (born 25 January 1944, Rome, Italy) is an Italian-born actress, model, and fashion designer. She was the romantic partner of Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards from 1967 to 1979, by whom she has two surviving children.
Palmer, Amanda12Amanda MacKinnon Gaiman Palmer (born 30 April 1976), also known as Amanda Fucking Palmer, is the lead singer, keyboardist, and songwriter of the Brechtian punk cabaret duo The Dresden Dolls, the duo Evelyn Evelyn, as well as a solo performer and impresario. She is married to writer Neil Gaiman.
Palmer, Parker21Parker J. Palmer (born 1939 in Chicago, Illinois) is an author, educator, and activist who focuses on issues in education, community, leadership, spirituality and social change.
Palmer, Samuel4Samuel Palmer (January 27, 1805 – May 24, 1881) was an English landscape painter, etcher, printmaker and writer. He was a key figure in English Romanticism and produced visionary pastoral paintings.
Paltrow, Gwyneth7Gwyneth Kate Paltrow (born September 27, 1972) is an American actress and singer.
Palumbo, Daryl4Daryl Palumbo (born February 10, 1979, in Long Island, New York) is an American musician, who is the frontman of the bands Glassjaw, Head Automatica, and House of Blow.
Pamuk, Orhan1Ferit Orhan Pamuk (born June 7, 1952) is a Turkish novellist in the post-modern style. He became one of Turkey's most prominent novellists and was made a cause célèbre in 2005 when he was prosecuted for claiming that the mass killings of Armenians from 1915 were a result of genocide. He was awarded the 2006 Nobel Prize for Literature.
Panagoulis, Alexandros3Alexandros Panagoulis (Greek: Αλέξανδρος Παναγούλης) (2 July 1939 – 1 May 1976) was a Greek politician and poet. He took an active role in the fight against the Regime of the Colonels (1967–1974) in Greece. He was the partner of Oriana Fallaci.
Pancke, Günther4Günther Pancke (May 1, 1889 – August 17, 1973) was Higher SS and Police Leader of Denmark. He served during the First World War as frontline officer with the rank of Leutenant. Between 1920 and 1927 he stayed in South America. He joined the NSDAP in 1930 and the SS in 1931. He was promoted to SS-Gruppenführer in 1938 and SS-Obergruppenführer and General of Police on April 20, 1944 and General of the Waffen-SS on March 21, 1945. After 8 years of imprisonement in Denmark, Günther Pancke returned to Germany. He died on August 17, 1973.
Pandikattu, Kuruvilla26Kuruvilla Pandikattu (born November 28, 1957) is an Indian priest, physicist and philosopher. Author of 24 books, he has been teaching and lecturing on science-religion dialog, sustainable life-style and contemporary spirituality. He is based in Pune, India.
Pāṇini36Pāṇini (fl. 4th century BCE) (Sanskrit: पाणिनि, IPA: pɑːɳin̪i; a patronymic meaning "descendant of Paṇi"), or Panini, was a Sanskrit grammarian from ancient India. He was born in Pushkalavati, GandharGandhara - on the outskirts of modern-day Charsadda - a city in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. Pāṇini is known for his Sanskrit grammar, particularly for his formulation of the 3,959 rules of Sanskrit morphology, syntax and semantics in the grammar known as Ashtadhyayi (अष्टाध्यायी Aṣṭādhyāyī, meaning "eight chapters"), the foundational text of the grammatical branch of the Vedanga, the auxiliary scholarly disciplines of Vedic religion (Hinduism).
Panio, RoseMarie2RoseMarie Panio (born 1941) is a Republican politician that ran the Westchester County, New York Republican Committee from 2004 to 2007. She was unanimously elected Secretary for the State GOP in 2006.
Panshin, Alexei13Alexis Adams Panshin (born 14 August 1940) is an American author and science fiction critic.
Panzram, Carl10Carl Panzram (June 28, 1891 – September 5, 1930) was an American serial killer, arsonist and burglar. He is known for his confession to prison guard and only friend, Henry Lesser. In graphic detail, Panzram confessed to 21 murders, and to having sodomized over 1,000 males.
Paolini, Christopher29Christopher Paolini (born November 17, 1983) is an American writer of fantasy fiction, best known as being the author of the Inheritance cycle.
Papen, Franz von9Franz Joseph Hermann Michael Maria von Papen (29 October 1879 – 2 May 1969) was a German nobleman, Catholic politician, General Staff officer, and diplomat, who served as Chancellor of Germany (Reichskanzler) in 1932. The central role that Papen played in Hitler's appointment as Chancellor in January 1933 was reflected by Papen's indictment at the Nuremberg War Crimes Trial, though he was acquitted on formal reasons, the tribunal deciding that his "political immoralities" were not under its jurisdiction.
Papert, Seymour13Seymour Papert (born March 1, 1928, Pretoria, South Africa) is an MIT mathematician, computer scientist, and prominent educator.
Paquin, Anna1Anna Helene Paquin (born 24 July 1982) is a Canadian-born New Zealand film, television and theatre actress.
Parent, Bernie4Bernard Marcel Parent (born April 3, 1945) was a professional ice hockey goaltender. He played for the NHL's Boston Bruins, Philadelphia Flyers, and the Toronto Maple Leafs, as well as the WHA's Philadelphia Blazers. Parent won two Stanley Cups with the Flyers.
Parenti, Michael39Michael Parenti (born 1933) is an American political scientist, historian and media critic.
Pareto, Vilfredo13Vilfredo Pareto (July 15 1848 – August 19 1923) was an Italian engineer, sociologist, economist, and philosopher, who contributed greatly to turning economics into a data-based science.
Parizeau, Jacques4Jacques Parizeau (9th August 1930-1st June 2015) was a Canadian economist and noted Quebec sovereigntist who was the 26th Premier of the Canadian province of Quebec from September 26, 1994, to January 29, 1996.
Park, Chung-hee6Park Chung-hee (30 September 1917 – 26 October 1979) was the president of South Korea during the 1960s and 1970s. He was assassinated in 1979.
Park, Ji-sung1Park Ji-Sung (Hangul: 박지성; born February 25, 1981) is a former South Korean soccer player who played for the British football club Manchester United in the Premier League, as well as for the South Korean national football team.
Parker, Charlie10Charles "Bird" Parker, Jr. (29 August 1920 – 12 March 1955) was an American jazz saxophonist, and co-inventor of the bebop style of jazz, widely considered one of the most influential of jazz musicians.
Parker, Cornelia3Cornelia Ann Parker (born 1956) is an English sculptor and installation artist.
Parker, Dorothy39Dorothy Parker (August 22, 1893 – June 7, 1967) was an American writer, poet, and critic. A fixture of 1920s literary society known for her acerbic wit and low opinion of romantic relationships, she became a member of the famous Algonquin Round Table.
Parker, Edward Hazen1Edward Hazen Parker M.D. (1823 – November 9, 1896) was an American physician and poet.
Parker, Francis Wayland6Francis Wayland Parker (October 9, 1837 – March 2, 1902) was a pioneer of the progressive school movement in the United States. He believed that education should include the complete development of an individual — mental, physical, and moral.
Parker, Gilbert2Sir Horatio Gilbert George Parker, 1st Baronet (23 November 1862 – 6 September 1932), known as Gilbert Parker, was a Canadian novelist and British politician.
Parker, Isaac3Isaac Charles Parker (October 15, 1838 – November 17, 1896) served as a U.S. District Judge presiding over the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Arkansas for 21 years. He served in that capacity during the most dangerous time for law enforcement during the western expansion. He is remembered today as the legitimate "Hanging Judge" of the American Old West.
Parker, Martin3Martin Parker (c. 1600 – c.1656) was an English ballad writer, and probably a London tavern-keeper.
Parker, Sarah Jessica9Sarah Jessica Parker (born March 25, 1965) is an American actress.
Parker, Sean1Sean Parker (born 1979) is an American entrepreneur who cofounded the file-sharing computer service Napster and served as the first president of the social networking website Facebook.
Parker, Theodore22Theodore Parker (August 24, 1810 – May 10, 1860) was a reforming American minister of the Unitarian church, an abolitionist, and a Transcendentalist.
Parkinson, C. Northcote4Cyril Northcote Parkinson (30 July 1909 – 9 March 1993) was a British historian and author.
Parks, Rosa14Rosa Louise McCauley Parks (February 4, 1913 – October 24, 2005) was an African American civil rights activist and seamstress whom the U.S. Congress dubbed the "Mother of the Modern-Day Civil Rights Movement". She is famous for her refusal on December 1, 1955 to obey bus driver James Blake's demand that she relinquish her seat so a white man could sit in the row.
Parmenides21Parmenides (fl. early 5th century BCE) was an ancient Greek monist philosopher born in Elea, a Greek city on the southern coast of Italy, and founder of the Eleatic school of philosophy. The single known work of Parmenides is a poem which has survived only in fragmentary form, in which he argues that Reality is One, change is impossible, and that existence is timeless and uniform.
Parnell, Charles Stewart10Charles Stewart Parnell (27 June 1846 – 6 October 1891) was an Irish Protestant landowner, nationalist political leader, land reform agitator, Home Rule MP in the Parliament of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and founder and leader of the Irish Parliamentary Party.
Parnell, Thomas7Thomas Parnell (September 11, 1679 – October 24, 1718) was a poet, born in Dublin and educated at Trinity College, Dublin. He was a friend of both Alexander Pope and Jonathan Swift, participating in the Scriblerus Club, contributing to The Spectator, and aiding Pope in his translation of The Iliad. He was one of the so-called "Graveyard poets": his 'A Night-Piece on Death,' widely considered the first "Graveyard School" poem, was published posthumously in Poems on Several Occasions.
Parrish, Maxfield12Maxfield Parrish (25 July 1870 – 30 March 1966) was an American fantasy art painter and illustrator.
Parry, Bruce6Bruce Parry (born 17 March 1969) is a former British Royal Marine instructor who presents the documentary program Tribe (known as Going Tribal in the United States), in which he visits various tribes around the world and lives by their customs for one month.
Parsons, Alan2Alan Parsons (born 20 December 1948 in London) is a British audio engineer, musician, and record producer. He was involved in the production of several successful albums, including The Beatles' Abbey Road and The Dark Side of the Moon, for which Pink Floyd credit him as an important contributor. Parsons' own group, The Alan Parsons Project, as well as his subsequent solo recordings have also been commercially successful.
Parsons, Bob1Bob Parsons (born November 27, 1950) is the CEO and founder of
Parsons, Lucy7Lucy E. Parsons (1853 – 7 March 1942) was a radical American labor organizer, anarchist, and orator. She was born in Texas, likely as a slave, to parents of Native American, Black American and Mexican ancestry. She often went by the name of Lucy Gonzaleses.
Parsons, Talcott14Talcott Parsons (December 13, 1902 – May 8, 1979) was an American sociologist and Professor of Sociology at Harvard University, known for the development of a general theory for the study of society, called action theory.
Parsons, Thomas Williams6Thomas William Parsons (August 18, 1819 – September 3, 1892) was an American dentist and poet.
Pärt, Arvo5Arvo Pärt (born 1935) is an Estonian composer. Pärt writes compositions that reflect his study of medieval musical forms. His work also reveals his deep Christian faith. He developed what he named tintinnabuli, or the tintinnabulation method of composition, derived from the Latin for "little bells", which can attribute why Pärt's music typically revolves around the notes of a single triad, or "three bells" as he states.
Parton, Dolly5Dolly Rebecca Parton (born January 19, 1946) is an American singer-songwriter, instrumentalist, actress, author, and philanthropist, known primarily for her work in country music.
Partridge, Andy23Andy Partridge (born 11 November 1953 in Malta) is a founding member, guitarist and chief songwriter of the new wave rock/pop group XTC.
Pascal, Blaise78Blaise Pascal (19 June 1623 – 19 August 1662) was a French mathematician, logician, physicist and theologian.
Pask, Gordon29Andrew Gordon Speedie Pask (June 28, 1928 – March 29, 1996) was an English cybernetician and psychologist who made significant contributions to cybernetics, instructional psychology, experimental epistemology and educational technology.
Passerino, Giancarlo4Giancarlo Passeroni (8 March 1713 – 26 December 1803) was an Italian poet.
Passmore, John6John Passmore (1914–2004) was an Australian philosopher.
Pasternak, Boris20Boris Leonidovich Pasternak Борис Леонидович Пастернак (10 February 1890 – 30 May 1960) was a Russian poet and writer famous for his 1957 novel Doctor Zhivago.
Pasteur, Louis35Louis Pasteur (27 December 1822 – 28 September 1895) French microbiologist, chemist, pioneer of the "Germ theory of disease", discoverer of molecular asymmetry and stereo-chemistry, and inventor of the process of Pasteurization.
Pastor, John1John Pastor (born ca. 1951) is an American ecologist and Professor at the University of Minnesota Duluth.
Pastorius, Jaco5Jaco Pastorius (December 1, 1951 – September 21, 1987) was a jazz bassist and composer remembered for his style and technique on fretless bass.
Pat Metheny1Pat Metheny (born 12 August, 1954, Lee's Summit, Missouri) is a world-renowned American jazz guitarist and leader of the Pat Metheny Group as well as various collaborations, duets, solo works and other side projects.
Patañjali7Patañjali (Devanāgarī पतञ्जलि) (fl. 2nd c. BCE) is the compiler of the Yoga Sutra, a major work containing aphorisms on the practical and philosophical wisdom regarding practice of Raja Yoga.
Pataudi, Mansoor Ali Khan1Mansoor Ali Khan Pataudi (5 January 1941 – 22 September 2011) was an Indian cricketer and former captain of the Indian cricket team. He was the ninth and last Nawab of Pataudi.
