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The Pearson timeline

Pearson's origins were in the construction business during the Industrial Revolution. Under the leadership of Weetman Pearson (later known as Lord Cowdray), Pearson became one of the world's largest building contractors at a time when the industry controlled development of the transportation, trade and communication links that fuelled world economies.

As the world's leading learning company today, Pearson is a very different company but Weetman Pearson's imagination in harnessing new technologies, bravery of vision and decency to the people and cultures he worked with are values that still underpin everything we do over a century and a half later.

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2014

Project Literacy
Pearson launches world's first Global Scale of English

2013

Pearson acquires Grupo Multi and becomes the market leader in Brazil for adult English language teaching
Pearson agrees to sell The Mergermarket Group
Pearson launches its first education technology start-up accelerator
Pearson makes public commitment to efficacy

2012

Penguin and Random House combine to create the world’s largest trade publisher
Pearson acquires EmbanetCompass

2011

Pearson sells 50% stake in FTSE International Limited
Pearson acquires Connections Education
Pearson acquires Schoolnet
Pearson acquires TutorVista

2010

Pearson acquires a 75% stake in CTI Education Group
Pearson and Sistema Educacional Brasileiro announce a strategic partnership in Brazil
Pearson sells 61% stake in Interactive Data
Pearson acquires Medley Global Advisors

2009

Pearson acquires Wall Street English

2008

Pearson increases stake in Maskew Miller Longman
Pearson increases stake in Nigeria’s leading education publisher

2007

Pearson sells Groupe Les Echos
eCollege® is acquired by Pearson Education
Pearson acquires Harcourt Assessment and Harcourt Education International

2005

Pearson acquires AGS Publishing
Pearson sells its stake in Recoletos

2004

FT takes a 13.85% stake in Business Standard
FT starts printing in Australia

2003

FT launches Asia edition
Pearson acquires Edexcel

2002

Pearson sells stake in RTL Group
Pearson acquires Rough Guides

2001

Pearson takes a 85% stake in Kirihara

2000

Pearson acquires NCS
Pearson acquires Dorling Kindersley
Pearson sells Lazards

1999

FT Deutschland is launched
Pearson Technology Group is formed

1998

Pearson completes Simon & Schuster Acquisition
Pearson sells Tussauds Group

1997

FT launched in the US

1996

The Putnam Berkley Group is acquired by The Penguin Group
Pearson buys HarperCollins Educational Publishing

1995

FT.com is launched

1988

Pearson acquires Addison-Wesley

1985

The FT begins printing in New York and, a year later, worldwide circulation passes the 250,000 mark

1983

Penguin expansion

1970

Pearson acquires Penguin

1969

Pearson floats on the LSE

1968

Pearson acquires Longman

1961

Prentice Hall Prentice Hall Business and Professional Books Division is created

1960s

Censorship in Britain

1958

Censorship in America

1957

Pearson acquires the Financial Times

1956

Addison-Wesley School Division is created

1950

Prentice Hall forms its first Educational Book Division

1945

FT is born

1942

Addison-Wesley

1940s

Conflict in Europe

1935

Allen Lane publishes the first Penguins

1930

Dick, Jane and Spot

1921

Pearson steps into media

1913

Prentice-Hall is formed

1909

Scott Foresman enters the elementary market

1890

Weetman Pearson moves the business to London

1889

Scott Foresman

1880s

Financial Times

1848

G. Putnam Broadway

1844

S. Pearson & Son

1843

Corn Laws

1724

Longman founded