People by name, W with Quotes

510 people with 8,072 quotes

Name Quotes Bio
W. Averell Harriman1William Averell Harriman (15 November 1891-26 July 1986) was an American Democratic Party politician, businessman, and diplomat. He was the son of railroad baron E. H. Harriman. He served as Secretary of Commerce under President Harry S. Truman and later as the 48th Governor of New York. He was a candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination in 1952, and again in 1956 when he was endorsed by President Truman but lost to Adlai Stevenson both times. Harriman served President Franklin D. Roosevelt as special envoy to Europe and served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union and U.S. Ambassador to Britain. He served in numerous U.S. diplomatic assignments in the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. He was a core member of the group of foreign policy elders known as "The Wise Men".
Waagen, Gustav Friedrich1Gustav Friedrich Waagen (February 11, 1794 – July 15, 1868) was a German art historian and academic. In 1831 he was appointed as the Director of the Gallery for Paintings of the Prussian Royal Museum in Berlin; he held this position for the remainder of his life.Stonge, Carmen (1998), "Making Private Collections Public: Gustav Friedrich Waagen and the Royal Museum in Berlin", Journal of the History of Collections 10 pages: 61-74
Waal, Frans de5Frans B.M. de Waal PhD (born 29 October 1948, 's-Hertogenbosch) is a Dutch psychologist, primatologist and ethologist.
Waberi, Abdourahman11Abdourahman A. Waberi (born 1965) is a novelist, essayist, poet and short-story writer from Djibouti City
Wade, J. Augustus2Joseph Augustine Wade (1796 – 15 July 1845) was an Irish composer and conductor.
Wadewitz, Adrianne34Adrianne Wadewitz (January 6, 1977 – April 8, 2014) was an American feminist scholar of 18th-century British literature, a noted Wikipedian, and commenter upon (particularly) gender issues in Wikipedia.
Wagner, Jane24Jane Wagner (born 26 February 1935) is an American playwright and actress, most famous as Lily Tomlin's comedy writer, collaborator, companion and wife.
Wagner, Richard31Wilhelm Richard Wagner (22 May 1813 – 13 February 1883) was an influential German composer, conductor, music theorist, and essayist, primarily known for his groundbreaking "music dramas", he led a life characterised, until his last decades, by political exile, turbulent love affairs, poverty and repeated flight from his creditors. His pugnacious personality and often outspoken views on music, politics and society made him a controversial figure during his life, and he has remained one because of antisemitic sentiments expressed throughout many of his writings.
Wahabi, Majalli1Majalli Wahabi (Hebrew: מגלי והבה‎, Arabic: مجلي وهبه‎, also spelt Majalli Whbee, born 12 February 1954) is a Druze politician from Israel and currently a member of the Knesset on behalf of Kadima. He holds the positions of Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs and Deputy Speaker of the Knesset, and briefly became Israel's Acting President in February 2007, making him the first non-Jew to act as Israel's head of state.
Waheeda Rehman23Waheeda Rehman (born May 14, 1936) is an Indian film actress. She is often regarded as one of the most prominent actresses of the golden era, and is cited in the media as the "Quintessential Beauty of Bollywood". She is best known for many successful and critically acclaimed movies from the 1950s, 60s and early 70s. She is the recipient of Filmfare Lifetime Achievement Award in 1994 and the civilian national award of Padma Bhushan in 2011.
Wahlberg, Mark4Mark Robert Michael Wahlberg (born June 5, 1971) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor and television producer, formerly known as rapper Marky Mark. He has also been a fashion model.
Waid, Mark6Mark Waid (born 21 March 1962) is an Eisner Award-winning American comic book writer. He is well known for his eight-year run as writer of the DC Comics' title The Flash, the limited series Kingdom Come, Superman: Birthright, and his work on Marvel Comics' Captain America.
Wain, John4John Barrington Wain (14 March 1925 – 24 May 1994) was a British poet, anthologist and journalist.
Wainwright, Adam2Adam Wainwright (born August 30, 1981, in Brunswick, Georgia) is a pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals baseball team.
Wainwright, Loudon III1Loudon Wainwright III (born September 5, 1946, in Chapel Hill, North Carolina) is an American songwriter, folk singer, humorist, and actor.
Wainwright, Rufus33Rufus Wainwright (born July 22, 1973) is a Canadian-American singer-songwriter.
Waits, Tom27Thomas Alan Waits (born 7 December 1949) American composer, singer, songwriter, musician and actor.
Waitzkin, Joshua5Joshua Waitzkin (born 4 December 1976) is an American chess player, martial arts competitor, and author. He is the subject of a major motion picture, Searching for Bobby Fischer, a movie based on the book Searching for Bobby Fischer: The Father of a Prodigy Observes the World of Chess, by his father, Fred Waitzkin.
Wakefield, Buddy19Buddy Wakefield (born June 4, 1974) is a Spoken Word poet, signed to Sage Francis' record label, Strange Famous Records. He has been praised for his explosive energy and captivating lyrics.
Waksman, Selman1Selman Abraham Waksman(July 22, 1888 – August 16, 1973) was a Jewish-Ukrainian-American inventor, biochemist and microbiologist whose research into organic substances—largely into organisms that live in soil—and their decomposition promoted the discovery of Streptomycin, and several other antibiotics. In 1952 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in recognition "for his discovery of "streptomycin," the first antibiotic active against tuberculosis."
Walcott, Derek10Derek Alton Walcott (born January 23, 1930) is a West Indian poet, playwright, writer and visual artist who writes mainly in English. Born in Castries, St. Lucia, he won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1992.
Walden, Greg1Gregory "Greg" Walden (born January 10, 1957) is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from Oregon and represents its Second District, which covers more than two-thirds of the state (generally, east of the Cascades.) Walden earned a Bachelor of Science degree at the University of Oregon in 1981. He is the son of Paul E. Walden, three-term Oregon state representative.
Walden, Herwarth1Herwarth Walden (actual name Georg Lewin, September 16, 1879, in Berlin – October 31, 1941, in Saratov, Russia) was a German Expressionist artist and art expert in many disciplines. He is broadly acknowledged as one of the most important discoverers and promoters of German avant-garde art in the early twentieth century (Expressionism, Futurism, Dadaism, Magic Realism).
Waldman, Ayelet11Ayelet Waldman (born 1964) is an American writer of fiction, born in Jerusalem, and raised in Montreal and New Jersey. She is married to the novelist Michael Chabon.
Wales, Jimmy44Jimmy Donal "Jimbo" Wales (born 8 August 1966) is a U.S. Internet entrepreneur and wiki pioneer who is most famous as one of the founders of Wikipedia, an international collaborative free content encyclopedia on the Internet, and Wikimedia Foundation.
Walesa, Lech6Lech Wałęsa (born 29 September 1943) is a Polish political activist and politician, a leader of the Solidarity trade union and political movement, who became the first democratically elected President of Poland (1990–1995) after the fall of the People's Republic of Poland. He is well known for his unintendedly humorous quotes.
Walken, Christopher17Christopher Walken (born March 31, 1943) is an American film and theater actor. Walken is a prolific actor who has spent more than 50 years on stage and screen. He has appeared in over 100 movie and television roles, including A View to a Kill, At Close Range, King of New York, Batman Returns and Pulp Fiction, as well as music videos by recording artists such as Madonna. He received the Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for his role in the 1978 film The Deer Hunter.
Walker, Alice20Alice Malsenior Walker (born 9 February 1944) is an African-American author whose most famous novel, The Color Purple, won both the Pulitzer Prize and the American Book Award.
Walker, Clement1Clement Walker (died 1651) was an English lawyer, official and politician.
Walker, Murray12Graeme Murray Walker OBE (known as Murray Walker; born 10 October 1923, Hall Green, Birmingham, England) is a Formula One (F1) motorsport commentator. For most of his career he worked for the BBC, but when it lost the contract for F1 coverage to the company ITV, Walker continued his commentating there. He is famous in the United Kingdom for his very distinctive enthusiastic commentary style. He regularly made comments (known to many as Walkerisms or Murrayisms) in the heat of the moment that, upon analysis a moment later, were ridiculous. He was also an exponent of the commentator's curse, describing how well a driver was racing or that they would win the race, only to have them retire or crash out of the race shortly thereafter or even immediately in some cases.
Walker, Paul2Paul William Walker IV (September 12, 1973 – November 30, 2013) was an American actor.
Walker, William1William Walker (1623–1684) was a schoolmaster and author of works on grammar and rhetoric.
Wall, Arnold2Arnold Wall (1869–1966) was a New Zealand university professor, philologist, poet, mountaineer, botanist, writer and radio broadcaster.
Wall, Larry303Larry Wall (born September 27, 1954) is a programmer, best known as the creator of the Perl programming language.
Walla, Chris11Chris Walla (born November 2, 1975 in Bothell, Washington) is the guitarist and producer for the band Death Cab for Cutie, as well as producer for a number of indie bands.
Wallace, Alan2B. Alan Wallace (born 1950) (Tibetan) Buddhist scholar and writer, PhD. Tibetan translator.
Wallace, Alfred Russel10Alfred Russel Wallace, OM, FRS (January 8 1823 – November 7 1913) was a British naturalist, explorer, geographer, anthropologist and biologist. He independently proposed a theory of natural selection ("On the Tendency of Varieties to Depart Indefinitely From the Original Type") which prompted Charles Darwin to publish his own more developed and researched theory sooner than he had intended. Wallace is sometimes called the "father of biogeography".
Wallace, David Foster42David Foster Wallace (21 February 1962 – 12 September 2008) was an American novelist, essayist, and short story writer. His works include The Broom of the System (novel), Infinite Jest (novel), The Girl With Curious Hair (short story collection), Brief Interviews with Hideous Men (short story collection), A Supposedly Fun Thing I'll Never Do Again (essay collection), and the posthumously-published The Pale King (novel) and Both Flesh and Not (essay collection).
Wallace, Edgar5Richard Horatio Edgar Wallace (1 April 1875 – 10 February 1932) was a prolific British crime writer, journalist and playwright, who wrote 175 novels, 24 plays, and countless articles in newspapers and journals. Over 160 films have been made of his novels, more than for any other author. He is credited as the author of King Kong, and co-creator of the original 1933 movie.
Wallace, Frank R.5Dr. Frank R. Wallace (pen name of Dr. Wallace Ward) (1932 – 26 January 2006) was an American author, publisher, and mail-order magnate. A research chemist for DuPont, Wallace changed his career in the late 1960s, focusing on publishing. His earliest works (circa 1968 - 1983) focus on tips and strategy for winning at poker, while later works shifted towards motivational business and philosophy, primarily published though his own firm, Integrated Management Associates. As a philosopher, he is best known as the originator of Neo-Tech, which he claimed to be an offshoot of Objectivism.
Wallace, George16George Corley Wallace Jr. (25 August 1919 – 13 September 1998) was a United States politician who was elected Governor of Alabama as a Democrat for four terms (1963–1967, 1971–1979 and 1983–1987) and ran for U.S. President four times. He is most famous for his Southern populist pro-segregation attitudes during the American desegregation period, convictions he renounced later in life.
Wallace, Henry A.2Henry A. Wallace (October 7, 1888 – November 18, 1965) was an American economist and politician. He was the thirty-third Vice President of the United States (1941–45), the eleventh Secretary of Agriculture (1933–40), and the tenth Secretary of Commerce (1945–46). In the 1948 presidential election, Wallace was the nominee of the Progressive Party.
Wallace, William9Sir William Wallace (c. 1270 – 23 August 1305) was the Guardian of Scotland and resistance leader during the Wars of Scottish Independence. This page is for actual quotations of or about Wallace; for quotations from the 1995 film based upon his life and legends, see Braveheart.
Wallace, William Ross1William Ross Wallace (1819 – May 5, 1881) was an American poet most famous for writing "The Hand That Rocks The Cradle Is The Hand That Rules The World".
Wallant, Edward Lewis7Edward Lewis Wallant (19 October 1926 – 5 December 1962) was an author.
Waller, David Jewett, Sr.4David Jewett Waller (January 26, 1815 – December 7, 1893) was a Pennsylvanian minister and businessman.
Wallerstein, Immanuel6Immanuel Maurice Wallerstein (born September 28, 1930) is an American sociologist, historical social scientist, and world-systems analyst. His bimonthly commentaries on world affairs are syndicated
Wallis, Duchess of Windsor2Wallis, Duchess of Windsor (born Bessie Wallis Warfield, later Spencer, then Simpson; 19 June 1896 – 24 April 1986) was the American wife of Edward, Duke of Windsor, formerly King Edward VIII. Edward wanted to make Wallis his queen, but the British government would not allow it, because she was a commoner and had divorced before. Edward had to decide whether to give up Wallis for the crown, or the crown to marry Wallis. Edward decided to give up the crown, and he abdicated on December 11 1936. Wallis and Edward spent most of their life in France.
Wallis, George2George Wallis FSA (1811–1891) was an artist, museum curator and art educator. He was the first Keeper of Fine Art Collection at South Kensington Museum (later the Victoria & Albert Museum) in London.
Walpole, Robert3Robert Walpole, 1st Earl of Orford (26 August 1676 – 18 March 1745), normally known as "Sir Robert Walpole", was a British Whig statesman who is generally regarded as having been the first Prime Minister of Great Britain.
Walras, Léon4Marie-Esprit-Léon Walras (December 16, 1834 – January 5, 1910) was a French mathematical economist. He formulated the marginal theory of value, independently of William Stanley Jevons and Carl Menger, and pioneered the development of general equilibrium theory.
Walsh, Sheila13Dr. Sheila Walsh, D.Min. (born 5 July 1956, Ayr, Scotland) is a Scottish-born contemporary Christian vocalist, songwriter, evangelist, author, inspirational speaker, and talk-show host.
Walt Stack1Walt Stack (1908–1995) was a hod carrier by trade and a dearly beloved legend in California's San Francisco Bay Area running community.