Patchen, Kenneth7Kenneth Patchen (1911-12-13 – 1972-01-08) was an American poet and painter.
Patel, A.D.5Ambalal Dahyabhai Patel (March 13, 1905 – October 1, 1969) was an Indo-Fijian politician, farmers' leader and founder and leader of the National Federation Party. Patel was uncompromisingly committed to a vision of an independent Fiji, with full racial integration. He was one of the first to advocate a republic, an ideal not realized in his lifetime. He also advocated a common voters' roll and opposed the communal franchise that characterized, and continues to characterize, Fijian politics.
Patel, Raj7Raj Patel (born 1972) is a British-born American academic, journalist, activist and writer.
Paterson71Ronald William Keith Paterson (born September 20, 1933, in Arbroath, Scotland) served as a senior lecturer in philosophy in the department of adult education and the department of philosophy at University of Hull.
Paterson, Andrew4Andrew Barton "Banjo" Paterson (February 17, 1864 – April 5, 1941) was a famous Australian bush poet and author.
Paterson, Katherine9Katherine Paterson (born October 31, 1932) is an American author of children's novels. She wrote Bridge to Terabithia and has received several of the major international awards for children's literature.
Paterson, Samuel1Samuel Paterson (1728–1802) was a bookseller, auctioneer, cataloguer, librarian, lecturer and author.
Paterson, Tim3Tim Paterson (born June 1, 1956) is an American computer programmer, best known as the original author of MS-DOS.
Patinkin, Mandy5Mandel Bruce Patinkin (born November 30, 1952, in Chicago, Illinois) is an American actor and renowned tenor. He is perhaps best known for his trademark line in 1987's The Princess Bride ("Hello. My name is Iñigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.").
Patmore, Coventry13Coventry Kearsey Deighton Patmore (July 23, 1823 – November 26, 1896) was an English poet and critic.
Patrick39Saint Patrick (c. 385 – March 17, 462, 492, or 493) was a Christian bishop and missionary, and is the patron saint of Ireland. (Accounts of his birth and death dates vary widely; some place his birth as early as 371 or as late as 387, and some his death as early as 461 or as late as 493)
Patrick, Dan31Daniel Patrick Pugh (born 15 May 1956), professionally known as Dan Patrick, is an American sportscaster, radio personality, and actor from Mason, Ohio.
Patrick, Deval1Deval Laurdine Patrick (born July 31, 1956) is an American politician and the current Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. On November 7, 2006, Patrick became the first African American elected governor of Massachusetts and the second in United States history.
Patrick, Robert (playwright)13Robert Patrick O'Connor (born September 27, 1937), known as Robert Patrick, is an American playwright.
Patrick, Tera2Tera Patrick (born July 25, 1976) is a former American pornographic actress.
Patten, Christopher Francis1Christopher Francis Patten, Baron Patten of Barnes, CH, PC (born 12 May 1944) is a British Conservative politician and administrator. He is the current chairman of the BBC Trust, and was the last Governor of Hong Kong (1992–1997).
Patterson, William3William A. "Pat" Patterson (October 1899 – 1980) was the president of United Airlines from 1934 to 1966.
Patton, George S.67General George Smith Patton, Jr. (11 November 1885 – 21 December 1945) was a U.S. General during World War II; he was known in his time as "America's Fightingest General".
Paul 0610Pope Paul VI (26 September 1897 – 6 August 1978), born Giovanni Battista Enrico Antonio Maria Montini, served as Pope from 1963 to 1978. He presided over the Catholic Church during most of the Second Vatican Council.
Paul Éluard3Paul Éluard was the nom de plume of Eugène Grindel (December 14, 1895 – November 18, 1952), a French poet who was active in the Dada and Surrealist movements.
Paul Graham44Paul Graham (born 1964) is an American essayist, entrepreneur, investor, and programmer. He is known for his essays on hackers, startups, and programming languages.
Paul Hogan3Paul Hogan (born 8 October 1939, in Lightning Ridge, New South Wales) is an Australian actor and comedian best known for his role of Crocodile Dundee.
Paul Klee28Paul Klee (December 18 1879 – June 29 1940) was a Swiss painter of German nationality. He was influenced by many different art styles in his work, including expressionism, cubism and surrealism, and had influence on Kandinsky when they were both teaching at the Bauhaus.
Paul Martin6Paul Martin (born August 28, 1938 in Windsor, Ontario) was the Leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. He was the twenty-first prime minister, having succeeded Jean Chrétien on December 12, 2003 and being succeeded by Stephen Harper on February 6th, 2006.
Paul of Tarsus36Paul of Tarsus (c. 10 – c. 67), originally named Saul, was one of the most notable of early Christian missionaries, his prolific writings forming a major portion of the New Testament. His influence on Christian thinking has, arguably, been more significant than any other New Testament author, though he himself very likely never knew Jesus in life, but was converted to his faith by a vision which appeared to him in his efforts to suppress Christianity.
Paul Rée1Paul Ludwig Carl Heinrich Rée (21 November 1849 – 28 October 1901) was a German author and philosopher who was a friend of Friedrich Nietzsche.
Paul Volcker1Paul Adolph Volcker, Jr. (born September 5, 1927) is an American economist. He was Chairman of the Federal Reserve under Presidents Jimmy Carter and Ronald Reagan from August 1979 to August 1987.
Paul von Hindenburg8Paul von Hidenburg (2 October 1847 - 2 August 1934) was a Prussian-German field marshal, statesman, and politician. He was the second and final president of the Wiemar Republic.
Paul, Arin16Arin Paul (born 20 April 1980) is a Bengali film director and writer.
Paul, Gregory Scott21Gregory S. Paul (born December 24, 1954) is an American freelance researcher, author and illustrator who works in paleontology, and more recently has examined sociology and theology. He is best known for his work and research on theropod dinosaurs and his detailed illustrations, both live and skeletal.
Paul, Jean17Johann Paul Friedrich Richter (March 21 1763 – November 14 1825) was an influential German novelist and short-story writer. He is usually referred to by his pseudonym, Jean Paul.
Paul, Rand39Rand Paul (born January 7, 1963) is the United States junior Senator for the state of Kentucky. He is a member of the Republican Party who describes himself as a libertarian.
Paul, Ronald Ernest "Ron"233Ronald Ernest "Ron" Paul (born 20 August 1935) is an American physician and former politician from the U.S. state of Texas. A member of the Republican Party, Paul was a U.S. congressional representative from Texas from 1979 to 1985 and again from 1997 to 2013. He ran for U.S. president in 1988 (as a Libertarian), as well as in 2008 and 2012, as a Republican.
Paul, Vincent de3Saint Vincent de Paul (24 April 1581 – 27 September 1660) was a Roman Catholic priest who helped found many charitable organizations, including the Daughters of Charity and the Lazarists.
Paul, Wolfgang1Wolfgang Paul (August 10, 1913 – December 7, 1993) was a German physicist, who co-developed the ion trap. He received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1989 for this work.
Pauli, Wolfgang34Wolfgang Ernst Pauli (25 April 1900 – 15 December 1958) was an Austrian-Swiss physicist, one of the pioneers of quantum physics, and recipient of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1945.
Pauling, Linus29Linus Carl Pauling (February 28 1901 – August 19 1994) was an American quantum chemist and biochemist, a pioneer in the application of quantum mechanics to chemistry, and one of the founders of molecular biology. He received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1954, and the Nobel Peace Prize in 1962; he is the only people in history to receive two unshared Nobel Prizes.
Paulsen, Pat13Patrick Layton Paulsen (July 6, 1927 – April 24, 1997) was an American comedian and satirist notable for his roles on several of the Smothers Brothers television shows, and for his supposed campaigns for President of the United States in 1968, 1972, 1980, 1988, 1992, and 1996, which had primarily comedic rather than political objectives.
Paulus, Friedrich9Friedrich Wilhelm Ernst Paulus (23 September 1890 – 1 February 1957) was an officer in the German military from 1910 to 1943, attaining the rank of Generalfeldmarschall during World War II. He is most known for commanding the Sixth Army's assault on Stalingrad during Operation Blue in 1942. The battle ended in disaster for Nazi Germany when approximately 300,000 German soldiers were encircled and defeated in a massive Soviet counter attack in November 1942. Paulus surrendered to Soviet forces in Stalingrad on January 31, 1943, a day after he was promoted to the rank of Generalfeldmarschall by Adolf Hitler. Paulus served as an inspector of police after his release and died in Dresden, East Germany.
Pausanias3Pausanias (c. AD 110 – AD 180) was a Greek traveller and geographer of the 2nd century A.D.
Pausch, Randy84Randy Pausch (October 23, 1960 – July 25, 2008) was a Professor of Computer Science, Human-Computer Interaction, and Design at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States and a best-selling author, who achieved worldwide fame for his speech The Last Lecture at Carnegie Mellon University, after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and having only a few months to live.
Pausini, Laura4Laura Pausini (Italian: ˈlaura pauˈzini; born 16 May 1974) is an Italian pop singer-songwriter and record producer.
Pavarotti, Luciano17Luciano Pavarotti (12 October 1935 – 6 September 2007) was an Italian tenor and one of the most popular vocal performers in the world of opera.
Pavese, Cesare135Cesare Pavese (September 9, 1908 – August 27, 1950) was an Italian poet, novelist, literary critic and translator.
Pavlou, Stel1Stelios Grant Pavlou (born 22 November 1970) is a British author and screenwriter.
Pavlovsky, Gleb5Gleb Olegovich Pavlovsky (born March 5, 1951, in Odessa) is a Russian political scientist.
Pavlyuk, Ihor1Íhor Z. Pavlyúk (І́гор Зино́війович Павлю́к (born 1 January 1967) is an Ukrainian writer and research worker.
Pavolini, Alessandro7Alessandro Pavolini (September 27, 1903 – April 28, 1945) was an Italian politician, journalist, and essayist, notable for his involvement in the Fascist government during World War II. The troubled events caused by the Allied invasion of Sicily and the ousting of Mussolini in Rome brought Nazi intervention and the proclamation of a new fascist puppet state, the northern Italian Social Republic. Pavolini was integrated to the Republic's administration under Mussolini, and was immediately promoted head of the reformed PNF, the Republican Fascist Party. He was captured after a desperate escape attempt which saw him swimming across the Lake of Como and then trapped in a Mexican standoff over a half submerged rock. When he ran out of bullets, he was finally apprehended and executed by the partisans in Dongo.
Pawlikowski, Łukasz6Łukasz Pawlikowski (born 14 August 1997) is a Polish cellist.
Pawson, Tony1Henry Anthony Pawson (22 August 1921 – 12 October 2012) was an English cricketer and cricket writer. He chaired the Cricket Writers' Club, 1980–81.
Payne Smith, Robert1Robert Payne Smith D.D. M.A. (1819–1895) was Regius Professor of Divinity at the University of Oxford and Canon of Christ Church from 1865 until 1870, when he was appointed Dean of Canterbury by Queen Victoria on the advice of William Ewart Gladstone.
Payne, John2John Howard Payne (9 June 1791 – 10 April 1852) was an American actor, playwright, author and statesman. He is today most remembered as the creator of "Home Sweet Home", a song he wrote in 1822.
Payne, Pierre Stephen Robert28Pierre Stephen Robert Payne (4 December 1911 – 3 March 1983) was a novelist, historian, poet, and biographer. Born in Cornwall, the son of an English naval architect, and with a French mother.
Payson, Edward9Edward Payson (July 25, 1783 – October 22, 1827) was an American Congregational preacher. Born in Rindge, New Hampshire, where his father was pastor of the Congregational Church, he was himself a pastor of the Congregational Church at Portland, where he remained from 1807 until his death.
Paz, Octavio39Octavio Paz Lozano (31 March 1914 – 19 April 1998) was a poet, writer, diplomat, and winner of the 1990 Nobel Prize in Literature, the first Mexican writer to become a Nobel Laureate.
Peace Pilgrim18Peace Pilgrim (1908-07-18 – 1981-07-08), born Mildred Lisette Norman, was an American pacifist, vegetarian, and peace activist.
Peacock, Ray3Ray Peacock (born Ian Boldsworth in 1973) is a prolific writer and comic performer who first came to prominence as part of the highly successful Big And Daft comedy trio.
Peacock, Thomas Love10Thomas Love Peacock (1785–1866) was an English novelist and poet. His conversational novels satirize the philosophical preoccupations of the Romantic era.
Peakes, Mervyn17Mervyn Laurence Peake (9 July 1911 – 17 November 1968) was an English novelist, artist, poet and illustrator. He is best known for what are usually referred to as the Gormenghast books, though the Titus books would be more accurate.
Peale, Norman Vincent31Norman Vincent Peale (31 May 1898 – 24 December 1993) was the author of The Power of Positive Thinking and chief progenitor of the theory of positive thinking. With his wife, Ruth Stafford Peale, he founded Guideposts magazine in 1945.
Peano, Giuseppe11Giuseppe Peano (27 August 1858 – 20 April 1932) was an Italian mathematician, logician, and one of the founders of modern mathematical logic and set theory. His work, summarized in Formulario mathematico (1895) was highly influential and the standard Peano axioms of the natural numbers are named in his honor.
Pearce, Jonathan8Jonathan Pearce (born 1959) is a British football commentator for the BBC. Known for his loud, exuberant commentaries, he has worked for both Radio Five Live and Match of the Day, as well as participating in other lower key sports programmes.
Pearce, Joseph Chilton5Joseph Chilton Pearce (born January 14, 1926) is an American author of a number of books on human development and child development and is best known for his books, The Crack in the Cosmic Egg (1973), Magical Child (1977) and The Bond of Power: Meditation and Wholeness (1981).
