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Antonio Pacinotti -- b.6/17/1841 N.S. d.3/24/1912 N.S. (70)
Physicist, Italian

David Packard -- b.9/7/1912 d.3/26/1996 (83)
Engineer, Businessperson
Misc: co-founder of Hewlett-Packard Co.

James Packard -- b.11/5/1863 d.3/20/1928 (64)
Engineer, Inventor, Businessperson
Misc: Packard Automobile Co. founder

Charles Page -- b.1/25/1812 d.5/5/1868 (56)
Chemist, Inventor, Physician

Robert Morris Page -- b.6/2/1903 d.5/15/1992 (88)
Misc: who, in the 1930s, invented the technology for pulse radar, a system that detects and locates distant objects through the use of short bursts of electromagnetic radiation.

Sir James Paget -- b.1/11/1814 d.12/30/1899 (85)
Surgeon, British
Misc: founder of pathology

Henri J. Paixhans -- b.1/22/1783 d.8/22/1854 (71)
Misc: an artilleryman who had a major influence on the development of heavy artillery.

George Palade -- b.11/19/1912 d.10/8/2008 (95)
Scientist, Biologist, Romanian

Dr. Jonathan Palmer -- b.11/7/1957
Doctor, Auto Racer, English
Misc: Formula 1 racer, CEO of MotorSport Vision

Michael Palmer -- b.10/9/1942 d.10/30/2013 (71)
Novelist, Physician
Misc: Medical thriller novelist

Nathaniel Brown Palmer -- b.8/8/1799 d.6/21/1877 (77)
Misc: Sea Captain; Ship Designer; sighted Antarctica on 11-18-1820

Friedrich Adolf Paneth -- b.8/31/1887 d.9/17/1958 (71)
Chemist, Austrian

Clyde Pangborn -- b.10/28/1895 d.3/29/1958 (62)
Names/Places: NN:Upside Down Pangborn
Misc: the first to fly nonstop across the Pacific Ocean from Tokyo to Washington with Hugh Herndon Jr. in 1931

George N. Papandreou -- b.5/13/1883 d.2/19/1962 (78)
Physician, Greek

Ivan Papanin -- b.11/26/1894 d.1/30/1986 (91)
Explorer, Russian

Denis Papin -- b.8/22/1647 N.S. d.8/26/1713 N.S. (66)
Inventor, Physicist, French
Misc: the pressure cooker and suggested the first cylinder and piston steam engine; d. 1712?

Georges Papy -- b.11/4/1920 d.11/11/2011 (91)
Mathematician, Belgiumese

Philippus Paracelaus -- b.12/17/1493 d.9/24/1541 (47)
Names/Places: RN:Aureolus Theophrastus Bombastus von Hohenheim

Vilfredo Pareto -- b.7/15/1848 d.8/19/1923 (75)
Sociologist, Economist, Italian

Mungo Park -- b.9/10/1771 d.1/??/1806 (34)
Explorer, Scotish

George Parker -- b.11/1/1863 d.7/19/1937 (73)
Inventor, Manufacturer
Misc: the fountain pen

George Parker -- b.??/??/1695 or ??/??/1697 d.3/17/1764
Astronomer, English

George Parker -- b.12/23/1864 d.3/26/1955 (90)
Scientist, Zoologist

Theodore Parker -- b.4/1/1953 d.8/3/1993 (40)
Misc: specialized in the Neotropics.

Willard Parker -- b.9/2/1800 d.4/25/1884 (83)

Alexander Parkes -- b.12/29/1813 d.6/29/1890 (76)
Chemist, Inventor, British

Edmund Parkes -- b.3/29/1819 d.3/15/1876 (56)
Physician, Surgeon, British
Misc: founder of modern hygiene

James Parkinson -- b.4/11/1755 d.12/21/1824 (69)
Physician, Surgeon, British
Misc: Parkinson's Disease founder

Robert Parker Parrott -- b.10/5/1804 N.S. d.12/24/1877 N.S. (73)
Soldier, Inventor
Misc: the Parrott Gun, the most formiddable cannon of its time.

