When Charles Wiley opened a small book shop in Manhattan in the early Nineteenth Century he surely never dreamed it would grow into a publishing giant.
Wiley, sometimes remembered as John Wiley & Sons, and with the Wiley-Blackwell imprint added, is one of the world’s leading publishers of academic, scientific and professional books and journals.
The Wiley CV/resume (delete according to which side of the Atlantic you are on) lists more than 450 Nobel laureates in every Nobel Prize category.
The whole of environmental science, from around the world, is covered by Wiley’s catalogue, which also includes the popular For Dummies… series.
Romantics might pine for the New York bookshop, which became a meeting place for writers trying to create a new American literature; Charles Wiley published James Fenimore Cooper. As the Nineteenth Century progressed the firm’s focus shifted towards science and technology and the scene was set for the Wiley of today.
Blackwell emerged around the same time from another bookshop, in Oxford, morphing eventually into Blackwell Publishing and, this century, into Wiley-Blackwell, after the imprint was acquired by Wiley.