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  • Wodehouse, Sir Pelham Grenville (British author)

    P.G. Wodehouse, English-born comic novelist, short-story writer, lyricist, and playwright, best known as the creator of Jeeves, the supreme “gentleman’s gentleman.” He wrote more than 90 books and more than 20 film scripts and collaborated on more than 30 plays and musical comedies. Wodehouse was

  • Woden (Norse deity)

    Odin, one of the principal gods in Norse mythology. His exact nature and role, however, are difficult to determine because of the complex picture of him given by the wealth of archaeological and literary sources. The Roman historian Tacitus stated that the Teutons worshiped Mercury; and because

  • Woden-Weston Creek (district, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia)

    Australian Capital Territory: Settlement patterns: …the newer urban districts of Woden–Weston Creek, Belconnen, Tuggeranong, and Gungahlin includes residential suburbs, a major regional centre, and local service centres. These districts were developed according to modern town planning and urban design principles in order to provide services and job opportunities in each urban district close to where…

  • Wodeyars (Mysore rulers)

    Karnataka: History: In the 17th century the Wadiyars (or Wodeyars) of Mysore profited from the conflict between the Mughal Empire and the Marathas in western India. In 1610 the Wadiyar ruler of Mysore seized Seringapatam (now Shrirangapattana); later, Bangalore (now Bengaluru) was also acquired and Wadiyar power consolidated. Later rulers of Mysore…

  • WoduridaR (legendary Norwegian figure)

    Tune Stone: …the runes in memory of WoduridaR. The latter part of the inscription tells how WoduridaR was honoured after his death and that he left three daughters, but no sons or male relatives.

  • Wodzis?aw ?l?ski (Poland)

    Wodzis?aw ?l?ski, city, ?l?skie województwo (province), south-central Poland. Located in the Rybnik coal fields, it is 6 miles (10 km) north of the border with the Czech Republic and 30 miles (48 km) southwest of Katowice, the provincial capital. First chronicled in the 12th century as a crafts and

  • Wodziwob (American prophet)

    Ghost Dance: …in 1869 around the dreamer Wodziwob (d. c. 1872) and in 1871–73 spread to California and Oregon tribes; it soon died out or was transformed into other cults. The second derived from Wovoka (c. 1856–1932), whose father, Tavibo, had assisted Wodziwob. Wovoka had been influenced by Presbyterians on whose ranch…

  • Woerth, éric (French government official)

    Liliane Bettencourt: Labour minister Eric Woerth was forced out in 2010 and placed under investigation in 2012 after he was accused of having accepted illegal campaign donations from Bettencourt on behalf of former prime minister Nicolas Sarkozy’s election campaign. Sarkozy himself was accused of exploiting Bettencourt’s frailty and having…

  • Woertz, Patricia A. (American business executive)

    Patricia A. Woertz, American businesswoman who served as president and CEO of the agricultural processing corporation Archer Daniels Midland Co. (ADM) from 2006 to 2014. After studying accounting at Pennsylvania State University (B.S., 1974), Woertz joined the accounting firm Ernst & Young in

  • Woese, Carl (American microbiologist)

    Carl Woese, American microbiologist who discovered the group of single-cell prokaryotic organisms known as archaea, which constitute a third domain of life. Woese attended Amherst College in Massachusetts, where he received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and physics in 1950. He then began his

  • Woese, Carl R. (American microbiologist)

    Carl Woese, American microbiologist who discovered the group of single-cell prokaryotic organisms known as archaea, which constitute a third domain of life. Woese attended Amherst College in Massachusetts, where he received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and physics in 1950. He then began his

  • Woese, Carl Richard (American microbiologist)

    Carl Woese, American microbiologist who discovered the group of single-cell prokaryotic organisms known as archaea, which constitute a third domain of life. Woese attended Amherst College in Massachusetts, where he received a bachelor’s degree in mathematics and physics in 1950. He then began his

  • Woestijne, Karel van de (Flemish author)

    Karel van de Woestijne, Flemish poet whose body of work constitutes a symbolic autobiography. Van de Woestijne studied Germanic philology. He worked as a journalist and government official in Brussels (1907–20) and as a professor of literature at Ghent from 1920 until his death. His poetry stems

  • Woffington, Margaret (Irish actress)

    Peg Woffington, Irish actress, one of the outstanding theatrical personalities of her time. Woffington became a street singer to support her mother and sister and made her stage debut at 10 as Polly Peachum in a juvenile production of John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera. In 1732 she first performed in

