Pearson began as a construction company in 1844, switching to publishing in the 1920s. While our business has changed over the years, our dedication to helping create a more connected and prosperous society has not.
A brief timeline
Once upon a time, we joined towns and cities with railroads and tunnels. Today, we help individuals around the world build their knowledge and skills.
1844: Samuel Pearson establishes S Pearson and Son, a construction company in Yorkshire, England.
1890: Weetman Pearson, Samuel Pearson’s grandson, moves the company to London, expanding across Britain and into Canada, Spain, China, Mexico, and Chile.
1900s: Pearson builds the East River Tunnels in New York City.
1920s-1960s: Pearson enters the media sector, buying the FT and Longman.
1969: Pearson debuts on the London Stock Exchange.
1970s-1990s: Pearson acquires Penguin and Addison-Wesley, as well as the education divisions of HarperCollins and Simon & Schuster.
2000: Pearson is listed on the New York Stock Exchange.
2000s-2010s: Pearson begins focusing squarely on education, selling businesses that are not related to education and acquiring new ones that are.