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William Auld (6 November 1924 – 11 September 2006) was a Scottish poet, author, translator and magazine editor who wrote chiefly in Esperanto. Auld was born at Erith in Kent, and then moved to Glasgow with his parents, attending Alan Glen's School. After wartime service in the RAF, he studied English Literature at Glasgow University, and then qualified as a teacher. In 1960 he was appointed to a secondary school in Alloa and he remained there for the rest of his life. Auld was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1999, 2004, and 2006 making him the first person to be nominated for works in Esperanto. His magnum opus, La infana raso (The Infant Race), is a long poem that, in Auld's words, explores "the role of the human race in time and in the cosmos," and is based heavily on The Cantos by Ezra Pound.