Pearl Poet18The Pearl Poet (or alternatively The Gawain Poet) is a name conventionally given to the 14th century English author of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Pearl, Patience, Cleanness and possibly Saint Erkenwald. He wrote in alliterative metres in a north-west Midland dialect of Middle English. His real name is unknown.
Pearl, Judea10Judea Pearl (born 1936) is an Israeli-born American computer scientist and philosopher, best known for championing the probabilistic approach to artificial intelligence and the development of Bayesian networks. He is the 2011 winner of the ACM Turing Award, the highest distinction in computer science, "for fundamental contributions to artificial intelligence through the development of a calculus for probabilistic and causal reasoning."
Pearl, Minnie1Minnie Pearl was the stage name of Sarah Ophelia Colley Cannon (October 25, 1912 – March 4, 1996), a country comedian.
Pearse, Patrick10Patrick Henry Pearse (10 November, 1879 – 3 May, 1916), known to Irish nationalists as Pádraic, Pádraig or Pádraig Anraí Mac Piarais, was a teacher, barrister, poet, writer, nationalist and political activist who was one of the leaders of the Easter Rising in 1916. He was declared "President of the Provisional Government" of the Irish Republic in one of the bulletins issued by the Rising's leaders, a status that was however disputed by others associated with the rebellion both then and subsequently.
Pearson, John2John George Pearson (born 5 October 1930) is a biographer and novelist.
Pearson, Kevin W.1Kevin W. Pearson (1957-04-10) is a current member of the First Quorum of the Seventy of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was previously CEO of Ingenix, Inc. (1998-2005) and Mission President of the Washington Tacoma Mission.
Pearson, Lester B.5Lester Bowles "Mike" Pearson (23 April 1897 – 27 December 1972) was a Canadian statesman, diplomat and politician who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1957. He was also the 14th Prime Minister of Canada from April 22, 1963, until April 20, 1968, as the head of two back-to-back minority governments following elections in 1963 and 1965.
Pechstein, Max2Max Hermann Pechstein (1881-12-31 – 1955-06-29) was a German Expressionist painter and graphic artist, born in Zwickau.
Peck, Gregory10Gregory Peck (April 5, 1916 – June 12, 2003) was a renowned 20th century American actor and activist.
Peck, Ralph Brazelton4Ralph Brazelton Peck (June 23, 1912 – February 18, 2008) was an eminent civil engineer specializing in soil mechanics. He was awarded the National Medal of Science in 1975 "for his development of the science and art of subsurface engineering, combining the contributions of the sciences of geology and soil mechanics with the practical art of foundation design."
Peckham, John57John Peckham (or Pecham) (c. 1230 – 1292) was a native of Sussex who was educated at Lewes Priory and became a Franciscan friar about 1250. He studied under Bonaventure at the University of Paris and became regent master (official lecturer) in theology. He was a conservative theologian who debated Thomas Aquinas with some success. He also taught at Oxford University and then traveled to Rome via France, to study law. In Rome he received a papal appointment to the position of Lector Sacri Palatii (theological lecturer) in the papal palace schools, where his lectures were attended by large audiences, including many bishops and cardinals. After one or two years in Rome, he was appointed by Pope Nicholas III as Archbishop of Canterbury (1279–1292), where he became known as one of the three earliest champions of English clerical reform.
Pedersen, Charles1Charles John Pedersen (October 3, 1904 – October 26, 1989) was an American organic chemist best known for describing methods of synthesizing crown ethers. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1987.
Pedro Arrupe1Pedro Arrupe (November 14, 1907 – February 5, 1991) was the twenty-eighth Father General (1965–83) of the Society of Jesus.
Peek, Kim4Laurence Kim Peek (November 11, 1951 – December 19, 2009) was a savant with a photographic or eidetic memory and developmental disabilities, resulting from congenital brain abnormalities. He was the inspiration for the character of Raymond Babbit, played by Dustin Hoffman, in the movie Rain Man.
Peel, Sir Robert12Sir Robert Peel, 2nd Baronet (5 February 1788 – 2 July 1850) was the Conservative Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 10 December 1834 to 8 April 1835, and again from 30 August 1841 to 29 June 1846. He helped create the modern concept of the police force while Home Secretary, oversaw the formation of the Conservative Party out of the shattered Tory Party, and repealed the Corn Laws.
Peele, George5George Peele (born in London, baptized 25 July 1556 – buried 9 November 1596), was an English dramatist.
Peers, Michael1The Most Reverend Michael Geoffrey Peers (born 1934) was Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada from 1986 till 2004.
Pegahmagabow, Francis3Francis Pegahmagabow, MM and two bars, (9 March 1891 – 5 August 1952) was the aboriginal soldier most highly decorated for bravery in Canadian military history and the most effective sniper of World War I. Later in life, he served as chief and a councilor for the Wasauksing First Nation, and as an activist and leader in several First Nations organizations.
Peguy, Charles12Charles Péguy (January 7, 1873 – September 4, 1914) was a French poet, socialist activist and essayist.
Peikoff, Leonard6Leonard Peikoff (born 1933) is an Objectivist philosopher.
Peiper, Joachim2Standartenführer Joachim Peiper (30 January 1915 – 13 July 1976), more often known as Jochen Peiper from the common German nickname for Joachim, was a senior Waffen-SS officer in World War II and a convicted war criminal. By the end of his military career in 1945, Peiper was the youngest regimental colonel in the Waffen-SS, holding the rank of SS-Standartenführer. He also served as personal adjutant to Heinrich Himmler, the head of the SS, in the period April 1938 to August 1941.
Peirce, Benjamin32Benjamin Peirce (4 April 1809 – 6 October 1880) was an American mathematician who taught at Harvard University for forty years. He made contributions to celestial mechanics, number theory, algebra, and the philosophy of mathematics. He was the father of Charles Sanders Peirce.
Peirce, Charles Sanders109Charles Sanders Peirce pronounced like purse (10 September 1839 – 19 April 1914) was an American philosopher, chemist and polymath, who is now remembered as a pioneer of the field of semiotics and, with the formulation of the pragmatic maxim, the founder of the philosophies of Pragmatism and Pragmaticism. He was the son of the mathematician Benjamin Peirce.
Pelagius4Pelagius (c. 390-418) was a British-born ascetic moralist. He was declared a heretic by the Council of Carthage. His doctrine became known as Pelagianism.
Pelé3Pelé (born 23 October 1940) is a Brazillian soccer player, considered by many the best ever.
Pelevin, Victor1Victor Olegovich Pelevin (Russian: Виктор Олегович Пелевин, born 22 November 1962 in Moscow) is a Russian fiction writer.
Pelley, Scott1Scott Pelley (born 28 July 1957) is an American television journalist and long-time correspondent for CBS.
Pelosi, Nancy23Nancy Patricia D'Alesandro Pelosi (born March 26, 1940) was the Speaker of the United States House of Representatives. A Democrat, she is the first woman to lead a major political party in either house of Congress and became the first female Speaker of the House on January 4, 2007. She has represented California's 8th District since 1987 (it was numbered the 5th District until 1993).
Pemberton, Henry6Henry Pemberton (1694 – 9 March 1771) was an English physician and man of letters. He became Gresham Professor of Physic, and edited the third edition of Isaac Newton's Principia Mathematica.
Pen, Marine Le6Marine Le Pen (born Marion Anne Perrine Le Pen, 5 August 1968) is a French politician and the president of the far-right Front National (FN), the third-largest political party in France, since 16 January 2011.
Pena, Yamilet2Yamilet Peña Abreu (born December 4, 1992, in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic) is an elite artistic gymnast from the Dominican Republic who won the 2012 Pan American Championship gold medal on vault and the bronze medal at the 2012 World Cup.
Pendragon, Arthur Uther1Arthur Uther Pendragon (born John Timothy Rothwell on 5 April 1954) is an English druid and campaigner in the United Kingdom. He is one of the main individuals who is responsible for the monument at Stonehenge to be open to the public at each solstice. In 1986 he changed his name to Arthur and became a renunciate — renouncing any personal income (relying on the goodwill of friends and supporters in his mission to uphold justice).
Penman, Sharon Kay8Sharon Kay Penman (born August 13, 1945, in New York) is an American historical novelist, of Anglo-Irish ancestry. She is well known for her novels and mysteries about English and Welsh royalty during the Middle Ages.
Penn and Teller3Penn & Teller are a two-man magic and comedy team, Penn Fraser Jillette (born 5 March 1955) and Teller (born Raymond Joseph Teller, 14 February 1948). All the quotes from the duo come from Penn, except where noted, as Teller is famously silent.
Penn, Sean5Sean Justin Penn (born 17 August 1960) is an Academy Award-winning American film actor and director.
Penn, William50William Penn (14 October 1644 – 30 July 1718) was a Quaker who founded the Province of Pennsylvania, the British North American colony that became the U.S. state of Pennsylvania. The democratic and libertarian principles that he set forth served as an inspiration for the United States Constitution.
Penny, Laura16Laura Penny (born 1975) was born in Nova Scotia and currently teaches English at Mount St. Vincent University in Halifax. She holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the State University of New York. Ms. Penny has worked as a bookstore clerk, a student activist, a union organizer, and a university instructor.
Penrose, Roger9Sir Roger Penrose (born 8 August 1931) is an English mathematical physicist and Professor of Mathematics at the Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford, famous for his work in mathematical physics, cosmology, general relativity, and his musings on the nature of consciousness.
Penzias, Arno3Arno Allan Penzias (born April 26, 1933) is an American physicist, who was awarded, together with Robert Woodrow Wilson, the 1978 Nobel laureate in physics, for having discovered the cosmic microwave background radiation.
Pepys, Samuel18Samuel Pepys (February 23 1633 – May 26 1703) was an English naval administrator, Member of Parliament and Fellow of the Royal Society, but is now best remembered for the diary which he kept through the 1660s. It was first published in 1825, and has ever since been considered a unique historical source and human document.
Perahia, Murray4Murray Perahia (born April 19, 1947) is an American concert pianist and conductor.
Peralta, Jose11José R. Peralta (born 1972) represents District 39 in the New York State Assembly, which is located in Queens, New York and includes Corona, Elmhurst and Jackson Heights. Peralta is a candidate for the New York State Senate, District 13, which includes the Queens neighborhoods of Corona, East Elmhurst, Elmhurst, Jackson Heights and Woodside.
Peralta, Luís María1Don Luís María Peralta (1759 – August 26 1851) was a soldier in the Spanish Army who, after his service, received the large land grant of Rancho San Antonio, a 44,800 acre (181 km²) plot that encompassed most of the East Bay region of California.
Percival, Harold W.13Harold W. Percival (15 April 1868 – 6 March 1953) was a Theosophist and writer who founded The Word Foundation.
Percival, James Gates4James Gates Percival (1795–1854) was an American poet, born at Berlin, Connecticut.
Percy, Thomas1Thomas Percy (13 April 1729 – 30 September 1811) was a bishop and magazine editor. His Reliques of Ancient English Poetry (1765) was the first of the great ballad collections, though he may have written some of it himself based on ballad fragments.
Percy, Walker37Walker Percy (May 28, 1916 – May 10, 1990) was an American Southern author whose interests included philosophy and semiotics.
Pereira, Duarte Pacheco3Duarte Pacheco Pereira (c. 1460 – 1533) was a Portuguese explorer, navigator, conquistador, and cartographer. It is possible that he was the first to discover the mainland of America, in 1498.
Perelman, S. J.14Sidney Joseph Perelman (February 1, 1904 – October 17, 1979) was an American humorist and writer for the stage and screen. His sketches for The New Yorker are considered classics of their kind. He co-wrote the screenplays for the Marx Brothers' Monkey Business and Horse Feathers, and for Around the World in Eighty Days.
Peres, Asher2Asher Peres (January 30, 1934 – January 1, 2005) was an Israeli physicist, considered a pioneer in quantum information theory.
Peres, Shimon14Shimon Peres (born 2 August 1923) is an Israeli politician and the previous (until 2014) president of the state of Israel. He was Prime Minister of Israel from 1984 to 1986 and from 1995 to 1996 and Foreign Affairs Minister of Israel from 2001 to 2002, and became Vice Premier in a coalition under Ariel Sharon at the start of 2005.
Peretz, Amir7Amir Peretz (born March 9, 1952) is the chairman of the Israel Labour Party.
Peretz, Isaac Leib61Isaac Leib Peretz (May 18 1852 – April 3 1915) was a Polish-born author and poet who is counted among the three great classical writers in the Yiddish language.
Pérez, Juan José Cuadros2Juan José Cuadros Perez (October 9, 1926, Palencia – May 27, 1990, Madrid) was a Spanish writer who cultivated poetry and prose.
Pericles13Pericles (Greek: Περικλῆς; ca. 495 BC – 429 BC) was an influential and important leader of Athens during the Athenian Golden Age (specifically, between the Persian and Peloponnesian wars), from the Alcmaeonidae family. The period from 461 BC to 379 BC is sometimes known as "The Age of Pericles".
Perino, Dana8Dana Marie Perino (born May 9, 1972) is the White House Press Secretary for President George W. Bush.
Perl, Martin9Martin Lewis Perl (born June 24, 1927, in New York) is an American physicist, who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1995 for his discovery of the tau lepton.
Perle, George11George Perle (May 6, 1915 – January 23, 2009) was a composer and theorist.
Perlis, Alan30Alan Jay Perlis (April 1, 1922 – February 7, 1990) was an American computer scientist known for his pioneering work in programming languages, most notably as a member of the team that developed the ALGOL programming language. He was the first recipient of the prestigious ACM Turing Award.
Perot, Ross2Ross Perot (born 1930) is a billionaire American businessman from Texas best known as a candidate for President of the United States (in 1992 and 1996).
Perowne, Barry1Barry Perowne was a pseudonym of the British writer Philip Atkey (1908–1985), best known for crime fiction.