  • Woffington, Peg (Irish actress)

    Peg Woffington, Irish actress, one of the outstanding theatrical personalities of her time. Woffington became a street singer to support her mother and sister and made her stage debut at 10 as Polly Peachum in a juvenile production of John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera. In 1732 she first performed in

  • Woffington, The (Irish actress)

    Peg Woffington, Irish actress, one of the outstanding theatrical personalities of her time. Woffington became a street singer to support her mother and sister and made her stage debut at 10 as Polly Peachum in a juvenile production of John Gay’s The Beggar’s Opera. In 1732 she first performed in

  • Wofford, Chloe Anthony (American author)

    Toni Morrison, American writer noted for her examination of black experience (particularly black female experience) within the black community. She received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1993. Morrison grew up in the American Midwest in a family that possessed an intense love of and

  • Wofford, Harris (United States senator)

    James Carville: …the 1991 landslide victory of Harris Wofford (who overcame a 40-point deficit in the polls) in Pennsylvania’s senatorial election. Carville then managed Clinton’s successful presidential bid, winning the Campaign Manager of the Year award from the American Association of Political Consultants for his efforts. During the Clinton campaign Carville met…

  • Wogan, Sir Michael Terence (Irish-born radio and television broadcaster)

    Terry Wogan, (Sir Michael Terence Wogan), Irish-born radio and television broadcaster (born Aug. 3, 1938, Limerick, Ire.—died Jan. 31, 2016, Taplow, Buckinghamshire, Eng.), exercised his droll banter and self-deprecating Irish wit to build a long career as a disc jockey, quiz-show presenter,

  • Wogan, Terry (Irish-born radio and television broadcaster)

    Terry Wogan, (Sir Michael Terence Wogan), Irish-born radio and television broadcaster (born Aug. 3, 1938, Limerick, Ire.—died Jan. 31, 2016, Taplow, Buckinghamshire, Eng.), exercised his droll banter and self-deprecating Irish wit to build a long career as a disc jockey, quiz-show presenter,

  • Wogeo (people)

    nature worship: Water as a vivifying force: …“river,” and “semen,” and the Wogeo of Papua New Guinea call their patrilinear clans dan—i.e., both water and semen.

  • Wogo (people)

    Niger: Settlement patterns: …banco (hardened mud), although the Wogo people live in tents of delicate matting.

  • Wohin treibt die Bundesrepublik? (work by Jaspers)

    Karl Jaspers: Postwar development of thought: …Wohin treibt die Bundesrepublik? (1966; The Future of Germany, 1967). This book caused much annoyance among West German politicians of all shades. Jaspers, in turn, reacted to their unfair reception by returning his German passport in 1967 and taking out Swiss citizenship.

  • W?hler, Friedrich (German chemist)

    Friedrich W?hler, German chemist who was one of the finest and most prolific of the 19th century. W?hler, the son of an agronomist and veterinarian, attended the University of Marburg and then the University of Heidelberg, from which he received a medical degree with a specialty in obstetrics

  • Wohlfahrtia vigil (fly)

    flesh fly: The large gray fly, Wohlfahrtia vigil, found in the cooler regions of North America, is usually a mammal parasite and may deposit its young on the skin of infants.

  • Wohlgemut affair (Swiss history)

    Numa Droz: …Otto von Bismarck in the Wohlgemut affair (1889).

  • Wohlgemut, Michael (German artist)

    Michael Wolgemut, leading late Gothic painter of Nürnberg in the late 15th century. After an obscure early period Wolgemut married (1472) Barbara, widow of the Nürnberg painter Hans Pleydenwurff. In the next 40 years he produced a series of large altarpieces, rich with carving and gilding, as well

  • Wohlgemuth, Michael (German artist)

    Michael Wolgemut, leading late Gothic painter of Nürnberg in the late 15th century. After an obscure early period Wolgemut married (1472) Barbara, widow of the Nürnberg painter Hans Pleydenwurff. In the next 40 years he produced a series of large altarpieces, rich with carving and gilding, as well

  • Wohlstetter, Albert (American scientist)

    international relations: Between the two world wars: Kissinger, and Albert Wohlstetter. Other issues that were addressed in the vast literature of international relations include international, and especially European, integration; alliances and alignment, such as the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO); ideologies; foreign-policy decision making; theories about conflict and war; the study of low-intensity conflict;…

  • Wohltemperierte Klavier, Das (work by Bach)

    The Well-Tempered Clavier, BWV 846–893, collection of 48 preludes and fugues by Johann Sebastian Bach, published in two books (1722 and 1742). It explores the intricacies of each of the 12 major and 12 minor keys and constitutes the largest-scale and most-influential undertaking for solo keyboard

  • Wohlwill process (ore refining)

    gold processing: History: …Britain in 1867) and Emil Wohlwill’s electrorefining process (introduced in Hamburg, Ger., in 1878), it became possible routinely to achieve higher purities than had been allowed by fire refining.

