- Category : Inventor
- Type : GP
- Profile : 5/1 - Heretical / Investigator
- Definition : Single
- Incarnation Cross : LAX Individualism 2
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.