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Joseph British & World English

(In the Bible) a Hebrew patriarch, son of Jacob. He was given a coat of many colours by his father, but was then sold by his jealous brothers into captivity in Egypt, where he attained high office (Gen. 30-50)

Joseph, Chief British & World English

(C.1840–1904) American Indian leader; Indian name Inmuttooyahlatlat. As chief of the Nez Percé, he defied the efforts of the US government to move his people from Oregon until he was captured in 1877

Joseph, St British & World English

Husband of the Virgin Mary. A carpenter of Nazareth, he was betrothed to Mary at the time of the Annunciation. Feast day, 19 March

Joseph in Fiennes British & World English

Joseph (1970-), the brother of Ralph. Notable movies: Shakespeare in Love (1998), Luther (2003), and Running with Scissors (2006)

Joseph in Rowntree British & World English

A family of English business entrepreneurs and philanthropists. Joseph (1801–59) was a grocer who established several Quaker schools. His son Henry Isaac (1838–83) founded the family cocoa and chocolate manufacturing firm in York, while his brother Joseph (1836–1925) became Henry’s business partner in 1869 and founded three Rowntree trusts (1904) to support research into social welfare and policy

Papp, Joseph British & World English

(1921–91), US producer and director; born Joseph Papirofsky. He managed Hollywood’s Actors Laboratory 1948–1950 and then founded the Shakespearean Theatre Workshop in 1954 that became the New York Shakespeare Festival. in 1960. He also founded the off-Broadway Public Theater in 1967 and directed the theaters at Lincoln Center from 1973 until 1978

Black, Joseph British & World English

(1728–99), Scottish chemist. He was important in developing accurate techniques for following chemical reactions by weighing reactants and products, and formulated the concepts of latent heat and thermal capacity

Bramah, Joseph British & World English

(1748–1814), English inventor. One of the most influential engineers of the Industrial Revolution, Bramah is best known for his hydraulic press, used for heavy forging

Beuys, Joseph British & World English

(1921–86), German artist. One of the most influential figures of the avant-garde movement in Europe in the 1970s and 1980s, his work consisted of ‘assemblages’ of various articles of rubbish. In 1979 he co-founded the German Green Party

Cotten, Joseph British & World English

(1905–94), US actor. A star of stage, film, and television. Notable movies: Citizen Kane (1941), Gaslight (1944), The Third Man (1949), and Heaven’s Gate (1980)

Conrad, Joseph British & World English

(1857–1924), Polish-born British novelist; born Józef Teodor Konrad Korzeniowski. Much of his work, including his story Heart of Darkness (1902) and the novel Nostromo (1904), explores the darkness within human nature

Lister, Joseph British & World English

1st Baron (1827–1912), English surgeon, inventor of antiseptic techniques in surgery. He realized the significance of Louis Pasteur’s germ theory in connection with sepsis and in 1865 he used carbolic acid dressings on patients who had undergone surgery

Locke, Joseph British & World English

(1805–60), English civil engineer. A pioneer in railways, he enjoyed a lifelong association with Thomas Brassey, building important lines in England, Scotland, and France

Saint Joseph British & World English

A port city in northwestern Missouri, on the Missouri River; population 76,197 (est. 2008)

Stalin, Joseph British & World English

(1879–1953), Soviet statesman, General Secretary of the Communist Party of the USSR 1922–53; born Iosif Vissarionovich Dzhugashvili

Story, Joseph British & World English

(1779–1845), US Supreme Court associate justice 1811–45. Appointed to the Court by President Madison, he was the youngest associate justice ever to serve. He established the supremacy of Supreme Court rulings

Smith, Joseph British & World English

(1805–44), American religious leader and founder of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (the Mormons)

Joffre, Joseph British & World English

(1852–1931), French Marshal, Commander-in-Chief of the French army on the Western Front during the First World War; full name Joseph Jacques Césaire Joffre

Heller, Joseph British & World English

(1923–99), American novelist. His experiences in the US air force during the Second World War inspired his best-known novel Catch-22 (1961), an absurdist black comedy satirizing war and the source of the expression ‘catch-22’

Addison, Joseph British & World English

(1672–1719), English essayist, poet, dramatist, and Whig politician, noted for his simple, unornamented prose style. In 1711 he founded the Spectator with Sir Richard Steele

Bradley, Joseph British & World English

(1813–92), US Supreme Court associate justice 1870–92. In 1877, he was part of the Electoral College commission that was formed to resolve the indecisiveness of the Hayes-Tilden presidential election and cast the deciding vote in favor of Rutherford B. Hayes

Brodsky, Joseph British & World English

(1940–96), Russian-born American poet; born Iosif Aleksandrovich Brodsky. He wrote both in Russian and in English, and was most famous for his collection The End of a Beautiful Era (1977). Nobel Prize for Literature (1987)

Erlanger, Joseph British & World English

(1874–1965), American physiologist. Collaborating with Herbert Gasser, he showed that the velocity of a nerve impulse is proportional to the diameter of the fibre. Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine (1944, shared with Gasser)

Fourier, Joseph British & World English

(1768–1830), French mathematician; full name Jean Baptiste Joseph Fourier. His studies involved him in the solution of partial differential equations by the method of separation of variables and superposition; this led him to analyse the series and integrals that are now known by his name

Grimaldi, Joseph British & World English

(1779–1837), English circus entertainer, who created the role of the circus clown. He performed at Covent Garden, where he became famous for his acrobatic skills

