Peter Mark Roget

Peter Mark Roget LRCP FRS FRCP FGS FRAS (UK: /ˈrɒʒ/ US: /rˈʒ/;[1][2] 18 January 1779 – 12 September 1869) was a British physician, natural theologian, lexicographer and founding secretary of The Portico Library.[3] He is best known for publishing, in 1852, the Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases, a classified collection of related words. He also read a paper to the Royal Society about a peculiar optical illusion in 1824, which is often regarded as the origin of the persistence of vision theory that was later commonly used to explain apparent motion in film and animation.[4]

Peter Mark Roget

Official portrait by Thomas Pettigrew
Born(1779-01-18)18 January 1779
Soho, London, England
Died12 September 1869(1869-09-12) (aged 90)
West Malvern, England
Alma materUniversity of Edinburgh
Known forThesaurus of English Words and Phrases
Spouse(s)Mary Taylor Hobson (1824–1833)
Children2

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