Webster Wells

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Webster Wells (1851 Boston – 1916) was a United States mathematician known primarily for his authorship of a series of mathematical textbooks.


Wells graduated in 1873 at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he was an instructor from 1873 to 1880, and later became successively an assistant professor (1883), an associate professor (1885), and a full professor (1893) of mathematics.


Wells' textbooks were used in many schools and colleges in the United States. Among the titles were:

  • Logarithms (1878)
  • University Algebra (1878)
  • Plane and Spherical Trigonometry (1884)
  • Plane and Solid Geometry (1887)
  • Higher Algebra (1889)
  • College Algebra (1890)
  • Academic Arithmetic (1893)
  • Complete Trigonometry (1900)