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Wilson, Edmund Beecher (19 October 1856–03 March 1939), cytologist, embryologist, and geneticist, was born in Geneva, Illinois, the son of Isaac G. Wilson, a lawyer and judge, and Caroline Clarke. In 1859 Isaac Wilson was appointed circuit judge in Chicago, and he and Caroline left their three-year-old child, “Eddy,” with his maternal aunt, Mrs. Charles Patten, in Geneva. He viewed his childless aunt and her husband as a second set of parents....