Edmund Beecher Wilson, 1856 - 1939

@article{Morgan1940EdmundBW,
  title={Edmund Beecher Wilson, 1856 - 1939},
  author={Thomas Hunt Morgan},
  journal={Obituary Notices of Fellows of the Royal Society},
  year={1940},
  volume={3},
  pages={123 - 138}
}
  • T. Morgan
  • Published 1940
  • History
  • Obituary Notices of Fellows of the Royal Society
Edmund Beecher Wilson was born 19 October 1856 at Geneva, Illinois. The first sixteen years of his life were passed there. He has written “it would not be easy to imagine a happier environment for a boy who somehow managed to combine an early passion for natural history with an almost equal love for music; who grew up in an atmosphere of warm affection and sympathetic understanding at home, and was surrounded by a circle of intelligent and cultivated people”. When only two and a half years of… 
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