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Biography

Professor Augustus S. F. X. Van Dusen, Ph. D., LL. D., F. R. S., M. D. is a fictional character in a series of detective short stories and two novels by Jacques Futrelle. Some of the short stories were originally published in The Saturday Evening Post and the Boston American.

In the stories Professor Van Dusen solves a variety of different mysteries together with his friend Hutchinson Hatch, reporter of a fictional newspaper called "The Daily New Yorker". The professor is known as the "Thinking Machine", solving problems by the remorseless application of logic.

The professor appeared in two episodes of the 1970s Thames Television series The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes. Douglas Wilmer portrayed Van Dusen in "Cell 13" and "The Superfluous Finger."

Between 1978 and 1999 the German radio station RIAS produced and broadcasted 79 Augustus Van Dusen-based radio plays.

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