Waltari, Mika2Mika Waltari (19 September 1908 – 26 August 1979) was a Finnish author, best known for the historical novel The Egyptian.
Walter James, 4th Baron Northbourne5Walter Ernest Christopher James, 4th Baron Northbourne (18 January 1896 – 17 June 1982) was an English agriculturalist, author and rower who competed in the 1920 Summer Olympics.
Walter Lippmann10Walter Lippmann (September 23, 1889 – December 14, 1974) was an influential United States writer, journalist, and political commentator.
Walter Murch1Walter Scott Murch (born July 12, 1943) is an Academy Award–winning film editor and sound mixer.
Walter Pater10Walter Horatio Pater (4 August 1839 – 30 July 1894) was an English essayist and literary critic.
Walter Raymond Spalding1Walter Raymond Spalding (1865-1962) graduated from Harvard College with an AB in 1887; graduated from Harvard University with an AM in 1888. He taught Music at Harvard from 1895-1932 and was Chair of the Music Department from 1906-1932. He is the author of the book Music at Harvard, published in 1935.http://music.fas.harvard.edu/painehall/brinkmann.html
Walter, William Grey15William Grey Walter (February 19, 1910 – May 6, 1977) was an American-born British neurophysiologist and robotician, known as one of the founders of cybernetics.
Walters, Barbara9Barbara Walters (born September 25, 1929) is an American media personality known for her many years as the first woman network news anchor, on ABC News starting in 1976.
Walther Rathenau1Walther Rathenau (September 29, 1867 – June 24, 1922) was a German industrialist, politician, writer, and statesman who served as Foreign Minister of Germany during the Weimar Republic. He was assassinated on June 24, 1922, two months after the signing of the Treaty of Rapallo.
Walther von der Vogelweide18Walther von der Vogelweide (c. 1170 – c. 1230) was a German Minnesinger: a lyric poet and musician who wrote in Middle High German. His most famous song is "Under der linden".
Walton, Izaak29Izaak Walton (August 9, 1593 – December 15, 1683) was an English writer, author of The Compleat Angler.
Walton, Jo7Jo Walton (born December 1, 1964) is a Welsh fantasy and science fiction writer and poet.
Walton, Nancy Bird3Nancy Bird Walton (16 October 1915 – 13 January 2009) was a pioneering Australian aviatrix, and was the founder and patron of the Australian Women Pilots' Association. In the 1930s, defying the traditional role of females of her time, she became a fully qualified pilot at the age of 19, and became the youngest Australian woman to gain a pilot's licence.
Walton, Sam1Samuel Moore Walton (March 29, 1918 – April 5, 1992) was an American businessman and entrepreneur founded the retailer Wal-Mart.
Waltz, Kenneth24Kenneth Neal Waltz (1924 – 13 May 2013) was a member of the faculty at the University of California and Columbia University and one of the most prominent scholars of international relations (IR) of the 20th century. He was one of the founders of neorealism, or structural realism, in international relations theory.
Wang Ming5Wang Ming (Chinese: 王明) (23 May 1904 – 27 March 1974) was a senior leader of the early Chinese Communist Party (CCP). Wang was also a major political rival of Mao Zedong during the 1930s, opposing Mao's nationalist deviation from the Comintern and orthodox Marxism and Leninism lines. The competition between Wang and Mao was a reflection of the power struggle between the Soviet Union, through the vehicle of the Comintern, and the CCP to control both the direction and future of the Chinese revolution.
Wang Yu-chi9Wang Yu-chi (王郁琦; Wáng Yùqí; born 1969) is a politician in the Republic of China (ROC). He currently serves as the Minister of the Mainland Affairs Council of the Executive Yuan since 28 September 2012.
Wang, An1An Wang (7 February 1920 – 24 March 1990) was a Chinese-American computer engineer and inventor. He was co-founder of the computer company Wang Laboratories.
Warburton, Nigel8Nigel Warburton (born 1962) is a philosopher.
Warburton, Patrick3Patrick Matthew Warburton (born July 10, 1968) is an American actor of television, film, and voice acting. He is best known for his several TV roles, including the title role of The Tick, David Puddy on Seinfeld, the evil Johnny Johnson on NewsRadio, and anchorman Jeb Denton on Less Than Perfect. As a voice actor, his distinctive deep voice has been lent to well-known roles including Ken in Bee Movie, Kronk in The Emperor's New Groove and its sequels, bodyguard Brock Samson on The Venture Bros., paralyzed police officer Joe Swanson on Family Guy, Steve Barkin on Kim Possible, Buzz Lightyear in the Buzz Lightyear of Star Command TV series, and The Wolf in Hoodwinked, among others. He currently stars a macho married man Jeff Bingham in the CBS television program Rules of Engagement.
Ward McAllister1Samuel Ward McAllister (December 1827 – January 31, 1895) was the self-appointed arbiter of New York society from the 1860s to the early 1890s.
Ward-Higgs, William1William Ward-Higgs (1866–1936) was an English songwriter.
Ward, Artemus16Artemus Ward (April 23, 1834 – March 6, 1867) was the nom de plume of Charles Farrar Browne, an American humorous writer.
Ward, Elizabeth Stuart Phelps1Elizabeth Stuart Phelps Ward (August 31, 1844 – January 28, 1911), born Mary Gray Phelps, was an American author and an early advocate of clothing reform for women, urging them to burn their corsets.
Ward, John Clive13John Clive Ward (1 August 1924 – 6 May 2000) was a British-Australian theoretical physicist known for his contributions to particle physics and renormalization theory.
Ward, Mary Augusta4Mary Augusta Ward (née Arnold) (June 11, 1851 – March 26, 1920) was a British novelist who wrote under her married name as Mrs. Humphry Ward.
Ward, Micky1Micky Ward (born October 4, 1965) is a retired American junior welterweight professional boxer and a former World Boxing Union champion from Lowell, Massachusetts. He is widely known as the protagonist in the 2010 feature film based on his career titled The Fighter, in which he is portrayed by Mark Wahlberg, and culminating with his title bout against Shea Neary.
Ward, Ned1Ned Ward (1660 or 1667 – June 20, 1731), also known as Edward Ward, was a satirical writer and publican in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth century based in London, England. His most famous work is The London Spy. Published in 18 monthly instalments starting in November 1698 it was described (by the author) as a "complete survey" of the London scene. It was first published in book form in 1703.
Warfield, Benjamin Breckinridge1Benjamin Breckinridge (B.B.) Warfield (November 5, 1851 – February 16, 1921) was an American theologian and principal of Princeton Seminary from 1887 to 1921. Some conservative Presbyterians consider him to be the last great Princeton theologian before the split in 1929 that formed Westminster Seminary and the Orthodox Presbyterian Church.
Warhol, Andy40Andy Warhol (6 August 1928 – 22 February 1987) was an American painter, filmmaker, publisher, actor and major figure in the Pop Art movement.
Warlimont, Walter8Walter Warlimont (October 3, 1894 – October 9, 1976) was a German officer known for his role as deputy chief in the Oberkommando der Wehrmacht inner circle. While serving on this military operations planning staff, in early 1939 he assisted in developing some of the German military invasion plans of Poland and later in 1940, he assisted in developing the invasion plans of France. In 1941 he continued to assist in developing invasion operations into Russia. Later, Warlimont was wounded alongside Hitler as a result of the assassination attempt. With the German defeat in May 1945, Warlimont was held as a prisoner-of-war. In October 1948, he was convicted and sentenced to life imprisonment. However, in 1951 his sentence was reduced to 18 years. In 1957 there was an amnesty for certain prisoners, and he was finally released from Landsberg Prison. After the war he engaged in writing various war-historical studies.
Warlock, Peter1Peter Warlock (Philip Arnold Heseltine, 30 October 1894 – 17 December 1930) was an Anglo-Welsh composer (mainly of songs) and music critic.
Warne, Shane1Shane Warne (born 13 September 1969) is a former Australian international cricketer widely regarded as the greatest leg spin bowler in the his sport.
Warner, Anna Bartlett2Anna Bartlett Warner (August 31, 1827 – January 22, 1915) was an American writer, the author of several books, and of poems set to music as hymns and religious songs for children. She was born on Long Island and died in Highland Falls, New York.
Warner, Charles Dudley16Charles Dudley Warner (September 12, 1829 – October 20, 1900) was an American essayist and novelist.
Warner, Harold1Harold "Harry" Morris Warner (12 December 1881, Krasnosielc, Mazovia, Poland – 25 July 1958), born Hirsch Eichelbaum, was one of the founders of Warner Bros.
Warner, Kurt2Kurtis Eugene "Kurt" Warner (born June 22, 1971, in Burlington, Iowa) is an American football quarterback.
Warner, Marina4Marina Sarah Warner CBE FBA (born 9 November 1946) is an English novelist, short-story writer, mythographer and cultural historian.
Warner, William2William Warner (1558? – March 9, 1609) was an English poet, born in London about 1558.
Warren Bennis11Warren Gameliel Bennis (born March 8, 1925) is an American scholar, organizational consultant and author who is widely regarded as a pioneer of the contemporary field of leadership studies.
Warren G. Harding14Warren Gamaliel Harding (2 November 1865 – 2 August 1923) was the 29th President of the United States, serving from 1921 to 1923, when he became the sixth president to die in office, most likely due to heart disease.
Warren, Earl32Earl Warren (19 March 1891 – 9 July 1974) was the 30th Governor of California (1943–1953) and 14th Chief Justice of the United States (1953–1969).
Warren, Elizabeth1Elizabeth Warren (born 22 June 1949) is a United States Senator from the U.S. state of Massachusetts and a member of the Democratic Party.
Warren, Josiah1Josiah Warren (1798 – April 14, 1874) was an individualist anarchist, inventor, musician, and author in the United States.
Warren, Rick15Rick Warren (born 28 January 1954) is an American Evangelical Christian pastor, global strategist, theologian, philanthropist, and author.
Warren, Robert Penn38Robert Penn Warren (April 24 1905 – September 15 1989) was an American poet, novelist, and literary critic, and one of the founders of New Criticism. He was also a charter member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers. He received the 1947 Pulitzer Prize for the Novel for his novel All the King's Men (1946) and in 1957 and 1979, the Pulitzer Prize for Poetry. He is the only person to have won Pulitzer Prizes for both fiction and poetry.
Warton, Thomas4Thomas Warton (January 9, 1728 – May 21, 1790) was the British Poet Laureate from 1785 until his death. The three published volumes of his uncompleted History of English Poetry pioneered the study of medieval English literature.
Warwick, Kevin5Kevin Warwick (born 9 February 1954 Coventry, UK) is a United Kingdom scientist and professor of cybernetics at the University of Reading, Reading, Berkshire, United Kingdom. He is probably best known for his studies on direct neural interfaces between computer systems and the human nervous system, although he has done much research in the field of robotics.
Washington, Booker T.32Booker Taliaferro Washington (April 5, 1856 – November 14, 1915) was an American political leader, educator and author of African ancestry, most famous for his tenure as President of Tuskegee University (1880–1915).
Washington, George211George Washington (22 February 1732 – 14 December 1799) was the successful Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War from 1775 to 1783, and later became the first President of the United States of America, an office to which he was elected, unanimously, twice and remained in from 1789 to 1797. He is generally regarded as the "Father of his Country".
Washington, Kerry4Kerry Washington (born January 31, 1977) is an American actress
Washington, Martha6Martha Dandridge Custis Washington (2 June 1731 – 22 May 1802) was the wife of George Washington.
Wasserman, Lew1Lewis Robert Wasserman (March 22, 1913 – June 3, 2002) was an American agent and Hollywood studio executive.
Wasserstein, Wendy1Wendy Wasserstein (October 18 1950 – January 30 2006) was an award-winning American playwright and an Andrew Dickson White Professor-at-Large at Cornell University.
Waterhouse, Keith5Keith Spencer Waterhouse (6 February 1929 – 4 September 2009) was an English novelist, playwright, screenwriter and journalist. His first novel, Billy Liar, has been adapted into a play, a musical, a film, and a television sitcom.
Waterman, Alan Tower3Alan Tower Waterman (June 4, 1892 – November 30, 1967) was an American physicist. In 1950, he was appointed as first director of the U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF). He served as director until 1963, when he retired and was subsequently awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom.
Waterman, Nixon4Nixon Waterman (12 November 1859, Newark, Kendall County, Illinois – 1 September 1944, Canton, Norfolk County, Massachusetts) was a newspaper writer, poet and Chautauqua lecturer, who rose to prominence in the 1890s.
Waters, John15John Samuel Waters, Jr. (born April 22, 1946) is an American filmmaker, actor, writer, personality, visual artist and art collector, who rose to fame in the early 1970s for his transgressive cult films. He is recognizable by his pencil-thin mustache.
Waters, Maxine10Maxine Waters (born August 15, 1938) has served as a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives since 1991, representing the 35th District of California.
Waters, Roger59George Roger Waters (born 6 September 1943) is a British musician who was for a long period the bass player, primary lyricist and one of the primary vocalists (along with David Gilmour) for the rock band Pink Floyd.
Watkins, Susan14Susan M. Watkins (born 1945) is an American author who was known primarily as a psychic and a writer, specializing in Extrasensory perception (ESP).
Watson, Emma12Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson (born 15 April 1990) is an English actress, model, and activist famous for her portrayal of Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter film series.
Watson, James D.36James Dewey Watson (born 6 April 1928) is an American scientist, most famous as one of the four discoverers of the structure of the DNA molecule.
Watson, Jr., Thomas6Thomas Watson, Jr. (January 14, 1914 – December 31, 1993) was an American businessman, political figure, and philanthropist and the 2nd president of IBM (1952–1971).
Watson, Paul11Paul Watson (born 2 December 1950) is the founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. He is involved in the environmental movement and the movement for animal rights.
Watson, Richard4Richard Watson (1781–1833) was a British Methodist theologian who was one of the most important figures in 19th century Methodism.
Watson, Thomas24Thomas Watson (c. 1620 – 1686) was an English, non-conformist, Puritan preacher and author.
