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  1. Blackmore, R. D.

    • (1825–1900), English novelist and poet; full name Richard Doddridge Blackmore. He is known for his romantic novel Lorna Doone (1869), set on 17th-century Exmoor.
    • (1895–1978), English literary critic; full name Frank Raymond Leavis. Founder and editor of the quarterly Scrutiny (1932–53), he emphasized the value of critical study of English literature to preserving cultural continuity. Notable works: The Great Tradition (1948).
    • (1862–1936), English scholar and writer of ghost stories; full name Montague Rhodes James. He is noted for eerie tales collected in such volumes as Ghost Stories of an Antiquary (1904).
    • (1895–1937), English aeronautical engineer; full name Reginald Joseph Mitchell. He designed the Spitfire fighter aircraft.
    • (1825–94), Scottish author; full name Robert Michael Ballantyne. He wrote acclaimed adventure stories, such as The Coral Island (1858).
    • (1920–2005), Indian statesman, president 1997–2002; full name Kocheril Raman Narayanan. A member of the Congress party, Narayanan served as vice president 1992–7.
    • (1890–1960), English linguist; full name John Rupert Firth. Firth was noted for his contributions to linguistic semantics and prosodic phonology and for his insistence on studying both speech sounds and words in context. He was a major influence on the development of systemic grammar.
    • (1895–1983), American designer and architect; full name Richard Buckminster Fuller. He is best known for his invention of the geodesic dome and for his ideals of using the world's resources with maximum purpose and least waste.
    • abbreviation

      root mean square.
    • the months with R in their names (September to April), considered to be the season for eating oysters
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