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Gilbert, William British & World English

(1544–1603), English physician and physicist. He discovered how to make magnets, and coined the term magnetic pole. His book De Magnete (1600) is an important early work on physics

William Gilbert Grace in Grace, W. G. British & World English

(1848–1915), English cricketer; full name William Gilbert Grace. In a first-class career that lasted until 1908, he made 126 centuries, scored 54,896 runs, and took 2,864 wickets. He twice captained England in Test matches against Australia (1880 and 1882)

William Schwenck Gilbert in Gilbert, Sir W. S. British & World English

(1836–1911), English dramatist; full name William Schwenck Gilbert. He is best known as a librettist who collaborated on light operas with the composer Sir Arthur Sullivan. Notable works: HMS Pinafore (1878), The Pirates of Penzance (1879), and The Mikado (1885)