  • Woiwode, Larry (American author)

    Larry Woiwode, American writer whose semiautobiographical fiction reflects his early childhood in a tiny town on the western North Dakota plains, where five generations of his family had lived. Woiwode first published fiction while at the University of Illinois, which he attended from 1959 to 1964.

  • Woiwode, Larry Alfred (American author)

    Larry Woiwode, American writer whose semiautobiographical fiction reflects his early childhood in a tiny town on the western North Dakota plains, where five generations of his family had lived. Woiwode first published fiction while at the University of Illinois, which he attended from 1959 to 1964.

  • Wojcicki, Anne (American entrepreneur)

    Anne Wojcicki, American entrepreneur and cofounder and chief executive officer of the personal genetics company 23andMe. Wojcicki received a B.S. degree (1996) in biology from Yale University. She later worked as a researcher and as an investment analyst. In 2006, while pursuing her interest in the

  • Wojcicki, Susan (American tech industry executive)

    Susan Wojcicki, American tech industry executive who was CEO (2014– ) of the video-sharing Web site YouTube. She previously was the senior vice president in charge of marketing at YouTube’s parent company, Google Inc. Wojcicki’s father was a physics professor at Stanford University, and her mother

  • Wojcicki, Susan Diane (American tech industry executive)

    Susan Wojcicki, American tech industry executive who was CEO (2014– ) of the video-sharing Web site YouTube. She previously was the senior vice president in charge of marketing at YouTube’s parent company, Google Inc. Wojcicki’s father was a physics professor at Stanford University, and her mother

  • Wojciechowski, Stanis?aw (president of Poland)

    Stanis?aw Wojciechowski, one of the leaders in the struggle for Polish independence from Russia in the years before World War I. He later served as the second president of the Polish Republic (1922–26). While a student at the University of Warsaw, Wojciechowski worked for the Polish Socialist

  • województwo (Polish political unit)

    Poland: Local government: …the regional level, are the województwa (provinces), which were consolidated and reduced in number from 49 to 16 in 1999. At the next level are some 300 powiaty (counties or districts), followed by about 2,500 gminy (towns and rural communes). The last are the fundamental territorial units within Poland. The…

  • Województwo Kujawsko-Pomorskie (province, Poland)

    Kujawsko-Pomorskie, województwo (province), north-central Poland. It is bordered by the provinces of Warmińsko-Mazurskie to the northeast, Pomorskie to the north, Mazowieckie to the east, ?ódzkie to the south, and Wielkopolskie to the southwest. Created in 1999 as one of 16 reorganized provinces,

  • Województwo Lubelskie (province, Poland)

    Lubelskie, województwo (province), eastern Poland. It is bordered by the provinces of Mazowieckie to the northwest, Podlaskie to the north, Podkarpackie to the south, and ?wi?tokrzyskie to the west as well as by the countries of Belarus and Ukraine to the east. It was created in 1999 when Poland’s

  • Województwo Warmińsko-Mazurskie (province, Poland)

    Warmińsko-Mazurskie, województwo (province), northern Poland. It is bordered by Russia to the north, by the provinces of Podlaskie to the east, Mazowieckie to the south, Kujawsko-Pomorskie to the southwest, and Pomorskie to the west, and by the Baltic Sea to the northwest. It was created as one of

  • Wojna chocimska (work by Potocki)

    Wac?aw Potocki: …not published until 1850, as Wojna chocimska. The epic describes the defense in 1621 of the city of Chocim by 65,000 Poles and Cossacks against a Turkish army estimated at 400,000. Historically accurate, though it idealizes the Polish heroes, Wojna chocimska reveals Potocki’s gift for poetic condensation.