Perrault, Charles14Charles Perrault (1628–1703) was an author of fairy stories. His collection Contes de ma mere l'Oye (Tales of Mother Goose) appeared in 1697 and was translated into English by Robert Sambert in 1727. It is not clear how much of the stories he wrote and how much was just recording folk stories.
Perrin, Jean Baptiste1Jean Baptiste Perrin (30 September 1870 – 17 April 1942) was a French physicist and Nobel laureate.
Perrone, Nico17Nico Perrone (born April 27, 1935) is an Italian essayist, historian and journalist.
Perry Anderson10Perry R. Anderson (born September 1938, London) is a British historian and political essayist. A specialist in intellectual history, he is often identified with the post-1956 Western Marxism of the New Left.
Perry, Fred3Frederick John Perry (18 May 1909 – 2 February 1995), born in Southport, Cheshire, was an English tennis and table tennis player and three-time Wimbledon champion.
Perry, Katy8Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson (born 25 October 1984), better known by her stage name Katy Perry, is an American singer-songwriter and musician.
Perry, Matthew Langford12Matthew Langford Perry (born August 19, 1969) is a Canadian-American film and television actor, best known for his work as Chandler Bing in the sitcom Friends.
Perry, Nora3Nora Perry (1832–1896) was an American poet, journalist, and writer of juvenile stories, and for some years Boston correspondent of the Chicago Tribune.
Perry, Oliver Hazard10Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry (23 August 1785 – 23 August 1819) was an officer of the United States Navy, famous for his actions in the Battle of Lake Erie.
Perry, Ralph Barton13Ralph Barton Perry (3 July 1876 – 22 January 1957) was an American philosopher.
Perry, Rick20James Richard "Rick" Perry (born March 4, 1950) is the 47th and current governor of Texas. He was a candidate for the Republican nomination for the 2012 United States presidential election.
Perry, Troy2Troy Deroy Perry Jr. (born July 27, 1940) founded the Metropolitan Community Church, a Christian denomination with a special affirming ministry with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender communities.
Perry, Tyler6Tyler Perry (born Emmitt Perry, Jr. on September 13, 1969) is an American actor, director, screenwriter, playwright, producer, author and songwriter, specializing in the Gospel genre. Perry is best known for both creating and performing in drag the Madea character, a giant, overreactive, and thuggishly tough elderly woman.
Persius12Aulus Persius Flaccus (34–62) was a Roman satirical poet and moralist.
Persson, Göran9Hans Göran Persson (born 20 January 1949) is a Swedish Social Democratic politician. He was the Prime Minister of Sweden from March 1996 to October 2006 and the leader of the Social Democratic Party from March 1996 to March 2007. The current Prime Minister of Sweden is Fredrik Reinfeldt, leader of the liberal conservative Moderate Party.
Perutz, Max1Max Perutz (19 May 1914 – 6 February 2002) was an Austrian chemist, one of the founders of X-ray crystallography of proteins, and in a broader sense of the fields of molecular biology and structural biology. Perutz was a Fellow of the Royal Society and was made a Companion of the Order of the British Empire in 1962. He was also an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Perutz, with John Kendrew, received the Nobel prize in chemistry for "their studies of the structures of globular proteins".
Pervani, Deepak5Deepak Perwani (Urdu, Sindhi: ديپڪ پرواني) (born 1974) is a renowned Pakistani fashion designer. Originally from a Hindu Sindhi family, he is revived as a prominent figure of the fashion industry.
Pesce, Mark11Mark Pesce (born December 8, 1962), one of the early pioneers of computable Virtual Reality, is a writer and teacher. The co-inventor of VRML, he is the author of seven books and numerous papers on the future of technology.
Pessoa, Fernando193Fernando Pessoa (1888–1935) was a Portuguese poet and writer, most of whose work was published posthumously. He wrote frequently under heteronyms, alter egos with developed personalities, biographies, jobs, habits, attitudes, addresses, etc., who sometimes quoted and interacted with each other and other people.
Pestalozzi, Johann Heinrich6Johann Heinrich Pestalozzi (January 12 1746 – February 17 1827) was a Swiss educational reformer.
Pestel, Eduard8Eduard Pestel (29 May 1914 – 19 September 1988) was a German engineer, professor of mechanics and politician.
Petar Beron1Peter Beron (c. 1799, Kotel – 21 March 1871) was a Bulgarian educator. He created the first modern Bulgarian primer, erroneously called the Fish Primer (Рибен буквар, Riben bukvar) because of the dolphin drawn in the end of the book (dolphins are mammals, unlike fish). Beron has been called "the father of modern Bulgaria.
Pete Doherty96Peter Doherty (born March 12, 1979, in Hexham, Northumberland, England) is the frontman and songwriter for the band Babyshambles, and formerly co-frontman and songwriter (along with Carl Barât) of Britrock band, The Libertines. He is also a poet. Since 2005, he has become well known to the tabloid-reading public as a result of his on/off relationship with supermodel Kate Moss and his struggles with his drug addiction.
Peter F. Hamilton9Peter F. Hamilton (born 1960) is a British science fiction author.
Peter I of Russia2Pyotr Alexeevich Romanov (1672-06-09 – 1725-02-08), also known as Peter the Great, was a Russian monarch. He carried out a policy of Westernization and expansion that transformed the Tsardom of Russia into the Russian Empire, a major European power.
Peter Kay8Peter Kay (2nd July 1973 - Present) British comedian.
Peter Laslett1Peter Laslett (18 December 1915 – 8 November 2001) was an English historian.
Peter Mere Latham16Peter Mere Latham (July 1, 1789 – July 20, 1875) was an English physician and educator.
Peter of Blois3Peter of Blois or Petrus Blesensis, Archdeacon of Bath (c. 1130 – 1211 or 1212) was a French theologian, diplomat and poet, some of whose verses were included in the Carmina Burana. His best-known works are his letters to Henry II of England, Thomas Becket, John of Salisbury and others.
Peter Sellars2Peter Sellars (born September 27, 1957) is an American theatre director, noted for his unique contemporary stagings of classical and contemporary operas and plays. Sellars is professor of World Arts and Cultures at UCLA, where he teaches Art as Social Action and Art as Moral Action.
Peter, Laurence J.17Laurence J. Peter (September 16, 1919 – January 12, 1990) was Canadian educator and management theorist, best known for having formulated the Peter Principle.
Peters, Nancy Joyce17Nancy Joyce Peters (born October 3, 1936) is an American author, publisher and co-owner with Lawrence Ferlinghetti of the City Lights Bookstore.
Peters, Tom23Thomas J. "Tom" Peters (born November 7, 1942) is an American writer on business management practices, best-known for In Search of Excellence co-authored with Robert H. Waterman.
Peters, Winston4Winston Raymond Peters (born April 11, 1945) is a New Zealand politician and then was a Minister. He is also the leader of the New Zealand First political party, which had lost its place in Parliament narrowly in the 2008 general election.
Petöcz, András5András Petőcz (born 27 August 1959 in Budapest) is a Hungarian writer and poet.
Petraeus, David4David Howell Petraeus (born November 7, 1952) was a general in the United States Army and a director of the CIA.
Petrarch24Francesco Petrarca (or Petrarch) (July 20, 1304 – July 19, 1374) was an Italian scholar, poet, and early humanist. Petrarch and Dante are considered the fathers of the Renaissance.
Petronius11Petronius (c. 27 – 66 AD) was a Roman writer of the Neronian age; he was a noted satirist. He is identified with C. Petronius Arbiter, but the manuscript text of the Satyricon calls him Titus Petronius. Satyricon is his sole surviving work.
Petrosian, Tigran5Tigran Petrosian (17 June 1929 – 13 August 1984) was World Chess Champion from 1963 to 1969.
Petty, Tom120Thomas Wolf "Tom" Petty (born October 20, 1950) is an American singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist. He is the frontman of Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers and was a founding member of the late 1980s supergroup Traveling Wilburys.
Pevsner, Nikolaus5Sir Nikolaus Pevsner (30 January 1902 – 18 August 1983) was a German-born historian of art and architecture.
Peyre, Henri 4Henri Peyre (21 February 1901 – 9 December 1988) was an American linguist and literary scholar of French origin.
Pfaff, William18William Pfaff (born December 1928) is an American author, op-ed columnist for the International Herald Tribune and frequent contributor to The New York Review of Books. He was born in Council Bluffs, Iowa, and is of German, English, and Irish origin. He currently resides in Paris.
Pfeiffer, Michelle34Michelle Marie Pfeiffer (born April 29, 1958) is an American actress and singer.
Phaedrus15Gaius Julius Phaedrus (c. 15 BC – c. 50 AD) was a Roman fabulist, by birth a Macedonian and lived in the reigns of Augustus, Tiberius, Gaius and Claudius.
Phấn, Mai Văn2Mai Văn Phấn (born 1955) is a Vietnamese poet.
Phelps, Fred Waldron, Sr.40Fred Waldron Phelps, Sr. (13 November 1929 – 19 March 2014) was an American pastor who founded the Westboro Baptist Church (WBC), an independent Baptist church based in Topeka, Kansas that is notorious for its anti-homosexual protests. In 2013, he was reportedly excommunicated from the church and allegedly abandoned his anti-homosexual views, dying in 2014.
Phelps, Michael3Michael Fred Phelps (born 30 June 1985) is an American swimmer, 18-time Olympic Gold medalist and holder of eight Olympic records and seven world records.
Phelps, William Lyon1William Lyon Phelps (January 2, 1865 – August 21, 1943) was an American author, critic and scholar. He taught the first American university course on the modern novel. He was a well-known speaker who drew large crowds. He had a radio show, wrote a daily syndicated newspaper column, lectured frequently, and published numerous popular books and articles.
Phil Brooks80Phil Brooks (born 1978-10-26), better known by his ring name, CM Punk, is a retired American professional wrestler. His Straight edge gimmick reflects his lifestyle that he lives, taken to another level in the ring. As CM Punk says to his opponents, "Straight Edge means I'm drug-free, alcohol-free, and better than you!"
Phil Donahue9Phillip John "Phil" Donahue (born December 21, 1935) is an American media personality, writer, and film producer best known as the creator and host of The Phil Donahue Show. The television program, also known as Donahue, was the first talk show format that included audience participation. The show had a 29-year run on national television in America that began in Dayton, Ohio, and ended in New York City in 1996.
Philip Guedalla1Philip Guedalla (12 March 1889 – 16 December 1944) was a British barrister, and a popular historical and travel writer and biographer.
Philip II of Spain2Philip II of Spain (May 21 1527 – September 13 1598) was king of Spain.
Philip Rieff15Philip Rieff (1922 – 2006) was an American sociologist and cultural critic, who taught sociology at the University of Pennsylvania from 1961 until 1992. He was the author of a number of books on Sigmund Freud and his legacy.
Philip, Duke of Edinburgh37Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh (born Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark 10 June 1921) is the husband of Queen Elizabeth II. He is the longest-serving, oldest-ever spouse of a reigning British monarch, and the oldest-ever male member of the British royal family.
Philips, Ambrose8Ambrose Philips (c. 1675 – June 18, 1749) was an English poet.
Philips, Emo33Emo Philips (born 7 February 1956) is an American comedian famous for his eccentric appearance, surreal humor, and the bizarre cadence of his voice in the delivery of his lines.
Philips, John1John Philips (1676–1709) was an English poet.
Phillips, Howard2Howard Phillips (February 3, 1941 – April 20, 2013) served as the Chairman of The Conservative Caucus, a conservative public policy advocacy group, since 1974. He was the founder of the Constitution Party and three-time presidential candidate with that party.
Phillips, Melanie9Melanie Phillips (born June 4, 1951) is a British journalist and author, best known for her columns about political and social issues which currently appears in the Daily Mail and Jewish Chronicle.
Phillips, Sian1Jane Elizabeth Ailwên "Siân" Phillips (born 14 May 1933) is a Welsh actress.
Phillips, Utah6Bruce "Utah" Phillips (May 15, 1935 – May 23, 2008) was a labor organizer, folk singer, storyteller, poet and self-described "Golden Voice of the Great Southwest". He described the struggles of labor unions and the power of direct action. He often promoted the Industrial Workers of the World in his music, actions, and words.
Phillips, Wendell16Wendell Phillips (29 November 1811 – 2 February 1884), born in Boston, Massachusetts, was an American abolitionist, Native American advocate and orator.
Philo45Philo (20 BC – 50 AD), known also as Philo of Alexandria and as Philo Judeaus, was a Hellenized Jewish philosopher born in Alexandria, Egypt. The few biographical details concerning him are found in his own works, especially in Legatio ad Gaium, ("embassy to Gaius") and in Flavius Josephus (Antiquities xviii.8, § 1; comp. ib. xix.5, § 1; xx.5, § 2).
Phoenix, Joaquin1Joaquin Rafael Phoenix (born October 28, 1974) is an actor, music video director, producer, musician, and social activist.
Phoenix, River36River Jude Phoenix (August 23 1970 – October 31 1993) was an Academy Award- and Golden Globe-nominated American actor.
Piaget, Jean47Jean Piaget (9 August 1896 – 16 September 1980) was a Swiss developmental psychologist, famous for his work with children and his theory of cognitive development.
Piatt, Sarah Morgan Bryant7Sarah Morgan Bryan Piatt (11 August 1836 – 22 December 1919) was an American poet from Kentucky.
Picardo, Fabian5Fabian Picardo (born 18 February 1972) is a Gibraltarian politician and barrister. In April 2011 he was elected as leader of the Gibraltar Socialist Labour Party and in December 2011 he became Chief Minister of Gibraltar after his party won the 2011 Gibraltarian general election.