Sir William Edward Parry -- b.12/19/1790 d.7/8/1855 (64)
Explorer, Navigator, English
Misc: explored the Arctic

Alan Parsons -- b.12/20/1948
Engineer, Music Producer, British
Group Names: Alan Parson's Project

Sir Charles Algernon Parsons -- b.6/13/1854 d.2/11/1931 (76)
Inventor, British
Misc: Steam turbine

Samuel Parsons -- b.2/14/1819 d.1/4/1906 (86)
Scientist, Horticulturist

Blaise Pascal -- b.6/19/1623 N.S. d.8/19/1662 N.S. (39)
Philosopher, Mathematician, Physicist, French
Misc: calculus

Emin Pasha -- b.3/8/1840 d.10/23/1892 (52)
Explorer, Prussian

Dr. Louis Pasteur -- b.12/27/1822 d.9/28/1895 (72)
Bacteriologist, Chemist, French
Names/Places: b. in Dole
Misc: Pasteurizationalist of milk; founder of microbiology & science of immunology, rabies treatment, food preservation

Francis Daniel Pastorius -- b.9/26/1651 N.S. d.9/1/1720 N.S. (68)
Poet, Pioneer, Colonist, Lawyer, Educator, German
Misc: date of death approximated

William Paterson -- b.8/17/1755 d.6/21/1810 (54)
Revolutionary, Explorer, Naturalist, British

Charles Pathe -- b.12/25/1863 d.12/26/1957 (94)
Inventor, Executive, Movie Producer, French
Misc: pioneer of Motion Picture Equipment, controlled a vast network of production and distribution facilities that dominated the world film market during the first years of the 20th century.

Richard Paton -- b.4/7/1901 d.??/??/????

Les Paul -- b.6/9/1915 d.8/12/2009 (94)
Inventor, Arranger, Lyricist, Singer, Guitarist
Names/Places: b. in Waukesha, WI; NN:Wizard of Waukesha; NN:Daddy; RN:Lester William Polfus
Misc: some say b. 1916; 8-Track tape unit, overdubbing, & slide-body electric guitar inventor

Wolfgang Paul -- b.8/10/1913 d.12/6/1993 (80)
Physicist, German

Wolfgang Pauli -- b.4/25/1900 d.12/15/1958 (58)
Physicist, Austrian

Linus Pauling -- b.2/28/1901 d.8/19/1994 (93)
Author, Chemist, Physicist
Names/Places: MN:Carl; b. in Portland, Oregon
Misc: two-time Nobel laureate who charted the chemical underpinnings of life itself, worked for nuclear peace and touted the benefits of vitamin C.

Ivan Pavlov -- b.9/14/1849 Ju-1 or 9/26/1849 N.S. d.2/27/1936 N.S. (86)
Scientist, Physiologist, Russian
Names/Places: MN:Petrovich
Misc: pioneers in psychology (Nobel 1904)

Julie Payette -- b.10/20/1963 N.S.
Astronaut, Engineer, Canadian

Timothy Peake -- b.4/7/1972 N.S.
Astronaut, English

Titian Ramsey Peale -- b.11/17/1799 d.3/13/1885 (85)
Artist, Painter, Explorer, Naturalist

Guiseppe Peano -- b.8/27/1858 d.4/20/1932 (73)
Mathematician, Italian
Misc: symbolic logics

Robert Edwin Peary -- b.5/6/1856 d.2/20/1920 (63)
Misc: Arctic, North Pole

Donald Curloss Peattie -- b.6/21/1898 d.11/16/1964 (66)
Author, Botanist, Naturalist

Annie Smith Peck -- b.10/19/1850 d.7/18/1935 (84)
Misc: mountain climber

Emily Peden -- b.11/12/1944
Mathematician, TV Hostess, Singer
Names/Places: wife of Doug Momary
Misc: retired after one year in 1972
TV Shows: New Zoo Revue (as Emmy Jo)

Benjamin Peirce -- b.4/4/1809 d.10/6/1880 (71)
Astronomer, Mathematician, Educator
Misc: computed the general perturbations of the planets Uranus and Neptune.

Charles Sanders Peirce -- b.9/10/1839 d.4/19/1914 (74)
Philosopher, Scientist, Pragmatist
Misc: Logic Relationist

John Pell -- b.3/1/1611 J-LD d.12/12/1685 J-LD (74)
Mathematician, English
Misc: introduced the division sign

John Pemberton -- b.7/8/1831 d.8/16/1888 (57)
Misc: Pharmacist; invented Coca Cola

William Penn -- b.10/14/1644 J-LD or 10/24/1644 N.S. d.7/30/1718 (73)
Pioneer, Quaker, Colonist, English
Misc: Pennsylvania founder

Lord William Penney -- b.6/24/1909 d.3/3/1991 (81)
Scientist, Inventor, Physicist, English
Misc: British atomic bomb developer

Sir Roger Penrose -- b.8/8/1931
Mathematician, Physicist, English
Misc: relativist who in the 1960s calculated many of the basic features of black holes.

Arno Allan Penzias -- b.4/26/1933
Astronomer, Physicist, Astrophysicist, German
Misc: he won a Nobel Prize for a discovery that supported the "big bang" theory of creation.

