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Wiley
Wiley.com

1900-1989

 

1914 Edward Hamilton, nephew of William H. and Charles, joins the Company.
1925 William O. Wiley succeeds to the presidency after the death of William Halsted Wiley.
1929 Sales top $ 1 million. Meanwhile, William O. Wiley begins to emphasize fields other than engineering and science. Wiley branches out into social sciences and business management publishing.
1932 W. Bradford Wiley, a cousin of Edward Hamilton and William O. Wiley, becomes the first member of the fifth generation to work at Wiley.
1941 Edward P. Hamilton, a cousin of William O. Wiley, succeeds him as President. Staff numbers about ninety, including a dozen travelers, a precursor to today’s Sales Representatives. Travellers canvassed colleges and universities in search of course adoptions for existing titles and potential authors. Sales pass $2 million mark, a new record.
1956 W. Bradford Wiley, age 46, succeeds Edward Hamilton as President.
1957 Wiley marks 150th anniversary.
1960 Wiley opens its first international subsidiary in London.
1962 First public sale of Company stock.
1963 Wiley opens Wiley Australasia in Sydney.
1965 Sales top $20 million and three years later reach $30 million as operations expand to Mexico, South America, Australia, and Japan.
1968 W. Bradford Wiley’s daughter, Deborah, the sixth generation involved in the family business, joins the Company. Wiley opens a Canadian office in Toronto.
1971 Andrew H. Neilly becomes President and Chief Operating Officer of John Wiley & Sons. W. Bradford Wiley becomes Chairman, continuing as Chief Executive Officer.
1978 Publishing activities are realigned into four major groups: professional, educational, international, and medical.
1979 Andrew Neilly’s responsibilities increase as he becomes Chief Executive Officer, continuing as Chief Operating Officer. Bradford Wiley II, son of W. Bradford, joins the Company’s Board of Directors.
1982 Wiley celebrates 175 years of publishing and expands beyond its traditional businesses into the area of business education and training with the acquisition of Wilson Learning Corporation.
1984 Peter Booth Wiley, son of W. Bradford Wiley, joins the Company’s Board of Directors.
1985 The Business, Law, and General book division (later renamed the Professional/Trade publishing, as it is known today) is established.
1988 Ruth McMullin succeeds Andrew Neilly as President and Chief Executive Officer.
1989 Wiley significantly expands its scientific, technical, and medical publishing program with the acquisition of Alan R. Liss, Inc., a leading publisher of journals and books in the life sciences.

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