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John Fiske


American historian and populariser of evolutionary science. Influenced by Auguste Comte and Herbert Spencer. Graduated from Harvard University in 1863. Gave a series of lectures on positive philosophy at Harvard, 1869–70. Assistant librarian, Harvard, 1872–9. Travelled to England in 1873. Published Outlines of cosmic philosophy (1874). Freelance lecturer and writer, 1879–88; retained by Houghton Mifflin Company from 1888. Wrote extensively on American history and politics.




ANB: American national biography. Edited by John A. Garraty and Mark C. Carnes. 24 vols. and supplement. New York and Oxford: Oxford University Press. 1999–2002.