William H. McNeill (historian)

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William H. McNeill
Smiling older man holding a stack of books in front of him; the top one is tilted up so the title, World History, is visible.
Holding first copies of the Berkshire Encyclopedia of World History on his 87th birthday
Born(1917-10-31)October 31, 1917
DiedJuly 8, 2016(2016-07-08) (aged 98)
Spouse(s)Elizabeth Darbishire (married 1946–2006)
ChildrenJ. R. McNeill, Andrew, Ruth, Deborah
AwardsNational Book Award
National Humanities Medal
Academic background
Alma materUniversity of Chicago
Cornell University
Thesis"The Influence of the Potato on Irish History" (1947)
Doctoral advisorCarl L. Becker
InfluencesArnold Toynbee[1]
Academic work
InstitutionsUniversity of Chicago

William Hardy McNeill (October 31, 1917 – July 8, 2016) was a Canadian-American world historian and author. He was known for his writings on Western civilization. He was Professor Emeritus of History at the University of Chicago where he had taught since 1947.[2]

References[change | change source]

  1. The Associated Press (13 December 1996). "U.S. Historian, William McNeill, Wins the Erasmus Prize". New York Times. Retrieved 31 January 2018.
  2. McNeill, William H. (March 1979), "Historical Patterns of Migration", Current Anthropology, 20 (1): 95–102, doi:10.1086/202206, JSTOR 2741864, PMID 11630845. (Biographical details from bottom of page 95.)