Fonds F0154 - Wade E. Philpott fonds.

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Wade E. Philpott fonds.


  • 1963-1985 (Creation)

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3.75 m of textual records and other material.

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Engineer and writer Wade Edward Philpott was born in Sunnyside, Washington, in 1918. Son of Chester E. Edwards and Mary Ream Edwards. Adopted by his aunt, Viola Ream Philpott, and uncle, George Austin Philpott, in 1921, and name was changed from Chester Wade Edwards to Wade Edward Philpott. Graduated in engineering from Ohio Northern University. Worked on the design of printing calculators and business machines. Married Myra Given in 1941. In 1947, W. Philpott was left paralyzed in a shooting accident and during his hospitalization became interested in recreational mathematics. From 1951 on he developed puzzles (Multimatch) and games (Sweep). Published work in the Journal of Recreational Mathematics. Died in 1985.

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Donated by Myra G. Philpott in 1987.

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Fonds consists of puzzles, computer programs, articles, works by other authors, correspondence between W.E. Philpott and various persons including Martin Gardner, Harry L. Nelson, Joseph S. Madachy.

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Text in English.

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Fonds is part of the Eugène Strens Recreational Mathematics Collection.

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Includes 83 audio cassettes and 0.3125 m of puzzles.

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