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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
Died July 8, 2016(2016-07-08) (aged 98)
Education University of Chicago
Alma mater Cornell University
Spouse(s) Elizabeth Darbishire (m. 1946–2006)
Awards National Book Award
National Humanities Medal
Scientific career
Institutions University 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.

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