C. Martin Wilbur

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Clarence Martin Wilbur

Birthplace: Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio, United States
Death: 1997 (88-89)
Haverford, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Hollis Adelbert Wilbur and Mary Irene Wilbur
Husband of Kathryn Wilbur
Father of Private and Private
Brother of Elizabeth Grimball Cressey; Hollis Adelburt Wilbur; Halsey Hulbert Wilbur and Rosemary Wilbur

Occupation: historian, professor
Managed by: Private User
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About C. Martin Wilbur

C. Martin Wilbur was the George Sansom Professor of Chinese History at Columbia University from 1947 to 1976.


Born in Dayton, Ohio, Wilbur went at an early age with his parents to China, where they worked with the YMCA. He returned to Ohio for college, graduating from Oberlin College in 1931. His first job after receiving his PhD from Columbia University in 1941 was with the Field Museum, in Chicago, where he prepared for publication a study of plant migration left by Berthold Laufer after his death and developed a monograph on slavery in the Han Dynasty.

After moving to Columbia University in 1947, he was instrumental in turning the graduate program into one of the nation's leading programs and supervised many influential graduate students. His focus of research was Republican China, especially the career of Sun Yatsen and the rise of the Nationalist Party. He was also a central figure in organizing the Columbia Oral History Project. Upon his retirement in 1976, his students presented him with Perspectives on a Changing China: Essays in Honor of Professor C. Martin Wilbur on the Occasion of His Retirement ed. by Joshua A. Fogel and William Rowe, Westview Press (1979) ISBN 0-89158-091-3

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C. Martin Wilbur's Timeline

May 13, 1908
Dayton, Montgomery County, Ohio, United States
Age 88
Haverford, Delaware County, Pennsylvania, United States