from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Fuller, Melville Weston 1833-1910. American jurist who served as the chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (1888-1910) and maintained that governmental powers must derive from a strict interpretation of the Constitution.
  • Fuller, R(ichard) Buckminster 1895-1983. American architect and inventor who sought to solve practical problems with simple designs that require a minimum of materials and energy. The geodesic dome is his best-known invention.
  • Fuller, (Sarah) Margaret 1810-1850. American writer and critic who edited the transcendentalist periodical Dial (1840-1842), was a pioneering literary critic for the New York Tribune (1844-1846), and wrote Woman in the Nineteenth Century (1845), a major feminist tract.

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  • proper n. An occupational surname for a person who fulls cloth.


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  • "Back in 1936, renowned sculptor Isamu Noguchi was in Mexico working on a 72-ft-long public mural when he hit a snag: for some reason, he couldn't precisely recall the famous formula, E=mc². Rather than risk a mistake, he decided to seek advice and wired his good friend, Buckminster Fuller — a famed architect and great admirer of Einstein — for clarification." Fuller replied with a telegram. (See here. )

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