Jacques Pépin -- b.12/18/1935
Author, Chef, Personality, French

Walker Percy -- b.5/28/1916 d.5/10/1990 (73)
Novelist, Philosopher, Physician, Psychiatrist
Misc: Great southern writer; B. 5-14?

Sir William Henry Perkin -- b.3/12/1838 d.7/14/1907 (69)
Inventor, English
Misc: first artificial dye

Jacob Perkins -- b.7/9/1766 d.7/30/1849 (83)

Marlin Perkins -- b.3/28/1905 d.6/14/1986 (81)
Author, Naturalist, Zoologist, TV Host
Names/Places: d. in St. Louis
Misc: some say b. 1902
TV Shows: Mutual of Omaha's Wild Kingdom

Roger Griswold Perkins -- b.5/17/1874 d.3/28/1936 (61)
Scientist, Professor
Misc: responsible for the filtration and chlorination of the Cleveland water supply

Claude Perrault -- b.9/25/1613 N.S. d.10/9/1688 N.S. (75)
Architect, Scientist, French

Frank Perret -- b.8/2/1867 d.1/12/1943 (75)
Misc: Volcanologist

Jean-Baptiste Perrin -- b.9/30/1870 d.4/17/1942 (71)
Physicist, French
Misc: studied the Brownian motion of minute particles suspended in liquids and thereby confirmed the atomic nature of matter; Nobel 1926

Charles Perrine -- b.7/28/1867 d.6/21/1951 (83)

Neil (Chef) Perry -- b.6/29/1957 N.S.
Chef, Australian

William Perry -- b.10/11/1927
Engineer, Mathematician, Government Official, Businessperson
Misc: former U.S. Defense Secretary

M. F. Perutz -- b.5/19/1914 d.2/6/2002 (87)
Biochemist, Biologist, British

Laurence J. Peter -- b.9/16/1919 d.1/12/1990 (70)
Author, Psychologist, Educator, Canadian
Misc: expander of The Peter Principle

Christian Peters -- b.9/19/1813 d.7/18/1890 (76)
Astronomer, German
Misc: one of the first to discover asteroids

Roger Tory Peterson -- b.8/28/1908 d.7/28/1996 (87)
Author, Scientist, Ornithologist

Sir Flinders Petrie -- b.6/3/1853 d.7/28/1942 (89)
Scientist, Archaeologist, English

Eduard Pfluger -- b.6/7/1829 d.3/16/1910 (80)
Physiologist, German

Bob Pflugfelder -- b.4/27/1968 N.S.
Author, Scientist
Misc: science educator

Sam Phillips -- b.1/5/1923 d.7/30/2003 (80)
Engineer, Businessperson, Music Producer, Radio Disc Jock
Misc: Founder of Sun Records, discovered Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Charlie Rich, and Roy Orbison

Jean Piaget -- b.8/9/1896 d.9/17/1980 (84)
Psychologist, Zoologist, India

Giuseppe Piazzi -- b.7/16/1746 d.7/22/1826 (80)
Author, Astronomer, Italian
Misc: discovered the first asteroid -Ceres

Charles Picard -- b.7/24/1856 d.12/11/1941 (85)
Mathematician, French
Misc: Functions & Differentials

Jean Picard -- b.7/21/1620 N.S. d.7/12/1682 N.S. (61)
Astronomer, French

Captain Jean-Luc Picard -- b.7/13/2305
Explorer, French, General Fictious Character
Misc: led the starship Enterprise NCC-1701-D

Auguste Piccard -- b.1/28/1884 d.3/24/1962 (78)
Explorer, Physicist, Swiss

Jacques Piccard -- b.7/28/1922 d.11/1/2008 (86)
Explorer, Inventor, Swiss
Misc: made deepest ocean dive ever at 35,800 feet in 1960

Jean Felix Piccard -- b.1/28/1884 d.1/28/1963 (79)
Scientist, Engineer, Explorer, Professor, Swiss

Jeannette Ridlon Piccard -- b.1/5/1895 d.5/17/1981 (86)
Aviator, Balloonist
Misc: one of the first American women to qualify as a free balloon pilot in 1934

Greenleaf Whittier Pickard -- b.2/14/1877 d.1/8/1956 (78)
Misc: invented the crystal detector (one of the first devices widely used for receiving radio broadcasts) and who was also one of the first scientists to demonstrate the wireless electromagnetic transmission of speech.

