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Rabelais, François (1494-1553)

1483 or 1494-1553 French monk, physician and satirist Rabelais was born in or near the town of Chinon in the Loire Valley, where his father was an

Rabin, Yitzhak (1922 - 1995)

( yĭtskhäk' räbēn' ), 1922–95, Israeli general and statesman, b. Jerusalem, the first native-born prime minister of Israel (1974–77, 1992–95). His

Rabuka, Sitiveni (1948 - )

Fijian soldier and politician, prime minister 1992–99. When the April 1987 elections produced a new left-of-centre government, headed by Timoci

Rachmaninov, Sergei (1873 - 1943)

Russian composer, conductor, and pianist. After the 1917 Revolution he emigrated to the USA. His music is melodious and emotional and includes operas,

Racine, Jean (1639 - 1699)

( zhäN räsēn' ), 1639–99, French dramatist. Racine is the prime exemplar of French classicism . The nobility of his Alexandrine verse, the simplicity

Open Rackham, Arthur (1867 - 1939)
Rackham, Arthur (1867 - 1939)

Rackham is best known for his fantastic illustrations of such subjects as fairies and gnomes pictured among gnarly trees and other strange characters.

Radcliffe, Ann (1764 - 1823)

Radcliffe is the great exemplar of the 18th-c. GOTHICNOVEL . The best-selling English novelist of the 1790s, her work inspired plays and operas as

Radcliffe, Paula (Dec 17, 1973 - )

English long-distance runner. She won the 2002 London Marathon on her debut at the distance; her time of 2 hours 18 minutes 55 seconds set a new

Radek, Karl (1885 - 1939)

( kärl rä'dyĭk ), 1885–1939?, international Communist leader and journalist, b. Lviv (then in Austrian Poland); his original name was Sobelsohn. Radek

Radhakrishnan, Sarvepalli (1888 - 1975)

Born near Chennai in South India, Hindu philosopher Sarvepalli Radhakrishnan achieved distinction in several fields. He studied and eventually taught