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France Overview

(Encyclopedia) France frăns, Fr. fräNs [key], officially French Republic, republic (2015 est. pop. 64,457,000), 211,207 sq mi (547,026 sq km), W Europe. France is bordered by the…

Moerner, W. E.

(Encyclopedia) Moerner, W. E. (William Esco Moerner), 1953–, American physical chemist, b. Pleasanton, Calif., Ph.D. Cornell, 1982. Moerner worked at the IBM Almaden Research Center…

David, T. W. E.

(Encyclopedia) David, T. W. E. (Sir Tannatt William Edgeworth), 1858–1935, Australian geologist and explorer, b. near Cardiff, Wales. David came to Australia in 1882 as an assistant…

Du Bois, W. E. B.

(Encyclopedia) Du Bois, W. E. B. (William Edward Burghardt Du Bois) dəbois´ [key], 1868–1963, American civil-rights leader and author, b. Great Barrington, Mass., grad. Harvard (B.A.,…

Cummings, E. E.

(Encyclopedia) Cummings, E. E. (Edward Estlin Cummings), 1894–1962, American poet, b. Cambridge, Mass., grad. Harvard, 1915. His poetry, noted for its eccentricities of typography (…

Harper, William Rainey

(Encyclopedia) Harper, William Rainey, 1856–1906, American educator and Hebrew scholar, b. New Concord, Ohio, grad. Muskingum College, 1870, Ph.D. Yale, 1875. The author of many texts…

Lee, Harper

(Encyclopedia) Lee, Harper (Nelle Harper Lee), 1926–2016, American novelist, b. Monroeville, Ala. A member of an old Southern family and related to Robert E. Lee , she was a…

W. E. B. Du Bois

Name at birth: William Edward Burghardt DuBoisA scholar, writer and political activist, W.E.B. Du Bois was a key founder of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). W.…

Bates, H. E.

(Encyclopedia) Bates, H. E. (Herbert Ernest Bates), 1905–74, English author, b. Rushden, Northamptonshire. During World War II he served with the Royal Air Force. A good storyteller,…

Smith, W. Eugene

(Encyclopedia) Smith, W. Eugene (William Eugene Smith), 1918–78, American photojournalist, b. Wichita, Kan. Smith is considered one of the principal masters of modern photojournalism.…