Wheeler, Benjamin Ide, 1854–1927, American educator and classical scholar, b. Randolph, Mass. Wheeler was a professor of Greek and comparative philology at Cornell before serving as president of the Univ. of California in the years of its greatest development (1899–1919). He wrote works in classics and in linguistics, among them Dionysos and Immortality (1899), Alexander the Great (1900), and The Whence and Whither of the Modern Science of Language (1905).
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