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Wells, David A

Entry updated 12 August 2018. Tagged: Author.

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(1828-1898) US engineer, economist, editor, inventor and author, mostly of nonfiction like The Science of Common Things (1857) and a very popular textbook, Wells's Natural Philosophy (1863); he was a free-trade advocate, holding influential positions during the presidencies of Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson. He is of sf interest for Robinson Crusoe's Money; Or, the Remarkable Financial Fortunes and Misfortunes of a Remote Island Community (1876), set on an Island Utopia which boast a high-Technology civilizations, but where experiments in overprinting Money lead to disaster. [JC]

David Ames Wells

born Springfield, Massachusetts: 17 June 1828

died Norwich, Connecticut: 6 November 1898

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