William W. Warner

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William W. Warner (April 2, 1920 – April 18, 2008)[1][2] was an American biologist and writer. He was awarded the 1977 Pulitzer Prize for General Nonfiction for his first book Beautiful Swimmers: Watermen, Crabs and the Chesapeake Bay, which was based on his experiences living and working among crab fishermen on the Chesapeake.

Warner was a 1943 graduate of Princeton University.[2] During World War II, Warner served in the Pacific Theater of operations as an aerial photograph analyst with a Marine air group.[2]


  • Beautiful Swimmers: Watermen, Crabs, and the Chesapeake Bay (1976)
  • Distant Water: The Fate of the North Atlantic Fisherman (1983)
  • Into the Porcupine Cave and Other Odysseys: Adventures of an Occasional Naturalist (1999, short stories)
  • At Peace with All Their Neighbors: Catholics and Catholicism in the National Capital, 1787–1860 (1994)


  1. ^ Obituary in The New York Times.
  2. ^ a b c Holley, Joe (April 30, 2008), "William Warner; Wrote Classic On Chesapeake", The Washington Post, Washington, D,C, p. Obituaries