Charles Edward Pickering -- b.7/19/1846 d.2/3/1919 (72)
Astronomer, Physicist
Misc: pioneered American spectroscopist

William Pickering -- b.2/15/1858 d.1/17/1938 (79)
Misc: discoverer of the 9th & 10th moons of Saturn

William Hayward Pickering -- b.12/24/1910 d.3/15/2004 (93)
Engineer, Physicist
Misc: head of the team that developed Explorer 1, the first U.S. satellite.

George Washington Pierce -- b.1/11/1872 d.8/25/1956 (84)
Misc: a pioneer in radiotelephony and a noted teacher of communication engineering.

Zebulon Pike -- b.1/5/1779 d.4/27/1813 (34)
Soldier, Explorer
Misc: sighted Pike's Peak in Colorado

Christopher Pinchbeck -- b.??/??/1670 d.11/18/1732
Misc: Jeweler; Clockmaker; copper & zinc alloy

Gregory Pincus -- b.4/9/1903 d.8/22/1967 (64)
Scientist, Biologist
Misc: invented the oral contraceptive (birth control) pill; survived by no-one

Philipe Pinel -- b.4/20/1745 d.10/25/1826 (81)
Physician, French
Misc: founder of psychiatry

Sir Isaac Pitman -- b.1/4/1813 d.1/12/1897 (84)
Inventor, English
Misc: invented the Phonetic Shorthand System

Francisco Pizarro -- b.??/??/1471 or ??/??/1475 or ??/??/1476 d.6/26/1541
Explorer, Spanish
Misc: Conquistador

Max Planck -- b.4/23/1858 d.10/3/1947 (89)
Physicist, German
Misc: Quantum (leap?) theory; Planck Constant (Nobel 1918); d. Oct 4?

Julius Plucker -- b.6/16/1801 N.S. d.5/22/1868 N.S. (66)
Astronomer, Mathematician, Physicist, German

Roy J. Plunkett -- b.6/26/1910 d.5/12/1994 (83)
Chemist, Inventor
Misc: discovered teflon in 1938

William Pogue -- b.1/23/1930 d.3/3/2014 (84)
Author, Astronaut, Teacher

Jules "Henri" Poincare -- b.4/29/1854 N.S. d.7/17/1912 N.S. (58)
Astronomer, Mathematician, Physicist, French
Misc: influenced cosmogony, relativity, and topology and was a gifted interpreter of science to a wide public.

Siméon Poisson -- b.6/21/1781 N.S. d.4/25/1840 N.S. (58)
Mathematician, French
Misc: known for his work on definite integrals, electromagnetic theory, and probability.

Dr. Jan Pol -- b.9/4/1942 N.S.
Doctor, Veterinarian, TV Talk Show Host, Personality
Names/Places: pron: Yahn
TV Shows: The Incredible Dr. Pol

Christopher Polhem -- b.12/18/1661 d.8/30/1751 (89)

James B. Pollack -- b.7/9/1938 d.6/13/1994 (55)
Misc: NASA researcher who helped develop the theory that atomic war would result in a "nuclear winter."

Richard M. Pollack -- b.1/25/1935 N.S. d.9/18/2018 N.S. (83)
Mathematician, Professor
Misc: Geometer

Marco Polo -- b.9/15/1254 d.1/9/1324 (69)
Writer, Explorer, Traveler, Italian
Misc: His exact date and place of birth are archivally unknown

Polzunov -- b.??/??/1728 d.5/16/1766 (27)

Jean Louis Pons -- b.12/24/1761 N.S. d.10/14/1831 N.S. (69)
Astronomer, French
Misc: the greatest visual comet discoverer of all time.

Guido Pontecorvo -- b.11/29/1907 d.9/25/1999 (91)
Geneticist, Italian

Sam Popeil -- b.1/22/1915 d.7/17/1984 (69)
Misc: Veg-O-Matic

Pavel Popovich -- b.10/5/1930 d.9/30/2009 (78)
Cosmonaut, Russian
Misc: piloted the Vostok 4 spacecraft, launched Aug. 12, 1962. He and Andriyan G. Nikolayev, who was launched a day earlier in Vostok 3, became the first two men to be in space simultaneously.

