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  • Smith, Mamie (American musician)

    blues: History and notable musicians: …by black women such as Mamie Smith, Ma Rainey, Ida Cox, and Bessie Smith. These performers were primarily stage singers backed by jazz bands; their style is known as classic blues.

  • Smith, Marc (American poet)

    slam poetry: …local poet and construction worker, Marc Kelly Smith, feeling that poetry readings and poetry in general had lost their true passion, had an idea to bring poetry back to the people. He created a weekly poetry event—the poetry slam—where anyone could participate. Poets would perform their work and then be…

  • Smith, Marc Kelly (American poet)

    slam poetry: …local poet and construction worker, Marc Kelly Smith, feeling that poetry readings and poetry in general had lost their true passion, had an idea to bring poetry back to the people. He created a weekly poetry event—the poetry slam—where anyone could participate. Poets would perform their work and then be…

  • Smith, Margaret (Australian athlete)

    Margaret Court, Australian tennis player who dominated women’s competition in the 1960s. She won 66 Grand Slam championships, more than any other woman, and in 1970 became the second woman (after Maureen Connolly in 1953) to win the Grand Slam of tennis singles: Wimbledon, the U.S. Open, the

  • Smith, Margaret Chase (United States senator)

    Margaret Chase Smith, American popular and influential public official who became the first woman to serve in both U.S. houses of Congress. Margaret Chase attended high school in her native Skowhegan, Maine, graduating in 1916. She then taught school briefly, held a series of other jobs, and served

  • Smith, Margaret Mackall (American first lady)

    Margaret Taylor, American first lady (1849–50), the wife of Zachary Taylor, 12th president of the United States. Margaret Smith was the daughter of wealthy plantation owners Ann Mackall and Walter Smith. Although details of her childhood are hazy, it is known that she was educated at home. While

  • Smith, Matthew Arnold Bracy (English painter)

    Sir Matthew Smith, English painter of colourful still lifes, flowers, portraits and nudes, and landscapes of Cornwall, England, and the south of France. He is known for his use of bold colours in his compositions, and for that he is typically associated with Fauvism. In his teens Smith was guided

  • Smith, Mel (British comedian)

    Mel Smith, (Melvyn Kenneth Smith), British comedian (born Dec. 3, 1952, London, Eng.—died July 19, 2013, London), lampooned British society during his run on a series of television programs in the 1980s and ’90s while also branching out into directing, producing, and more serious acting roles.

  • Smith, Michael (American astronaut)

    Challenger disaster: …commander Francis (Dick) Scobee, pilot Michael Smith, mission specialists Ellison Onizuka, Judith Resnik, and Ronald McNair, and Hughes Aircraft engineer Gregory Jarvis.

  • Smith, Michael (sociologist)

    sports: On-field violence: …of violence, sociologists such as Michael Smith have developed a sports-violence typology in which “brutal body contact” is seen as integral to some sports. This contact conforms to the rules of the sport and is completely legitimate even when the same sort of behaviour outside the sports context is defined…

  • Smith, Michael (philosopher)

    ethics: Moral realism: …Problem (1994) and subsequent essays, Smith argued that, among the desires that would be retained under idealized conditions, those that deserve the label “moral” must express the values of equal concern and respect for others. Railton, in Facts, Values and Norms: Essays Toward a Morality of Consequence (2003), added that…

  • Smith, Michael (Canadian chemist)

    Michael Smith, British-born Canadian biochemist who won (with Kary B. Mullis) the 1993 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for his development of a technique called oligonucleotide-based site-directed mutagenesis, which enabled researchers to introduce specific mutations into genes and, thus, to the proteins

  • Smith, Michael George (British singer and songwriter)

    Mike Smith, (Michael George Smith), British singer and songwriter (born Dec. 6, 1943, Edmonton, Middlesex, Eng.—died Feb. 28, 2008, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, Eng.), was the lead singer and keyboardist for the Dave Clark Five (DC5), one of the most popular rock-and-roll bands of the British

