Adrianne Wadewitz

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Adrianne Wadewitz (January 6, 1977 - April 8, 2014) was an American scholar, pianist, and notable Wikipedia editor.[1] She was born in Omaha, Nebraska and received a degree in English from Columbia University in 1999.[2] She made her first edit on Wikipedia in 2004 and went on to create articles on female writers and scholars, several of them becoming featured articles. She made nearly 50,000 edits in all.[1][2] In 2011, she earned a Ph.D. from Indiana University and served as a postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Digital Learning and Research at Occidental College.

On April 8, 2014, Wadewitz died from head injuries sustained from a rock climbing fall at Joshua Tree National Park. Her death received extensive coverage from news outlets such as the New York Times[2] and The Desert Sun.[3] Sue Gardner, the Executive Director of the Wikimedia Foundation, described Wadewitz's death as a "huge loss" and said she may have been Wikipedia's "single biggest contributor on the topics of female authors and women's history.[1][2][3]

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