See also: African American Biographies
Web SitesThese biography sites and collections should provide you with ideas for doing your next biographical research project.
Academy of American Poets
You can find a poet (or a poem) on this website. Biographies of major contemporary poets
From the Academy of Achievement. Biographies of "extraordinary individuals who have shaped the twentieth century".
African American Women Writers of the 19th Century
This Digital Library project from the New York Public Library includes a digital collection of some 52 published works by 19th-century black women writers.
BBC Radio: Great Lives
Matthew Parris presents the biographical series in which his guests choose someone who has inspired their lives.
Over 25,000 brief entries from the Crystal Reference 2004, Courtesy of A&E Television Networks.
A collection put together by the University of Toronto English library with information on Biography, Poems, Writing Philosophy, Published Works, and Other Information.
Conversations with History
Learn about contemporary newsmakers throughout the world in these personal interviews by the Institute of International Studies at the University of California at Berkeley. View Interviews by Guest Name.
Dictionary of New Zealand Biography
A government website that contains over 3,000 biographies of New Zealanders who have 'made their mark' on this country but does not include people who are alive. It is directed particularly towards the New Zealand schools.
Eric Weisstein's World of Scientific Biography
very brief interlinked notations on huge number of scientists
This collection of links to Canadian biographies is from the Community Learning Network.
First Ladies of the United States
Information from the White House on all the Presidents' wives.
Galileo Project: Catalog of the Scientific Community in the 16th and 17th Centuries
This catalog is a collection of 631 detailed biographies on members of the scientific community during the 16th and 17th centuries with vital facts about each individual and their contributions to science.
GLBTQ.com: Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Encyclopedia
This encyclopedia has biographical information on many historically important figures in the Arts and Literature.
Great Canadian Scientists
A project from Simon Fraser University in British Columbia.
InfoPlease Almanac: Biography
Browse alphabetically or by category.
Internet Movie Database Advanced Name Search
search the Internet Movie Database for information on anyone in the movies: Movie Actors, Actresses, Directors, Crews
Inventor of the Week
A weekly profile of an inventor, with information about his or her education and what he/she invented from the Lemelson-MIT Program.
Inventors Hall of Fame
Online biographies of many famous inventors in America from the Hall of Fame in Akron, Ohio. You can browse an alphabetical list.
Library and Archives Canada: Biography and People
Biographical information about many Canadians from the National Library of Canada.
Over 1100 biographies from the School of Mathematics and Statistics, University of St Andrews, Scotland.
National Women's Hall of Fame
Located in Senaca Halls, New York, the National Women's Hall of Fame provides an extensive online collection of biographies of notable women.
The Nobel Prize
Information on the Nobel Prize winners in physics, chemistry, medicine, literature, peace and economics.
"The Revolutionaries: On Turning Inspiration into Innovation in Silicon Valley."
From The Tech Museum of Innovation and San Jose Mercury News. A new look at the inspiration behind more than 18 of Silicon Valley's top technology and science pioneers - the innovators' early interests in science, guidance for young people excited by technology today, and thoughts on the future.
Time Magazine: Time 100
Each year, Time profiles 100 remarkable people
In May, 2009, folk singer and songwritier Pete Seeger celebrated his 90th birthday.
Pittsburgh and Pennsylvania
Encyclopedia of Pennsylvania Biography
The Encyclopedia of Pennsylvania Biography was published irregularly from 1914 to 1967 by the Lewis Publishing Company. The Penn State Digital Collection contains 1914-1923.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Black History Month: Kids' Corner
A series of short biographies on Black Americans for February 1998, including some Pittsburghers.
Learn a little about all of Pennsylvania's governors at the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission website.