Melvil Dewey

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Birthday
10, 1851
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
Dec 26, 1931 (80)
Birth Sign
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Birthday
10, 1851
Birthplace
New York
Death Date
Dec 26, 1931 (80)

About

American librarian and educator who most notably invented the Dewey Decimal system of library classification.

Before Fame

He attended Amherst College, where he belonged to Delta Kappa Epsilon, and from where he earned a bachelor's degree in 1874 and a master's degree in 1877.

Trivia

His classification system used of three-digit Arabic numerals for main classes, with decimals as expansions for more detail.

Family Life

He had a son, Godfrey, with his first wife, Annie Godfrey.

Associated With

National Medal of Science winner Carl Woese also attended Amherst College.