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biography: A written record of the life of an individual.
The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary.

General Biographical Sources

Biographical Dictionary : Search by name, year, profession, literary or artistic work, achievement, and other keywords.
scope: 28,000 entries; ancient to present day; international
publisher: S9.com

Biography.com : Also provides related links and 'buy the video' links. Except as noted, data is from the AND Reference Database, which incorporates the Cambridge Encyclopedia Database.
scope: over 25,000 entries; ancient to present day; international
publisher: A&E Television Networks

Infoplease.com People : The Infoplease biography search page. Data from The Columbia Encyclopedia, Fifth Edition; The Infoplease Dictionary; and Information Please Almanac.
scope: over 30,000 entries; current and historical; international
publisher: The Family Education Network and Lycos Inc.

Lives, the Biography Resource : Links to biographies, autobiographies, memoirs, diaries, letters, narratives, oral histories, resources on biographical criticism and special collections.
scope: Portal; posthumous biographies only; international
publisher: Kenneth P. Lanxner

World Biographical Index : Online version based on the World Biographical Index, 5th edition, K. G. Saur. The Index covers names, pseudonyms, year of birth/death, occupation, source quoted, and provides full bibliographic citations to print sources.
scope: 2.4 million entries; North and South America, Western and Central Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and Oceania
publisher: K. G. Saur Publishing

Subject Sources

American National Biography : Current updates, samples and biography of the day are available free. The full 24 volume American National Biography, 1999, is available by subscription only.
scope: selected articles
publisher: Oxford University Press

Biographical Dictionary of English Literature : The 1910 Everyman Edition of the Biographical Dictionary of English Literature.
scope: to 1910
publisher: Bibliomania.com Ltd.

Canadian Who's Who 1997 : Based on the 1997 edition of the Canadian Who's Who, the standard biographical reference of Canadian biography. Search by name, birthdate, city, or full text. Current editions are available only in print or on CD-ROM.
scope: more than 15,000 entries; current and historical; Canadian
publisher: University of Toronto Press Inc.

Famous Astronomers and Astrophysicists : Brief biographies with links.
scope: portal; classical to present day; international
publisher: D. Mark Manley, Department of Physics at Kent State University

Famous Physicists : Brief biographies with links.
scope: portal; classical to present day; international
publisher: D. Mark Manley, Department of Physics at Kent State University

Inventor of the Week Archives : Part of the Lemelson-MIT Program site, The Invention Dimension, complete with photographs and illustrations.
scope: hundreds of entries; historical and current, international
publisher: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Mathematicians of the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries : Adapted from A Short Account of the History of Mathematics 4th Edition, 1908, by W. W. Rouse Ball. Chronological or alpahabetical access; text only.
scope: 85 entries
publisher: Maintained by David R. Wilkins, School of Mathematics, Trinity College, Dublin

Nobel e-Museum : Nobel Laureates in physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature and peace since 1901. Also includes text of the lectures, webcasts, videos, and links to other web sites.
scope: 1901 to present
publisher: The Nobel Foundation

The TIME 100 : Time Magazine's list of the 100 people who most influenced the last 100 years, with timelines for five categories.
scope: 100 entries
publisher: Time.com

Worlds Richest People : The annual list of the world's billionaires. Includes national breakdowns, a section on Kings, Queens and Dictators, and annual summaries.
scope: retrospective to 1996
publisher: Forbes Magazine, Forbes.com

Women's biographies: Distinguished Women of Past and Present : links to online biographies.
scope: Portal
publisher: Danuta Bois

Women's History Resources : Women who have played a significant role in literature, culture, politics, music, and art. Data from the Encyclopedia of World Biography, 2nd ed. 18 vols. and other Gale Group publications.
scope: around 100 entries; international; historical
publisher: Gale Group Inc.

Women's International Center - Biography Index : Recipients of the Living Legacy Award and other exceptional humanitarians; photographs.
scope: over 100 entries; international
publisher: Women's International Center, San Diego

Zárate's Political Collections : Consists of the following collections: Political Leaders, 1945-2000; Reliefs and Reelections; Current Rulers Worldwide; Women World Leaders; Current Rulers Longest-time in Office; European Governments, 1990-2000; Spanish Governments, 1931-2000; First African Rulers; Rulers Dead in Violent Circumstances; Political Obituary, 1990-2000.
scope: thousands of entries, dates vary as above
publisher: Roberto Ortíz de Zárate

See also WWW Virtual Library for the History of Science, Technology & Medicine: Biographical Sources

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