Pitman, Isaac

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Pitman, Isaac Gender: M
born on 4 January 1813 at 00:40 (= 12:40 AM )
Place Trowbridge, England, 51n20, 2w13
Timezone LMT m2w13 (is local mean time)
Data source
Quoted BC/BR
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Rodden
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 13°22' s_mo.18.gif s_capcol.18.gif 28°56 Asc.s_libcol.18.gif 16°24'

Isaac Pitman


British inventor and schoolmaster who formulated the system of phonic shorthand.

Pittman had a brother, Benn. Priot to entering a training school for teachers in 1831, he clerked in a textile mill. He spent 11 years teaching elementary school and then opened his own private school in Bath. After studying Samuel Taylor’s system of shorthand at length, he decided to invent his own system, and using 38 symbols to represent the sounds, he published his first manual, "Stenographic Sound Hand," in 1837. He established both the Phonetic Institute in Bath and a magazine, "Phonetic Journal," and he published many pamphlets enthusiastically advocating radical reform in English spelling. Although the shorthand system that bears his name has been revised and redeveloped over the years, his original text has been adapted to more than 15 languages and is still the basis for the system’s present use.

He was a vegetarian, and in 1894, he was knighted.

Pittman died in 1897.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • Work : Published/ Exhibited/ Released 1837 (First manual published on shorthand)
  • Work : Prize 1894 (Knighted)
  • Death, Cause unspecified 1897 (Age 83-84)

Source Notes

AA 3/1909 quotes the authentic chart as cast by Pitman's father. Same in Sabian Symbols No.768


  • Traits : Body : Diet unusual (Vegetarian)
  • Lifestyle : Work : Same Job more than 10 yrs (Taught elementary school 11 years)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 83-84)
  • Vocation : Education : Administrator (Opened his own school)
  • Vocation : Education : Teacher (Schoolmaster)
  • Notable : Awards : Knighted
  • Notable : Famous : First in Field
  • Notable : Famous : Founder/ originator (Invented shorthand)