Richard Pearse

Richard Pearse
1877 - 1953
Richard Pearse  New Zealander Inventor

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New Zealander Inventor Richard Pearse was born Richard William Pearse on 3rd December, 1877 in Temuka, New Zealand and passed away on 29th Jul 1953 Sunnyside Hospital, Christchurch, New Zealand aged 75. He is most remembered for 1st man to fly in New Zealand. His zodiac sign is Sagittarius.

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First Name Richard
Middle Name William
Last Name Pearse
Full Name at Birth Richard William Pearse
Alternative Name Bamboo Dick, Mad Dick
Age 75 (age at death) years
Birthday 3rd December, 1877
Birthplace Temuka, New Zealand
Died 29th July, 1953
Place of Death Sunnyside Hospital, Christchurch, New Zealand
Build Average
Eye Color Brown - Light
Hair Color Brown - Light
Zodiac Sign Sagittarius
Sexuality Straight
Ethnicity White
Nationality New Zealander
High School Temuka High School, New Zealand
Occupation Text Inventor, Aviator
Occupation Inventor
Claim to Fame 1st man to fly in New Zealand
Father Digory Sargent Pearse (father)
Mother Sarah Ann Brown (mother)
Brother Warne Pearse (brother) (farmer)
Sister Margaret Pearse (sister), Ruth Pearse (sister), Florence Pearse (sister)

Richard William Pearse (3 December 1877 – 29 July 1953) was a New Zealand farmer and inventor who performed pioneering aviation experiments. Witnesses interviewed many years afterward claimed that Pearse flew and landed a powered heavier-than-air machine on 31 March 1903, nine months before the Wright brothers flew. Documentary evidence for these claims remains open to interpretation and dispute, and Pearse himself never made such claims. In a newspaper interview in 1909, he said he did not "attempt anything practical ... until 1904".

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