Picasso, Pablo45Pablo Ruiz Picasso (25 October 1881 – 8 April 1973) was a Spanish artist who lived and worked in Paris for many years. Around 1906–1908 together with Georges Braque he initiated cubism, based on a strong inspiration of Paul Cézanne's work.
Piccard, Jeannette4Jeannette Ridlon Piccard (5 January 1895 – 17 May 1981) was an American aeronaut who pioneered balloon flight, a teacher, scientist and priest.
Piccolomini, Alessandro10Alessandro Piccolomini (13 June 1508 – 12 March 1579) was an Italian humanist and philosopher from Siena, who promoted the popularization in the vernacular of Latin and Greek scientific and philosophical treatises.
Pichet, Éric5Éric Pichet (born in 1960) is a French Business School professor specialising in market finance, monetary economics, fiscal economics, corporate governance and public sector governance.
Pickering, Chip1Chip Pickering (born 10 August 1963) is a former United States Congressman from Mississippi.
Pickford, Mary5Mary Pickford (April 8, 1892 – May 29, 1979) was a Canadian-born film star and co-founder of United Artists, known as "America's Sweetheart" and "the girl with the curls."
Pico della Mirandola, Giovanni3Count Giovanni Pico della Mirandola (24 February 1463 – 17 November 1494) was an Italian Renaissance philosopher.
Picoult, Jodi7Jodi Lynn Picoult (born May 19, 1966) is an American author.
Pieper, Joseph43Josef Pieper (4 May 1904 – 6 November 1997) was a German Catholic philosopher, at the forefront of the Neo-Thomistic wave in twentieth century Catholic philosophy. Among his most notable works are The Four Cardinal Virtues, Leisure, the Basis of Culture, The Philosophical Act, and Guide to Thomas Aquinas (published in England as Introduction to Thomas Aquinas). He translated C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain, into German.
Pierce, Tamora107Tamora Pierce (born December 13, 1954) is an author of fantasy and horror literature who writes books for young adults. She is an alumna of the University of Pennsylvania.
Pierce, William Luther17William Luther Pierce (September 11, 1933 – July 23, 2002) was an American physicist, author and activist, who was a professor of physics at Oregon State University, author under the pseudonym Andrew Macdonald of the novels The Turner Diaries and Hunter, founder of the National Alliance and one of the most prominent white nationalists in the United States for some three decades until his death.
Piercy, Marge1Marge Piercy (born March 31, 1936) is an American poet, novelist, and social activist.
Piero Sraffa2Piero Sraffa (5 August 1898 – 3 September 1983) was an influential Italian economist, who served as lecturer of economics at the University of Cambridge.
Piéron, Henri1Henri Louis Charles Piéron (July 18, 1881 – September 1964) was a French psychologist. He is one of the founders in France of scientific psychology.
Pierpont, James2James Lord Pierpont (April 25, 1822 – August 5, 1893) was an American songwriter, arranger, organist, and composer.
Pierpont, John2John Pierpont (1785–1866) was a poet, and also successively a teacher, lawyer, merchant, and lastly a Congregational minister. His most famous poem is The Airs of Palestine.
Pierre Vergniaud1Pierre Victurnien Vergniaud (May 31, 1753 – October 31, 1793) was a leader in the French Revolution and one of its most celebrated orators.
Pierre-Paul Grassé12Pierre-Paul Grassé (November 27, 1895, Périgueux (Dordogne) – July 9, 1985) was a French zoologist, author of over 300 publications including the influential 52-volume Traité de Zoologie. A member of the French Academy of Sciences, he was an antidarwinist neo-lamarckist.
Pierrepoint, Albert3Albert Pierrepoint (1905 – 10 July 1992) is the most celebrated member of a Yorkshire family who provided three of Britain's Chief Executioners in the first half of the 20th century.
Pigou, Arthur Cecil5Arthur Cecil Pigou (November 18, 1877 – March 7, 1959) was an English economist. As a teacher and builder of the school of economics at Cambridge University he trained and influenced many Cambridge economists who went on to fill chairs of economics around the world.
Pike, Albert61Albert Pike (29 December 1809 – 2 April 1891) was an American attorney, soldier, writer, and Freemason, who is the only Confederate military officer or figure to be honored with an outdoor statue in Washington, D.C.
Pike, Rob8Rob Pike (born 1956) is a Canadian software engineer and author, best known for his work at Bell Labs and contribution in the creation of the Plan 9 from Bell Labs, the Inferno operating systems, the Limbo programming language, and the Go programming language.
Piketty, Thomas 14Thomas Piketty (born May 7, 1971) is a French economist and Professor at the Paris School of Economics, who works on wealth and income inequality. He is the author of the best selling book Capital in the Twenty-First Century (2013), which emphasizes the themes of his work on wealth concentrations and distribution over the past 250 years.
Pilate, Pontius1Pontius Pilate was the fifth prefect of the Roman province of Judaea from AD 26–36. He served under Emperor Tiberius, and is best known from the biblical account of the trial and crucifixion of Jesus.
Pilates, Joseph3Joseph Hubertus Pilates (9 December 1883 – 1967) was the inventor of the Pilates physical fitness method.
Pilecki, Witold6Witold Pilecki (13 May 1901 – 25 May 1948) was a Polish cavalry captain, the founder of a WWII resistance movement Secret Polish Army ("Tajna Armia Polska"), who deliberately let himself get caught and imprisoned in Auschwitz in order to organize resistance there.
Pilger, John15John Richard Pilger (born 9 October 1939) is an Australian journalist and broadcaster/documentary maker primarily based in Britain.
Pilkey, Orrin H.4Orrin H. Pilkey (born September 14, 1934) is Emeritus Professor of Geology and Director of the Program for the Study of Developed Shorelines (PSDS) within the Division of Earth and Ocean Science at Duke University.
Pilkington, Karl157Karl Pilkington (born 23 September 1972) is an English podcaster, author and former radio producer.
Pilla, Anthony1Anthony Michael Pilla (born November 12, 1932) is an American prelate of the Catholic Church. He served as the ninth Bishop of Cleveland, Ohio from 1980 to 2006. He is currently the Bishop Emeritus of Cleveland, having been succeeded upon his retirement by Richard Gerard Lennon, former Auxiliary Bishop and Apostolic Administrator of the Archdiocese of Boston, on May 15, 2006.
Pillai, Subbayya Sivasankaranarayana1Subbayya Sivasankaranarayana Pillai (5 April 1901 – 31 August 1950) was an Indian mathematician specializing in number theory.
Piłsudski, Józef14Józef Piłsudski (December 5, 1867 – May 12, 1935) was a Polish revolutionary and statesman, marshal, first chief of state (1918–1922) and authoritarian leader (1926–1935) of renascent Poland, and founder of her armed forces. He is considered a national hero by the vast majority of the Polish people. Also he is known for his straightforward and sometimes vulgar comments.
Pimp C5Chad Lamont Butler (December 29, 1973 – December 4, 2007), better known by his stage name Pimp C, was an American rapper, singer, and producer. He is best known for his work with Bun B as a founding member of the southern hip hop duo UGK (UnderGround Kingz). He was the founder of UGK Records and was in the process of making a major distribution deal before his tragic passing.
Pinckney, Charles Cotesworth2Charles Cotesworth "C. C." Pinckney (February 25, 1746 – August 16, 1825) was an early American statesman of South Carolina, Revolutionary War veteran, and delegate to the Constitutional Convention. He was twice nominated by the Federalist Party as their presidential candidate, but he did not win either election.
Pindar14Pindar (518 BC – 438 BC) was a Boeotian poet, counted as one of the nine lyric poets of Greece. The only works of his to have survived complete are a series of odes written to celebrate the victors in athletic games.
Pinero, Arthur Wing1Sir Arthur Wing Pinero (24 May 1855 – 23 November 1934) was an English actor and later an important dramatist and stage director.
Ping, Jean1Jean Ping (born 24 November 1942UN profile page."Jean Ping Ministre des Affaires étrangères, de la Coopération et de la Francophonie",, January 5, 2003."Gabon: Biographie du nouveau président de la Commission de l’Union Africaine, Jean Ping", Gabonews, February 2, 2008.) is a Gabonese diplomat and politician who is currently the Chairperson of the Commission of the African Union."Les réactions à l’élection de Jean Ping comme président de la Commission de l’UA", Panapress (, February 1, 2008. He was previously the Foreign Minister of Gabon from 1999 to 2008 and served as President of the United Nations General Assembly from 2004 to 2005.
Pink (singer)28Alecia Beth Moore (born September 8, 1979), better known by her stage name Pink (stylized as P!nk), is an American singer-songwriter and actress.
Pink, Ariel1Ariel Pink (born Ariel Marcus Rosenberg on June 24, 1978) is a Los Angeles-based recording artist who is sometimes associated with the freak folk and nostalgia pop scenes.
Pinker, Steven22Steven Arthur Pinker (born September 18 1954) is a prominent Canadian-born American experimental psychologist, cognitive scientist, and popular science writer known for his spirited and wide-ranging advocacy of evolutionary psychology and the computational theory of mind.
Pinkney, Edward5Edward Coote Pinkney (October 1, 1802 – April 11, 1828) was an American poet, lawyer, sailor, professor, and editor.
Pinochet, Augusto34Augusto José Ramón Pinochet Ugarte (November 25, 1915 – December 10, 2006) was a general and de facto head of state of Chile. He led a military junta to power in 1973 through a coup d'état, deposing the elected communist president Salvador Allende and establishing a military dictatorship.
Pinsky, Robert19Robert Pinsky (born October 20, 1940) is an American poet, essayist, literary critic, and translator. From 1997 to 2000, he served as Poet Laureate Consultant in Poetry to the Library of Congress.
Pinter, Harold20Harold Pinter (10 October 1930 – 24 December 2008) was a British playwright, actor and theatre director. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 2005.
Pío Pico2Pío de Jesús Pico (May 5, 1801 – September 11, 1894) was the last governor of Alta California (now the State of California) under Mexican rule.
Piper, Billie7Billie Piper (born 22 September 1982) is an English actress and former pop singer, known for her role as Rose Tyler in Doctor Who, and for her former marriage to DJ Chris Evans.
Piper, H. Beam8Henry Beam Piper (March 23, 1904 – c. November 6, 1964) was an American science fiction author of future history and alternate history stories.
Piper, John (artist)2John Egerton Christmas Piper CH (13 December 1903 – 28 June 1992) was an English painter and printmaker.
Piper, John (theologian)3John Stephen Piper (born January 11, 1946) is a Reformed Baptist minister and author who served as pastor for preaching and vision at Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Pipes, Daniel9Daniel Pipes (born 9 September 1949) is an American academic, author, writer and political commentator who focuses on the Middle East and Islam.
Pirandello, Luigi5Luigi Pirandello (28 June 1867 – 10 December 1936) was an Italian dramatist, novelist and short-story writer.
Pirlo, Andrea47Andrea Pirlo (born 19 May 1979) is an Italian footballer.
Pirsig, Robert M.122Robert Maynard Pirsig (born 6 September 1928) is an American philosopher and novelist, most famous for his novel Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance in which he proposed what has become known as his Metaphysics of Quality (MOQ).
Pissarro, Camille12Camille Pissarro (10 July 1830 – 13 November 1903) was a Danish-French Impressionist and Neo-Impressionist landscape-painter with important contributions to both Impressionism and Post-Impressionism.
Pitrman, Dmitry1Dmitry Pietrman (born 18 December 1963) is a Ukrainian-American businessman famous for having owned and controlled several Spanish football clubs, including Racing de Santander and Deportivo Alavés.
Pitt, Brad4William Bradley "Brad" Pitt (born 18 December 1963) is an American actor and film producer.
Pitt, William26The Right Honourable William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham (15 November 1708 – 11 May 1778) was a British Whig statesman who achieved his greatest fame as war minister during the Seven Years' War (aka French and Indian War) and who was later Prime Minister of Great Britain. He is often known as William Pitt the Elder to distinguish him from his son, William Pitt the Younger
Pitt, William2William Pitt (died 1840, in Malta) was an English ship-builder who was the Master Attendant at Jamaica Dockyard, and later of Malta. His amusing poem of "The Sailor's Consolation" is in many collections credited to Charles Dibdin.
Pitt, William the Younger16The Right Honourable William Pitt the Younger (28 May 1759 – 23 January 1806) was a British politician during the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. He served as Prime Minister from 1783 to 1801, and again from 1804 until his death. He is known as William Pitt the Younger to distinguish him from his father, William Pitt the Elder, who also served as Prime Minister of Great Britain.
Pittacus of Mytilene9Pittacus of Mytilene (c. 640-568 BC), Greek statesman and philosopher, one of the Seven Sages of Greece.
Pittman, Frank5Frank Smith Pittman, III, M.D. (1935 – November 24, 2012) was an American psychiatrist and author. He wrote a regular column, Ask Dr. Frank, which appeared in Psychology Today.
Pittman, Sean3Sean Anthony Pittman (born November 11, 1968) is an African American attorney, governmental consultant and television political analyst. Pittman is the founder and president of the Pittman Law Group, P.L., a corporate law and governmental consulting firm. Pittman has often been cited as one of the most influential voices in Florida, the fourth most populous state in the U.S. Pittman serves as a co-host on the television program, The Usual Suspects, which airs on CBS affiliate WCTV channel 6 and is broadcast in 38 counties across North Florida and South Georgia.
Pius 1239Pope Pius XII, born Eugenio Maria Giuseppe Giovanni Pacelli (2 March 1876 - 9 October, 1958) was Pope from March 1939 until his death.
Pius X8Pope St. Pius X (né Giuseppe Melchiorre Sarto; 2 June 1835 – 20 August 1914) was the 257th Pope — the Bishop of Rome and head of the Roman Catholic Church, serving from 1903 to 1914.
