Larry E. Tise became the Wilbur and Orville Wright Distinguished Professor of History at East Carolina University in 2000. He holds a PhD from the University of North Carolina and was a history administrator for many years, as well as a founder and president of the National Council on Public History. His research ranges from early explorers Thomas Harriot and Sir Walter Raleigh to the Wright brothers and the origins of flight. He examined the Wrights as a Faculty Fellow at the NASA Langley Research Center from 1999 until 2003. He studied the John Carter Brown Library’s vast collection of sixteenth century hand-colored maps and books as resident Alden Fellow in 2016.