Bentley, Wilson (Alwyn)(1865–1931) meteorologist; born in Jericho, Vt. He spent his life on a farm in Vermont, collecting data from storms and photographing samples of precipitation. His exhaustive studies show that no two snowflakes are alike because the variables surrounding their formation are infinite. Some 2,000 of his 5,000 snowflake photographs, taken using a microscope and camera, were published by the American Meteorological Society as Snow Crystals (1931), with William J. Humphreys as coauthor.
The Cambridge Dictionary of American Biography, by John S. Bowman. Copyright © Cambridge University Press 1995. Reproduced with permission.