Pivovarova, Sasha1Sasha Pivovarova (Russian: Саша Пивоварова, born January 21, 1985) is a Russian supermodel and artist.
Pizan, Christine de5Christine de Pizan or Christine de Pisan (c. 1364 – c. 1430) was a Venetian-born French poet and proto-feminist philosopher, sometimes said to be Europe’s first female professional writer.
Plame, Valerie7Valerie Elise Plame Wilson (born 13 August 1963), known as Valerie Plame, Valerie E. Wilson and Valerie Plame Wilson, is a former United States Central Intelligence Agency Operations Officer and the wife of former Ambassador Joseph C. Wilson IV.
Planck, Max23Max Karl Ernst Ludwig Planck (23 April 1858 – 4 October 1947) was the originator of modern quantum theories and one of the most important German physicists of the late 19th and early 20th centuries, winning the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1918.
Plante, Jacques5Joseph Jacques Omer "Jake the Snake" Plante (January 17, 1929 – February 27, 1986) was a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender. He won the Stanley Cup six times, of which five were consecutive. He invented the first practical goaltender mask.
Plantinga, Alvin9Alvin Carl Plantinga (born November 15, 1932) is an American philosopher and holder of the Jellema Chair in Philosophy at Calvin College. He is known for his work in philosophy of religion, epistemology, metaphysics and Christian apologetics.
Plat, Hugh9Sir Hugh Plat (1552–1608) was an English writer on agriculture and inventor, known from his works The Jewell House of Art and Nature (1594) and his major work on gardening Floraes Paradise (1608).
Plath, Sylvia64Sylvia Plath (27 October 1932 – 11 February 1963) was an American poet, novelist, short story writer, and essayist. She was the first wife of Ted Hughes.
Plato137Plato (Πλάτων Plátōn; c. 427 BC – c. 347 BC) was an immensely influential classical Greek philosopher, student of Socrates, teacher of Aristotle, writer of philosophical dialogues, and founder of the Academy in Athens.
Platt, John R.14John Rader Platt (March 25, 1918 – June 17, 1992) was an American physicist and biophysicist at the University of Chicago.
Plautus49Titus Maccius Plautus (254 BC – 184 BC), born at Sassina, Umbria, was a comic playwright in the time of the Roman Republic. The years of his life are uncertain, but his plays were first produced between about 205 BC and 184 BC.
Player, Gary2Gary Player (born November 1, 1935) is a South African professional golfer generally regarded as one of the greatest players in the game's history. He is one of only five to have ever won the career Grand Slam of golfs all four majors. He won nine major championships and nine senior tour majors. Dubbed the Black Knight, Mr. Fitness and the International Ambassador of Golf, Player is a renowned golf course architect with over 300 design projects throughout the world.
Playfair, William4William Playfair (22 September 1759 – 11 February 1823) was a Scottish engineer and political economist, the founder of graphical methods of statistics
Plekhanov, Georgi5Georgi Plekhanov (29 April 1856 – 30 May 1918) was a Russian revolutionary and Marxist philosopher.
Plimer, Ian11Ian Rutherford Plimer (born 12 February 1946) is an Australian geologist, academic and businessman. He is a critic of creationism and anthropogenic global warming theory.
Plimpton, George1George Ames Plimpton (18 March 1927 – 25 September 2003) was an accomplished American actor, editor, journalist and writer. He wrote often about sports (particularly baseball) and founded the The Paris Review. He played one of the psychiatrists in the 1997 film Good Will Hunting.
Pliny the Elder32Gaius Plinius Secundus (23–79), better known as Pliny the Elder, was an ancient author and natural philosopher of some importance who wrote Naturalis Historia.
Pliny the Younger13Gaius Plinius Caecilius Secundus (63 – c. 113), better known as Pliny the Younger, was a lawyer, an author and a natural philosopher of Ancient Rome.
Plomer, William7William Charles Franklyn Plomer (10 December 1903 – 21 September 1973) was a South African poet, novelist and campaigner for racial equality. He also wrote the librettos for four of Benjamin Britten’s operas.
Plotinus16Plotinus Πλωτῖνος (c. 204 – 270) was a major philosopher of the ancient world who is widely considered the founder of Neoplatonism (along with his teacher Ammonius Saccas). His metaphysical writings have inspired centuries of Pagan, Christian, Jewish, Islamic and Gnostic metaphysicians and mystics.
Plott, Charles1Charles Raymond Plott (born July 8, 1938) is an American economist.
Podolsky, Boris1Boris Podolsky (June 29, 1896 – November 28, 1966) was an American physicist of Russian Jewish descent. Working with Albert Einstein and Nathan Rosen, he conceived the EPR Paradox, which stimulated debate as to the interpretation of quantum mechanics.
Poe, Edgar Allan110Edgar Allan Poe (January 19 1809 – October 7 1849) was an American poet, novelist, short story writer, essayist, playwright, editor, critic and a leading American Romanticist.
Poehler, Amy16Amy Meredith Poehler (born December 2, 1996) is an American actress, comedian, voice artist, director, producer and writer.
Pogrebin, Letty Cottin5Letty Cottin Pogrebin (born 1939) is an American writer, journalist and feminist advocate. She was one of the founding editors of Ms. magazine, and a co-founder of the National Women’s Political Caucus.
Pogue, David8David Pogue (born March 9, 1963) is a technology writer, journalist and commentator. He is a personal technology columnist for the New York Times, an Emmy-winning tech correspondent for CBS News Sunday Morning, and weekly tech correspondent for CNBC. He has written or co-written seven books in the For Dummies series, including Macintosh computers. In 1999, he launched his own series of computer how-to books, called the Missing Manual series, which now includes over 100 titles covering a wide variety of personal computer operating systems and applications.
Pohl, Frederik14Frederik George Pohl, Jr. (November 26, 1919 – September 2, 2013) was an award-winning science fiction writer and editor, with a career spanning over seventy-five years.
Pohl, Oswald11Oswald Pohl (June 30, 1892 – June 7, 1951) was a Nazi official and member of the SS (with a rank of SS-Obergruppenführer), involved in the mass murders of Jews in concentration camps, the Endlösung. After the end of World War II in 1945, Pohl first hid in Upper Bavaria, then near Bremen; nevertheless, he was captured by British troops on May 27, 1946 and sentenced to death on November 3, 1947 by an American military tribunal after the Nuremberg trials. He was hanged on June 7, 1951.
Poincaré, Henri25Jules Henri Poincaré (29 April 1854 – 17 July 1912), generally known as Henri Poincaré, was one of France's greatest mathematicians and theoretical physicists, and a philosopher of science.
Poincaré, Raymond26Raymond Poincaré (20 August 1860 – 15 October 1934) was a French statesman who served three times as Prime Minister (1912-13, 1922-24, 1926-29), and as President from 1913 to 1920. Between 1913 and 1934 he published ten volumes of memoirs, titled Au service de la France.
Poinsot, Louis1Louis Poinsot (January 3, 1777 – December 5, 1859) was a French mathematician and physicist. Poinsot was the inventor of geometrical mechanics, showing how a system of forces acting on a rigid body could be resolved into a single force and a couple.
Poisson, Siméon-Denis2Siméon-Denis Poisson (21 June 1781 – 25 April 1840) was a French mathematician, geometer, and physicist who specialized in applying mathematics to a wide variety of physics fields, including electricity, magnetism, hydrodynamics and celestial mechanics.
Poitier, Sidney)3Sidney Poitier (born February 20, 1927) is an Academy award-winning Bahamian-American actor, director, author and diplomat.
Poklonskaya, Natalia3Natalia Vladimirovna Poklonskaya (born 18 March 1980) is the Prosecutor of the Republic of Crimea.
Polak, Fred19Fred Polak (May 21, 1907 – September 17, 1985) was a Dutch sociologist, politician and futurist. He was one of the Dutch founding fathers of futures studies, perhaps best known in the field for theorising the central role of imagined alternative futures in his classic work The Image of the Future.
Polanski, Roman23Roman Polański (born 18 August 1933) is a Polish/French film director and actor; he was the husband of Sharon Tate prior to her murder.
Polanyi, John4John Charles Polanyi (born January 23, 1929) is a Jewish-Hungarian-German-English-Canadian chemist. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1986 for his experiments in understanding chemical processes better, and for his discoveries in reaction dynamics. Polányi was born of Hungarian parents; his father was Mihály Polányi, a natural scientist. He lives in Canada.
Polanyi, Karl8Karl Paul Polanyi (1886 - 1964) was a Hungarian-American economic historian, economic anthropologist, political economist, historical sociologist and social philosopher.
Polanyi, Michael8Michael Polanyi (March 11, 1891 – February 22, 1976), born Polányi Mihály, was a Hungarian–British polymath whose thought and work extended across physical chemistry, economics, and philosophy. He was a Fellow of the Royal Society and a Fellow of Merton College, Oxford.
Poliniere, Pierre1Pierre Polinière (8 September 1671 – 9 February 1734) was an early investigator of electricity and electrical phenomena, notably gas-discharge light, which suggested the possibility of electric lighting. He also helped to introduce the scientific method in French universities.
Polis, Jared8Jared Schutz Polis (born May 12, 1975) is an entrepreneur, philanthropist, and U.S. Representative for Colorado's 2nd congressional district, serving since 2009. He is a member of the Democratic Party.
Politkovskaya, Anna1Anna Stepanovna Politkovskaya (30 August 1958 – 7 October 2006) was a Russian journalist, author and human rights activist well known for her opposition to the Chechen conflict and then-Russian President Putin.
Polkinghorne, John5John Polkinghorne (born October 16, 1930, in Weston-super-Mare, England) is a British particle physicist and theologian. He has written extensively on matters concerning science and faith, and was awarded the Templeton Prize in 2002.
Pollan, Michael4Michael Pollan (born February 6, 1955) is an American writer and journalist, currently the Knight Professor of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley.
Pollard, John Garland1John Garland Pollard (1871–1937) was the governor of Virginia from 1930 to 1934
Pollock, Jackson21Paul Jackson Pollock (January 28, 1912 – August 11, 1956) was one of the leading artists and an influential American painter in the Abstract Expressionist movement, together with Willem de Kooning.
Pollok, Robert8Robert Pollok (c. 1798 – 15 September 1827) was a Scottish poet best known for The Course of Time, published the year of his death.
Polo, Marco2Marco Polo (September 15, 1254 – January 8–9, 1324) was an Italian merchant traveller from Venice. His book Livres des merveilles du monde (Book of the Marvels of the World, also known as The Travels of Marco Polo, c. 1300) did much to introduce Europeans to Central Asia and China.
Polonsky, Abraham9Abraham Lincoln Polonsky (December 5, 1910 – October 26, 1999) was an American novelist, screenwriter and film director. In the late 1930s he joined the American Communist Party, and was blacklisted by the Hollywood movie studio bosses in the 1950s.
Polya, George9George Pólya (December 13, 1887 – September 7, 1985) was a Hungarian mathematician and professor of mathematics at ETH Zürich and at Stanford University. His work on heuristics and pedagogy has had substantial and lasting influence on mathematical education, and has also been influential in artificial intelligence.
Polybius13Polybius Πολύβιος (c. 203 BC – 120 BC) was a Greek historian
Pompadour, Madame de4Madame de Pompadour (December 29 1721 – April 15 1764), born Jeanne-Antoinette Poisson, was a well-known French courtier and mistress to King Louis XV.
Pompey5Gnaeus Pompeius Magnus (29 September 106 BC – 29 September 48 BC), generally referred to in English as Pompey the Great, was a Roman general and politician.
Ponsonby, Arthur29Lord Arthur Augustus William Harry Ponsonby (16 February 1871 - 23 March 1946) was a British politician, writer, and social activist; 1st Baron Ponsonby of Shulbrede.
Pontius, Chris30Chris Pontius (born Christopher Andrew Pontius on July 16, 1974) is an American entertainer and daredevil. Pontius is a member of Jackass and, with Steve-O, co-host of Wildboyz.
Poole, John1John Poole (1786–1872) was an English playwright.
Pop, Iggy20James Newell Osterberg, Jr. (born 21 April 1947), more widely know by his stage name Iggy Pop, is an American punk rock singer and actor considered to be one of the most important innovators of punk rock and related styles. He is sometimes referred to by the nicknames "the Godfather of Punk" and "the Rock Iguana", and is widely acknowledged as one of the most dynamic stage performers of the rock era.
Pope Alexander VI6Pope Alexander VI also Alexander Sextus, born Roderic Llançol i de Borja (1 January 1431 – 18 August 1503) was pope from 1492 until his death in 1503. He is one of the most controversial of the Renaissance popes, and his Italianized catalan surname Borgia became a byword for libertinism and nepotism, which are traditionally considered as characterizing his papacy.
Pope Julius II2Pope Julius II (5 December 1443 – 21 February 1513), born Giuliano della Rovere, was Pope from 1503 to 1513. His papacy was marked by an active foreign policy, ambitious building projects, and patronage for the arts - he commissioned the destruction and rebuilding of St. Peter's Basilica, plus Michelangelo's decoration of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.
Pope, Alexander126Alexander Pope (21 May 1688 – 30 May 1744) is considered one of the greatest English poets of the eighteenth century.
Pople, John1Sir John Anthony Pople KBE FRS (October 31, 1925 – March 15, 2004) was a theoretical chemist.
Popova, Lyubov1Lyubov Sergeyevna Popova (1889-04-24 – 1924-05-25) was a Russian avant-garde Cubist, Suprematist and Constructivist painter and designer.
Popper, Frank5Frank Popper (born April 17, 1918) is a Frecch historian of art and technology and Professor Emeritus of Aesthetics and the Science of Art at the University of Paris VIII.
