Alain Campbell White was a scholar, philanthropist and the foremost American authority on chess problems. He was born in Cannes, France in 1880, a son of John J. White, a lawyer and descendant of seventeenth century colonial settlers. He graduated from Harvard University magna cum laude in 1902 and was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. From 1905 to 1936, White published annually a book on chess which he sent to chess enthusiasts throughout the world at Christmas time. A student of Dante, he won the Latham Prize of the American Dante Society while still an undergraduate, and collaborated on two concordances of the minor works of the poet. White gave to the Town of Litchfield a 4,000-acre park on Bantam Lake. Alain Campbell White died in April, 1951 in Summerville, South Carolina, where he spent his winters.