Old English wryhta, wrihta "worker" (Northumbrian wyrchta, Kentish werhta), variant of earlier wyhrta, from wyrcan "to work" (see work). Now usually in combinations (wheelwright, playwright, etc.) or as a common surname. Common West Germanic; cf. Old Saxon wurhito, Old Frisian wrichta, Old High German wurhto.
Wright (rīt), Sir Almroth Edward. 1861-1947.
British physician and pathologist who developed (1896) a vaccine against typhoid fever.