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Guide to resources for finding biographical information for scientists and physicians, both living and dead.
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Getting Started

These resources are just a sampling of all the print and electronic resources which can be used to find biographical information about scientists. 

Also remember that scientists and physicians are often included in more general biographical resources.  For more information on general biographical resources, visit the Library's "How do I find...? Biographical Sources" guide.

Biographical information, particularly from obituaries, special honorary symposia, and award announcements may also be found in subject specific article indexes and databases, like SciFinder, Web of Science, and others.  Check with a librarian for other hints on locating hard to find biographical information.

  • Complete Dictionary of Scientific Biography
    Provides information on the history of science through articles on the professional lives of scientists. All periods of science from classical antiquity to modern times are represented.
  • Prominent scientists : an index to collective biographies
    Lists over 14,000 scientists whose biographies appear in 330 popular sources. Entries on scientists are arranged alphabetically by surname, providing birth and death dates and areas of research.
    Crerar Library Reference 1st Floor Q141.P3980 1994
  • Scientists since 1660 : a bibliography of biographies
    Covers 565 men and women in science since 1660, providing lists of book length biographies.
    Crerar, 1st Floor Reference Z7401.H66 1997
  • The Cambridge dictionary of scientists
    An illustrated biographical dictionary covering over 1,500 key scientists from 40 countries.
  • Poggendorff's Biographisch-literarisches Handwoerterbuch...  
    This multivolume print resource is one of the most comprehensive indexes to published biographical accounts for scientists.
    Biographisch-literarisches Handwörterbuch für Mathematik, Astronomie, Physik, Chemie und verwandte Wissenschaftsgebiete / Hrsg. von J.C. Poggendorff, et al.
    Crerar, 1st Floor Reference Z7404.P74
  • An Index to Biographical Fragments
    Covers up to 1920's is good for less prominent scientists
    An Index to Biographical Fragments in Unspecialized Scientific Journals by E. Scott Barr
    Crerar, 1st Floor Reference Q141.B27

History of Science, Medicine and Technology Collections

The University of Chicago Library collects in the history of medicine, science and technology, including collecting biographical resources for scientists, physicians, inventors, and other figures who played important roles.  A collection development policy for history of science, medicine and technology is available.


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