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Xenophon, (c. 430-354 BC) was a disciple of Socrates (described in Xenophon's Symposium).
In 401 he joined a Greek mercenary army aiding the Persian prince Cyrus...
St. Francis Xavier
Saint Francis Xavier (1506-1552) went as a Catholic missionary to the Portuguese colonies in the Indies, arriving at Goa in 1542.
He was in Japan 1549-1551,...
John Wycliffe (c. 1320-1384) allying himself with the party of John of Gaunt, which was opposed to ecclesiastical influence at court, he attacked abuses in the church, maintaining that...
Thomas Wyatt (c. 1503-1542) was employed on diplomatic missions by Henry VIII, and in 1536 was imprisoned for a time in the Tower of London, since he was thought to have been the lover...
James Wyatt (1747-1813) was an English architect, contemporary of the Adam brothers, who designed in the Neo-Gothic style.
His overenthusiastic "restorations" of medieval cathedrals...
Sewall Wright (1889-1988) helped modernize Charles Darwin's theory of evolution during the 1920s, using statistics to model the behaviour of populations of genes.
Why is Sewall Wright...
Peter Wright (1917-1995) book Spycatcher in 1987, written after his retirement, caused an international stir when the British government tried unsuccessfully to block its publication...
Joseph Wright (1734-1797) painted portraits, landscapes, and scientific experiments.
His work is often dramatically lit, by fire, candlelight, or even volcanic...
Frank Lloyd Wright
Frank Lloyd Wright (1869-1959) was an American architect who rejected Neo-Classicist styles for "organic architecture", in which buildings reflected their natural surroundings.
P. C. Wren
Percival Christopher Wren (1885-1941) was drawing on his experiences in the French and Indian armies, he wrote martial adventure novels including Beau Geste in 1924, dealing with the...
Christopher Wren (1632-1723) was the designer of St. Paul's Cathedral, London, built 1675-1710; many London churches including St. Bride's, Fleet Street, and St. Mary-le-Bow, Cheapside;...
Denis John Worrall (born in 1935) is a former academic and journalist, he joined the National Party (NP) and was made ambassador in London 1984-1987.
Manfred Worner (1934-1994) was elected for the conservative Christian Democratic Union (CDU) to the Bundestag (parliament) in 1965 and, as a specialist in strategic affairs, served...
William Wordsworth (1770-1850) in 1797 he moved with his sister Dorothy to Somerset to be near Coleridge, collaborating with him on Lyrical Ballads in 1798 (which included "Tintem Abbey")
Dorothy Wordsworth (1771-1855) lived with her brother William Wordsworth as a companion and support from 1795 until his death, and her many journals describing their Life at Grasmere...
Barbara Frances Wootton, Baroness Wootton of Abinger (1897-1988) taught at London University, and worked in the fields of politics, media, sodal welfare, and penal reform.
Frank Winfield Woolworth
Frank Winfield Woolworth (1852-1919) opened his first successful "five and ten cent" store in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, in 1879, and, together with his brother C. S. Woolworth (1856-1947)...
Henry Joseph Wood (1869-1944) promoted a national interest in music and encouraged many young composers.
He studied at the Royal Academy of Music and became an...
Grant Wood (1892-1942) work is highly stylized, he struck a note of hard realism in his studies of farmers, such as American Gothic in 1930 (Art Institute, Chicago).
Why is Grant...
Stage name of Steveland Judkins Morris (born in 1950) is an American pop musician, singer, and songwriter, associated with Motown Records.
His hits, most of...
Thomas Wolsey (c. 1475-1530) under Henry VIII he became both cardinal and lord chancellor in 1515, and began the dissolution of the monasteries.
Mary Wollstonecraft (1759-1797) was a British feminist, member of a group of radical intellectuals called the English Jacobins.
Her book Vindication of the Rights...
William Wollaston (1766-1828) amassed a large fortune through his discovery in 1804 of how to make malleable platinum.
He went on to discover the new elements...
Isaac Wolfson (1897-1991) established the Wolfson Foundation in 1955 to promote health, education, and youth activities, founded Wolfson College, Cambridge, in 1965, and (with the Ford...