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Pearson (Firm)


  • [The company was founded by Samuel Pearson in 1844 as a building and engineering concern operating in Yorkshire, England under the name of S. Pearson & Son. In 1880, control passed to his grandson Weetman Dickinson Pearson, an engineer, who in 1890 moved the business to London and turned it into one of the world's largest construction companies. The company built the Blackwall Tunnel between 1892 and 1897. In November 1915, the firm began construction of HM Factory, Gretna, the largest cordite factory in the UK during World War I. In 1919, the firm acquired a 45% stake in the London branch of merchant bankers Lazard Brothers, an interest which was increased to 80% in 1932 during the depression years. Pearson continued to hold a 50% stake until 1999. In 1921, Pearson purchased a number of local daily and weekly newspapers in the United Kingdom, which it combined to form the Westminster Press group. In 1957, it bought the Financial Times, and acquired a 50% stake in The Economist. It purchased the publisher Longman in 1968.]
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    • us: S. Pearson & Son
    • us: Pearson & Son
    • us: S. Pearson and Son
    • us: Pearson and Son
    • us: Pearson plc
  • Additional Information

    • Has Affiliation

        • Affiliation Address: 80 Strand, , London WC2R 0RL
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        • City: London
        • Post Code: WC2R 0RL
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        London (England)
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  • Sources

    • found: Its Annual report 1983: t.p. (Pearson) text (Pearson & Son plc)
    • found: Its Annual report 1984: t.p. (Pearson) text (Pearson plc)
    • found: American images, 1985: t.p. verso (Pearson) p. 7 (Pearson plc; British holding co.)
    • found: Perl√≥ Cohen, Manuel. El paradigma porfiriano, 1999: p. 145 (Pearson & Son)
    • found: LC database, Apr. 6, 2000 (Pearson (S.) and Son, Ltd.)
    • found: Dic. of bus. bio., 1985 (S. Pearson & Son, Ltd.; British building contractor founded in 1844 specializing in railroad, dock and tunnel construction)
    • found: BL auth. file, 8 May 2009 (hdg.: Pearson (Firm))
    • found: Pearson website, 27 April 2015 (Welcome to Pearson. We have a simple mission: to help people make more of their lives through learning.) contact us page (We're a big company, but we hope we can find the right person for you. If you have a specific query about a product, it's probably best to try our 24/7 Helpline first, or tweet us at @PearsonSupport.) {https://www.pearson.com/}
    • found: Wikipedia, 27 April 2015 Pearson PLC entry (Pearson PLC is a British multinational publishing and education company headquartered in London. It is the largest education company and the largest book publisher in the world. Pearson holds a 47% stake in Penguin Random House, the world's largest consumer book publisher, and a 50% stake in the Economist Group, the publishing group which specialises in international business.) {http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pearson_PLC}
  • General Notes

    • [The company was founded by Samuel Pearson in 1844 as a building and engineering concern operating in Yorkshire, England under the name of S. Pearson & Son. In 1880, control passed to his grandson Weetman Dickinson Pearson, an engineer, who in 1890 moved the business to London and turned it into one of the world's largest construction companies. The company built the Blackwall Tunnel between 1892 and 1897. In November 1915, the firm began construction of HM Factory, Gretna, the largest cordite factory in the UK during World War I. In 1919, the firm acquired a 45% stake in the London branch of merchant bankers Lazard Brothers, an interest which was increased to 80% in 1932 during the depression years. Pearson continued to hold a 50% stake until 1999. In 1921, Pearson purchased a number of local daily and weekly newspapers in the United Kingdom, which it combined to form the Westminster Press group. In 1957, it bought the Financial Times, and acquired a 50% stake in The Economist. It purchased the publisher Longman in 1968.]
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    • 2000-04-06: new
    • 2015-12-31: revised
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