  • Smith, Michelle (Irish swimmer and lawyer)

    Michelle Smith, Irish swimmer and lawyer who won four medals at the Atlanta 1996 Olympic Games to become the most successful Olympian in Ireland and the country’s first woman to capture a gold medal. Smith began swimming competitively at age 13. Though she developed into one of Ireland’s premier

  • Smith, Mike (British singer and songwriter)

    Mike Smith, (Michael George Smith), British singer and songwriter (born Dec. 6, 1943, Edmonton, Middlesex, Eng.—died Feb. 28, 2008, Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, Eng.), was the lead singer and keyboardist for the Dave Clark Five (DC5), one of the most popular rock-and-roll bands of the British

  • Smith, Mrs. R. D. (British writer)

    Olivia Manning, British journalist and novelist, noted for her ambitious attempt to portray the panorama of modern history in a fictional framework. Manning, the daughter of a naval officer, produced her first novel, The Wind Changes, in 1937. Two years later she married Reginald Donald Smith,

  • Smith, Neal (American musician)

    Alice Cooper: ), and Neal Smith (b. Sept. 23, 1947, Akron).

  • Smith, Nicholas (British actor)

    Nicholas Smith, British actor (born March 5, 1934, Banstead, Surrey, Eng.—died Dec. 6, 2015, Sutton, Surrey), was the last surviving member of the main cast of David Croft and Jeremy Lloyd’s bawdy BBC TV sitcom Are You Being Served? (1972–85), as well as the 1977 movie of the same name and the BBC

  • Smith, Nico (South African minister and activist)

    Nico Smith, (Nicolaas Jacobus Smith), South African minister and activist (born April 11, 1929, Kroonstad, Orange Free State [now Free State], S.Af.—died June 19, 2010, Pretoria, S.Af.), challenged apartheid as the first white man to be allowed to live (1985–89) in a black community, in defiance of

  • Smith, Nicolaas Jacobus (South African minister and activist)

    Nico Smith, (Nicolaas Jacobus Smith), South African minister and activist (born April 11, 1929, Kroonstad, Orange Free State [now Free State], S.Af.—died June 19, 2010, Pretoria, S.Af.), challenged apartheid as the first white man to be allowed to live (1985–89) in a black community, in defiance of

  • Smith, Norman Kemp (British philosopher)

    idealism: Types of philosophical idealism: …of which the Kantian scholar Norman Kemp Smith’s Prolegomena to an Idealist Theory of Knowledge (1924) is an excellent example, covers all idealistic theories of epistemology, or knowledge.

  • Smith, O. P. (United States general)

    Battle of the Chosin Reservoir: Crossing into North Korea: Oliver P. [“O.P.”] Smith), the 7th Infantry Division (Maj. Gen. David G. Barr), and the 3rd Infantry Division (Maj. Gen. Robert H. Soule). The corps also had control of the Capital and 3rd divisions of the South Korean I Corps, which was already crossing the…

  • Smith, Oliver (American set designer)

    Oliver Smith, U.S. set designer (born Feb. 13, 1918, Waupun, Wis.—died Jan. 23, 1994, Brooklyn Heights, N.Y.), used his imaginative painter’s eye to create magnificent and visually striking set designs that served as centrepieces in some 250 theatre, dance, opera, and film productions and helped e

  • Smith, Oliver P. (United States general)

    Battle of the Chosin Reservoir: Crossing into North Korea: Oliver P. [“O.P.”] Smith), the 7th Infantry Division (Maj. Gen. David G. Barr), and the 3rd Infantry Division (Maj. Gen. Robert H. Soule). The corps also had control of the Capital and 3rd divisions of the South Korean I Corps, which was already crossing the…

  • Smith, Ozzie (American baseball player)

    baseball: Integration: Later Reggie Jackson, Ozzie Smith, and Barry Bonds were definitive players of their respective eras. In 1962 Robinson became the first black player inducted into baseball’s Hall of Fame. In the 1970s, membership in the Hall was opened to the bygone stars of the Negro leagues.

