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Charles Lincoln Van Doren (1926-2019) was an American writer and editor. He was well-known for his appearances in a TV quiz show, but was terminated by NBC after a scandal. He joined Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc. in 1959 and became its vice-president. He wrote/edited many books before retiring in 1982. He held a B.A. degree in Liberal Arts from St. John’s College in Annapolis, Maryland, an M.A. in astrophysics and a Ph.D. in English, both at Columbia University.