Watson, Thomas J.6Thomas John Watson, Sr. (February 17, 1874 – June 19, 1956) was the president of International Business Machines (IBM), who oversaw that company's growth into an international force from the 1920s to the 1950s.
Watson, William12Sir William Watson (1858 – 11 August 1935) was an English poet, popular in his time for the political content of his verse.
Watt, James7James Watt (19 January 1736 – 25 August 1819) was a Scottish inventor and mechanical engineer whose improvements to the Newcomen steam engine were fundamental to the changes brought by the Industrial Revolution in both the Kingdom of Great Britain and the world.
Watt, James G.9James G. Watt (born January 31, 1938) was the 43rd United States Secretary of the Interior; he served from January 23, 1981 to November 8, 1983.
Watt, Mike5Mike Watt, born Michael David Watt (20 December 1957) is a punk rock musician and songwriter with The Minutemen, fIREHOSE, and Iggy Pop & The Stooges.
Watts-Dunton, Theodore1Theodore Watts-Dunton (12 October 1832 – 6 June 1914) was an English critic and poet.
Watts, Alan85Alan Wilson Watts (6 January 1915 – 16 November 1973) was an English philosopher, writer, speaker, and expert in comparative religion.
Watts, Anthony44Anthony Watts (born 1958) is a former broadcast meteorologist and prominent figure in the climate change denial movement. He is the editor of Watts Up With That?.
Watts, George Frederick1George Frederic Watts, (sometimes spelled George Frederick Watts) (1817-02-23 – 1904-07-01) was a popular English Victorian painter and sculptor associated with the Symbolist movement.
Watts, Isaac50Isaac Watts (17 July 1674 – 25 November 1748) was an English theologian, logician, and a prolific and popular hymnwriter. Known as the "Father of English Hymnody" he is credited with some 750 hymns, many of which remain in active use today.
Watts, J. C.3Julius Caesar Watts, Jr. (born 1957-11-18) is a former Republican representative from Oklahoma in the U.S. Congress.
Watts, Naomi2Naomi Ellen Watts (born September 28, 1968) is a British-born Australian actress most famous for her roles in Mulholland Drive, the film remakes of The Ring and King Kong, and her Academy Award-nominated role in the film 21 Grams.
Watts, Reggie1Reginald Lucien Frank Roger "Reggie" Watts (born March 23, 1972) is a French-American comedian and musician. His shows are mostly improvised and consist of stream of consciousness stand-up in various shifting personae, mixed with loop pedal–based a cappella compositions.
Waugh, Auberon1Auberon Waugh (November 17, 1939 – January 16, 2001) was an English author and journalist, son of Evelyn Waugh.
Waugh, Auberon2Alexander Raban Waugh (Alec Waugh) (July 8, 1898 – September 3, 1981) was an English novelist, brother of Evelyn Waugh.
Waugh, Evelyn85Evelyn Arthur St. John Waugh (28 October 1903 – 10 April 1966) was an English satirical novelist.
Wayland, Francis4Francis Wayland (March 11, 1796 – September 30, 1865), was an American Baptist educator and economist. He was president of Brown University and pastor of the First Baptist Church in America in Providence, Rhode Island.
Wayne, Anthony6Anthony Wayne (January 1, 1745 - December 15, 1796), was a United States Army general and statesman. Wayne adopted a military career at the outset of the American Revolutionary War, where his military exploits and fiery personality quickly earned him a promotion to the rank of brigadier general and the sobriquet of Mad Anthony Wayne.
Wayne, John4Marion Mitchell Morrison (born Marion Robert Morrison; May 26, 1907 – June 11, 1979), better known by his stage name John Wayne, was an American film actor, director and producer.
Weatherhead, Leslie78Leslie Dixon Weatherhead (14 October 1893 – 5 January 1976) was an English Christian theologian in the liberal Protestant tradition. He served as minister of the City Temple, London, for nearly twenty-five years. He was author of numerous books, including Life Begins at Death, The Will of God, and Prescription for Anxiety, all published by Abingdon.
Weatherly, Fred7Frederick Edward Weatherly (4 October 1848 – 7 September 1929) was an English songwriter and poet.
Weaver, Richard109Richard Malcolm Weaver, Jr (March 3, 1910 – April 1, 1963) was an American scholar who taught English at the University of Chicago. He is primarily known as a shaper of mid- 20th century conservatism and as an authority on modern rhetoric.
Weaver, Sigourney2Sigourney Weaver (née Susan Alexandra Weaver) (born 8 October 1949) is an American actress.
Weaver, Warren9Warren Weaver (1894–1978) was an American scientist and mathematician. He is widely recognized as one of the pioneers of machine translation, and as an important figure in creating support for science in the United States.
Weaving, Hugo4Hugo Wallace Weaving (born 4 April 1960) is an Australian film and stage actor.
Webb, Charles Henry3Charles Henry Webb (January 24, 1834, Rouse's Point, New York – May 24, 1905) was an American poet, author and journalist.
Webb, Gary3Gary Webb (1955 – 2004) was an American investigative reporter, journalist, author, and legislative staffer.
Webb, Sidney3Sidney James Webb, 1st Baron Passfield (13 July 1859 – 13 October 1947) was a British socialist, economist, reformer and a co-founder of the London School of Economics. He was one of the early members of the Fabian Society.
Webbe, William1William Webbe (fl. 1568–1591) was an English critic and translator. Little is known about him except that he attended Trinity College, Cambridge, and was a tutor for distinguished families.
Weber, Max]11Maximilian Carl Emil Weber (1864-04-21 – 1920-06-14) was a German sociologist and political economist.
Webern, Anton4Anton von Webern (3 December 1883 – 15 September 1945) was an Austrian composer of atonal music.
Webster, Daniel56Daniel Webster (18 January 1782 – 25 October 1852) was a United States Senator and Secretary of State. Famed for his ability as an orator, Webster was one of the most important figures in the Second Party System from the 1820s to the 1850s.
Webster, David1David Locke Webster (November 6, 1888 – December 17, 1976) was an American physicist and physics professor, whose early research on X-rays and Parson's magneton influenced Arthur Compton.
Webster, Noah2Noah Webster (1758-10-16 – 1843-04-28) was an American lexicographer, textbook author, Bible translator and spelling reformer.
Weckowicz, Thaddus E.13Thaddus E. (Teddy) Weckowicz (c. 1919 – 2000) was a Polish-Canadian social scientist, Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Theoretical Psychology at the University of Alberta, and Research Associate, Center for Systems Research, University of Alberta.
Weems, Mason3Mason Locke Weems (11 October 1756 – 23 May 1825), often referred to as Parson Weems, was an American printer and author known as the author of Life of Washington (1806), the source for several of the most famous legends about George Washington, "the Father of his Country," including the famous tale of the cherry tree.
Wei Wu Wei22Wei Wu Wei was the pen-name of Terence James Stannus Gray (14 September 1895 – 5 January 1986) an Irish-born interpreter of Buddhism.
Weick, Karl E.28Karl Edward Weick (born October 31, 1936 in Warsaw, Indiana) is an American organizational theorist who is noted for introducing the notions of "loose coupling", "mindfulness", and "sensemaking" into organizational studies.
Weierstrass, Karl3Karl Theodor Wilhelm Weierstrass (October 31, 1815 – February 19, 1897) was a German mathematician who is often cited as the "father of modern analysis".
Weil, André3André Weil (6 May 1906 – 6 August 1998) was one of the greatest mathematicians of the 20th century, whether measured by his research work, its influence on future work, exposition or breadth. He is known for his foundational work in number theory and algebraic geometry. He was a founding member, and de facto the early leader, of the influential Bourbaki group. The philosopher Simone Weil was his sister.
Weil, Simone137Simone Weil (3 February 1909 – 24 August 1943) was a French social and religious philosopher, widely admired as a Christian mystic. Politically active, she took part in the Spanish Civil War and the French Resistance. She was the sister of mathematician André Weil, with whom she shared an interest in ancient Greek and Indian thought.
Weill, Sanford1Sanford I. Weill (born March 16, 1933), commonly known as Sandy Weill, is a banker, financier and philanthropist. He was formerly the chief executive officer and chairman of Citigroup Inc.
Wein, Len2Len Wein (born June 12, 1948) is an American comic book writer and editor.
Weinberg, Alvin2Alvin Martin Weinberg (April 20, 1915 – October 18, 2006) was a nuclear physicist and administrator at Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL). He came to Oak Ridge, Tennessee in 1945 and remained there until his death in 2006.
Weinberg, Gerald22Gerald M. Weinberg (born 27 October 1933) is an American computer scientist, author and teacher of the psychology and anthropology of computer software development.
Weinberg, Steven17Steven Weinberg (born 3 May 1933) is an American physicist. He was awarded the 1979 Nobel Prize in Physics (with colleagues Abdus Salam and Sheldon Glashow) for combining electromagnetism and the weak force into the electroweak force.
Weinberger, David4David Weinberger (born 1950) is an American technologist, commentator, author and editor. He is perhaps best known as co-author of The Cluetrain Manifesto.
Weiner, Anthony13Anthony David Weiner (born September 4, 1964) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives, representing New York's 9th congressional district since 1999.
Weiner, Jonathan3Jonathan Weiner (born 1953) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning author of non-fiction books on his biology observations, in particular evolution in the Galápagos Islands, genetics, and the environment.
Weiner, Lawrence6Lawrence Weiner (born February 10, 1942) is an American conceptual artist, who was one of the central figures in the formation of conceptual art in the 1960s. His work often takes the form of typographic texts.
Weininger, Otto41Otto Weininger (April 3, 1880 – October 4, 1903) was an Austrian philosopher. In 1903, he published the book Geschlecht und Charakter (Sex and Character), which gained popularity after his suicide at the age of 23. Today, Weininger is generally viewed as misogynistic and antisemitic in academic circles, but was held to be a great genius by the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein and the writer August Strindberg.
Weir, Johnny7John G. "Johnny" Weir (born July 2, 1984) is an American figure skater.
Weir, Peter4Peter Lindsay Weir, AM (/wɪər/; born 21 August 1944) is an Australian film director. He played a leading role in the Australian New Wave cinema (1970-1990) with his films such as the mystery drama Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975), the mystery drama-thriller The Last Wave (1977), the historical drama Gallipoli (1981), and The Truman Show (1998).
Weisglass, Dov1Dov Weisglass (born 1946) is the spokesman for former Israeli prime minister Ariel Sharon.
Weishaupt, Adam10Johann Adam Weishaupt (6 February 1748 – 18 November 1830) was a German law professor, philosopher and founder of the Illuminati.
Weiss, John2John Weiss (28 June 1818 – 9 March 1879) was an American author and clergyman, as well as a noted abolitionist.
Weiss, Peter23Peter Weiss (8 November 1916 – 10 May 1982) was a German-born Swedish writer, painter and filmmaker.
Weisskopf, Victor2Victor Frederick Weisskopf (September 19, 1908 – April 22, 2002) was an Austrian born Jewish American theoretical physicist. He did postdoctoral work with Werner Heisenberg, Erwin Schrödinger, Wolfgang Pauli and Niels Bohr. During World War II he worked at Los Alamos on the Manhattan Project to develop the atomic bomb, and later campaigned against the proliferation of nuclear weapons.
Weisz, Victor1Victor Weisz (25 April 1913 – 22 February 1966) was a German-British political cartoonist, drawing under the name of Vicky. He was born in Berlin, Germany, to Hungarian-Jewish parents.
Weitz, Paul1Paul Weitz (born 1966 in New York) is an American filmmaker, who directed American Pie and About a Boy.
Welch, Jack15John Francis "Jack" Welch, Jr. (born November 19, 1935) was Chairman and CEO of General Electric between 1981 and 2001. During his tenure, GE increased its market capitalization by over $400 billion. He remains a highly-regarded figure in business circles due to his innovative management strategies and leadership style.
Weldon, Fay8Fay Weldon CBE (born Franklin Birkinshaw on 22 September 1931) is an English novelist, short-story writer, screenwriter and journalist. Her best-known work may be her novel The Life and Loves of a She-Devil, filmed as She-Devil.
Weller, Paul20Paul Weller (born John William Weller on 25 May 1958, in Sheerwater, near Woking, Surrey) is an English singer-songwriter. Weller was the leader and creator behind the formation of two successful bands, The Jam (1976–1982) and The Style Council (1983–1989), before starting a successful solo career in 1990.
Welles, Orson35George Orson Welles (May 6, 1915 – October 10, 1985) was an American actor, director, writer and producer who worked in theater, radio and film. He is best remembered for his innovative work in all three media: in theatre, most notably Caesar (1937), a groundbreaking Broadway adaptation of Julius Caesar; in radio, the 1938 broadcast "The War of the Worlds", one of the most famous in the history of radio; and in film, Citizen Kane (1941), consistently ranked as one of the all-time greatest films.
Wellesley, Arthur37Arthur Wellesley, 1st Duke of Wellington (1 May 1769 – 14 September 1852) was an Anglo-Irish soldier and statesman. He rose to prominence during the Peninsular War and became a national hero in Britain after the Napoleonic Wars, during which he led the victorious Anglo-Allied forces at the Battle of Waterloo. He would later be elected Prime Minister of the United Kingdom on two separate occasions.
Wellesley, Dorothy2Dorothy Wellesley (30 July 1889 – 11 July 1956), styled Lady Gerald Wellesley between 1914 and 1943, was an English socialite, author, poet and literary editor. She was born Dorothy Violet Ashton at Maidenhead.
Wells, H. G.148Herbert George Wells (September 21 1866 – August 13 1946) was a British writer best known for his science fiction novels such as The War of the Worlds, The Invisible Man and The Time Machine; also for Kipps, The History of Mr. Polly and other social satires.
Wells, Jonathan8John Corrigan "Jonathan" Wells (born 1942) is an American author and a prominent advocate of intelligent design.
Welsh, Irvine16Irvine Welsh (born in Leith, Edinburgh on September 27, 1958) is a Scottish novelist, playwright and short story writer.
