Inventor and developer of the Pitman Shorthand Method. He was an advocate for spelling reform for the English language. When he was a teacher of English at Barton-upon-Humber, Linconshire, England he developed his shorthand method based on phonetic language. At one time, the Pitman Shorthand Method was the most commonly used shorthand system in the English speaking world. In 1886 he went into the publishing business with his two sons, Alfred and Ernest. The business became a leading educational publisher and also published some of Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes short stories, novels and articles. In 1894 he was knighted by Queen Victoria for his contribution to shorthand.
Bio by: Gail Campbell Schulte