Popper, Karl70Sir Karl Raimund Popper (28 July 1902 – 17 September 1994) was an Austrian and British philosopher and a professor at the London School of Economics. He is considered one of the most influential philosophers of science of the 20th century, and also wrote extensively on social and political philosophy.
Porchia, Antonio275Antonio Porchia (13 November 1886 – 9 November 1968) was an Argentinian writer and poet. He wrote a Spanish book entitled Voces ("Voices"), a book of aphorisms.
Porphyrios Bairaktaris1Porphyrios Bairaktaris (7 February 1906 – 1991) was a Greek Orthodox monk who lived on Mount Athos.
Porson, Richard1Richard Porson (December 25, 1759 – September 25, 1808) was an English classical scholar.
Porter, Cole34Cole Albert Porter (9 June 1891 – 15 October 1964) was an American composer and songwriter noted for his sophisticated (sometimes ribald) lyrics, clever rhymes, and complex forms.
Porter, David Dixon12David Dixon Porter (8 June 1813 – 13 February 1891) was a United States naval officer during the American Civil War.
Porter, Eleanor H.5Eleanor Hodgman Porter (December 19, 1868 – May 21, 1920) was an American author of children's literature.
Porter, George1George Hornidge Porter (6 December 1920 – 31 August 2002) was a British chemist, who was awarded, together with Manfred Eigen and Ronald George Wreyford Norrish the 1967 Nobel Chemistry Prize "for their studies of extremely fast chemical reactions, effected by disturbing the equlibrium by means of very short pulses of energy".
Porter, Katherine Ann26Katherine Anne Porter (15 May 1890 – 18 September 1980) was a celebrated American journalist, essayist, short story writer and novelist.
Porter, Noah2Noah Porter, Jr. (December 14, 1811 – March 4, 1892) was an American academic, philosopher, author, lexicographer and President of Yale College (1871–1886).
Porter, Peter8Peter Neville Frederick Porter (16 February 1929 – 23 April 2010) was an Australian-born poet and critic who lived for most of his adult life in Britain. He was awarded the Queen's Gold Medal for Poetry in 2002, and the Royal Society of Literature made him a Companion of Literature in 2007.
Porter, Roy6Roy Sydney Porter (31 December 1946 – 3 March 2002) was a British historian noted for his prolific work on the history of medicine.
Porteus, Beilby5Rt Rev Beilby Porteus, DD, Bishop of Chester and London (May 8, 1731 – May 13, 1809) was an Anglican reformer and leading abolitionist. He was the first Anglican in a position of authority to seriously challenge the Church's position on slavery.
Portillo, Michael1Michael Denzil Xavier Portillo (born 26 May 1953) is a British journalist, broadcaster and former Conservative Party politician and Cabinet Minister.
Portman, Natalie7Natalie Hershlag (born 9 June 1981, in Jerusalem, Israel), more famous under her stage name Natalie Portman, is an Oscar-winning Israeli-American actress.
Posner, Richard10Richard Allen Posner (born January 11, 1939) is an American jurist, legal theorist and economist.
Postel, Jon7Jonathan Bruce Postel (August 6, 1943 – October 16, 1998) was an American computer scientist. He was the first and longest-serving editor of the ARPAnet (later Internet) RFC document series, and wrote or edited many of protocol standards still used in the Internet today.
Postman, Neil77Neil Postman (8 March 1931 - 5 October 2003) was a prominent American educator, media theorist and cultural critic, associated with New York University for more than forty years.
Poświatowska, Halina2Halina Poświatowska (May 9, 1935 – October 11, 1967) was a Polish poet and writer, one of the most important figures in modern Polish literature.
Pot, Pol18Pol Pot (19 May 1925 – 15 April 1998), born Saloth Sar, was the General Secretary of the Cambodian Communist Party (Khmer Rouge) and the Prime Minister of Democratic Kampuchea from 1976 to 1979. He presided over a totalitarian dictatorship that imposed an form of agrarian socialism on the country.
Potok, Chaim8Chaim Potok (17 February 1929 - 23 July 2002) was an American author and rabbi.
Potter Stewart4Potter Stewart (January 23, 1915–December 7, 1985) was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.
Potter, Beatrix5Helen Beatrix Potter (28 July 1866 – 22 December 1943) was an English writer and illustrator who produced a series of much-loved children’s books. She was the subject of the 2006 biopic Miss Potter.
Potter, Dennis18Dennis Christopher George Potter (May 17, 1935 – June 7, 1994) was a controversial English dramatist who is best known for several widely acclaimed television dramas which mixed fantasy and reality, the personal and the social. Potter's plays were noted for their use of non-linear narratology and incorporating elements of popular culture (characters would sing popular songs); he also used adult actors to play child characters.
Potter, Henry Codman2Henry Codman Potter (May 25, 1835 – July 21, 1908), United States Protestant Episcopal bishop, the son of Bishop Alonzo Potter, was born in Schenectady, New York.
Potter, Stephen7Stephen Potter (1 February 1900 – 2 December 1969) was an English scholar, critic, broadcaster and humorist. He is best-known for coining the words gamesmanship and one-upmanship, and explaining the concepts behind them.
Potts, Robert1Robert Potts (1805–1885) was a British mathematician. His edition of Euclid's Elements was the standard geometry textbook for much of the 19th century.
Pound, Ezra32Ezra Pound (October 30, 1885 – November 1, 1972) was an American expatriate poet, musician and critic who was a major figure of the Modernist movement in early to mid-20th century poetry. He was the driving force behind several Modernist movements, notably Imagism and Vorticism.
Poundstone, Paula4Paula Poundstone (born December 29, 1959) is an American comedian.
Powe, B. W.26Bruce William Powe (born 23 March 1955 in Ottawa, Ontario) is a Canadian writer poet, novelist, essayist, philosopher, and teacher. He received his Ph.D from York University in October 2009. He currently teaches English in the Department of English at York University. His courses there have included Visionary Literature: from Hildegard von Bingen and Dante to Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell, and Marshall McLuhan and Northrop Frye.
Powell, Anthony7Anthony Dymoke Powell CH CBE (21 December 1905 – 28 March 2000) was one of the most respected English novelists of his time. He is probably best known for his twelve-volume novel sequence A Dance to the Music of Time.
Powell, Bud10Earl Rudolph "Bud" Powell (27 September 1924 – 31 July 1966) was an American Jazz pianist, usually considered one of the most influential in the history of the music.
Powell, Colin34Colin Luther Powell (born 5 April 1937) was the 65th United States Secretary of State, serving from 20 January 2001 to 12 November 2004. At the time, he was the highest ranking African American government official in the history of the United States.
Powell, Enoch111John Enoch Powell (16 June 1912 – 8 February 1998) was a British politician and Conservative Party MP between 1950 and February 1974, and an Ulster Unionist MP between October 1974 and 1987.
Powell, Frederick York2Frederick York Powell (4 January 1850 – 8 May 1904) was Regius Professor of Modern History, Oxford University, 1894–1904.
Powell, George Henry2George Henry Powell (27 April 1880 – 3 December 1951) was a British songwriter who, under the pseudonym George Asaf, wrote the lyrics of the marching song Pack Up Your Troubles in Your Old Kit Bag.
Powell, John1Sir John Powell (died 14 June 1713) was a judge of the Court of Common Pleas.
Powell, Lewis Franklin Jr.3Lewis Franklin Powell, Jr. (19 September 1907 – 25 August 1998) was an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. He developed a reputation as a judicial moderate, and was known as a master of compromise and consensus-building. He was also widely well-regarded by contemporaries due to his personal good manners and politeness.
Powell, William30William Powell (born 1949) is the author of The Anarchist Cookbook, which he has since disowned. He and his wife are currently the co-directors of Education Across Frontiers, an organization aimed at the professional development of international school teachers and administrators.
Power, Samantha3Samantha Power (born 21 September 1970) is an Irish-born journalist, writer, academic and a member of the National Security Council in the Obama administration.
Powers, J. F.1James Farl Powers (July 8, 1917 – June 12, 1999) was an American novelist and short story writer.
Powers, Richard4Richard Powers (born June 18, 1957) is a novelist whose works explore the effects of modern science and technology on human lives, but without "gee-whiz" or Luddite overtones.
Powers, Tim23Tim Powers (born 29 February 1952) is an American science fiction and fantasy author.
Powys, John Cowper18John Cowper Powys (October 8 1872 – June 17 1963) was an British novelist, poet, essayist, philosopher, literary critic and autobiographer.
Pozdniakov, Stanislav2Stanislav Pozdniakov (born 27 September 1973) is a Russian fencer who has won five Olympic medals in the sabre competitions.
Prabhupada, A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami45A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, also known as Srila Prabhupada, (1896-09-21 – 1977-11-14) was a Gaudiya Vaishnava spiritual teacher and the founder of the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, commonly known as the Hare Krishna Movement.
Praed, Winthrop Mackworth8Winthrop Mackworth Praed (28 July 1802 – 15 July 1839) was an English politician and poet.
Prager, Dennis2Dennis Prager (born August 2, 1948) is an American radio talk show host, columnist, author, and public speaker.
Pran, Dith3Dith Pran (September 27, 1942 – March 30, 2008) was a photojournalist best known as a refugee and Cambodian Genocide survivor and was the subject of the Academy Award-winning film The Killing Fields. He was portrayed in the movie by first-time actor Haing S. Ngor, who won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance.
Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis25Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis (Bengali: প্রশান্ত চন্দ্র মহলানবিস) (June 29, 1893 – June 28, 1972) was a renowned Indian scientist and applied statistician. He was popularly address as P.C.Mahalanobis. He is best remembered for the Mahalanobis distance, a statistical measure. He made pioneering studies in anthropometry in India. He founded the Indian Statistical Institute, and contributed to the design of large-scale sample surveys for which he designed the method known as fractile graphical analysis. He was honoured with the Padma Vibhushan, the second highest civilian honour of the Government of India for his contribution to science and services to the country. He is regarded as the "Father of Statistical Science in India".
Pratchett, Terry98Terence David John "Terry" Pratchett (April 28 1948 – 12 March 2015) was an English fantasy author, most famous for his Discworld series.
Pratella, Francesco Balilla6Francesco Balilla Pratella (February 1, 1880 – May 17, 1955) was an Italian composer and musicologist, who joined the Futurist movement in 1910 and composed a number of modernist works for voice as well as for orchestra and chamber ensemble.
Pratibha Patil3Pratibha Devisingh Patil (born 19 December 1934) is an Indian politician who served as the 12th President of India from 2007 to 2012; she was the first woman to hold the office. As President she succeeded Abdul Kalam, and was succeeded by Pranab Mukherjee.
Pratt, Orson15Orson Pratt (September 19, 1811 – October 3, 1881) was a leader in the Latter Day Saint movement and an original member of the Latter Day Saint Quorum of Twelve Apostles.
Pravda, Hana Maria2Hana Maria Pravda (born Hana Becková; 29 January 1916 − 22 May 2008) was a Czechoslovakian-born British actress.
Prebble, John1John Edward Curtis Prebble (23 June 1915 – 30 January 2001) was an English journalist, novelist, documentarian and popular historian. He is best known for his studies of Scottish history.
Prefontaine, Steve1Steve Roland "Pre" Prefontaine (January 25, 1951 – May 30, 1975) was an American middle and long-distance runner. He was primarily a long-distance runner who once held the American record in the seven distance track events from the 2,000 meters to the 10,000 meters.
Preity Zinta67Preity Zinta (born January 31, 1975 in Shimla, Himachal Pradesh, India) is an Indian actress who appears in Bollywood movies. She is among the most successful actresses in Bollywood.
Premchand20Munshi Premchand (Urdu: منشی پریم چند‎, Hindi: मुंशी प्रेमचंद, pronounced mʊnʃi preːm t͡ʃənd̪ (listen)) (July 31, 1880 – October 8, 1936), born Dhanpat Rai Srivastav, was an Indian novelist, story writer and dramatist, in modern Hindustani literature. He is one of the most celebrated writers of the Indian subcontinent, and is regarded as one of the foremost Hindustani writers of the early twentieth century. He wrote under the pen name "Nawab Rai", but subsequently switched to "Premchand". He was given the honorific "Munshi ‘ affixed to his name and also bestowed the sobriquet "Upanyas Samrat" ("Emperor among Novelists").
Prentice, George D.1George Dennison Prentice (December 18, 1802 - January 22, 1870) was an American newspaper editor, who worked as editor of the Louisville Journal, which he built into a major newspaper in Louisville, Kentucky.
Prentiss, Elizabeth10Elizabeth Payson Prentiss (26 October 1818 – 13 August 1878) was an author, well known for her hymn "More Love to Thee, O Christ" and the didactic story Stepping Heavenward (1869).
Prescott, John10The Right Honourable John Leslie Prescott (born 31 May 1938) is a British Labour Party politician who was Deputy Prime Minister of the United Kingdom and First Secretary of State from 1997 to 2007. He is notable for being a northern-accented Cabinet minister of working class origins, and is well known for the mangled syntax that he often employs while speaking.
Prescott, William1William Prescott (February 20, 1726 – October 13, 1795) was a commander in the American Revolutionary War.
Prescott, William, H.3William Hickling Prescott (May 4, 1796 – January 29, 1859) was an American historian, best known for his History of the Conquest of Mexico and History of the Conquest of Peru.
Presley, Elvis246Elvis Aaron Presley (8 January 1935 – 16 August 1977) was an American singer, musician, and actor. He was one of the most popular American singers of the 20th century. One of the most significant cultural icons, he is widely known by the single name Elvis. He is often referred to as the "King of Rock and Roll" or simply "the King" and is the best-selling individual artist of all time.
