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Remembering Wikipedia contributor Brian Boulton

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By MJL
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2014: Brian Boulton enjoys his holiday.

In December, Wikipedia lost one of the best editors in its history, Brian Boulton. With over 100 featured articles to his name and more than 14 years experience, Brian was certainly an editor to look out for. Today, we delve into his life and great contributions to this project.

The life of Brian

Brian Boulton was born on 4 July 1937. When he was 7 years old, he and his brother David lived with their Aunt Ena in Liverpool. This was at the end of World War II, and that year in Liverpool would leave a profound impact on him. Despite only living there a short time, as recently as 2011 he still considered himself Liverpudlian.

He married his wife Barbara in 1958, and in 2018 they celebrated 60 years of marriage. Together they raised three children.

On Wikipedia

Before registering an account on Wikipedia, Brian Boulton made this edit to add some information to Kenneth Baker. Though, after suffering from a serious illness in real life, Brianboulton would soon register his username in November 2007. His first user page stated his intentions quite clearly.

It was not particularly long before Brian managed to get his first two articles to Featured article status; though he was not without guidance from SandyGeorgia.

A barnstar made of stone that is slightly by grass
The Epic Barnstar – Dutifully given by Pdebee

Until the week of his death, Brian Boulton continued his long history of contributions to Wikipedia. On 30 November 2019, he received his last token of thanks from Pdebee: the Epic Barnstar (depicted above).

One of Brianboulton's long-term projects was trying to bring Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration to featured topic status. As of the time of writing, the following reflects the progress that has been made so far:

Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration

Southern Cross Expedition
Discovery Expedition
Scottish National Antarctic Expedition
Australasian Antarctic Expedition
Swedish Antarctic Expedition

Nimrod Expedition
Terra Nova Expedition
Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition
Second German Antarctic Expedition
Belgian Antarctic Expedition
French Antarctic Expedition

Ross Sea party
Shackleton–Rowett Expedition
Amundsen's South Pole expedition
Japanese Antarctic Expedition
Gauss expedition

Remembrance

Brianboulton's family has set up a memorial site dedicated to remembering his life. Those who feel inclined to do so, are encouraged to donate to Mission Aviation Fellowship in honor of Brian here.

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In the context, please see also Brian's talk page (where his family is also watching) and the thanks to him on Project Opera by Voceditenore, who said "He was without a doubt the finest editor that Wikipedia has seen.". --Gerda Arendt (talk) 12:28, 27 January 2020 (UTC)[reply]





       

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