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The circumstances of the death of Wilson Bentley

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#1 Ben Marshall

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Posted 26 December 2007 - 11:31 PM

Forgive me if my interest sounds morbid, but I'm an Australian writer researching the death of Wilson Bentley. Would anyone know the circumstances of Wilson Bentley's death? I know only what I've read in H2O - A Biography of Water, by Philip Ball, which refers to Bentley's "untimely end, when, after wandering through a blizzard, he contracted a fatal bout of pneumonia." How did such a remarkable man, so experienced in mountain, weather find himself in a blizzard for such time as to bring about a pneumonia? Was he researching some aspect of snow, or was he simply going from A to B on foot?

Again, my apologies if this interest seems morbid, but it is relevant to a respectful piece I would like to write about the man.

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Posted 28 December 2007 - 03:21 PM

Yes it is true that Bentley did "after wandering through a blizzard, contracted a fatal bout of pneumonia." After walking home from a train trip from Burlington with "no rubbers on". More details can be read in Duncan Blancherd's book "The Snowflake Man", starting on page 214.


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