Welty, Eudora1Eudora Welty (April 13, 1909 – July 23, 2001) was born in Jackson, Mississippi, United States.During the 1930s, Welty worked as a photographer for the Works Progress Administration.
Wen, Jiabao8Wen Jiabao (born 15 September 1942) has been the Premier of the State Council of the People's Republic of China since 2003.
Wendy Doniger O'Flaherty23Wendy Doniger O'Flaherty (born 20 November , 1940) is an American Indologist whose professional career has spanned five decades. A scholar of Sanskrit and Indian textual traditions, her major works include, The Hindus: An Alternative History, Asceticism and Eroticism in the Mythology of Siva; Hindu Myths: A Sourcebook; The Origins of Evil in Hindu Mythology; Women, Androgynes, and Other Mythical Beasts; and The Rig Veda: An Anthology, 108 Hymns Translated from the Sanskrit.
Wenger, Arsène60Arsène Wenger OBE (born October 22, 1949, in Strasbourg) is a French football manager.
Wenness, Godfrey4Godfrey Wenness (born May 1, 1967) is a famous Australian paragliding pilot, a former paragliding world record holder, Chief Flying Instructor, owner of Mt Borah and organiser of the 2007 Paragliding World championships held in Manilla, NSW Australia.
Wentworth, John1"Long" John Wentworth (5 March 1815 – 16 October 1888) was the editor of the Chicago Democrat, a two-term mayor of Chicago, Illinois, and a six-term member of the United States House of Representatives.
Wentz, Peter6Peter Lewis Kingston Wentz III (born 5 June 1979) is the bassist, back-up vocalist, and primary lyricist of Chicago-based band Fall Out Boy.
Weor, Samael Aun8Samael Aun Weor (March 6, 1917 – December 24, 1977), born Víctor Manuel Gómez Rodríguez, was a Colombian author, lecturer and founder of the Universal Christian Gnostic Movement.
Werfel, Franz5Franz Viktor Werfel (10 September 1890 – 26 August 1945) was an Austrian-Bohemian novelist, playwright, and poet who wrote in German.
Werlin, Nancy1Nancy Werlin (born 1961) is an American author of young adult novels.
Wertmüller, Lina1Lina Wertmüller (born Arcangela Felice Assunta Wertmüller von Elgg Spanol von Braueich on 1928-08-14) is an Italian film writer and director of Swiss descent.
Wesker, Arnold3Sir Arnold Wesker (born 24 May 1932) is an English playwright, seen as one of the originators of the kitchen sink drama
Wesley, Charles12Charles Wesley (18 December 1707 – 29 March 1788) was a leader of the Methodist movement, the younger brother of John Wesley. Despite their closeness, Charles and his brother did not always agree on questions relating to their beliefs. In particular, Charles was strongly opposed to the idea of a breach with the Church of England into which they had been ordained. Charles Wesley is chiefly remembered for the many hymns he wrote.
Wesley, John42John Wesley (28 June 1703 – 2 March 1791) was an English preacher, and founder of the Methodist movement.
West, Allen7Allen Bernard West (born 7 February 1961) is a Republican U.S. Representative from Florida's 22nd Congressional District, serving since January 2011. West served in the United States Army during the Iraq War and was a civilian adviser in Afghanistan. He achieved the rank of lieutenant colonel in the United States Army but retired after an investigation of his conduct during the interrogation of a detainee in Taji, Iraq. He is a Republican.
West, Cornel9Cornel Ronald West (born 2 June 1953 in Tulsa, Oklahoma) is a prominent African-American scholar and public intellectual. Formerly at Harvard University, West is currently professor of Philosophy and Christian Practice at Union Theological Seminary, New York. West's intellectual contributions draw from such diverse traditions as the African American Baptist Church, Marxism, pragmatism, and transcendentalism.
West, Donald Louis1Donald Louis West, Jr. (born February 16, 1974) is an African American attorney, author, speaker, and entrepreneur.
West, Dottie2Dottie West (October 11, 1932 – September 4, 1991) was an American Country music singer.
West, Geoffrey11Geoffrey Brian West (born c. 1940) is a British theoretical physicist, former president and distinguished professor of the Santa Fe
West, Jessamyn5Jessamyn West (July 18, 1902 – February 23, 1984) was an American Quaker who wrote numerous stories and novels, notably The Friendly Persuasion (1945).
West, Keith1Keith West (born Keith Alan Hopkins on 6 December 1943) is a British singer and songwriter.
West, Mae22Mary Jane West (August 17, 1893 – November 22, 1980) was an American actress and playwright, most commonly known as "Mae" West.
West, Morris14Morris Langlo West (26 April 1916 – 9 October 1999) was an Australian writer.
West, Paul1Paul West (born February 23, 1930) is an English writer and poet. He has been awarded the American Academy of Arts and Letters Literature Award in 1985 and the Lannon Prize for Fiction and Grand Prix Halperine-Kaminsky awards in 1993.
West, Rebecca24Dame Cicely Isabel Fairfield DBE (21 December 1892 – 15 March 1983), known as Rebecca West, or Dame Rebecca West, was a British author, journalist, literary critic and travel writer. A prolific, protean author who wrote in many genres, West was committed to feminist and liberal principles and was widely considered to be among the important public intellectuals of the 20th century.
Westfall, Richard S.1Richard S. Westfall (April 22, 1924 – August 21, 1996) was an American academic, biographer and historian of science. He is best known for his biography of Isaac Newton and his work on the scientific revolution of the 17th century.
Westheimer, Frank2Frank Henry Westheimer (January 15, 1912 – April 14, 2007) was an American chemist. He was the Morris Loeb Professor of Chemistry Emeritus at Harvard University, and the Westheimer medal is named in his honour.
Westlake, Donald E.9Donald Edwin Westlake (July 12, 1933 – December 31, 2008) was an American novelist and screenplay author best known for his "comic caper" novels.
Westwood, Vivienne1Vivienne Westwood (born 8 April 1941) is an English fashion designer largely responsible for bringing modern punk and new wave fashions into the mainstream. She is linked with the Sex Pistols via Malcolm McLaren and their SEX boutique on Kings Road, Chelsea in London during the 1970s. She ha created many items of clothing one of her most famous is the punk weding dress that was unconformist with its punk rips and chains.
Weyl, Hermann27Hermann Weyl (9 November 1885 – 8 December 1955) was a German mathematician, theoretical physicist and philosopher..
Weyrich, Paul2Paul Weyrich (October 7, 1942 – December 18, 2008) was an American conservative political activist and commentator, most notable for co-founding the Heritage Foundation and the Free Congress Foundation, both conservative think tanks.
Wharnsby, Dawud73Dawud Wharnsby (born David Howard Wharnsby on 27 June 1972) is a Canadian muslim singer-songwriter, poet, performer, educator and television personality who is a proponent of the principles of Islam, Unitarian Universalism, and Perennial Philosophy.
Wharton, Edith29Edith Wharton (24 January 1862 – 11 August 1937) was an American novelist, short story writer and designer.
Whately, Richard8Richard Whately (February 1, 1787 – October 8, 1863) was English logician and theological writer, and served as archbishop of Dublin.
Wheatley, Margaret23Margaret Wheatley (born 1941), commonly "Meg Wheatley", is an American writer and management consultant who studies organizational behavior.
Wheatley, Phillis16Phillis Wheatley (1753 – December 5, 1784) was a slave in Boston, Massachusetts, where her master's family taught her to read and write, and encouraged her poetry. Her Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral was the first published book by an African American. It was published in London because Bostonian publishers refused.
Whedon, Joss34Joseph "Joss" Hill Whedon (born 23 June 1964) is an American screenwriter, film and television director, film and television producer, comic book author, composer and actor whose works have emphasized themes of feminism, anti-authoritarianism, existentialism and absurdism.
Wheeler, Burton K.2Burton Kendall Wheeler (February 27, 1882 – January 6, 1975) was an American politician of the Democratic Party and a United States Senator from 1923 until 1947.
Wheeler, John Archibald7John Archibald Wheeler (July 9, 1911 – April 13, 2008) was an eminent American theoretical physicist. One of the later collaborators of Albert Einstein, he tried to achieve Einstein's vision of a unified field theory. He is also known for having coined the terms black hole and wormhole and the phrase "it from bit".
Wheeler, Stuart1Stuart Wheeler (born 31 January 1935) is a British businessman and politician.
Whewell, William12William Whewell (May 24, 1794 – March 6, 1866) was an English polymath, scientist, Anglican priest, philosopher, theologian and historian of science.
Whipple, Edwin Percy2Edwin Percy Whipple (March 8, 1819 – June 16, 1886) was a literary critic and essayist from Massachusetts.
Whipple, Henry3Henry Benjamin Whipple (February 15, 1822 – September 16, 1901) was the first Episcopal bishop of Minnesota.
Whistler, James McNeill20James Abbott McNeill Whistler (10 July 1834 – 17 July 1903) was an American-born, British-based painter and etcher.
White, Andrew Dickson32Andrew Dickson White (November 7, 1832 – November 4, 1918) was an American diplomat, author, and educator who was the co-founder and first president of Cornell University.
White, Byron8Byron Raymond White (June 8, 1917 – April 15, 2002) won fame both as a football running back and as an associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States. Appointed to the court by President John F. Kennedy in 1962, he served until his retirement in 1993.
White, E. B.50Elwyn Brooks White (July 11, 1899 – October 1, 1985) was an American essayist, columnist, poet and editor. He is best known today for his work in a writers' guide, The Elements of Style, and for three children's books Charlotte's Web, Stuart Little and The Trumpet of the Swan generally regarded as classics.
White, Edmund26Edmund White (born January 13, 1940) is an American writer.
White, Edward Higgins1Edward Higgins White, II (November 14 1930 – January 27 1967) was a NASA astronaut. He became the first American to "walk" in space on June 3, 1965. He died on January 27, 1967 during a pre-flight test of Apollo 1.
White, Ellen G.41Ellen Gould White (26 November 1827 - 16 July 1915) was a pioneer of the Seventh-day Adventist Church and a prolific writer on religious matters.
White, Ethel Lina1Ethel Lina White (1876–1944) was a British crime writer, best known for her novel, The Wheel Spins, on which the 1938 film, The Lady Vanishes was based.
White, Henry Kirke10Henry Kirke White (21 March 1785 – 19 October 1806) was an English poet, who died at a young age.
White, Jack18Jack White (born John Anthony Gillis on July 9, 1975)Leahey, Andrew. "Jack White Biography", AllMusicGuide.com (accessed October 10, 2014) is an American musician, producer, and occasional actor. He is most well known as the frontman of the band The White Stripes, though he has been in several bands and collaborated with various artists. On April 24, 2012, White released his debut solo album, Blunderbuss, which received wide critical acclaim. His second studio album, Lazaretto, was released on June 10, 2014.
White, Meg8Meg White (born Megan Martha White on December 10, 1974) is an American drummer from Detroit best known for her work with Jack White in the Detroit rock duo The White Stripes. After she played on Jack's drums on an impulse in 1997, the two decided to form a band and began performing two months later. Calling themselves The White Stripes, because of Meg's preference for peppermint candy, the band quickly became a Detroit underground favorite, before reaching national, then international fame. Meg has been nominated for various awards as a part of the group, and has won several, including four Grammy Awards.
White, Patrick21Patrick Gordon White (28 May 1912 – 30 September 1990) was an Australian novelist and winner of the 1973 Nobel Prize for Literature.
White, Patrick2Patrick White (born February 25, 1986) is a redshirted junior NCAA American football player for the West Virginia Mountaineers. He is currently the starting quarterback for the team. White, along with teammate Steve Slaton, are frontrunners for the 2007-2008 Heisman Trophy Race.
White, Ron43Ronald "Ron" White (born December 18, 1956) is an American stand-up comedian and satirist from Fritch, Texas. He is a member of the Blue Collar Comedy Tour.
White, Shaun2Shaun Roger White (born September 3, 1986) is an American professional Olympic-gold winning snowboarder and skateboarder based in Carlsbad, California. White has accumulated an impressive competition record in both sports, and has appeared in a number of media programs and video games. He has been a notable competitor in the extreme-sports community since he was about twelve years old.
White, T. H.25Terence Hanbury White (1906-05-29 – 1964-01-17) was a British writer
White, Tim2Tim White (Born April 5, 1991) is an American singer, songwriter, DJ and record producer from New Brunswick, NJ
Whiteaker, John1John Whiteaker (May 4, 1820 – October 2, 1902) was an American politician, a Democrat, and served as the first state Governor of Oregon from 1859 until 1862. Born in Dearborn County, Indiana to farmers, Whiteaker only spent six months of formal schooling, and as a result, was almost entirely self-educated. Before moving west, he had performed odd jobs, carpentry, and volunteered for military service during the Mexican War, although his unit was never called into battle. In 1849, he joined the California Gold Rush, earning enough to move his family to a farm in Lane County, Oregon. Once in Oregon he became active in Democratic Party activities, Elected to office first as Judge of the Probate Court for Lane County (1856), then as a legislator in the Territorial Legislature in 1857.
Whitefield, George4George Whitefield (16 December 1714 – 30 September 1770), also known as George Whitfield, was an Anglican itinerant Protestant minister who helped spread the Great Awakening in the Kingdom of Great Britain and, especially, in the British North American colonies. A leading evangelist and preacher of the era, he was one of the founders of Methodism in America. He became perhaps the best-known preacher in Britain and America in the 18th century, and because he traveled through all of the American colonies and drew great crowds and media coverage, he was one of the most widely recognized public figures in colonial America.
Whitehead, Alfred North102Alfred North Whitehead, OM (15 February 1861 – 30 December 1947) was a British mathematician who became an American philosopher.
Whitehorn, Katharine5Katharine Elizabeth Whitehorn (born 1928) is a British journalist, writer, and columnist known for her wit and humor and as a keen observer of women in their times.