  • Smith, Patricia Lee (American poet, songwriter, and singer)

    Patti Smith, American poet, rock songwriter, and singer. Growing up in New Jersey, Smith won an art scholarship to Glassboro State Teachers College. In 1967 she moved to New York City, where she became active in the downtown Manhattan arts scene, writing poetry and living with the photographer

  • Smith, Patti (American poet, songwriter, and singer)

    Patti Smith, American poet, rock songwriter, and singer. Growing up in New Jersey, Smith won an art scholarship to Glassboro State Teachers College. In 1967 she moved to New York City, where she became active in the downtown Manhattan arts scene, writing poetry and living with the photographer

  • Smith, Paul J. (American composer)
  • Smith, Pauline (South African writer)

    South African literature: In English: …novel Turbott Wolfe (1925), and Pauline Smith, whose stories in The Little Karoo (1925) dealt sympathetically with rural Afrikaners. Laurens van der Post, in his novel In a Province (1934), dealt with the African-coming-to-town theme.

  • Smith, Pinetop (American musician)

    boogie-woogie: of boogie-woogie were Jimmy Yancey, Pinetop Smith, who is generally credited with inventing the term itself, Albert Ammons, Pete Johnson, and Meade “Lux” Lewis.

  • Smith, Preserved (American historian)

    Preserved Smith, American historian noted for his scholarly works on the Protestant Reformation. The son of a prominent Presbyterian clergyman, Smith earned his Ph.D. at Columbia University (1907). He was subsequently a fellow in history at Amherst College (Amherst, Mass.) until 1914. He lectured

  • Smith, Randy (American basketball player)

    Los Angeles Clippers: …the standout play of guard-forward Randy Smith and future Hall of Fame centre-forward Bob McAdoo. The Braves were part of an unusual franchise swap in 1978, when the owner of the Boston Celtics, Irv Levin, a Californian, wanted to move the Celtics to his home state but was prevented by…

  • Smith, Red (American journalist)

    Red Smith, American sports columnist whose literary craftsmanship, humorous and iconoclastic approach, and deep knowledge of sports made him one of the United States’ most popular sportswriters. His columns were literate, and he shunned the jargon of the genre. His popularity persisted

  • Smith, Richard (British artist)

    Richard Smith, (Charles Richard Smith), British painter and printmaker (born Oct. 27, 1931, Letchworth, Hertfordshire, Eng.—died April 15, 2016, Patchogue, N.Y.), created bold large-scale abstract paintings, many of which were sculptural three-dimensional constructions. He was particularly known

  • Smith, Richard Emerson (American makeup artist)

    Dick Smith, (Richard Emerson Smith), American makeup artist (born June 26, 1922, Larchmont, N.Y.—died July 30, 2014, Los Angeles, Calif.), used revolutionary makeup-application techniques that radically transformed actors for their on-screen roles; his methods for creating fake blood and for using

  • Smith, Richard Harold (Australian aviator and businessman)

    Dick Smith, Australian aviator, filmmaker, explorer, businessman, and publisher, renowned for his aviation exploits. Smith had limited formal education at public schools and a technical high school, but his inventiveness and curiosity soon turned him into one of the signal success and survival

  • Smith, Robert (United States statesman)

    Robert Smith, U.S. secretary of state under President James Madison. Smith grew up in Baltimore. He graduated in 1781 from the College of New Jersey (now Princeton University), studied law, and became a prominent and prosperous Baltimore attorney. From 1793 to 1801 Smith was active in Maryland

  • Smith, Robert Angus (Scottish chemist)

    acid rain: …in 1852 by Scottish chemist Robert Angus Smith during his investigation of rainwater chemistry near industrial cities in England and Scotland. The phenomenon became an important part of his book Air and Rain: The Beginnings of a Chemical Climatology (1872). It was not until the late 1960s and early 1970s,…

  • Smith, Robert E. (American television personality)

