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Hoboken, New Jersey

1807-1900 1900-1950 1961-1989 1990-1999 2000-2006


1807-1900   [Back to Top]

1807 Charles Wiley opens a small printing shop at 6 Reade Street in Lower Manhattan, New York City. He is 25 years old.
1811 Charles Wiley goes into partnership with Cornelius Van Winkle. Together they create the "Den" at 2 Wall Street, which becomes a meeting place for writers such as James Fenimore Cooper and William Cullen Bryant.
1820 Charles Wiley ends his partnership with Van Winkle.
1826 Charles Wiley dies and his son John takes over the business.
1836 John Wiley hires George Putnam as a junior partner and together they publish major American and European authors, including Herman Melville, Edgar Allan Poe, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Hans Christian Anderson, Victor Hugo, Charles Dickens, and Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
1848 Putnam leaves the firm, and John Wiley broadens their publishing base to include non fiction.
1850 John Wiley's eldest son Charles joins the firm , which becomes John Wiley and Son.

A second son, William Halsted Wiley, known as "the Major" for his involvement in the Civil War, joins the firm, which becomes John Wiley and Sons.

Late 1800s The firm alters focus to science and technology, following William Wiley's passions for engineering and the sciences. William Wiley trained as an engineer.
1899 Wiley publishes Charles Davenport's seminal work, Statistical Methods.

1900-1950   [Back to Top]

1904 Family business incorporates as John Wiley and Sons, Inc.
1904 Wiley agrees to act as the sole agent for Chapman & Hall, London, in Great Britain, Europe, Canada, Shanghai, and Manila. Chapman & Hall, no longer an active list, is presently owned by Kluwer Academic Publishers.
1929 Wiley sales are $1 million.
World War II Several company texts were adopted for use in training Armed Forces Personnel

1961-1989   [Back to Top]

1961 Wiley acquires Interscience Publishers.
1962 John Wiley and Sons, Inc., goes public.
1979 Andrew H. Neilly Jr. becomes the first nonfamily CEO of the company. However today, the family is estimated to hold 70% of the shares of the company and controls 49% of its voting power.
1982 Wiley acquires Wilson Leaning Corporation, which provides training programs for business.
1984 Wiley acquires Scripta-Technica, a scientific journal publisher and translator.
1989 Wiley acquires Alan R. Liss, Inc., a life sciences publisher.

1990-1999   [Back to Top]

1991 Wiley sells Wilson Learning Corporation for $30 million.
1991 Wiley acquires the law publications division of Professional Education Systems.
1992 Wiley acquires Chancery Law Publishing Ltd., a law publisher, and James Publishing Group's paralegal line.
1993 Wiley acquires QED Information Services and UK science publishers Belhaven.
1993 Wiley sells Canadian school publish businesses and the primary school division of Jacaranda Wiley in Australia.
1995 Wiley acquires ValuSource from Executive Enterprises, Inc., the Oliver Wright business book publishing program, and the college engineering list of Houghton Mifflin.
1995 Wiley joins with Adweek Magazines to form Adweek Books.
1996 Wiley purchases 90% of Verlag Chemie (VCH) Publishing Group of Germany for $99 million. The group publishes the German Chemical Society publications.
1997 Wiley sells Wiley Law Publications division to Kluwer for $26 million.
1997 Wiley acquires Van Rostrand Rienhold (VNR) for $28 million from Thomson. The firm publishes environmental/industrial science, culinary arts/hospitality, and business technology.
1997 Wiley purchases Chronimed (health care) publishing business.
1997 Wiley becomes the publisher of Cancer, the flagship journal of the American Cancer Society.
1997 Wiley acquires Preservation Press and Clinical Psychology Publishing Company.
1998 Wiley's Technical Insights acquires Hewin International.
1999 Wiley purchases 55 college textbook titles from Pearson for $58 million.
1999 Wiley purchases Jossey-Bass from Pearson for $81 million
1999 Wiley launches Wiley Interscience, 300 journals and reference sources.
1999 Wiley acquires J.K. Lasser, tax and financial guides.
1999 Wiley joins with 60 other publishers to form CrossRef.

2000-2006   [Back to Top]

2001 Wiley purchases Hungry Minds, publishers of the For Dummies Series, Webster's New World Dictionaries, CliffsNotes, Betty Crocker Cookbooks, Frommer's travel guides, and Weight Watchers Cookbooks.
2001 Wiley sells Technical Insights to Frost and Sullivan.
2001 Wiley purchases Frank J. Fabozzi Publishing, a finance titles publisher.
2001 Wiley partners with Columbia University Press to produce a multimedia geology site using Columbia's Earthscape and Wiley's geology texts.
2002 Wiley moves to Hoboken, New Jersey.
2002 Wiley purchases GIT Verlag, a chemistry, drug, biotechnology, security, and engineering journal publisher with revenues of $10 million.
2002 Wiley purchases A&M publishing, publisher of pharmaceutical and healthcare content, including the journals Prescriber and Pharmafile. The company has sales revenues of $7.5 million.
2002 Wiley launches BioMedical PDA, a collection of 40 biomedical databases for use in personal digital assistants.
2003 Wiley takes over publication of the British Journal of Surgery.
2003 Wiley partners with the American Institute of Chemical Engineers to publish the AIChE Journal , Environmental Progress, and Process Safety Progress.
2005 Wiley purchases Sybex, Inc., computer book publisher. The company will become part of Wiley's professional and trade division.
2005 Wiley purchases Whurr Publishers Ltd of London, a publisher of books and journals on health sciences and special education. Price of the purchase is estimated at $3.5 million.
2005 Wiley acquires three tribiology journals from Leaf Coppin Publishing Ltd., independent technical and scientific publisher in tribiology.
2006 Wiley enters into a definitive agreement to acquire the outstanding shares of Blackwell Publishing (Holding) Ltd. for ₤572. Blackwell Publishing's revenue in 2005 was approximately ₤210 million. The combined business will publish 1,250 scholarly peer-reviewed journals. Blackwell publishes 825 journals, nearly evenly distributed between the sciences and the social science and humanities, many from professional and scholarly societies. Blackwell also publishes some 600 books a year.