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Lynn Harry Nelson, Professor Emeritus of Medieval History, University of Kansas, is a man who enjoys life and seeks new undertakings. Born in 1931, he spent his childhood in Chicago and on a farm fourteen miles north of Loon Lake  in northern Saskatchewan. Upon high school graduation in 1948, he went to the University of Chicago in 1950. He was drafted into the US Army for the Korean War. After military service he joined his parents in west Texas and became a surveyor, passing the Registered Professional Engineer and Licensed State Land Surveyor examinations. After a few years, he attended the University of Texas at Austin, earning another Bachelors degree in 1958 and the Ph.D. in history in 1963. He joined the faculty of the University of Kansas in Lawrence KS and retired in May, 1998..

He wrote The Normans in South Wales, 1071-1171 (1966); translated Pedro IV, King of Aragon, The Chronicle of San Juan de la Peņa : a Fourteenth-Century Official History of the Crown of Aragon (1991) and Herman, of Tournai, The Restoration of the Monastery of Saint Martin of Tournai (1996); and contributed to The Western Frontiers of Imperial Rome ( 1994); Classics of Eastern Thought; The Human Perspective: Readings in World Civilization, Volume II: The Modern World Through the Twentieth Century ( 1997) A Global Perspectives: Source Readings from World Civilizations (1989); and Liutprand of Cremona, Mission to Constantinople 968 A.D.(1972).

After reading Don Mabry's Electronic Mail and Historians, 1991 in Perspectives of the American Historical Association, he became fascinated with  the possibilities of computer telecommunications for the doing of history. He followed Mabry's lead in establishing a public File Transfer Protocol site and the two sought other historians to do the same. Nelson understood that the sites needed to be interconnected and easy to use to have the most success. So he established a common menu system at Kansas. His article "Before the Web: The Early Development of History Online," for an Italian Journal which comments on these developments can be found in the Historical Text Archive . He established Carrie: A Full-Text Online Library at the University of Kansas.

Nelson is a witty, erudite man who knows how to tell a story. His short stories of growing up in Chicago are masterpieces.

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