Stead, William Thomas (stĕd) [key], 1849–1912, English journalist. From 1883 to 1889 he edited the Pall Mall Gazette and in 1890 founded the Review of Reviews, establishing similar publications in the United States (1891) and Australia (1892). He pioneered in modern journalistic methods in England, was an advocate of reform in the British navy, and championed child welfare and social legislation. In later years he was deeply interested in psychical research. He lost his life on the Titanic. Among his numerous works are If Christ Came to Chicago (1893), The Americanization of the World (1902), and Peers or People (1907).