  • Wojna domowa z Kozaki i Tatary (work by Twardowski)

    Samuel Twardowski: …many historical events, as in Wojna domowa z Kozaki i Tatary (1681; “A Civil War with the Cossacks and Tatars”), an account of the Zaporozhian Cossacks’ revolt, under the leadership of Bohdan Khmelnytsky, against Polish domination in the mid-17th century. Twardowski also wrote Baroque pastoral romances such as Nadobna Paskwalina…

  • Wojty?a, Karol Józef (pope)

    St. John Paul II, ; canonized April 27, 2014; feast day October 22), the bishop of Rome and head of the Roman Catholic Church (1978–2005), the first non-Italian pope in 455 years and the first from a Slavic country. His pontificate of more than 26 years was the third longest in history. As part of

  • wok (cooking pan)

    Wok, thin-walled cooking pan, shaped like a shallow bowl with handles, widely used in Chinese-style cooking. The wok has a round bottom that concentrates heat, cooking food quickly with relatively little oil. Food when cooked may be moved up the sloping side of the wok to stay warm without cooking

  • Wokha (India)

    Wokha, town, central Nagaland state, northeastern India. It lies at the foot of the Wokha Hills, 50 miles (80 km) north of Kohima. Wokha is a trade and agricultural centre for the surrounding Naga Hills, in which grains (mainly rice) and fruits are grown on previously forested slopes. There are

  • Woking (district, England, United Kingdom)

    Woking, borough (district), administrative and historic county of Surrey, southeastern England. Woking lies about 25 miles (40 km) southwest of London. It developed as a residential town in an attractive setting of heathlands and pinewoods after the establishment of a railway connection with London

  • Wokingham (town and unitary authority, England, United Kingdom)

    Wokingham, town and unitary authority, geographic and historic county of Berkshire, southern England. It lies 33 miles (53 km) west of London. The town of Wokingham, which lay in Windsor Royal Forest, was granted a market in 1219, and Elizabeth I granted its charter in 1583. Brick works were once

  • Wokini: A Lakota Journey to Happiness and Self-Understanding (work by Sparks and Mills)

    Nicholas Sparks: …Olympic runner Billy Mills on Wokini: A Lakota Journey to Happiness and Self-Understanding. The book, which was inspired by a Native American legend, was published in 1990. Determined to become a professional writer, Sparks spent several months working on The Notebook, his first published novel, which hit The New York…

  • Woko (people)

    Niger: Settlement patterns: …banco (hardened mud), although the Wogo people live in tents of delicate matting.

  • wokou (Japanese history)

    Wakō, any of the groups of marauders who raided the Korean and Chinese coasts between the 13th and 16th centuries. They were often in the pay of various Japanese feudal leaders and were frequently involved in Japan’s civil wars during the early part of this period. In the 14th century Japanese

  • Wo?anie do Yeti (poetry by Szymborska)

    Wis?awa Szymborska: Her third volume, Wo?anie do Yeti (1957; “Calling Out to Yeti”), marked a clear shift to a more personal style of poetry and expressed her dissatisfaction with communism (Stalinism in particular). Subsequent volumes, such as Sól (1962; “Salt”), Sto pociech (1967; “No End of Fun”), and Wszelki wypadek…

  • Wolbachia pipientis (bacteria)
  • Wolcot, John (British writer)

    Peter Pindar, English writer of a running commentary in satirical verse on society, politics, and personalities, 1778–1817. After studying medicine at Aberdeen, Scotland, Wolcot went to Jamaica as physician to the governor in 1767. He was ordained in 1769 but then forsook the church. He returned to

  • Wolcott, Alexander (American photographer)

    history of photography: Development of the daguerreotype: …City in March 1840, when Alexander Wolcott opened a “Daguerrean Parlor” for tiny portraits, using a camera with a mirror substituted for the lens. During this same period, József Petzval and Friedrich Voigtl?nder, both of Vienna, worked on better lens and camera design. Petzval produced an achromatic portrait lens that…

  • Wolcott, Oliver (United States statesman)

    Oliver Wolcott, American public official who signed the Declaration of Independence (1776) and helped negotiate a settlement with the Iroquois (1784). Descended from an old Connecticut family long active in public affairs, he was the son of Roger Wolcott, who was the colonial governor in 1750–54.

  • Wolcott, Oliver, Jr. (United States statesman)

    Oliver Wolcott: His son, Oliver Wolcott (1760–1833), continued the family tradition of public service as U.S. secretary of the Treasury (1795–1800) and governor of Connecticut (1817–27).