Whiteread, Rachel5Rachel Whiteread (born 1963) is a Turner Prize-winning artist, best known for her sculptures, which typically take the form of casts. She is one of the so-called Young British Artists, and exhibited at the Royal Academy's Sensation exhibition in 1997. She created House, a large concrete cast of the inside of a Victorian house, and a resin sculpture, Monument, for the empty plinth in London's Trafalgar Square.
Whitlam, Gough10Gough Whitlam (11 July 1916 – 21 October 2014) Australian politician and 21st Prime Minister of Australia (1972–1975).
Whitlock, Jason3Jason Lee Whitlock (born April 27, 1967, in Indianapolis, Indiana) is a sportswriter for The Kansas City Star, Foxsports.com, as well as a former AOL Sports writer, contibutor to ESPN, and radio personality for WHB and KCSP sports stations in the Kansas City area.
Whitman, Charles Otis1Charles Otis Whitman (1842–1910) was an American biologist at the end of the nineteenth century who espoused a non-Darwinian theory of evolution.
Whitman, Christine Todd1Christine Todd "Christie" Whitman (born September 26, 1946) is an American Republican politician and author, who served as the 50th Governor of New Jersey and was the Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency in the administration of President George W. Bush.
Whitman, Meg2Margaret C. Whitman (born August 4, 1956) became the President and CEO of Hewlett Packard in September 2011. She was President and CEO of the online marketplace eBay from 1998 to 2007.
Whitman, Sarah Helen7Sarah Helen Power Whitman (January 19, 1803 – June 27, 1878) was a poet, essayist, transcendentalist, Spiritualist and a romantic interest of Edgar Allan Poe.
Whitman, Walt60Walt Whitman (May 31, 1819 – March 26, 1892) was an American journalist and poet, most famous for his lifelong work on his book Leaves of Grass.
Whitmer, David8David Whitmer (7 January 1805 – 25 January 1888) was an early adherent of the Latter Day Saint movement and one of the Three Witnesses to the Book of Mormon's Golden Plates.
Whitney Balliett1Whitney Lyon Balliett (17 April 1926 – 1 February 2007) was a jazz critic and book reviewer for the New Yorker and was with the journal from 1954 until 2001.
Whittemore, Edward1Edward Whittemore (May 26, 1933 – August 3, 1995) was an American novelist (1974–1987) and Central Intelligence Agency case officer, Directorate of Operations (Asia, Middle East, Europe, 1958–1967)
Whittier, John Greenleaf45John Greenleaf Whittier (17 December 1807 – 7 September 1892) was an American Quaker poet and abolitionist.
Whitton, Charlotte1Charlotte Whitton (March 8, 1896 – January 25, 1975) was a noted Canadian feminist and mayor of Ottawa. She became the first female mayor of a major city in Canada in 1951.
Whorf, Benjamin Lee9Benjamin Lee Whorf (April 24, 1897 – July 26, 1941) was an American linguist and fire prevention engineer. Whorf is widely known as an advocate for the idea that because of linguistic differences in grammar and usage, speakers of different languages conceptualize and experience the world differently.
Whyte-Melville, George3George John Whyte-Melville (1821–1878) was a Scottish novelist of the sporting-field.
Wibberley, Leonard3Leonard Wibberley (April 9, 1915 – November 22, 1983) was a prolific Irish author, best known for his comic novels about the imaginary country Grand Fenwick, particularly The Mouse That Roared.
Wicomb, Zoe1Zoe Wicomb (born 1948, in Rhynsdorp, Namaqualand) is a South African writer.
Wiehl, Lis38Lis Wiehl (born August 9, 1961, Seattle, Washington) is an American author and legal analyst for Fox News joining the network in October 2001.
Wieland, Christoph Martin4Christoph Martin Wieland (September 5 1733 – January 20 1813) was a German poet, dramatist and translator, best known for his Oberon and other romances on medieval or oriental subjects.
Wiels, Helmin1Helmin Wiels (9 December 1958 – 5 May 2013) was a Curacaoan politician.
Wiener, Norbert45Norbert Wiener (26 November 1894 – 18 March 1964) was a U.S. mathematician, and a pioneer in the study of stochastic processes and noise especially in the field of electronic communication and control systems. He coined the term "cybernetics" in his book Cybernetics or Control and Communication in the Animal and the Machine (1948).
Wieschaus, Eric F.1Eric F. Wieschaus (born 8 June 1947) is an American developmental biologist, 1995 Nobel Laureate for Medicine.
Wiesel, Elie48Elie Wiesel (born 30 September 1928) is a writer, professor at Boston University, political activist, Nobel Laureate and Holocaust survivor.
Wiesenthal, Simon3Simon Wiesenthal (December 31, 1908 – September 20, 2005) was a Jewish survivor of the Nazi concentration camps who became an Austrian Nazi-hunter.
Wigglesworth, Smith6Smith Wigglesworth (June 8, 1859 – March 12, 1947) was a British Pentecostal preacher and faith healer.
Wigner, E. P.4Eugene Paul Wigner (November 17, 1902 – January 1, 1995) was a Hungarian physicist and mathematician.
Wijetunga, Dingiri Banda2Dingiri Banda Wijetunga (15 February 1916 – 21 September 2008) was the fourth president of Sri Lanka.
Wilber, Ken46Kenneth Earl Wilber Jr. (born 31 January 1949) is an American author who writes on psychology, philosophy, mysticism, ecology, and spiritual evolution. His work formulates what he calls an "integral theory of consciousness." He is a leading proponent of the integral movement and founded the Integral Institute in 1998.
Wilberforce, Samuel8Samuel Wilberforce (7 September 1805 – 19 July 1873) was an English bishop and the son of William Wilberforce.
Wilberforce, William13William Wilberforce (August 24 1759 – July 29 1833) was a British politician, philanthropist, theologian, and leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade. His third son was Bishop Samuel Wilberforce.
Wilbur, Ray Lyman3Ray Lyman Wilbur (13 April 1875 – 26 June 1949) was a medical doctor, the third president of Stanford University, and the 31st United States Secretary of the Interior.
Wilbur, Richard23Richard Purdy Wilbur (born 1 March 1921) is an American poet, a former United States Poet Laureate and two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize.
Wilcken, Ulrich1Ulrich Wilcken (18 December 1862 – 10 December 1944) was a German historian and papyrologist.
Wilcox, David1David Wilcox (born 1958) is an American singer-songwriter. Originally from Ohio, Wilcox is part of the folk-music scene in Asheville, North Carolina.
Wilcox, Ella Wheeler33Ella Wheeler Wilcox (November 5, 1850 – October 30, 1919) was an American poet.
Wilczek, Frank44Frank Anthony Wilczek (born May 15, 1951) is an American physicist and Nobel laureate (2004).
Wilde, Oscar270Oscar Fingal O'Flahertie Wills Wilde (16 October 1854 – 30 November 1900) was an Irish essayist, novelist, playwright and poet.
Wildeblood, Peter1Peter Wildeblood (1923-05-19 – 1999-11-14) was a British-Canadian journalist, novelist, playwright, and gay rights campaigner.
Wilder, Billy8Samuel "Billy" Wilder (22 June 1906 – 27 March 2002) was an Austro-Hungarian born American filmmaker, screenwriter, producer, artist, and journalist, whose career spanned more than 50 years and 60 films.
Wilder, Laura Ingalls6Laura Elizabeth Ingalls Wilder (7 February 1867 – 10 February 1957) was an American writer, most famous for the Little House series of children's novels based on her childhood in a pioneer family.
Wilder, Thornton44Thornton Niven Wilder (April 17 1897 – December 7 1975) was an American author and playwright.
Wilders, Geert79Geert Wilders (born 6 September 1963) is a Dutch politician and a member of parliament in the Netherlands. He is well-known for his criticism of Islam and the Quran.
Wiles, Andrew19Sir Andrew John Wiles (born April 11, 1953) is an English mathematician at Oxford University in number theory. He is most famous for finally proving Fermat's Last Theorem.
Wilhelm II of Germany50Wilhelm II of Germany (27 January 1859 – 4 June 1941), born Friedrich Wilhelm Viktor Albert von Preußen, was the last German Emperor (Kaiser) and the last King (König) of Prussia, ruling from 1888 to 1918. Deposed during the November Revolution.
Wilkes, Maurice8Maurice Vincent Wilkes (June 26, 1913 – November 29, 2010) was a pioneering British computer scientist and winner of the 1967 Turing Award. He developed the first stored-program computer in 1949, and invented the concept of microprogramming in 1951. He is also credited with originating the fundamental software concepts of symbolic labels, macros, and subroutine libraries.
Wilkinson, James H.6James Hardy Wilkinson (27 September 1919 – 5 October 1986) was a prominent figure in the field of numerical analysis, a field at the boundary of applied mathematics and computer science particularly useful to physics and engineering. He worked with Alan Turing at the National Physical Laboratory in the early days of the development of electronic computers (1946–1948).
Will Wright3William R. Wright (born January 20, 1960) is an American computer game designer and co-founder of the video game developer, Maxis. He is best known as the original designer of the two groundbreaking computer games SimCity and The Sims.
Will, George25George Frederick Will (born 4 May 1941) is an American columnist, journalist, and author.
Willard, Dallas1Dallas Willard (September 4, 1935 – May 8, 2013) was an American philosopher also known for his writings on Christian spiritual formation. Much of his work in philosophy was related to phenomenology, particularly the work of Edmund Husserl, many of whose writings he translated into English for the first time.
William Buckland5Dr. William Buckland (12 March, 1784 – 14 August, 1856) was an English geologist, paleontologist and Dean of Westminster, who wrote the first full account of a fossil dinosaur. He was a proponent of Old Earth creationism, who later became convinced of Louis Agassiz' glaciation theory.
William Ewart Gladstone59William Ewart Gladstone (29 December 1809 – 19 May 1898) was a British Liberal politician and Prime Minister (1868–1874, 1880–1885, 1886 and 1892–1894). He was a notable political reformer, known for his populist speeches, and was for many years the main political rival of Benjamin Disraeli.
William Farel1William Farel (1489, Gap, Hautes-Alpes – 13 September 1565), né Guilhem Farel, 1489 in Gap, Dauphiné, in south-eastern France, was a French evangelist, and a founder of the Reformed Church in the cantons of Neuchâtel, Berne, Geneva, and Vaud in Switzerland. He is most often remembered for having persuaded John Calvin to remain in Geneva in 1536, and for persuading him to return there in 1541, after their expulsion in 1538. They influenced the government of Geneva to the point that it became a theocratic state, the "Protestant Rome", where Protestants took refuge and non-Protestants were persecuted. Together with Calvin, Farel worked to train missionary preachers who spread the Protestant cause to other countries, and especially to France.
William Feather28William A. Feather (25 August 1889 - 7 January 1981) was an American publisher and author, based in Cleveland, Ohio, where he published The William Feather Magazine.
William Henry Ashurst (judge)12William Henry Ashurst (1725–1807) was an English judge.
William Henry Perkin1Sir William Henry Perkin, FRS (12 March 1838 – 14 July 1907) was an English chemist best known for his accidental discovery, at the age of 18, of the first aniline dye, mauveine. He was a member of the Royal Society and was awarded with the Royal Medal and the Davy Medal.
William Hogarth6William Hogarth (1697-11-10 – 1764-10-26) was a major English painter, printmaker, pictorial satirist, and editorial cartoonist who has been credited as a pioneer in western sequential art. His work ranged from excellent realistic portraiture to comic strip-like series of pictures called "modern moral subjects." Much of his work, though at times vicious, poked fun at contemporary politics and customs.
William I of England2William I of England (1027–1087) Duke of Normandy; after 1066, King of England. Also known variously as William of Normandy, William the Bastard and William the Conqueror.
William III of England1William III of England (14 November 1650 – 8 March 1702), also known as William II of Scotland and William of Orange, was a Dutch aristocrat and the Prince of Orange from his birth, King of England and Ireland from 13 February 1689, and King of Scotland from 11 April 1689, in each case until his death.
William IV of the United Kingdom1William IV (21 August 1765 – 20 June 1837) was King of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland from 1830 to 1837. He was preceded by his brother George IV and succeeded by his niece Victoria.
William L. Shirer2William L. Shirer (February 23, 1904 – December 28, 1993) was an American journalist and historian and one of the most famous journalists in the world. He became known for his broadcasts on CBS from the German capital of Berlin during the Third Reich through the first year of World War II.
William Mayne2William Mayne (born 16 March, 1928 - 24 March, 2010) is a British writer of children's fiction.
William McFee19William McFee (June 15 1881 – July 2 1966) was a British writer.
William McGonagall10William Topaz McGonagall (1825 – September 29, 1902) was a Scottish weaver, actor, and poet. Born in Edinburgh of Irish parents, he settled in Dundee. He is comically renowned as one of the worst poets in the English language; his distinctive verse style is often imitated in Private Eye and Spike Milligan was among his many "admirers".
William Moulton Marston13William Moulton Marston (May 9, 1893 – May 2, 1947), also known by the pen name Charles Moulton was psychologist, lawyer, inventor of the systolic blood pressure test and the writer who created Wonder Woman with artist Harry G. Peter.
William of Malmesbury2William of Malmesbury (c. 1080/1095 – c. 1143), English historian of the 12th century, was born about the year 1080/1095, in Wiltshire. His father was Norman and mother English. He spent his whole life in England with his best working years as a monk at Malmesbury Abbey.
William of Wales, Prince6Prince William, Duke of Cambridge, Earl of Strathearn and Baron Carrickfergus, William Arthur Philip Louis Mountbatten-Windsor (born June 21, 1982), commonly known as Prince William, is the eldest son of Charles, Prince of Wales and his first wife, the late Diana, Princess of Wales and a grandson of Queen Elizabeth II. He is second in the line of succession to the British Throne and the thrones of the other Commonwealth Realms, behind his father. He married his wife Catherine, also known as Kate, on 29 April 2011, and is the elder brother of Prince Henry of Wales.
