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Peter Mark Roget
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    (January 18, 1779-September 12, 1869)
    Born in London, United Kingdom
    Physician and lexicographer
    Compiler of 'Roget's Thesaurus'
    First edition published in 1852
    He was depressed and humorless.
    He had a horror of 'dirt and disorder.'
    He was a compulsive list-maker by age eight.
    He took part in laughing gas experiments with Humphry Davy, but claimed it had no effect on him.
    His first thesaurus had the unwieldy title 'Thesaurus of English Words and Phrases Classified and Arranged so as to Facilitate the Expression of Ideas and Assist in Literary Composition.'
    He enrolled in the University of Edinburgh at age 14.
    He was a founding member of the Royal Society of Medicine (1805).
    He improved William Oughtred's invention to create the log-log slide rule (1815), allowing a person to perform exponential calculations simply.
    He wrote articles for several editions of the Encyclopedia Britannica.
    His thesaurus quickly became a standard reference book, going through 28 printings during his lifetime.

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