  • Wolcottville (Connecticut, United States)

    Torrington, city, coextensive with the town (township) of Torrington, Litchfield county, northwestern Connecticut, U.S., on the Naugatuck River. The town was named in 1732 for Great Torrington, England, but the area was not settled until 1737. The town was incorporated in 1740. The village went by

  • Wold, Herman (Swedish mathematician)

    automata theory: Control and single-series prediction: …of a Swedish mathematician named Herman Wold, whose work was predicated on the assumption that, if X1, X2, X3, · · ·, are successive values of a series identified with discrete points in time t = 1, t = 2, t = 3, · · ·, then the successive values…

  • Wolde, Degaga (Ethiopian athlete)

    Mamo Wolde, (Degaga Wolde), Ethiopian long-distance runner (born June 12, 1932, Dirre Jille, Eth.—died May 26, 2002, Addis Ababa, Eth.), became a national hero at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City, where he unexpectedly captured the gold medal in the marathon and the silver in the 10,000 m. W

  • Wolde, Mamo (Ethiopian athlete)

    Mamo Wolde, (Degaga Wolde), Ethiopian long-distance runner (born June 12, 1932, Dirre Jille, Eth.—died May 26, 2002, Addis Ababa, Eth.), became a national hero at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City, where he unexpectedly captured the gold medal in the marathon and the silver in the 10,000 m. W

  • Wolde-Giorgis, Girma (president of Ethiopia)

    Girma Wolde-Giorgis , Ethiopian political leader who served as president of Ethiopia (2001–13). Girma graduated from the Genet Military School in Holeta, Ethiopia, as a sublieutenant in 1944. As a trainee in the Ethiopian air force (1946–47), he studied air-traffic management and control in Sweden

  • Wolde-Giyorgis, Girma (president of Ethiopia)

    Girma Wolde-Giorgis , Ethiopian political leader who served as president of Ethiopia (2001–13). Girma graduated from the Genet Military School in Holeta, Ethiopia, as a sublieutenant in 1944. As a trainee in the Ethiopian air force (1946–47), he studied air-traffic management and control in Sweden

  • Wolds (region, England, United Kingdom)

    East Riding of Yorkshire: …at Flamborough Head, the Yorkshire Wolds rise inland to an elevation of nearly 800 feet (240 metres), sweeping in a crescent west and south to the Humber at Brough. The Wolds gradually descend to the low plain of Holderness in the southeast and to the alluvial plain of the Rivers…

  • Woldstreek (region, Netherlands)

    Groningen: …regions of Westerwolde and the Woldstreek. Intensive cultivation creates a large residue of straw, used in local strawboard factories. The southwest of the province (southern Westerkwartier) has mainly sandy soil that supports mixed farming and cattle raising. Horse breeding and equestrian sports are a favourite activity among the wealthy in…

  • Woleu River (river, Africa)

    Equatorial Guinea: Continental Equatorial Guinea: …Niefang-Mikomeseng range north of the Mbini River is somewhat lower. All these ranges form segments of the Cristal Mountains in Gabon.

  • Wolf (novel by Harrison)

    Jim Harrison: Harrison’s first novel, Wolf (1971; film 1994), concerns the efforts of a disaffected man to view a wolf in the wilderness, an experience that he believes will cause his luck to change. A Good Day to Die (1973) treats the issue of the environment more cynically. Quandaries of…

  • wolf (mammal)

    Wolf, any of two species of wild doglike carnivores. The gray, or timber, wolf (Canis lupus) is the better known. It is the largest nondomestic member of the dog family (Canidae) and inhabits vast areas of the Northern Hemisphere. The Ethiopian, or Abyssinian, wolf (C. simensis) inhabits the

  • Wolf (constellation)

    Lupus, (Latin: “Wolf”) constellation in the southern sky at about 15 hours right ascension and 40° south in declination. Its brightest star is Alpha Lupi, with a magnitude of 2.3. For the ancient Greeks and Romans this constellation represented either a wolf or a fox impaled on a pole held by the

  • wolf bean (plant)

    lupine: …and a few species, especially white lupine, or wolf bean (L. alba), are useful as cover and forage crops.