Edwin S. Porter -- b.4/21/1869 d.4/30/1941 (72)
Inventor, Movie Producer/Director
Misc: co-invented motion picture camera with Edison; Motion picture pioneer; directed the first picture with a continuous story: The Great Train Robbery
Movie Titles: The Great Train Robbery

Gene Stratton Porter -- b.8/17/1863 d.12/6/1924 (61)
Author, Naturalist

Rodney Porter -- b.10/8/1917 d.9/7/1985 (67)
Biochemist, British
Misc: antibody structure determination

Wiley Post -- b.11/22/1899 d.8/15/1935 (35)
Adventurer, Aviator
Misc: Parachutist; first pilot to fly solo around the world

Valdemar Poulson -- b.11/23/1869 d.7/23/1942 (72)
Misc: made first magnetic recordings on a wire

Thomas Poulter -- b.3/3/1897 d.6/4/1978 (81)
Scientist, Explorer, Geophysicist

Alvin F. Poussaint -- b.5/15/1934
Author, Psychiatrist, Professor
Misc: wrote numerous books on child psychiatry

Cecil Powell -- b.12/5/1903 d.8/9/1969 (65)
Physicist, Educator, English
Misc: winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1950 for his development of the photographic method of studying nuclear processes and for the resulting discovery of the pion (pi-meson), a heavy subatomic particle.

John Wesley Powell -- b.3/24/1834 d.9/23/1902 (68)
Anthropologist, Explorer, Geologist

Francis Gary Powers -- b.8/17/1929 d.5/1/1977 (47)
Aviator, Spy

John Henry Poynting -- b.9/9/1852 d.3/30/1914 (61)
Physician, British

Francis Pratt -- b.2/15/1827 d.2/10/1902 (74)
Engineer, Inventor
Misc: Toolmaker; introduced interchangable parts

Thomas Pratt -- b.7/4/1812 d.??/??/1875
Misc: died on May 16, 1875?

Vladimir Prelog -- b.7/23/1906 d.1/7/1998 (91)

Frank Press -- b.12/4/1924
Scientist, Geophysicist
Misc: geophysicist known for his investigations of the structure of the Earth's crust and mantle and the mechanics of earthquakes.

Joseph Priestley -- b.3/13/1733 Ju-1 or 3/24/1733 N.S. d.2/6/1804 (70)
Chemist, Clergyman, Theologian, English
Misc: discovered oxygen, sulfur dioxide, silicon fluoride and ammonia, invented pneumatic trough.

Ilya Prigogine -- b.1/25/1917 d.5/28/2003 (86)
Chemist, Russian
Misc: thermodynamics

Pearl Primus -- b.11/29/1919 d.10/29/1994 (74)
Anthropologist, Teacher, Choreographer, Dancer

Prince Henry The Navigator -- b.3/4/1394 d.11/13/1460 (66)
Navigator, Prince
Misc: Prince of Portugal; sponsored Portuguese voyages of discovery

Charles Pritchard -- b.2/29/1808 d.5/28/1893 (85)
Astronomer, British

Henry S. Pritchett -- b.4/16/1857 d.8/28/1939 (82)
Astronomer, Executive, Educator
Misc: MIT president

Nathan Pritikin -- b.8/29/1915 d.2/21/1985 (69)
Scientist, Nutritionist

Aleksandr Prochorov -- b.7/11/1916 N.S. d.1/8/2002 N.S. (85)
Physicist, Australian, Russian
Names/Places: b. in Australia

William (B. 1872) Procter -- b.9/8/1872 N.S. d.4/19/1951 N.S. (78)
Scientist, American

Pierre Joseph Proudhon -- b.1/15/1809 d.1/19/1865 (56)
Dramatist/Playwright, Theorist, Theologian, Anarchist
Names/Places: aka Moliere

Joseph Louis Proust -- b.9/26/1754 N.S. d.7/5/1826 N.S. (71)
Chemist, French
Misc: principle of the constant composition of chemical compounds

Paul Prudhomme -- b.7/13/1940 d.10/8/2015 N.S. (75)
Misc: Cajun chef; Looks like Dom DeLuise

Ptolemy -- b.??/??/???? d.??/??/????
Astronomer, Geographer
Names/Places: RN:Claudius Ptolemaeus
Misc: fl.c.200AD

Wolfgang Puck -- b.1/8/1949

George Mortimer Pullman -- b.3/3/1831 d.10/19/1897 (66)
Inventor, Financier
Names/Places: b. in Brocton, NY; Railroad Sleeping & Dining cars

Raphael W. Pumpelly -- b.9/8/1837 d.8/10/1923 (85)
Explorer, Geologist
Misc: his studies and explorations of the iron-ore and copper deposits in the Lake Superior region in 1866-75.

Edward M. Purcell -- b.8/30/1912 d.3/7/1997 (84)
Misc: joint winner, with Felix Bloch of the United States, of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1952 for his independent discovery (1946) of nuclear magnetic resonance in liquids and in solids.

James Putnam -- b.10/3/1846 d.11/4/1918 (72)

Pythagoras -- b.??/??/580BC d.??/??/500BC
Philosopher, Mathematician, Greek

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