    Robert E. Smith, American television personality (born Nov. 27, 1917, Buffalo, N.Y.—died July 30, 1998, Hendersonville, N.C.), was the creator and host of "The Howdy Doody Show" (1947-60), the theme song of which became an anthem for baby boomers who tuned in to Buffalo Bob and his wooden s

  • Smith, Robert Holbrook (American surgeon)

    Alcoholics Anonymous: ” (Robert Holbrook Smith [1879–1950]). Drawing upon their own experiences, they set out to help fellow alcoholics and first recorded their program in Alcoholics Anonymous (1939; 3rd ed., 1976). By the early 21st century, Alcoholics Anonymous had some 2,000,000 members forming more than 110,000 groups in…

  • Smith, Robert Weston (American disc jockey)

    Wolfman Jack , (ROBERT WESTON SMITH), U.S. rock-and-roll radio disc jockey whose gravel-throated voice and wolf howls made him a cult personality on the nighttime airwaves until he was elevated to international fame after appearing in the 1973 film classic American Graffiti (b. Jan. 21, 1938--d.

  • Smith, Roger Bonham (American business executive)

    Roger Bonham Smith, American business executive (born July 12, 1925, Columbus, Ohio—died Nov. 29, 2007, near Detroit, Mich.), served as chairman and CEO (1981–90) of the General Motors (GM) Corp. during one of the company’s most volatile periods. After serving (1944–46) in the U.S. Navy, Smith

  • Smith, Rosamond (American author)

    Joyce Carol Oates, American novelist, short-story writer, and essayist noted for her vast literary output in a variety of styles and genres. Particularly effective are her depictions of violence and evil in modern society. Oates was born in New York state, the daughter of a tool-and-die designer

  • Smith, Rubye Doris (American civil rights activist)

    Rubye Robinson, American civil rights activist whose short life proved to be a powerful influence on the Civil Rights Movement. Rubye Smith had little direct contact with whites while she was growing up. At age 13, however, she watched the television coverage of the boycott of the Montgomery,

  • Smith, Sadie (British author)

    Zadie Smith, British author known for her treatment of race, religion, and cultural identity and for her novels’ eccentric characters, savvy humour, and snappy dialogue. She became a sensation in the literary world with the publication of her first novel, White Teeth, in 2000. Smith, the daughter

  • Smith, Sam (British singer-songwriter)

    Sam Smith, British soul singer with a mellifluous voice who was noted for lyrics that subverted the notions of romantic love that defined popular soul music. Smith was raised in Cambridgeshire, born to a father who was a truck driver and greengrocer and a mother who was a banker. Both parents

  • Smith, Samantha (American peace activist and actress)

    Samantha Smith, American peace activist and child actress, celebrated for giving children around the world a voice in the volatile Cold War during the 1980s. In December 1982, when she was 10 years old, Smith wrote a letter to the new leader of the Soviet Union, Yury Andropov. Having learned from

  • Smith, Samantha Reed (American peace activist and actress)

    Samantha Smith, American peace activist and child actress, celebrated for giving children around the world a voice in the volatile Cold War during the 1980s. In December 1982, when she was 10 years old, Smith wrote a letter to the new leader of the Soviet Union, Yury Andropov. Having learned from

  • Smith, Samuel (American politician)

    Samuel Smith, U.S. soldier and politician best known as the commander of land and sea forces that defended Baltimore from the British during the War of 1812. Smith grew up in Baltimore, to which his family had moved in 1760. The son of a wealthy merchant, he joined the family business after lengthy

  • Smith, Samuel Frederick (British singer-songwriter)

    Sam Smith, British soul singer with a mellifluous voice who was noted for lyrics that subverted the notions of romantic love that defined popular soul music. Smith was raised in Cambridgeshire, born to a father who was a truck driver and greengrocer and a mother who was a banker. Both parents

  • Smith, Samuel Timothy (American musician)

