Ely Culbertson (22 July 1891 - 27 December 1955) was an American expert on the card game contract bridge. He was born in Poyana de Vervilao in Romania to American parents. He attended University of Geneva and also L'cole des Sciences conomiques et Politiques in Paris. He edited the Bridge World magazine, and wrote many newspaper articles and books on bridge. Later in his life he gave up cards to work for world peace.