  • Wolf Creek Crater (crater, Western Australia, Australia)

    Wolf Creek Crater, huge meteorite crater 65 miles (105 km) south of Halls Creek, Western Australia. The crater is on the edge of a little-explored desert and was first sighted from an airplane in 1937. It is 2,799 feet (853 m) in diameter and 151 feet (46 m) deep, with a rim standing 60–100 feet

  • Wolf Cubs (British organization)

    Robert Baden-Powell, 1st Baron Baden-Powell: In 1916 he organized the Wolf Cubs in Great Britain (known as Cub Scouts in the United States) for boys under the age of 11. At the first international Boy Scout Jamboree (London, 1920), he was acclaimed chief scout of the world.

  • Wolf Gift, The (work by Rice)

    Anne Rice: …Gift Chronicles, which began with The Wolf Gift (2012) and The Wolves of Midwinter (2013), represented a return to her Gothic roots. The novels follow a young werewolf as he becomes accustomed to his newly acquired supernatural abilities and metes out vigilante justice in contemporary northern California.

  • Wolf Hall (novel by Mantel)

    Hilary Mantel: …King Henry VIII of England, Wolf Hall (2009) was lauded for its impressive scope and complex portrayal of its subject. It was honoured with the Booker Prize, and it became an international best seller. A sequel, Bring Up the Bodies (2012), which focuses more narrowly on Cromwell’s role in the…

  • wolf herring (fish species)

    Wolf herring, (Chirocentrus dorab), species of fish belonging to the family Chirocentridae (order Clupeiformes). It is exclusively marine in habitat, occurring in the Indian Ocean and in the western Pacific to Japan and eastern Australia. In contrast to other herrings, which feed on plankton, wolf

  • Wolf Man, The (film by Waggner [1941])

    The Wolf Man, American horror film, released in 1941, that made Lon Chaney, Jr., son of legendary silent film star Lon Chaney, a Hollywood celebrity in his own right. The film, one of the many popular monster movies of the 1930s and ’40s produced by Universal Pictures, greatly influenced popular

  • wolf note (music)

    mechanics: Damped and forced oscillations: …resonances to certain notes—called “wolf notes” by musicians—occur in cheap violins and are much to be avoided. Sometimes, a glass may be broken by a singer as a result of its resonant response to a particular musical note.

  • Wolf number (astronomy)

    Rudolf Wolf: …groups, which are known as Wolf’s sunspot numbers.

  • Wolf of Wall Street, The (film by Scorsese [2013])

    Martin Scorsese: Films of the 2010s: Shutter Island, Hugo, and The Wolf of Wall Street: …New York City haunts with The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), a cautionary tale based on the memoir by Jordan Belfort (DiCaprio), a stock trader who fell afoul of the law but not before showering himself and his associates in tremendous wealth. The film divided critics, who saw it as…

  • wolf pack (warfare)

    convoy: …of marshalling U-boats into “wolf packs” of 8 or even 20 submarines that would intercept convoys and attack them at night en masse. The effectiveness of the convoy system during the Battle of the Atlantic can be seen in the fact that of the approximately 2,700 Allied and neutral…

  • wolf snake (reptile)

    Wolf snake, any of a number of nonvenomous members of the family Colubridae, named for large teeth in both jaws. Asian wolf snakes are placed in the genera Cercaspis (one species; Sri Lanka) and Lycodon (about 26 species; Southeast Asia), whereas African wolf snakes are placed in the genus

  • Wolf Solent (novel by Powys)

    English literature: The literature of World War I and the interwar period: And in Wolf Solent (1929) and A Glastonbury Romance (1932), John Cowper Powys developed an eccentric and highly erotic mysticism.

  • wolf spider (arachnid)

    Wolf spider, any member of the spider family Lycosidae (order Araneida), a large and widespread group. They are named for the wolflike habit of chasing and pouncing upon prey. About 125 species occur in North America, about 50 in Europe. Numerous species occur north of the Arctic Circle. Most are

  • Wolf v. Colorado (United States law case)

    exclusionary rule: Supreme Court held in Wolf v. Colorado (1949) that “security of one’s privacy against arbitrary intrusion by the police—which is at the core of the Fourth Amendment—is basic to a free society.” However, that decision did not extend to state courts. During the next decade, approximately half of the…

  • Wolf’s sunspot number (astronomy)

    Rudolf Wolf: …groups, which are known as Wolf’s sunspot numbers.