    Tim McGraw, American musician and actor whose melodic heartfelt songs and sandy Southern twang made him one of the most popular country music singers in the 1990s and early 21st century. Raised by a single mother, McGraw was 11 years old before he discovered that his father was famed professional

  • Smith, Sean (American IT specialist)

    2012 Benghazi attacks: The attacks: Stevens, information technology specialist Sean Smith, and a security officer hid in a safe room. By the time rescuers arrived, Smith had died of asphyxiation, and Stevens could not be found in the heavy smoke before the rescue team was driven out. Stevens was later recovered by local Libyans…

  • Smith, Seba (American editor and author)

    Seba Smith, American editor and humorist, creator of the fictional Major Jack Downing. A graduate of Bowdoin College, Smith founded (1829) the Portland Courier, in which the Major’s fictional letters first appeared in January 1830, continuing later in the National Intelligencer until July 1853.

  • Smith, Sir George Adam (Scottish preacher and scholar)

    Sir George Adam Smith, Scottish preacher and Semitic scholar who helped to make generally acceptable the higher criticism of the Old Testament. Smith was returned to Scotland at the age of two and reared by two aunts. Educated in Edinburgh, with vacation study at Tübingen and Leipzig, he taught at

  • Smith, Sir Harry George Wakelyn, Baronet (British general)

    Sir Harry Smith, Baronet, British general, governor of Cape Colony, and high commissioner in South Africa from 1847 to 1852. Smith began his career in the army as an ensign in 1805 and served with distinction in South America (1807) and, during the Napoleonic Wars, in Spain (1808–14). In the War of

  • Smith, Sir Harry, Baronet (British general)

    Sir Harry Smith, Baronet, British general, governor of Cape Colony, and high commissioner in South Africa from 1847 to 1852. Smith began his career in the army as an ensign in 1805 and served with distinction in South America (1807) and, during the Napoleonic Wars, in Spain (1808–14). In the War of

  • Smith, Sir Keith Macpherson (Australian pilot)

    Sir Keith Macpherson Smith and Sir Ross Macpherson Smith: During World War I, Keith Smith flew as a pilot in the Royal Air Force (1917–19), while Ross started with the Australian Light Horse in Gallipoli and Sinai until he learned to fly in Egypt in 1916. He spent the last two years of the war in the Australian…

  • Smith, Sir Keith Macpherson; and Smith, Sir Ross Macpherson (Australian pilots)

    Sir Keith Macpherson Smith and Sir Ross Macpherson Smith, brothers, Australian aviators who made the first flight from England to Australia. During World War I, Keith Smith flew as a pilot in the Royal Air Force (1917–19), while Ross started with the Australian Light Horse in Gallipoli and Sinai

  • Smith, Sir Matthew (English painter)

    Sir Matthew Smith, English painter of colourful still lifes, flowers, portraits and nudes, and landscapes of Cornwall, England, and the south of France. He is known for his use of bold colours in his compositions, and for that he is typically associated with Fauvism. In his teens Smith was guided

  • Smith, Sir Ross Macpherson (Australian pilot)

    Sir Keith Macpherson Smith and Sir Ross Macpherson Smith: …Royal Air Force (1917–19), while Ross started with the Australian Light Horse in Gallipoli and Sinai until he learned to fly in Egypt in 1916. He spent the last two years of the war in the Australian Flying Corps in Palestine. Ross made the first flight from Cairo to Calcutta,…

  • Smith, Sir Thomas (British entrepreneur)

    Sir Thomas Smythe, English entrepreneur in the Virginia Company that founded the Virginia colony. He also financed numerous trade ventures and voyages of exploration during the early 17th century. A member of the London Haberdashers’ and Skinners’ companies from 1580, he accumulated a considerable

  • Smith, Sir William Sidney (British admiral)

    Egypt: The French occupation and its consequences (1798–1805): Sir Sydney Smith, the British naval commander in the eastern Mediterranean, sponsored the convention, but in this he had exceeded his powers and was instructed by his superior officer, Admiral Lord Keith, to require the French to surrender as prisoners of war. Although the Ottoman…