William Osler43Sir William Osler, 1st Baronet (July 12, 1849 – December 29, 1919) was a Canadian physician. He has been called one of the greatest icons of modern medicine.
William Poole1William Poole (July 1821 – March 8, 1855), also known as Bill the Butcher, was a member of the New York City gang the Bowery Boys, a bare-knuckle boxer, and a leader of the Know Nothing political movement.
William Sloane Coffin18William Sloane Coffin (June 1, 1924 – April 12, 2006) was an American Christian clergyman and long-time peace activist. He was ordained in the Presbyterian church and later received ministerial standing in the United Church of Christ.
William the Silent65William I, Prince of Orange, Count of Nassau-Dillenburg (24 April 1533 – 10 July 1584), also widely known as William the Silent, was the main leader of the Dutch revolt against Spain that set off the Eighty Years' War and resulted in the formal independence of the United Provinces in 1648. He was assassinated in 1584. Today he is known as the De Vader des Vaderlands, or, in english, Father of the Fatherland.
William Whitelaw, 1st Viscount Whitelaw3William Stephen Ian Whitelaw, 1st Viscount Whitelaw KT CH MC PC DL (28 June 1918 – 1 July 1999), often known as Willie Whitelaw, was a British Conservative Party politician who served in a wide number of Cabinet positions, most notably as Home Secretary and Deputy Prime Minister.
William Wood, 1st Baron Hatherley4William Page Wood, 1st Baron Hatherley, PC, QC (29 November 1801 – 10 July 1881) was a British lawyer and statesman who served as a Liberal Lord Chancellor between 1868 and 1872 in the first ministry of William Ewart Gladstone.
Williams, Alan3Alan (Emlyn) Williams (born 28 August 1935) is an ex-foreign correspondent, novelist and writer of thrillers. He is the son of Emlyn Williams.
Williams, Bernard8Sir Bernard Arthur Owen Williams (1929 – 2003) was an English moral philosopher. His publications include Problems of the Self (1973), Moral Luck (1981), Ethics and the Limits of Philosophy (1985), and Truth and Truthfulness (2002). He was knighted in 1999.
Williams, Bert2Egbert Austin Williams (November 12, 1875 – March 4, 1922) was the pre-eminent Black entertainer of his era and one of the most popular comedians for all audiences of his time. He was by far the best-selling black recording artist before 1920.
Williams, Emlyn1George Emlyn Williams, CBE (26 November 1905 – 25 September 1987), known as Emlyn Williams, was a Welsh dramatist and actor. His son is Alan Williams.
Williams, Hank7Hank Williams (September 17, 1923 – January 1, 1953) was an American singer, guitarist, and songwriter, who has become an icon of country music, Rock 'n' Roll and one of the most influential musicians of the 20th century.
Williams, Hayley17Hayley Nichole Williams (born 27 December 1988) is the lead singer of the alternative rock band called Paramore.
Williams, Helen Maria3Helen Maria Williams (1761 or 1762 – 15 December 1827) was an English novelist, poet, and translator of French-language works.
Williams, Jerry (singer)1Jerry Williams is the stage name of Sven Erik Fernström (born 15 April 1942) is a Swedish rock artist.
Williams, John4John Williams (born 8 February 1932) is a famous American composer and conductor responsible for some of the most-recognized film scores of all-time, including the themes to Star Wars, Superman, Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, "Jurassic Park", and Schindler's List.
Williams, JPR1J.P.R. Williams (born 2 March 1949), known universally as J.P.R. Williams (a necessary disambiguation given that he was a contemporary and frequent team-mate of another John Williams, J. J. Williams), played rugby union for Wales between 1969 and 1981. Playing in the position of fullback, he was noted for his aggressive attacking style. With his long side-boards and socks around his ankles, "JPR" was an iconic figure within the legendary 1970s Wales team.
Williams, Katt3Micah Sierra "Katt" Williams (born September 2, 1971) is an American stand-up comedian, actor, rapper, singer and voice artist.
Williams, Kenneth8Kenneth Williams (22 February 1926 – 15 April 1988) was an English comic actor and comedian.
Williams, Paul14Paul Hamilton Williams (born 19 September 1940) is an American musician, composer, songwriter and actor.
Williams, Raymond9Raymond Henry Williams (31 August 1921 – 26 January 1988) was a highly influential Welsh socialist academic, novelist and critic. He was Professor of Drama at the University of Cambridge (1974–1983).
Williams, Robbie15Robbie Williams (born February 13, 1974) is a British songwriter, singer and performer. He is one of the biggest pop stars in the UK and Europe; and often regarded as the greatest and most popular British singer of the past decade.
Williams, Robin77Robin McLaurin Williams (July 21, 1951 – August 11, 2014) was an American stand-up comedian, actor, director, producer, writer, singer, voice artist, and comedian.
Williams, Roger28Roger Williams (December 21 1603 – April 1 1684) was an Anglo-American clergyman, a pioneering advocate for freedom of conscience in religious matters, and the separation of church and state. He was the founder of the Rhode Island colony.
Williams, Rowan1Rowan Douglas Williams DD PC FBA (born 14 June 1950) was formerly the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury, metropolitan of the province of Canterbury, Primate of All England, senior archbishop of the Church of England and the symbolic head of the worldwide Anglican Communion. He retired and stepped down as Archbishop after the election of Justin Welby in February of 2013.
Williams, Sonny Bill11Sonny William 'Sonny Bill' Williams (born 3 August 1985) is a New Zealand rugby player and heavyweight boxer who has played both rugby league and rugby union.
Williams, Stanley11Stanley Tookie Williams III (December 29, 1953 – December 13, 2005) was an early leader of the Crips, a notorious American street gang which had its roots in South Central Los Angeles in 1969. In December 2005 he was executed for the 1979 murders of Albert Owens, Yen-Yi Yang, Tsai-Shai Lin, and Yee-Chen Lin.
Williams, Tad69Tad Williams (born 1957) is an American science fiction and fantasy author.
Williams, Ted5Theodore Samuel Williams (30 August 1918 – 5 July 2002) was a Major League Baseball player; he spent 19 seasons with the Boston Red Sox.
Williams, Tennessee41Thomas Lanier Williams (26 March 1911 – 25 February 1983) was an American playwright.
Williams, Theodore Chickering2Theodore Chickering Williams (Ju­ly 2, 1855, Brookline, Massachusetts – May 6, 1915, Boston, Massachusetts) was an American pastor and hymnwriter, and the first headmaster of the Hackley School in Tarrytown, New York.
Williams, Vanessa L.3Vanessa L. Williams (born March 18, 1963) is an American singer, actress, producer and former fashion model. In 1983, she became the first African-American woman crowned Miss America.
Williams, Walter E.22Walter E. Williams, Ph. D. (born 1936 in Philadelphia) is an American economist and college professor. He is also a syndicated columnist and author known for his libertarian and sometimes conservative views. He is an occasional guest host of Rush Limbaugh's radio program and Lawrence Kudlow's Kudlow & Company TV program.
Williams, William (Pantycelyn)1William Williams, Pantycelyn (1717 – 11 January 1791), also known as Williams Pantycelyn and Pantycelyn, is generally acknowledged as Wales's most important hymn writer. He was also one of the key leaders of the 18th century Welsh Methodist revival, along with Daniel Rowland and Howell Harris. As a poet and prose writer he is today considered to be one of Wales's greatest writers.
Williams, William Carlos57William Carlos Williams (17 September 1883 – 4 March 1963) was an American poet and physician.
Williamson, Alexander William2Alexander William Williamson FRS (1 May 1824 – 6 May 1904) was an English chemist.
Williamson, Henry2Henry Williamson (1 December 1895 – 13 August 1977) was an English writer.
Williamson, Oliver E.6Oliver Eaton Williamson (born September 27, 1932) is an American economist, currently a professor at the University of California, Berkeley and recipient of the 2009 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences.
Willie, Charles Vert1Charles Vert Willie (born October 8, 1927) is an American sociologist and the Charles William Eliot Professor of Education, Emeritus at Harvard University. His areas of research include desegregation, higher education, public health, race relations, urban community problems, and family life.
Willis, Bruce7Walter Bruce Willis (born 19 March 1955) is an American actor.
Willis, Connie18Constance Elaine Trimmer Willis (born 31 December 1945) is an American science fiction writer.
Willis, Ellen40Ellen Willis (December 14 1941 – November 9 2006) was an American essayist and critic. She was director of the cultural journalism program at New York University and co-founder of the feminist group Redstockings. She played an important role in the development of sex-positive feminism.
Willis, Nathaniel Parker7Nathaniel Parker Willis (January 20, 1806 – January 20, 1867) was an American author and editor who had worked with notable American writers including Harriet Jacobs and Edgar Allan Poe.
Willis, Wesley24Wesley Willis (May 31, 1963 – August 21, 2003) was a musician who did mostly solo work, but also worked with the punk rock band known as the Wesley Willis Fiasco. His simple and unique style of music quickly gained him a cult following. He heavily praised Rock music and other artists who played in that genre. He was schizophrenic and was known to call rock his joyride.
Wills, Tom1Thomas Wentworth "Tom" Wills (19 August 1835 - 2 May 1880) was Australia's first cricketer of renown and a co-founder of Australian rules football.
Wilmot, John34John Wilmot, 2nd Earl of Rochester (April 1 1647 – July 26 1680) was an English nobleman, a friend of King Charles II of England, and the writer of much satirical and bawdy poetry.
Wilmut, Ian5Sir Ian Wilmut (born 7 July 1944) is an English embryologist best known as the leader of the group that in 1996 first cloned a mammal, a sheep named Dolly, from fully differentiated adult mammary cells.
Wilson, A. N.1Andrew Norman Wilson (born 27 October 1950) is an English writer and newspaper columnist, known for his critical biographies, novels, works of popular history and religious views.
Wilson, Angus4Sir Angus Frank Johnstone Wilson CBE (11 August 1913 – 31 May 1991) was an English novelist, short-story writer, biographer and critic.
Wilson, Brian37Brian Douglas Wilson (born 20 June 1942) is an American musician most famous as the chief songwriter of The Beach Boys. Besides acting as their co-lead vocalist, he also functioned as the band's main producer and arranger.
Wilson, Charles Erwin2Charles Erwin Wilson (18 July 1890 – 26 September 1961) was an American businessman and politician. After working as the CEO of General Motors, he became the Secretary of Defense under President, Dwight D. Eisenhower.
WILSON, Charlotte1Charlotte M. Wilson (1854-1944) was the first editor (1886-1895) of the British anarchist paper Freedom.
Wilson, Colin146Colin Henry Wilson (26 June 1931 – 5 December 2013) is a British writer, noted for his first book The Outsider and over one hundred other books, including seventeen novels and numerous works in criminology, existential philosophy, psychology, religion, the occult, mysticism, wine, and music.
Wilson, Don W.1Don W. Wilson (born 1942) was appointed Archivist of the United States, serving from December 4, 1987 to March 24, 1993.
Wilson, E. O.71Edward Osborne Wilson (born 10 June 1929) is an entomologist and biologist known for his work on ecology, evolution, and sociobiology. A two-time winner of the Pulitzer Prize for General Non-Fiction, Wilson is also known for his advocacy for environmentalism, and his secular-humanism ideas pertaining to religious and ethical matters.
Wilson, Edmund8Edmund Wilson (May 8, 1895 – June 12, 1972) was an American writer and literary critic.
Wilson, Eugene S.5Eugene S. "Bill" Wilson (1905 – February 24, 1981) was Dean of Admission at Amherst College and president of the Association of College Admissions Counselors. In 1990 a building at Amherst College was named the Eugene S. Wilson Admission Center in his honor.
Wilson, F. Paul1Francis Paul Wilson (born 1946-05-17) is an American author who writes novels and short stories primarily in the science fiction and horror genres.
Wilson, Flip1Clerow "Flip" Wilson (8 December 1933 – 25 November 1998) was an American comedian and actor, whose flippant sense of humour earned him his nickname while he was serving in the United States Air Force.
Wilson, Harold18James Harold Wilson, Baron Wilson of Rievaulx, KG, OBE, FRS, PC (11 March 1916 – 24 May 1995) was Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1964 to 1970, and again from 1974 to 1976. He had an impressive educational background, becoming an Oxford don at 21 and working as a war time civil servant; he was made a government minister immediately after he was elected to Parliament. As Leader of the Labour Party he moved the party towards a technocratic approach and appeared more in tune with the 'swinging sixties'; however his government was beset by economic difficulties and he was unexpectedly defeated in 1970. His return to office with a tiny majority in the mid-1970s saw a referendum which endorsed British membership of the European Communities. He resigned suddenly in 1976, and in his retirement suffered from Alzheimers' disease.
Wilson, Heather1Heather A. Wilson (born December 30, 1960) is a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from New Mexico. She is the first woman veteran ever elected to the United States Congress. Much of her legislative focus has been on national security issues.
Wilson, Ian6Ian Wilson (born 1940) is a South African conceptual artist, known for his work on art and language.
Wilson, James5James Wilson (September 14, 1742 – August 21, 1798) was a signer of the Declaration of Independence, twice elected to the Continental Congress, a major force in the drafting of the nation's Constitution, a leading legal theoretician and one of the six original justices appointed by George Washington to the Supreme Court of the United States.
Wilson, James Grant3James Grant Wilson (April 28, 1832 – February 1, 1914) was an American editor, author, bookseller and publisher.
Wilson, Joe1Addison Graves "Joe" Wilson, Sr., most commonly known as Joe Wilson (born July 31, 1947), is a member of the United States House of Representatives. In Congress since 2001, he is a Republican. He previously served in the South Carolina Senate from 1984 to 2001.
Wilson, John2John Wilson (18 May 1785 – 3 April 1854) was a Scottish writer, the writer most frequently identified with the pseudonym Christopher North of Blackwood's Edinburgh Magazine.
