# The New International Encyclopædia/Wells, Webster

**WELLS**, Webster (1851—). An American mathematician, born in Boston, Mass. He 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. He is chiefly known as the author of a series of mathematical text-books, which are used in many schools and colleges in the United States. His publications include: *Logarithms* (1878); *University Algebra* (1878); *Plane and* *Spherical Trigonometry* (1884); *Plane and Solid* *Geometry* (1887); *Higher Algebra* (1889); *College Algebra* (1890); *Academic Arithmetic* (1893); and *Complete Trigonometry* (1900).