McCarthy, Joseph British & World English

(1909–57), American Republican politician; full name Joseph Raymond McCarthy. Between 1950 and 1954 he was the instigator of widespread investigations into alleged communist infiltration in US public life

McKenna, Joseph British & World English

(1843–1926), US Supreme Court associate justice 1898–1925. He was the US attorney general 1897–98 when he was appointed to the Court by President McKinley

Needham, Joseph British & World English

(1900–95), English scientist and historian. Notable works: History of Embryology (1934) and Science and Civilization in China (1954)

Pulitzer, Joseph British & World English

(1847–1911), Hungarian-born American newspaper proprietor and editor. A pioneer of campaigning popular journalism, he owned a number of newspapers. He made provisions in his will for the establishment of the annual Pulitzer Prizes

Kennedy, Joseph British & World English

(1888–1969) US businessman and diplomat; full name Joseph Patrick Kennedy; father of John Fitzgerald, Robert Francis, and Edward Moore Kennedy. He made his fortune in banking, the stock market, shipbuilding, and movies

Goebbels, Joseph British & World English

(1897–1945), German Nazi leader and politician; full name Paul Joseph Goebbels. From 1933 Goebbels was Hitler’s Minister of Propaganda, with control of the press, radio, and all aspects of culture. He committed suicide rather than surrender to the Allies

Chamberlain, Joseph British & World English

(1836–1914), British Liberal statesman. He left the Liberal party in 1886 because of Gladstone’s support of Irish Home Rule. The leader of the Liberal Unionists from 1891, he played a leading role in the handling of the Second Boer War

Priestley, Joseph British & World English

(1733–1804), English scientist and theologian. Priestley was the author of about 150 books, mostly theological or educational. His chief work was on the chemistry of gases, in which his most significant discovery was of ‘dephlogisticated air’ (oxygen) in 1774; he demonstrated that it was important to animal life, and that plants give it off in sunlight

Banks, Sir Joseph British & World English

(1743–1820), English botanist. He accompanied Captain James Cook on his first voyage to the Pacific, and helped to establish the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew

Paxton, Sir Joseph British & World English

(1801–65), English gardener and architect. He became head gardener at Chatsworth House in Derbyshire in 1826 and designed a series of glass-and-iron greenhouses. He later reworked these in his design for the Crystal Palace (1851)

Arrow, Kenneth Joseph British & World English

(B.1921), American economist, noted chiefly for his work on general economic equilibrium and social choice. Nobel Prize for Economics (1972)

Daley, Richard Joseph British & World English

(1902–76), US politician. As mayor of Chicago 1955–76, he was known as a big-city boss. He also was prominent in the national Democratic Party

Proust, Joseph Louis British & World English

(1754–1826), French analytical chemist. He proposed the law of constant proportions, demonstrating that any pure sample of a chemical compound (such as an oxide of a metal) always contains the same elements in fixed proportions

Haydn, Franz Joseph British & World English

(1732–1809), Austrian composer. A major exponent of the classical style, he taught both Mozart and Beethoven. His work includes 108 symphonies, 67 string quartets, 12 masses, and the oratorio The Creation (1796-8)

Johnston, Joseph E. British & World English

(1807–91), American soldier and US politician; full name Joseph Eggleston Johnston. A Confederate general, he was defeated by Grant at Vicksburg and surrendered to Sherman in 1865. From Virginia, he later served in the US House of Representatives 1879–81

Lamar, Joseph Rucker British & World English

(1857–1916), US Supreme Court associate justice 1911–16. A former associate justice in Georgia’s supreme court, he was appointed to the Court by President Taft

Brennan, William Joseph British & World English

Jr. (1906–97), US Supreme Court associate justice 1956–90. He was a New Jersey Supreme Court judge 1952–56 before being appointed to the US Supreme Court by President Eisenhower. He was noted for his defense of First Amendment rights

Chifley, Joseph Benedict British & World English

(1885–1951), Australian Labor statesman, Prime Minister 1945-9. He continued Labor’s nationalization and welfare programme and initiated Australia’s immigration policy

Davisson, Clinton Joseph British & World English

(1881–1958), American physicist. Davisson, together with L. H. Germer (1896–1971), discovered electron diffraction, thus confirming de Broglie’s theory of the wave nature of electrons. Nobel Prize for Physics (1937)

Drexel, Anthony Joseph British & World English

(1826–93), US banker and philanthropist. He joined his father’s brokerage firm in 1847 and merged with J. P. Morgan in 1871, making Drexel, Morgan, and Co. the most powerful investment banking house in the US. He was the founder 1892 and benefactor of Drexel Institute of Technology

Fraunhofer, Joseph von British & World English

(1787–1826), German optician and pioneer in spectroscopy. He observed and mapped the dark lines in the solar spectrum (Fraunhofer lines) which result from the absorption of particular frequencies of light by elements present in the outer layers; these are now used to determine the chemical composition of the sun and stars

Mankiewicz, Joseph Leo British & World English

(1909–93), US movie director, producer, and screenwriter. He wrote and directed A Letter to Three Wives (1949) and All About Eve (1950)

Muller, Hermann Joseph British & World English

(1890–1967), American geneticist. He discovered that X-rays induce mutations in the genetic material of the fruit fly Drosophila and thus recognized the danger of X-radiation to living things. Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine (1946)

Nicollet, Joseph Nicolas British & World English

(1786–1843), US explorer; born in France. With John Frémont as his assistant, he led a government surveying expedition that mapped the region between the upper Mississippi and Missouri rivers 1838–39


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