Wilson, Joseph C.7Joseph Charles Wilson IV (born 6 November 1949) is a retired diplomat of the United States Foreign Service who was posted to African nations and Iraq during the George H. W. Bush administration. After his retirement from foreign service, Wilson became known to the general public as a result of his controversial opinion-editorial published in the New York Times, four months after the 2003 invasion of Iraq began. In the op-ed, entitled "What I Didn't Find in Africa," Wilson documents his February 2002 trip investigating whether Iraq purchased or attempted to purchase Yellowcake from Niger in the late 1990s. He accused the Bush administration of "exaggerating the Iraqi threat" in order to justify war, which resulted in the public disclosure of his wife Valerie Plame as a CIA officer, in what became known as "the Plame affair."
Wilson, Owen2Owen Cunningham Wilson (born 18 November 1968) is an Academy Award-nominated American actor and writer. Wilson was nominated for an Academy Award for his work on the screenplay of The Royal Tenenbaums. But he is perhaps best known for his roles as John Beckwith in Wedding Crashers and as Hansel in Zoolander.
Wilson, Robert Anton57Robert Anton Wilson (18 January 1932 – 11 January 2007) was an American novelist, essayist, absurdist philosopher, futurist, and guerilla ontologist, most famous for his satirical work (with Robert Shea), The Illuminatus! Trilogy.
Wilson, Robert Charles103Robert Charles Wilson (born December 15, 1953) is a Canadian science fiction author.
Wilson, Robert Woodrow1Robert Woodrow Wilson (born January 10, 1936) is an American astronomer, 1978 Nobel laureate in physics, who with Arno Allan Penzias discovered in 1964 the cosmic microwave background radiation (CMB).
Wilson, Sammy9Sammy Wilson (born April 4, 1953, Belfast) is a politician in Northern Ireland and both a Member of Parliament and a Member of the Legislative Assembly for East Antrim.
Wilson, Thomas Woodrow133Thomas Woodrow Wilson (28 December 1856 – 3 February 1924) was the 28th President of the United States of America (1913–1921) and the 45th state Governor of New Jersey (1911–1913). He was the second Democrat to serve two consecutive terms in the White House, after Andrew Jackson.
Wilson, William Julius5William Julius Wilson (born December 20, 1935) is an American sociologist and Professor of sociology at Harvard University, after working at the University of Chicago from 1972 to 1996.
Wilton, Robb6Robert Wilton Smith (28 August 1881 – 1 May 1957) was one of the most popular English comedians of the 1930s and 1940s. In his sketches and monologues he usually portrayed work-shy, henpecked husbands or dithering, ineffectual authority figures.
Winchell, April7April Terri Winchell (born 4 January 1962 in New York, NY) is a voice actor, radio personality, and editor of Regretsy. She is the daughter of actor Paul Winchell.
Winchell, Walter4Walter Winchell (April 7, 1897 – February 20, 1972), an American newspaper and radio commentator, invented the gossip column at the New York Evening Graphic.
Winehouse, Amy15Amy Jade Winehouse (September 14, 1983 – July 23, 2011) was an English jazz and soul singer and songwriter from Southgate, London.
Winfrey, Oprah19Oprah Winfrey (born January 29, 1954) is an American talk-show host, actress, and entrepreneur.
Wingate, Orde Charles1Major-General Orde Charles Wingate DSO (26 February 1903 – 24 March 1944), was a British Army officer known for creating special military units in Palestine in the 1930s, and in Abyssinia, Sudan and Burma during World War II. He is most famous for his creation of the Chindits, airborne deep-penetration troops trained to work behind enemy lines in the Far East campaigns against the Japanese during World War II.
Winget, Larry1Larry Winget (born October 2, 1952) is an American motivational speaker, bestselling author, and television personality.
Winner, Michael5Michael Winner (born 30 October 1935) is a British film director and producer.
Winograd, Terry7Terry Allen Winograd (born February 24, 1946) is an American professor of computer science at Stanford University, and co-director of the Stanford Human-Computer Interaction Group. He is known within the philosophy of mind and artificial intelligence fields for his work on natural language using the SHRDLU program.
Winslet, Kate11Kate Elizabeth Winslet (born 5 October, 1975, in Reading, Berkshire, England) is an English actress most famous for her role of Rose DeWitt Bukater in the 1997 blockbuster movie Titanic.
Winslow, Edward1Edward Winslow (1595–1655) was an American Pilgrim leader on the Mayflower. He served as the governor of Plymouth Colony in 1633, 1636, and finally in 1644. His testimony in Mourt's Relation is one of only two primary sources of the "first thanksgiving" in existence (Originally titled: A Relation or Journal of the Beginning and Proceedings of the English Plantation Settled at Plimoth in New England), although William Bradford appears to have written most of the first section.
Winslow, Octavius3Octavius Winslow (August 1, 1808 – March 5, 1878), also known as "The Pilgrim's Companion", was one of the foremost evangelical preachers of the 19th Century in England and America. A Baptist minister for most of his life and contemporary of Charles Spurgeon and J.C. Ryle, he seceded to the Anglican church in his last decade.
Winter, Colin2Colin Winter (10 October 1928 – 18 November 1981) was Anglican Bishop of Damaraland (Namibia) from 1968 until his death in 1981. He was deported in 1972 for his opposition to South Africa's policy of racial separation known as apartheid. He remained "bishop-in-exile" after his expulsion and continued to write and speak on behalf of Namibian independence.
Winter, Sidney G.4Sidney Graham Winter (born 1935, Iowa City, Iowa) is a US economist and Professor Emeritus of Management at the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, USA. He is recognized as one of the leading figures in the revival of evolutionary economics.
Winter, William (author)7William Winter (July 15, 1836 – June 30, 1917) was an American dramatic critic and author, born in Gloucester, Mass. He graduated from Harvard Law School in 1857, then chose literature as his field of endeavor, and moved to New York City (1859), where he became literary critic of the Saturday Press, then (1861–65) of the New York Albion, and for more than 40 years (1865–1909) was a drama critic of the New York Tribune.
Winters, Shelley1Shelley Winters (August 18, 1920 – January 14, 2006) was an American actress.
Winters, Yvor10Arthur Yvor Winters (October 17, 1900 – January 26, 1968) was an American poet and literary critic.
Winterson, Jeanette50Jeanette Winterson (born 27 August 1959) is a British novelist.
Winthrop, John2John Winthrop (12 January 1587/1588–26 March 1649) led a group of Puritans to the New World and joined the Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1629. He was elected governor of his colony on April 8, 1630. Winthrop was extremely religious and a fervent subscriber to the Puritan belief that the Anglican Church had to be cleansed of Catholic ritual.
Winthrop, Robert Charles7Robert Charles Winthrop (1809-05-12 – 1894-11-16) was an American philanthropist, congressman from Massachusetts and one-time Speaker of the United States House of Representatives.
Winthrop, Theodore1Theodore Winthrop (September 22, 1828 – June 10, 1861) was a writer, lawyer and world traveler. He was one of the first Union officers killed in the American Civil War.
Wintour, Anna8Anna Wintour (born 3 November 1949) has been editor-in-chief of the U.S. edition of Vogue since 1988. She is widely believed to be the inspiration for the Miranda Priestly character in the novel and film The Devil Wears Prada.
Wirfs-Brock, Rebecca 5Rebecca Wirfs-Brock (born 1953) is an American software engineer and consultant in object-oriented programming and object-oriented design, the founder of the information technology consulting firm Wirfs-Brock Associates, and inventor of Responsibility-Driven Design.
Wirth, Christian5Christian Wirth (24 November 1885 — 26 May 1944) was a German policeman and SS officer who was one of the leading architects of the program to exterminate the Jewish people of Poland, known as Operation Reinhard. His nicknames included Christian the Terrible and The Wild Christian.
Wirth, Niklaus12Niklaus E. Wirth (born February 15, 1934) is a Swiss computer scientist and winner of the 1984 Turing Award. He is best known for designing several programming languages, including Pascal, and for pioneering several classic topics in software engineering.
Wirtz, Willard1W. Willard Wirtz (March 14, 1912 – April 24, 2010) was a former United States Secretary of Labor.
Wise, Howard7Howard Wise (Cleveland, Ohio, Nov. 6, 1903 - New York, September 8, 1989) was an American innovative art dealer and visionary supporter of video as art. From 1960 to 1970, the Howard Wise Gallery on 57th Street in New York was a locus for kinetic art and multimedia works that explored the nexus of art and technology.
Wisliceny, Dieter3Dieter Wisliceny (January 13 1912 – May 4 1948) was a member of the Nazi SS, and a key executioner of the Final Solution of the Jewish Question, the final phase of the Holocaust. Wisliceny was extradited to Czechoslovakia, where he was tried and hanged for war crimes in 1948.
Wister, Owen3Owen Wister (July 14, 1860 – July 21, 1938) was an American writer and "father" of western fiction.
Wither, George7George Wither (June 11, 1588 – May 2, 1667) was an English poet and satirist.
Witherspoon, Reese6Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon (born March 22, 1976) is an Academy Award-winning American actress.
Witt, Alicia29Alicia Roanne Witt (born 21 August 1975) is an American actress, musician, singer, writer and director.
Witten, Edward38Edward Witten (born August 26, 1951) is an American theoretical physicist and professor at the Institute for Advanced Study, who is widely known as “the most brilliant physicist of his generation.” He is a leading researcher in superstring theory. In 1990, Witten won the Fields Medal, the most prestigious award in pure mathematics.
Wittgenstein, Ludwig210Ludwig Wittgenstein (26 April 1889 – 29 April 1951) was an Austrian-born philosopher who spent much of his life in England.
Wiz Khalifa3Cameron Jibril Thomaz (born September 8, 1987), better known by the stage name Wiz Khalifa, is an American rapper.
Wojewódzki, Kuba10Kuba Wojewódzki (born August 2, 1963)
Wolcot, John5John Wolcot (May 9, 1738 – January 14, 1819) was an English satirist who wrote under the nom-de-plume of "Peter Pindar".
Wolf, Emil1Emil Wolf (born July 30, 1922) is a Czech born American physicist who made advancements in physical optics, including diffraction, coherence properties of optical fields, spectroscopy of partially coherent radiation, and the theory of direct scattering and inverse scattering.
Wolf, Eric24Eric Robert Wolf (February 1, 1923 – March 6, 1999) is best known for his studies of peasants, Latin America, and his advocacy of Marxian perspectives within anthropology. He held a joint position as a Distinguished Professor at both Lehman College and the CUNY Graduate Center beginning in 1971, where he spent the remainder of his career.
Wolfe, Alan1Alan Wolfe (born in 1942) is an American political scientist and a sociologist and is on the faculty of Boston College and serves as director of the Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life.
Wolfe, Charles6Charles Wolfe (December 14, 1791 – February 21, 1823) was an Irish poet.
Wolfe, Gene90Gene Wolfe (born May 7, 1931) is an American science fiction and fantasy writer. He is noted for his dense, allusive prose as well as the strong influence of his Catholic faith. He has won many awards in the field, and is hailed by prominent critics and writers as one of the best and most important living science fiction authors.
Wolfe, Humbert3Humbert Wolfe CB CBE (5 January 1885 – 5 January 1940) was an Italian-born English poet, biographer, literary critic, translator and civil servant. Hugely popular during his own lifetime, his poems have since fallen into neglect.
Wolfe, Thomas23Thomas Clayton Wolfe (October 3, 1900 – September 15, 1938) was a major American novelist of the early twentieth century. Wolfe wrote four lengthy novels, plus many short stories, dramatic works and novellas. He is known for mixing highly original, poetic, rhapsodic, and impressionistic prose with autobiographical writing.
Wolfe, Tom9Thomas Kennerly Wolfe (born March 2, 1931, in Richmond), known as Tom Wolfe, is a best-selling American author and journalist. He is one of the founders of the New Journalism movement of the 1960s and 1970s.
Wolff, Christian2Christian Wolff (born March 8, 1934) American composer.
Wolff, Karl4Karl Friedrich Otto Wolff (13 May 1900 – 17 July 1984) was a high-ranking member of the Nazi SS. He held the rank of Obergruppenführer and General of the Waffen-SS. In May of 1945, Wolff negotiated the surrender of all German forces in Italy during the controversial secret Operation Sunrise. Wolff was imprisoned in May 1945 by US troops. He was further transferred to a British prison in Germany, tried by a German court and sentenced to five years imprisonment in November 1948 due to his membership of the SS. Seven months later his sentence was reduced to four years and he was released. In 1962 Wolff was again tried and convicted of deporting 300,000 Jews to the Treblinka extermination camp and sentenced to 15 years imprisonment. Wolff served only part of his sentence and was released in 1969 due to the condition of his health.
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart37Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (27 January 1756 – 5 December 1791) was a composer and musician.
Wolfhart Pannenberg2Wolfhart Pannenberg (2 October 1928 – 5 September 2014) was a German theologian.
Wolfowitz, Paul12Paul Wolfowitz (born December 22, 1943) is a visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute and was formerly a United States Deputy Secretary of Defense and President of the World Bank.
Wolfram von Eschenbach24Wolfram von Eschenbach (c. 1170 – c. 1220) was a Bavarian epic poet and Minnesinger. His romance Parzival was probably based on the Perceval of Chrétien de Troyes, and inspired Wagner's Parsifal and Lohengrin.
Wolfram, Stephen6Stephen Wolfram (born 29 August 1959) is a British scientist known for his work in theoretical particle physics, cellular automata, complexity theory, and computer algebra. He is the creator of the computer program Mathematica.
Wolin, Sheldon2Sheldon S. Wolin (born August 4, 1922) is a political philosopher. He is professor emeritus of Princeton University and a writer on contemporary politics.
Wollaston, Sarah2Sarah Wollaston (born 17 February 1962) is a British politician who has been the Member of Parliament (MP) for Totnes for the Conservative party since 2010. She is a qualified medical doctor.
Wollstonecraft, Mary45Mary Wollstonecraft (27 April 1759 – 10 September 1797) was an English social philosopher and pioneering advocate of women's rights. She married the anarchist philosopher William Godwin, but died soon after the birth of their daughter Mary Wollstonecraft Godwin (Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley).