  • Smith, Sophia (American philanthropist)

    Sophia Smith, American philanthropist whose inherited fortune allowed her to bequeath funds for the founding of Smith College in Northampton, Massachusetts. Smith was the daughter of a prosperous farmer. Although she enjoyed the rural social life of her native Hatfield, she did not marry. She

  • Smith, Steve (American football player)

    Carolina Panthers: The Panthers drafted wide receiver Steve Smith and defensive tackle Kris Jenkins in 2001, and in 2002 they chose defensive end Julius Peppers with the draft’s second overall selection. In addition, the Panthers signed quarterback Jake Delhomme before the 2003 season, and the team’s revamped core led Carolina to an…

  • Smith, Steven Dean (American entrepreneur)

    Steven Dean Smith, American entrepreneur (born May 29, 1949, Portland, Ore.—died March 23, 2015, Portland), was instrumental in expanding the American market for high-end tea through his three specialty tea companies—Stash, Tazo, and Steven Smith Teamaker. After service in the U.S. Navy during the

  • Smith, Stevie (British poet)

    Stevie Smith, British poet who expressed an original and visionary personality in her work, combining a lively wit with penetrating honesty and an absence of sentiment. For most of her life Smith lived with an aunt in the same house in Palmers Green, a northern London suburb. After attending school

  • Smith, Sydney (English preacher)

    Sydney Smith, one of the foremost English preachers of his day, and a champion of parliamentary reform. Through his writings he perhaps did more than anyone else to change public opinion regarding Roman Catholic emancipation. Smith was also famous for his wit and charm. Smith’s father refused to

  • Smith, T. J. (Australian racehorse trainer)

    T.J. Smith, Australian racehorse trainer who was said to have been the country’s most successful; among his credits were 34 Sydney trainers’ premierships--33 of them successive--and two Melbourne Cups, four Caulfield Cups, six Golden Slippers, and seven Cox Plates (b. Sept. 3, 1918, near Braidwood,

  • Smith, Theobald (American pathologist)

    Theobald Smith, American microbiologist and pathologist who discovered the causes of several infectious and parasitic diseases. He is often considered the greatest American bacteriologist. After graduating from Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y. (M.D., 1883), Smith taught at Columbian University

  • Smith, Thomas John (Australian racehorse trainer)

    T.J. Smith, Australian racehorse trainer who was said to have been the country’s most successful; among his credits were 34 Sydney trainers’ premierships--33 of them successive--and two Melbourne Cups, four Caulfield Cups, six Golden Slippers, and seven Cox Plates (b. Sept. 3, 1918, near Braidwood,

  • Smith, Thomas Southwood (British official)

    public health: National developments in the 18th and 19th centuries: British physician Thomas Southwood Smith founded the Health of Towns Association in 1839, and by 1848 he served as a member of the new government department, then called the General Board of Health. He published reports on quarantine, cholera, yellow fever, and the benefits of sanitary improvements.

  • Smith, Tom (American racehorse trainer)

    Seabiscuit: Breeding and early years: With him was his trainer, Tom Smith, who had a penchant and skill for rejuvenating discarded horses. Both men were attracted to Seabiscuit, possibly by the tremendous strength he seemed to possess, and Smith urged his employer to buy the horse.

  • Smith, Tommie (American athlete)

    Tommie Smith, American sprinter who held the world record for the 200-metre dash with turn (1966–71), his best time being 19.83 sec—the first time that the distance was run in less than 20 sec. He also held the record for the straightaway 200-metre dash (1965–79), his best time being 19.5 sec.

