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Adams, Charles Kendall, 1835-1902

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  • 1835-1902

Charles Kendall Adams was born on January 24, 1835, in Derby, Vermont.

He was an American educator and historian. He had only an elementary school education until he was 21 years old. He worked his way through the University of Michigan, where he studied with Andrew Dickson White. He taught history at the University of Michigan until his appointment in 1885 as president of Cornell University. As a result of major conflicts over honourary degrees and control of faculty appointments, Adams was forced to resign as Cornell president in 1892. He subsequently became president of the University of Wisconsin, a position he held until his death in 1902. In 1887, he was elected a member of the American Antiquarian Society. In 1890, he became president of the American Historical Association.

In 1863, he married Abigail Disbrow. He died on July 26, 1902, in Redlands, California.

Adams, Frank Dawson, 1859-1942

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  • 1859-1942

The geologist Frank Dawson Adams was born in Montréal. A brief period of employment with a pharmacist stirred an interest in chemistry which brought him to McGill, where he studied geology, chemistry and metallurgy. He graduated in 1878, and in 1880 joined the staff of the Geological Survey of Canada as chemist and petrographer. From there he went to Heidelberg, where he earned his Ph.D., and Zurich to study a revolutionary petrographic technique: examining mineral slices in slides under a polarization microscope. Microscopy was particularly useful for deciphering metamorphism in rocks, which in turn contributed to the detection and description of ore deposits. In 1889, Adams was appointed lecturer at McGill, and five years later succeeded Dawson as Logan Professor of Geology. He was Acting Principal, 1919-1920, and Vice-Principal from 1920 to 1924 when he retired. Throughout this period, he was an active researcher producing pioneering studies of the Upper Laurentian region, Pre-Cambrian rocks of the Grenville series, the Monteregian archipelago, but particularly on the deformation or flow of rocks. Adams served as President of the Royal Society of Canada (1913) and the Geological Society of America (1918). After his retirement he travelled extensively, published a history of geology (1938) and cultivated his library of early printed books on geology. He was an Anglican, and wrote a history of Christ Church Cathedral, Montréal.

Adams, Ray, 1938-

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  • 1938-

Raymond S. Adams was born in 1938 in the British Crown Dependency of Jersey. He is a songwriter, best known for the hit song Dance On!, which was first recorded by the Shadows in 1962. The song was also recorded by Petula Clark in English, French and Italian versions.

Adams, Ritchie

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  • 1938-2017

“Ritchie Adams” was the stage name of New York-born singer and songwriter Richard Adam Ziegler. He began as the lead vocalist with a group called the “Fireflies” in 1959. The group made a hit album “You Were Mine,” and another, “I Can’t Say Goodbye,” made it to the charts. On the whole, however, his singing career was not successful. He did better as a songwriter during the 60s and 70s, writing some 375 songs: among these were two big hits, “Tossin’ and Turnin’” for Bobby Lewis and “After the Lovin’” for Engelbert Humperdink. He also wrote many top-forty hits. Later he worked for television. He was music director for the children’s television show Banana Splits. He is credited with composing 18 soundtracks, mainly for television. He died at the age of 78 after a long illness.

Adams, Thos. (Thomas), 1847-1902

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  • 1847-1902

Rev. Dr. Thomas Adams was born on September 14, 1847, in Parramatta, New South Wales, Australia.

He studied at Wesleyan Collegiate Institution (now Queen's College), University College, London, and in 1876, he graduated with an M.A. degree from St. John's College, Cambridge. He became an Assistant Master at the Royal Grammar School, Lancaster (1873-1875) and at St. Peter's School, York (1874-1883). In 1883, he became a Headmaster of Gateshead High School and in 1885, he was appointed 3rd Principal of the University of Bishop's College, Lennoxville, Quebec (1885-1899). He was portrayed as a fine scholar and a forceful personality. In 1886, he helped establish the first University Faculty of Music in Quebec, the second in the entire Dominion of Canada. The same year, he received an honorary degree of D.C.L. from the University. Adams worked strenuously to obtain funds for the rebuilding of the school buildings, partially destroyed by fire in 1891.

In 1878, he married Annie Stanley Barnes (1855–1931). He died on December 24, 1902, in Eardisley, Herefordshire County, England.

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