Pressel, Wilhelm Von1Wilhelm von Pressel (1821–1902) was a German official and railway engineer to the Ottoman Empire who attempted to acquire funding for the Baghdad Railway. His previous rail constructions included lines in the Balkans and across Europe. He believed himself a global citizen and is often called the "Father of the Baghdad Railway".
Pressfield, Steven31Steven Pressfield (born September 1943) is an American author of historical fiction and non-fiction, and screenplays.
Pressly, Jaime5Jaime Elizabeth Pressly (born 30 July 1977) is an American actress and model.
Preston, Margaret Junkin6Margaret Junkin Preston (1820–1897) was an American poet and author remembered for espousing the Confederacy in her poems.
Préval, René1René Garcia Préval (born January 17, 1943) has been the president of Haiti for 1991–1993, 1996–2001, and 2006–present.
Prevost, Antoine Francois10Antoine-François Prévost d'Exiles (April 1 1697 – November 25 1763), also known as the Abbé Prévost, was a French novelist, historian and journalist. His best-known story, L'Histoire du chevalier des Grieux et de Manon Lescaut, has formed the basis of several operas, most notably Puccini's Manon Lescaut.
Price, Richard P.1Richard H. Price (born March 1, 1943) is a leading American physicist, well known for his important work in general relativity.
Price, Robert McNair4Robert McNair Price (born July 7, 1954) is an American theologian and writer. He is professor of theology and scriptural studies at the Coleman Theological Seminary, professor of biblical criticism at the Center for Inquiry Institute, and the author of a number of books on theology and the historicity of Jesus
Price, Roger1Roger Price (March 6, 1918–October 31, 1990) was an American humorist, author and publisher, who created Droodles in the 1950s, followed by his collaborations with Leonard Stern on the Mad Libs series. Price and Stern, who met when they were writers on the Tonight show, became partners with Larry Sloan in the publishing firm Price Stern Sloan.
Priest, Cherie6Cherie Priest (born 30 July 1975) is an American novelist.
Priestley, J. B.14John Boynton Priestley OM (13 September 1894 – 14 August 1984) was an English playwright, novelist, social commentator, biographer, literary critic, screenwriter and broadcaster. Though now rather unfashionable, in his heyday he was one of the best-known British writers of his generation, combining popular success with critical respect.
Priestley, Joseph40Joseph Priestley (13 March 1733 – 6 February 1804) was an English Unitarian clergyman, theologian, political theorist, and the scientist who is usually credited with the discovery of oxygen, as he was the first to isolate it in its gaseous state.
Prigogine, Ilya 19Ilya Prigogine (25 January 1917 – 28 May 2003) was a Russian-born Belgian physical chemist and Nobel Laureate noted for his work on dissipative structures, complex systems, and irreversibility.
Prime, Samuel I.9Samuel Irenæus Prime (1812–1885) was an American clergyman, traveler, and writer.
Primo de Rivera, José Antonio1José Antonio Primo de Rivera y Sáenz de Heredia, 3rd Marquis of Estella (April 24, 1903 – November 20, 1936) was a Spanish politician who was the founder of the Falangism political ideology, which is generally regarded as a form of Fascism.
Prince (musician)37Prince Rogers Nelson (born June 7, 1958) is a funk/rock/pop/R&B singer, songwriter, and actor. He goes by the name Prince but between 1993 and 2000 he went by an unpronounceable symbol and was referred to The Artist Formerly Known as Prince. During his career, he produced ten platinum album, had 40 top ten singles, and promoted singers such as Sheila E., Carmen Electra, The Time, and Vanity 6. The Artist has written over one thousand songs which have been released by himself, a pen name, or another artist. In 2004, Prince was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and was ranked #28 out of 100 in Rolling Stone Greatest artist of all times.
Princess Madeleine, Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland8Princess Madeleine, Duchess of Hälsingland and Gästrikland (Madeleine Thérèse Amelie Josephine; born 10 June 1982), is the youngest child and second daughter of King Carl XVI Gustaf and Queen Silvia of Sweden. Upon her birth, she was third in line of succession to the Swedish throne. After the birth of her niece, Princess Estelle, in February 2012, she became fourth in line of succession.
Princess Marie of Denmark5Princess Marie of Denmark, Countess of Monpezat, RE (née Marie Agathe Odile Cavallier, born 6 February 1976) is the second wife of Prince Joachim of Denmark.
Princip, Gavrilo1Gavrilo Princip (Cyrillic: Гаврило Принцип) (25 July 1894 – 28 April 1918) was a Yugoslav nationalist, famous for assassinating Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria and his wife in 1914. The assassinations set off a chain of events that led to World War I.
Prior, Matthew24Matthew Prior (July 21, 1664 – September 18, 1721) was an English poet and diplomat.
Pritchett, Henry Smith1Henry Smith Pritchett (April 16, 1857 – August 28, 1939) was a U.S. astronomer and educator.
Procter, Adelaide Anne24Adelaide Anne Procter (October 30, 1825 – February 2, 1864) was an English poet, the eldest daughter of the poet Bryan Procter.
Procter, Bryan4Bryan Waller Procter (pseud. Barry Cornwall) (November 21, 1787 – October 5, 1874) was an English poet, and father of Adelaide Anne Procter.
Proctor, Richard Anthony3Richard Anthony Proctor (23 March 1837 – 12 September 1888) was an English astronomer.
Proenneke, Richard2Richard Louis "Dick" Proenneke (May 4, 1916 – April 28, 2003) was a naturalist and survivalist who lived alone in the high mountains of Alaska at a place called Twin Lakes. Living in a log cabin he constructed by hand, Proenneke made valuable recordings of both meteorological and natural data.
Prokofiev, Sergei18Sergei Sergeyevich Prokofiev (1891-04-27 N.S. or 1891-04-15 O.S. – 1953-03-05) was a composer and pianist born in the Russian Empire. After a period as an emigré he returned to become one of the Soviet Union's most high-profile cultural figures.
Prompan, Jatuporn2Jatuporn Prompan (Thai: จตุพร พรหมพันธุ์) (born June 4, 1975) is leader of National United Front of Democracy Against Dictatorship, one of the largest anti-government protests in Thailand.
Proper, Erik3Erik Proper (born 22 May 1967) is a Dutch computer scientist, Professor of Information Systems at the Radboud University Nijmegen, and IT consultant, known for his contributions in the field of enterprise engineering1 particularly conceptual modelling of information systems
Protagoras6Protagoras (c. 481 BC – c. 420 BC) was an ancient Greek philosopher. He was a pre-Socratic philosopher and is numbered as one of the sophists by Plato, who in his dialogue of the same name credits him with having invented the role of the professional sophist or teacher of "virtue".
Protima Bedi21Protima Gauri Bedi (October 12, 1948 – August 18, 1998) was an Indian model turned Odissi exponent. To her dance was a way of life. In 1990, she established "Nrityagram", a dance village near Bangalore.
Proudfit, David Law4David Law Proudfit (October 27, 1842 – February 23, 1897) was an American poet and lithographer, who also wrote under the pseudonym Peleg Arkwright.
Proudhon, Pierre Joseph32Pierre-Joseph Proudhon (pronounced ˈpruːd.ɒn in BrE, pʁu.dɔ̃ in French) (15 January 1809 – 19 January 1865) was the first individual to call himself an "anarchist," and the first documented as using the word "Capitalist" to mean property-owner.
Prudentius3Aurelius Prudentius Clemens (348 – c. 410) was a Roman Christian poet. His most influential poem, the Psychomachia is an allegory of the inner struggle between vice and virtue.
Prus, Boleslaw6Bolesław Prus was the pen-name of Aleksander Głowacki (August 20, 1847 – May 19, 1912), a Polish journalist and novelist known as the leading representative of realism in 19th-century Polish literature.
Pryor, Mark1Mark Lunsford Pryor (born January 10, 1963) is an American politician who served as a United States Senator from Arkansas from 2003 to 2015. He is a member of the Democratic Party, and he was Attorney General of Arkansas from 1999 to 2003.
Pryor, Richard9Richard Franklin Lennox Thomas Pryor (December 1, 1940 – December 10, 2005) was an American comedian, actor, film director, social critic, satirist, writer, and MC.
Przeworski, Adam15Adam Przeworski (born 1940) is a Polish-American professor of Political Science. He
Przhevalsky, Nikolay2Nikolay Mikhaylovich Przhevalsky (April 12, 1839 – November 1, 1888) was a Russian geographer and a renowned explorer of Central and East Asia. Although he never reached his ultimate goal, the holy city of Lhasa in Tibet, he traveled through regions then unknown to the West, such as northern Tibet (modern Tibet Autonomous Region), Amdo (now Qinghai) and Dzungaria (now northern Xinjiang).
Psy9Park Jae-sang (born December 31, 1977), better known by his stage name Psy (stylized PSY), is a South Korean singer, songwriter, rapper, dancer, and record producer.
Ptahhotep11Ptahhotep, sometimes known as Ptahhotpe or Ptah-Hotep, is the name of a 24th century BC vizier and philosopher. He was vizier to Djedkare Isesi.
Ptolemy10Claudius Ptolemaeus (Greek: Κλαύδιος Πτολεμαῖος; ca. 100 – ca. 178), known in English as Ptolemy, was an ancient Greek geographer, astronomer, and astrologer who probably lived and worked in Alexandria, off the coast of Egypt.
Puccini, Giacomo 4Giacomo Antonio Domenico Michele Secondo Maria Puccini (22 December 1858 - 29 November 1924) was an Italian composer whose operas are among the important operas played as standards.
Pudney, Johnny1John Pudney (19 January 1909 – 10 November 1977) was a British journalist and writer. He was known for short stories, poetry, non-fiction and children's fiction (including the Hartwarp books).
Pugh, Lewis Gordon72Lewis William Gordon Pugh OIG (born 5 December 1969) is an ocean advocate, maritime lawyer and a pioneer swimmer.
Pugliese, Osvaldo5Osvaldo Pedro Pugliese (Buenos Aires, December 2, 1905 - July 25, 1995) was an Argentine tango musician.
Pujols, Albert5José Alberto Pujols Alcántara (born January 16, 1980), better known as Albert Pujols (Spanish pronunciation: puˈxols), is a professional baseball player who has played his entire career in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the St. Louis Cardinals. Currently a first baseman, Pujols is well-known for his ability to hit for both average and power. His consistency over his nine years in the Major Leagues has earned him the reputation as one of the best players of all time.
Pulitzer, Joseph2Joseph Pulitzer (April 10, 1847 – October 29, 1911) was a Hungarian-American publisher best known for posthumously establishing the Pulitzer Prizes and (along with William Randolph Hearst) for originating yellow journalism.
Puller, Lewis4Lieutenant General Lewis Burwell "Chesty" Puller (June 26, 1898 – October 11, 1971) was a United States Marine officer. He is the most decorated United States Marine.
Pulliainen, Erkki1Erkki Pulliainen (born 23 June 1938 in Varkaus) has been a Green League Member of Parliament (1987–2011) in Finland and is ex professor in Oulu.
Pullman, Philip80Philip Pullman CBE (born October 19, 1946) is an English writer. He is the best-selling author of His Dark Materials, a trilogy of fantasy novels, and a number of other books.
Pulteney, William, 1st Earl of Bath1William Pulteney, 1st Earl of Bath (1684 – July 7, 1764) was an English politician, created Earl of Bath in 1742 by King George II.
Punch, Sean2Sean "Dr. Kromm" Punch (born July 27, 1967) is a Canadian writer and game designer. He is the author of the Fourth Edition of the GURPS role-playing game.
Punja, Hari7Hari Punja , OF, OBE (born 1936) is an Indian businessman and Chairman of Hari Punja Group of Companies in Fiji.
Punshon, William Morley29William Morley Punshon (29 May 1824 – 14 April 1881) was an English Nonconformist divine.
Purcell, Edward Mills3Edward Mills Purcell (August 30, 1912 – March 7, 1997) was an American physicist who won the Nobel prize in 1952 for his detection of nuclear magnetic resonance.
Pusey, Edward Bouverie3Edward Bouverie Pusey (22 August 1800 – 16 September 1882) was an English churchman and Regius Professor of Hebrew at Christ Church, Oxford.
Pushkin, Alexandr32Aleksandr Sergeyevich Pushkin; Алекса́ндр Серге́евич Пу́шкин (6 June (26 May, O.S.) 1799 – 10 February (29 January, O.S.) 1837) Russian poet and author.
Putin, Vladimir86Vladimir Vladimirovich Putin (Russian: Влади́мир Влади́мирович Пу́тин) (born 7 October 1952) is the President of the Russian Federation. He was elected to a six-year term in 2012, and previously served two four-year terms from 2000 to 2008.
Putnam, Hilary4Hilary Whitehall Putnam (born July 31, 1926) is an American philosopher who has been a central figure in analytic philosophy since the 1960s, especially in philosophy of mind, philosophy of language, and philosophy of science. He is known for his willingness to apply an equal degree of scrutiny to his own philosophical positions as to those of others, subjecting each position to rigorous analysis until he exposes its flaws. As a result, he has acquired a reputation for frequently changing his own position.
Puttnam, David1David Puttnam (born February 25, 1941) is a British movie producer and director.
Pyatakov, Georgy1Georgy (Yury) Leonidovich Pyatakov (Russian: Георгий Леонидович Пятаков; August 6, 1890 – 1937) was a Bolshevik revolutionary leader during the Russian Revolution, and member of the Left Opposition.
Pynchon, Thomas82Thomas Ruggles Pynchon, Jr. (born 8 May 1937) is an American writer based in New York City, noted for his dense and complex works of fiction.
Pythagoras151Pythagoras of Samos (Πυθαγόρας; c. 582 BC – c. 496 BC) was an Ionian Greek philosopher and founder of the religious movement called Pythagoreanism, often revered as a great mathematician, mystic and scientist.
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