  • Smith, Tony (American architect, sculptor, and painter)

    Tony Smith, American architect, sculptor, and painter associated with Minimalism as well as Abstract Expressionism and known for his large geometric sculptures. As a child, Smith was quarantined with tuberculosis and did not emerge into public life until high school. While living behind his

  • Smith, Tracy K. (American poet and author)

    Tracy K. Smith, American poet and author whose writing often confronts formidable themes of loss and grief, nascent adulthood, and the roles of race and family in identity through references to pop culture and precise descriptions of intimate moments. Smith, born the youngest of five children in

  • Smith, Trevor Dudley (British author)

    Elleston Trevor, (TREVOR DUDLEY SMITH), British novelist who published dozens of mysteries, thrillers, and adventure books under several pseudonyms; his best-known novels were The Flight of the Phoenix and The Quiller Memorandum (b. Feb. 17, 1920--d. July 21,

  • Smith, Vernon L. (American economist)

    Vernon L. Smith, American economist, corecipient of the Nobel Prize for Economics in 2002 for his use of laboratory experiments in economic analysis, which laid the foundation for the field of experimental economics. He shared the award with Israeli-born psychologist Daniel Kahneman. Smith studied

  • Smith, W. Eugene (American photographer)

    W. Eugene Smith, American photojournalist noted for his compelling photo-essays, which were characterized by a strong sense of empathy and social conscience. At age 14 Smith began to use photography to aid his aeronautical studies, and within a year he had become a photographer for two local

  • Smith, W. Wallace (American religious leader)

    W. Wallace Smith, American religious leader who was president of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1958 to 1978. A grandson of Joseph Smith, founder of Mormonism, and a son of Joseph Smith, first president of the Reorganized Church, he graduated from the University of

  • Smith, Walker, Jr. (American boxer)

    Sugar Ray Robinson, American professional boxer, six times a world champion: once as a welterweight (147 pounds), from 1946 to 1951, and five times as a middleweight (160 pounds), between 1951 and 1960. He is considered by many authorities to have been the best fighter in history. He won 89 amateur

  • Smith, Walter Bedell (United States general)

    Walter Bedell Smith, U.S. Army general, diplomat, and administrator who served as chief of staff for U.S. forces in Europe during World War II. Smith began his military career as an enlisted man in the Indiana National Guard (1910–15) and in 1917 was commissioned a second lieutenant of infantry in

  • Smith, Walter Wellesley (American journalist)

    Red Smith, American sports columnist whose literary craftsmanship, humorous and iconoclastic approach, and deep knowledge of sports made him one of the United States’ most popular sportswriters. His columns were literate, and he shunned the jargon of the genre. His popularity persisted

  • Smith, Whitney (American vexillologist)

    Whitney Smith, (Whitney Smith, Jr.), American vexillologist (born Feb. 26, 1940, Arlington, Mass.—died Nov. 17, 2016, Peabody, Mass.), was the father of the field of vexillology and was widely regarded as the world’s foremost expert on the history, design, use, and significance of flags. Smith

  • Smith, Whitney, Jr. (American vexillologist)

    Whitney Smith, (Whitney Smith, Jr.), American vexillologist (born Feb. 26, 1940, Arlington, Mass.—died Nov. 17, 2016, Peabody, Mass.), was the father of the field of vexillology and was widely regarded as the world’s foremost expert on the history, design, use, and significance of flags. Smith

  • Smith, Wilfred Cantwell (Canadian theologian)

    Wilfred Cantwell Smith, Canadian theologian (born July 21, 1916, Toronto, Ont.—died Feb. 7, 2000, Toronto), was a scholar of Islam and comparative religions who encouraged dialogue and the interchange of ideas between faiths. He earned a doctorate in Islamic studies from Princeton University in 1

  • Smith, Will (American actor and musician)

    Will Smith, American actor and musician whose charisma, clean-cut good looks, and quick wit helped him transition from rap music to a successful career in acting. Smith was given the nickname “Prince Charming” in high school, which he adapted to “Fresh Prince” in order to reflect a more hip-hop

  • Smith, Willard Carroll, Jr. (American actor and musician)

    Will Smith, American actor and musician whose charisma, clean-cut good looks, and quick wit helped him transition from rap music to a successful career in acting. Smith was given the nickname “Prince Charming” in high school, which he adapted to “Fresh Prince” in order to reflect a more hip-hop

  • Smith, William (British explorer)

    Antarctic Peninsula: …on January 30, 1820, when William Smith, a sealer, and Edward Bransfield, of the Royal Navy, sailed through what is now Bransfield Strait and saw the Antarctic Peninsula. Many nations have operated Antarctic Survey stations on the peninsula or adjacent islands.

