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Wilson

(Encyclopedia) Wilson, city (1990 pop. 36,930), seat of Wilson co., E N.C., in a rich agricultural region; inc. 1849. It is a commercial and industrial center with a large tobacco…

History of Fingerprints

The Question: Where is the origin of fingerprinting? The Answer: There is evidence that links man's first discovery of fingerprints back to…

Twain, Mark

(Encyclopedia) Twain, Mark, pseud. of Samuel Langhorne Clemens, 1835–1910, American author, b. Florida, Mo. As humorist, narrator, and social observer, Twain is unsurpassed in…

Wilson Dam

(Encyclopedia) Wilson Dam: see Tennessee Valley Authority .

Wilson, Mount

(Encyclopedia) Wilson, Mount, peak, 5,710 ft (1,740 m) high, S Calif., in the San Gabriel Mts., NE of Pasadena. It is the site of Mt. Wilson Observatory (est. 1904), one of the Hale…

Wilson, Benjamin

(Encyclopedia) Wilson, Benjamin, 1721–88, English portrait painter and electrician who opposed Benjamin Franklin's theory of positive and negative electricity. Instead, Wilson…

Wilson, Kenneth Geddes

(Encyclopedia) Wilson, Kenneth Geddes, 1936–2013, American physicist, b. Waltham, Mass., Ph.D. California Institute of Technology, 1961. A professor at Cornell (1963–88) and Ohio State…