|1.||Oliver Wendell. 1809--94, US author, esp of humorous essays, such as The Autocrat of the Breakfast Table (1858) and its sequels|
|2.||his son, Oliver Wendell. 1841--1935, US jurist, noted for his liberal judgments|
|3.||Paul. born 1950, New Zealand radio and television broadcaster; presenter of The Paul Holmes Breakfast, a popular breakfast radio show, since 1987|
|Holmes (hōmz, hōlmz) Pronunciation Key
British geologist who pioneered a method of determining the age of rocks by measuring their radioactive components. He was also an early supporter of Alfred Wegener's theory of continental drift.
fictional character created by the Scottish writer Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. The prototype for the modern mastermind detective, Holmes first appeared in Conan Doyle's A Study in Scarlet, published in Beeton's Christmas Annual of 1887. As the world's first and only "consulting detective," he pursued criminals throughout Victorian and Edwardian London, the south of England, and continental Europe. Although the fictional detective had been anticipated by Edgar Allan Poe's C. Auguste Dupin and Emile Gaboriau's Monsieur Lecoq, Holmes made a singular impact upon the popular imagination and has become the most enduring character of detective fiction.
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