  • Smith, William (British geologist)

    William Smith, English engineer and geologist who is best known for his development of the science of stratigraphy. Smith’s great geologic map of England and Wales (1815) set the style for modern geologic maps, and many of the colourful names he applied to the strata are still in use today. Smith

  • Smith, William Alden (United States senator)

    Titanic: U.S. inquiry: William Alden Smith. In all, more than 80 people were interviewed. Notable witnesses included Second Officer Charles Lightoller, the most senior officer to survive. He defended the actions of his superiors, especially Captain Smith’s refusal to decrease the ship’s speed. Many passengers testified to the…

  • Smith, William Eugene (American photographer)

    W. Eugene Smith, American photojournalist noted for his compelling photo-essays, which were characterized by a strong sense of empathy and social conscience. At age 14 Smith began to use photography to aid his aeronautical studies, and within a year he had become a photographer for two local

  • Smith, William Jay (American poet)

    William Jay Smith, American lyric poet who was known for his precision and craftsmanship and for his variety of subjects and styles. The son of an army officer, Smith spent much of his early life on a U.S. Army post, a period he recalled in Army Brat: A Memoir (1980; reissued 1991). After attending

  • Smith, William Robertson (Scottish scholar)

    William Robertson Smith, Scottish Semitic scholar, encyclopaedist, and student of comparative religion and social anthropology. Smith was ordained a minister in 1870 on his appointment as professor of Oriental languages and Old Testament exegesis at the Free Church College of Aberdeen. When his

  • Smith, William Ronald (Canadian painter)

    William Ronald, Canadian painter (born Aug. 13, 1926, Stratford, Ont.—died Feb. 9, 1998, Barrie, Ont.), was the driving force behind the formation in 1953 of Painters Eleven, a group that introduced abstraction to Canadian art. Ronald studied with Jock Macdonald at the Ontario College of Art in 1

  • Smith, William Wallace (American religious leader)

    W. Wallace Smith, American religious leader who was president of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1958 to 1978. A grandson of Joseph Smith, founder of Mormonism, and a son of Joseph Smith, first president of the Reorganized Church, he graduated from the University of

  • Smith, Willie (American blues musician)

    Willie Smith, (“Big Eyes”), American blues musician (born Jan. 19, 1936, Helena, Ark.—died Sept. 16, 2011, Chicago, Ill.), was the drummer in the Muddy Waters band primarily in the early 1960s and the ’70s. Smith took up the harmonica in his youth, having been inspired by his hometown’s King

  • Smith, Willie (American jazz musician)

    jazz: Variations on a theme: jazz elsewhere in the United States: Johnson, Abba Labba, and Willie “The Lion” Smith.

  • Smith, Wilson (British scientist)

    virus: In 1933 the British investigators Wilson Smith, Christopher H. Andrewes, and Patrick P. Laidlaw were able to transmit influenza to ferrets, and the influenza virus was subsequently adapted to mice. In 1941 the American scientist George K. Hirst found that influenza virus grown in tissues of the chicken embryo could…

  • Smith, Winston (fictional character)

    Winston Smith, fictional character, the protagonist of George Orwell’s cautionary novel Nineteen Eighty-four (1949). A minor bureaucrat in the civil service, Winston Smith lives a drab, conforming existence but wants to experience a meaningful life as an

  • Smith, Zadie (British author)

    Zadie Smith, British author known for her treatment of race, religion, and cultural identity and for her novels’ eccentric characters, savvy humour, and snappy dialogue. She became a sensation in the literary world with the publication of her first novel, White Teeth, in 2000. Smith, the daughter

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