  • Wolf, Alfred Peter (American chemist)

    Alfred Peter Wolf, American nuclear and organic chemist whose work led to advances in medical imaging, especially the development of positron emission tomography (b. Feb. 13, 1923, New York, N.Y.--d. Dec. 17, 1998, Port Jefferson,

  • Wolf, Arnold Jacob (American rabbi and activist)

    Arnold Jacob Wolf, American rabbi and activist (born March 19, 1924, Chicago, Ill.—died Dec. 23, 2008, Chicago), was a progressive, often controversial voice within the Jewish community as the leader of two prominent Reform synagogues. Wolf was raised in Chicago and received undergraduate degrees

  • Wolf, Charles-Joseph-étienne (French astronomer)

    Wolf-Rayet star: …1867 by the French astronomers Charles-Joseph-étienne Wolf and Georges-Antoine-Pons Rayet.

  • Wolf, Christa (German author)

    Christa Wolf, German novelist, essayist, and screenwriter most often associated with East Germany. Wolf was reared in a middle-class, pro-Nazi family. With the defeat of Germany in 1945, she moved with her family to East Germany. She studied at the Universities of Jena and Leipzig (1949–53),

  • Wolf, Christian, baron von (German philosopher)

    Christian, baron von Wolff, philosopher, mathematician, and scientist who worked in many subjects but who is best known as the German spokesman of the Enlightenment. Wolff was educated at the universities of Breslau, Jena, and Leipzig and was a pupil of the philosopher and mathematician Gottfried

  • Wolf, Daniel (American journalist)

    Daniel Wolf, U.S. journalist who was one of the founders of the Village Voice weekly newspaper and served as its first editor, 1955-70 (b. May 25, 1915--d. April 11,

  • Wolf, Eric Robert (American anthropologist and historian)

    Eric Robert Wolf, Austrian-born anthropologist and historian (born Feb. 1, 1923, Vienna, Austria—died March 6/7, 1999, Irvington, N.Y.), studied historical trends across civilizations and argued that individual cultures must be viewed in the context of global socioeconomic systems. His best-known b

  • Wolf, Friedrich August (German philologist)

    Friedrich August Wolf, German classical scholar who is considered the founder of modern philology but is best known for his Prolegomena ad Homerum (1795), which created the “Homer question” in its modern form. Extremely precocious, Wolf learned Greek, Latin, and French as a child. He was largely

  • Wolf, Hazel (American environmentalist)

    Hazel Wolf, Canadian-born American environmentalist (born March 10, 1898, Victoria, B.C.—died Jan. 19, 2000, Port Angeles, Wash.), was a longtime advocate for environmental causes. After moving to the U.S. from Canada in 1923, she worked on behalf of the rights of immigrants and became a member o

  • Wolf, Henry (American graphic designer)

    Henry Wolf, Austrian-born American graphic designer and photographer (born May 23, 1925, Vienna, Austria—died Feb. 14, 2005, New York, N.Y.), influenced and energized magazine design during the 1950s and ’60s with his bold layouts, elegant typography, and whimsical cover photographs while serving a

  • Wolf, Hugo (Austrian composer)

    Hugo Wolf, composer who brought the 19th-century German lied, or art song, to its highest point of development. Wolf studied at the Vienna Conservatory (1875–77) but had a moody and irascible temperament and was expelled from the conservatory following his outspoken criticism of his masters. In

  • Wolf, Hugo Philipp Jakob (Austrian composer)

    Hugo Wolf, composer who brought the 19th-century German lied, or art song, to its highest point of development. Wolf studied at the Vienna Conservatory (1875–77) but had a moody and irascible temperament and was expelled from the conservatory following his outspoken criticism of his masters. In

  • Wolf, Johann Rudolf (Swiss astronomer)

    Rudolf Wolf, Swiss astronomer and astronomical historian. Wolf studied at the universities of Zürich, Vienna, and Berlin and in 1839 went to the University of Bern as a teacher of mathematics and physics; he became professor of astronomy there in 1844. In 1855 he accepted a professorship of

  • Wolf, Markus Johannes (German government agent)

    Markus Johannes Wolf, German spymaster (born Jan. 19, 1923, Hechingen, Ger.—died Nov. 9, 2006, Berlin, Ger.), supervised at least 4,000 agents in the foreign intelligence division of East Germany’s Stasi secret police agency from 1952 until his retirement in 1986. When East and West Germany were r

  • Wolf, Max (German astronomer)

    Max Wolf, German astronomer who applied photography to the search for asteroids and discovered 228 of them. Wolf showed an early interest in astronomy; he was only 21 years old when he discovered a comet, now named for him. In 1890 he was appointed Privatdozent (unsalaried lecturer) at the

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