Wolsey, Thomas3Thomas Wolsey (c. March 1473 – 29 November 1530) was an English political figure and cardinal of the Roman Catholic Church.
Wonder, Stevie49Stevie Wonder (born 13 May 1950) is an African-American singer, songwriter, record producer, musician, and social activist. Born Stevland Hardaway Judkins, his name later changed to Stevland Hardaway Morris, but he is identified primarily by his stage name Stevie Wonder.
Wonhyo2Wonhyo (617–686 CE) was one of the leading thinkers, writers and commentators of the Korean Buddhist tradition. Essence-Function (體用), a key concept in East Asian Buddhism and particularly that of Korean Buddhism, was refined in the syncretic philosophy and worldview of Wonhyo.
Wood, Anthony1Anthony Wood (or Anthony à Wood) (17 December 1632 – 28 November 1695) was an English antiquary and diarist.
Wood, Christopher10Christopher Hovelle Wood (born 5 November 1935) is an English screenwriter and novelist best known for the Confessions series of novels and films which he wrote as 'Timothy Lea'. Under his own name, he adapted two James Bond novels for the screen: The Spy Who Loved Me and Moonraker.
Wood, David16David Wood (born 1946, Oxford) is a professor of philosophy at Vanderbilt University. Wood has taught philosophy in Europe and the United States for over thirty years and has published 16 books.
Wood, Elijah2Elijah Jordan Wood (born January 28, 1981, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa) is an American actor.
Wood, James (critic)3James Wood (born 1 November 1965) is a British literary critic.
Wood, Michael1Michael David Wood (born 23 July 1948, in Manchester) is a popular English historian and broadcaster, presenter of numerous television documentary series.
Woodall, Trinny27Trinny Woodall (born 8 February 1964) is a fashion guru and television presenter, who became famous as the co-host of What Not to Wear in 2001, with Susannah Constantine. She was born Sarah-Jane Woodall.
Woodcock. George16George Woodcock (8 May 1912 – 28 January 1995) was a Canadian writer of political biography and history, essayist, literary critic, poet, anarchist, and pacifist. In 1959 he founded the journal Canadian Literature, the first academic journal specifically dedicated to Canadian writing. He is perhaps most famous for his work: Anarchism : A History of Libertarian Ideas and Movements (1962).
Wooden, John17John Robert Wooden (October 14, 1910 – June 4, 2010) was a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player (1961) and a coach (1973). He was the first person ever enshrined in both categories; only Lenny Wilkens and Bill Sharman have since been so honored. He was awarded the presidential Medal of Freedom in 2003.
Woodhull, Victoria4Victoria Woodhull (September 23, 1838 – June 9, 1927) was an American suffragist and, in 1872, the first female nominee for U.S. president.
Woodman, Marion25Marion Woodman (born August 15, 1928) is a mythopoetic author and women's movement figure. She is a Jungian analyst trained at the Jung Institute in Zürich, Switzerland.
Woodruff, Wilford2Wilford Woodruff (March 1, 1807 – September 2, 1898) was the fourth President of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS), from 1889 until his death in 1898.
Woods, Clinton Edgar11Clinton Edgar Woods (February 7, 1863 – c. 1930) was an electrical and mechanical engineer, inventor, manufacturer of automobiles in Chicago and New York City, and author of one of the first books on electric vehicles.
Woods, George L.1George Lemuel Woods (July 30, 1832 – January 7, 1890) was an American lawyer, judge, and politician. A member of the Republican Party, Woods served as the Governor of Oregon from 1866 to 1870, and was then appointed Utah Territory Governor by President Ulysses S. Grant, serving from 1871 to 1875.
Woods, Harriett1Harriett Woods (2 June 1927 – 8 February 2007) was an American politician and activist, a two-time Democratic nominee for the United States Senate from Missouri, and a former Lieutenant Governor of Missouri. She was Missouri's first and so far only female Lieutenant Governor.
Woods, James4James Howard Woods (born April 18, 1947) is an Oscar-nominated American actor.
Woods, Tiger11Eldrick Tont Woods (born December 30, 1975), better known as Tiger Woods, is an American professional golfer whose achievements to date rank him among the most successful golfers of all time.
Woodson, Carter3Professor Carter Godwin Woodson (December 19, 1875 – April 3, 1950) was an African American historian, author, journalist and the founder of Black History Month.
Woodward, Bob8Robert Upshur "Bob" Woodward (born March 26, 1943) is one of the best-known journalists in the United States, thanks largely to his work in helping uncover the Watergate scandal that led to President Richard Nixon's resignation, in a historical partnership with Carl Bernstein, while working as a reporter for The Washington Post. He has written twelve best-selling nonfiction books and has twice contributed reporting to efforts that collectively earned the Post and its National Reporting staff a Pulitzer Prize.
Woodward, Jack1Jack Woodford (1894–1971) was a successful pulp novelist and non-fiction author of the 1930s and 1940s.
Woodworth, Samuel3Samuel Woodworth (January 13, 1784 – December 9, 1842) was an American author, literary journalist, playwright, librettist, and most famously, poet.
Woolf, Virginia102Virginia Woolf (25 January 1882 – 28 March 1941), born Adeline Virginia Stephen, was a British writer who is considered to be one of the foremost modernist/feminist literary figures of the twentieth century.
Woollcott, Alexander8Alexander Woollcott (January 19, 1887 – January 23, 1943) was an American critic and journalist known for his involvement in the Algonquin Round Table and his writings in The New Yorker magazine.
Woolman, John7John Woolman (1720–1772) was a North American merchant, tailor, journalist and itinerant Quaker preacher, and an early abolitionist in the colonial era. He traveled through frontier areas of British North America to preach Quaker beliefs, and advocate against slavery and the slave trade, cruelty to animals, economic injustices and oppression, and conscription. Woolman published numerous essays, and kept a journal throughout his life, The Journal of John Woolman (1774), considered a prominent American spiritual work.
Woolsey, Sarah Chauncey5Sarah Chauncey Woolsey (January 29, 1835 – April 9, 1905) was an American children's author who wrote under the pen name Susan Coolidge.
Wordsworth, Dorothy10Dorothy Wordsworth (December 25 1771 – January 25 1855) was an English diarist, travel-writer and catalyst in the writing of her brother William Wordsworth's poems. Her diaries were a direct source of some of Wordsworth's best-known lines.
Wordsworth, William275William Wordsworth (April 7, 1770 – April 23, 1850) was a major English poet who, with Samuel Taylor Coleridge, launched the Romantic Age in English literature with the 1798 publication of Lyrical Ballads.
Work, Henry Clay3Henry Clay Work (October 1, 1832 – June 8, 1884) was an American composer and songwriter.
Wormuth, Francis D.5Francis Dunham Wormuth (May 23, 1909 — 1980) was an American political scientist, and Professor of Political Science at University of Utah.
Wotton, Henry12Sir Henry Wotton (March 30, 1568 – December 1639) was an English author and diplomat.
Wouk, Herman8Herman Wouk (born May 27, 1915) is a bestselling American author with a number of notable novels to his credit, including The Caine Mutiny (for which he won the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction in 1952), The Winds of War, and War and Remembrance.
Wozniak, Steve12Stephen Wozniak (born 11 August 1950) American computer engineer, programmer, co-founder of Apple Computer with Steve Jobs; often called by his nickname Woz
Wren, Christopher6Sir Christopher Wren (20 October 1632 – 25 February 1723) was a 17th century English architect, designer, astronomer, geometer, considered one of the greatest English architects in history. Wren designed 53 London churches, including St Paul's Cathedral, as well as many secular buildings of note. He was a founder of the Royal Society (president 1680–82), and his scientific work was highly regarded by Sir Isaac Newton and Blaise Pascal.
Wren, Daniel A.3Daniel A. Wren (born ca. 1935) is an American business theorist and Emeritus Professor at the University of Oklahoma, known from his 1972 book coauthored with Arthur G. Bedeian, entitled "The evolution of management thought."
Wright, Bonnie3Bonnie Francesca Wright (born 17 February 1991) is an English actress and model, perhaps best known for her role in the Harry Potter films as Ginny Weasley.
Wright, David3David Allen Wright (born December 20, 1982) is a Major League Baseball player. He is currently third basemen for the New York Mets.
Wright, Frances41Frances Wright (September 6 1795 – December 13 1852), also widely known as Fanny Wright, was a Scotland-born lecturer, writer, feminist, abolitionist, and utopian, who became a U. S. citizen in 1825.
Wright, Lawrence9Lawrence Wright (born August 2, 1947) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American author, screenwriter, staff writer for The New Yorker magazine, and fellow at the Center for Law and Security at the New York University School of Law. Wright is best known as the author of the 2006 nonfiction book, The Looming Tower: Al Qaeda and the Road to 9/11. He is a graduate of Tulane University.
Wright, N.T.3N. T. Wright (born 1 December 1948) is a New Testament scholar and former Bishop of Durham in the Church of England. He has published academic works such as The New Testament and The People of God,
Wright, Orville1Orville Wright (August 19, 1871 – January 30, 1948) , was an American inventors, and aviation pioneer who was credited, with inventing and building the world's first successful airplane and making the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight, on December 17, 1903.
Wright, Robert2Robert Wright (born January 15, 1957) is an American journalist and author of best-selling books about science, evolutionary psychology, history and sociobiology.
Wright, Steven14Steven Alexander Wright (born December 6, 1955) is an Academy Award winning American comedian, writer and actor, known for his bizarre comic style and morose stage persona.
Wright, Wilbur8Wilbur Wright (16 April 1867 – 30 May 1912) is generally credited with the design and construction of the first practical airplane.
Wrights, R. Lee13R. Lee Wrights (born June 8, 1958) is an American libertarian activist, editor, and publisher. R. Lee Wrights is also a candidate for the Libertarian Party's nomination for President of the United States.
Wu Kung-tsao7Wu Kung-tsao (1902–1983), also spelled Wu Gongzao or Ng Gung Jou, was a Chinese tai chi chuan teacher of Manchu ancestry known for his literary contributions to and commentary on the tai chi classics in a general sense as well as describing unique characteristics of his family's Wu style tai chi chuan. He was the second son of Wu Chien-ch’uan (Wu Jianquan) and father of Wu Ta-hsin (Wu Daxin).
Wu Peifu2Wu Peifu (吳佩孚) (April 22, 1874 – December 4, 1939) was a Chinese warlord and General of the Republic of China
Wu, Chien-Shiung2Chien-Shiung Wu (traditional Chinese: 吳健雄; pinyin: Wú Jiànxíong; May 29, 1912 – February 16, 1997) was a Chinese-born American physicist with an expertise in radioactivity. She worked on the Manhattan Project (to enrich the uranium fuel) and disproved the conservation of parity. Her nicknames included the “First Lady of Physics”, “Chinese Marie Curie,” and “Madame Wu.” She died after her second stroke on February 16, 1997.
Wu, David1David Wu (born April 8, 1955) is a Democratic member of the United States House of Representatives for Oregon, representing the state's First Congressional District, which includes a small section of western Multnomah County and all of Yamhill, Columbia, Clatsop and Washington Counties. As an ethnic Han Chinese from Taiwan, Wu is the first Chinese American and the first Taiwanese American member of the House of Representatives.
Wu, Den-yih1Wu Den-yih (吳敦義; Wú Dūnyì) (born January 30, 1948) is a politician in the Republic of China (ROC). He currently serves as the Vice President of the Republic of China since 20 May 2012.
Wu, Gordon1Sir Gordon Ying Sheung Wu, GBS, KCMG, FICE (Chinese: 胡應湘) (born 1935) is the chairman of the board of Hong Kong-listed Asian infrastructure firm Hopewell Holdings Ltd.
Wu, Su2Su Wu (Chinese: 蘇武) (c. 140 B.C. – 60 B.C.) was a Chinese general of the Han Dynasty.
Wulf, William Allan1William Allan Wulf (born 8 December 1939) is a computer scientist notable for his work in programming languages and compilers.
Wurmbrand, Richard17Richard Wurmbrand (March 24, 1909 – February 17, 2001) was a Romanian Christian minister of Jewish descent. He was a youth during a time of anti-Semitic activity in Romania, but it was later, after becoming a believer in Jesus Christ as Messiah, and daring to publicly say that Communism and Christianity were not compatible, that he experienced imprisonment and torture for his beliefs. He wrote more than 18 books, the most widely known being Tortured for Christ. Variations of his works have been translated into more than 60 languages. He founded the international organization Voice of the Martyrs, which continues to aid Christians around the world who are persecuted for their faith.
Wyatt, Thomas3Sir Thomas Wyatt (1503 – 11 October 1542) was an English courtier and poet.
Wycherley, William3William Wycherley (c. 1640 – 1 January 1716) was an English dramatist of the Restoration period.
Wycliffe, John6John Wycliffe (also Wyclif, Wycliff, or Wickliffe) (c. 1320 – 31 December 1384) was an English theologian and early proponent of reform in the Roman Catholic Church during the 14th century. He made an English translation of the Bible in one complete edition and is considered a precursor of the Protestant Reformation (thus becoming known as "The Morning Star of the Reformation").
Wyden, Ron1Ronald Lee Wyden (born May 3, 1949) is an American politician and currently the U.S. state of Oregon's senior United States Senator.
Wylie, Philip10Philip Gordon Wylie (12 May 1902 – 25 October 1971) was a U.S. author of social criticism, short stories, screenplays, and several science-fiction novels.
Wymore, A. Wayne18Albert Wayne Wymore (February 1, 1927 – February 24, 2011) was an American mathematician, systems engineer, Professor Emeritus of Systems and Industrial Engineering of the University of Arizona, and one of the founding fathers of systems engineering.
Wynton Marsalis8Wynton Marsalis (born 18 October 1961) is an American trumpeter and composer. He is among the most prominent jazz musicians of the modern era, as well as a well known African American instrumentalist in classical music.
People: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

End: People by name, W