WISER, William Hen(d)ricks. Pennsylvania 1890 — 1961. U. S. Presbyter Missionary and Anthropologist. Graduated from University of Chicago. Ph.D. 1933 Cornell. In 1915 left for India, worked first at Allahabad Agricultural Institute, then also in Kanpur and in 1925-30 in Karimpur village where he also made his fieldwork. Completed his doctorate on furlough. In 1933-41 Professor of Rural Sociology at North India Theological College in Sahranpur. After new vilage stay in Mainpuri district from 1945 worked in in the development of India Village Service. Retired 1959. Married 1916 Charlotte Melina Viall, three sons. His wife collaborated with him in all his activities.
Publications: Behind Mud Walls. 1930; The Hindu jajmani system: a socio-economic system interrelating members of Hindu village community in services. 1936, 3rd ed. 1968; a few further books.