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Biographical Information

Posted: Mar 7, 2017

This is a selected list of books that provide biographical information. You can find additional books by searching the libraries' online catalog, or by browsing other books with similar call numbers to the ones listed here.

General Biography | Science & Technology Biography | Women in Science

African Americans | Hispanic Americans | Native Americans | Videos

General biography:

Location: Third floor - Library Use Only
Call # CT213 .A68 1999
American national biography
New York : Oxford University Press, 1999.

Location: Third floor - Library Use Only
Call # E176 .D56
Dictionary of American biography
New York : C. Scribner's sons, 1928-58.

Location: Third floor - Library Use Only
Call # DA28 .D57 1986
The Dictionary of national biography, 1971-1980
New York : Oxford University Press, 1986.

Location: Third floor - Library Use Only
Call # CT3260 .N573
Notable American women : the modern period : a biographical dictionary
Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1980.

Location: Third floor - Library Use Only
Call # CT3260 .N57
Notable American women, 1607-1950; a biographical dictionary
Cambridge, Mass. : Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 1971.

Location: Third floor - Library Use Only
Call # CT213 .S37 1998
Scribner encyclopedia of American lives
New York : Charles Scribner's Sons, 1998-

Science and technology biography:

Location: Book Stacks
Call # Q141. A47x
American men & women of science
New York : Bowker, c1989-

Location: Archives (SCIT Ref)
Call # Q141 .E37
Biographical dictionary of American science : the seventeenth through the nineteenth centuries
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1979.

Location: Archives (SCIT Ref)
Call # TA139 .A53
A biographical dictionary of American civil engineers
New York : The Society, 1972.

Location: Book Stacks
Call # T39 .B49 1996
Biographical dictionary of the history of technology
New York : Routledge, 1996.

Location: Ref Area
Call # Q141 .D5
Dictionary of scientific biography
New York : Scribner, (1970-1980).

Location: Book Stacks
Call # S926 .A2 A94 1993
The environmentalists : a biographical dictionary from the 17th century to the present
New York : Facts on File, c1993.

Location: Book Stacks
Call # TL789.85 .A1 H3x
Men and women of space
San Diego : Univelt, 1992.

Location: Book Stacks
Call # QA28 .N66 1998
Notable mathematicians : from ancient times to the present
Detroit : Gale, c1998.

Location Folsom Ref Area
Call # Q141 .N73 2001
Notable scientists from 1900 to the present
Farmington Hills, MI : Gale Group, c2001.

Location Folsom Ref Area
Call # Q141 .P398 1994
Pelletier, Paul A., 1944-
Prominent scientists : an index to collective biographies
New York : Neal-Schuman, c1994.

Location: Third floor - Library Use Only
Call # Q141 .S294 1998
Scientists and inventors
New York : Macmillan Library Reference USA ; c1998.

Location: Third floor - Library Use Only
Call # Q141 .S3717 1996
Scientists : the lives and works of 150 scientists
Detroit, MI : U*X*L, c1996-c1999

Location: Third floor - Library Use Only
Call # Q141 .W7
World who's who in science: a biographical dictionary of notable scientists from antiquity to the present
Chicao : Marquis Who's Who, inc., (1968)

Location: Book Stacks
Call # T39 .W56x
Who's who in technology.
Detroit, MI : Gale Research, Inc., c1989-

Location: Book Stacks
Call # T39 .W58x
Who's who of American Inventors
Baton Rouge, LA : Hooper Group. c1990-

Location: Book Stacks
Call # TA139 .E37
Who's who in engineering
New York : American Association of Engineering Societies (etc.), 1977-

Location: Third floor - Library Use Only
Call # Q141 .W68x
Who's who in science and engineering
Wilmette, Ill. : Marquis Who's Who, 1992-

Location: Book Stacks
Call # TL788.5 .C37 1999
Who's who in space
New York : Maxwell Macmillan International, c1999.

Women in Science:

Location: Book Stacks
Call # Q141 .B25 1994
American women in science : a biographical dictionary
Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, c1994.

Location: Ref Area
Call # Q141 .B5285 2000
The biographical dictionary of women in science ; pioneering lives from ancient times to the mid-20th century
New York : Routledge, 2000.

Location: Book Stacks
Call # CT3260 .R428 1992
Book of women's firsts : breakthrough achievements of almost 1,000 American women
New York, NY : Random House, c1992.

Location: Book Stacks
Call # Q130 .Y65 1994
Contemporary women scientists
New York, NY : Facts on File, c1994.

Location: Book Stacks
Call # Q141 .H2167 2001
International women in science : a biographical dictionary to 1950
Santa Barbara, Calif. : ABC-CLIO, c2001.

Location: Book Stacks
Call # Q130 .J68 1997
Journeys of women in science and engineering : no universal constants
Philadelphia : Temple University Press, 1997.

Location: Book Stacks
Call # QA28 .N68 1998
Notable women in mathematics : a biographical dictionary
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1998.

Location: Book Stacks
Call # QH26 .N68 1996
Notable women in the life sciences : a biographical dictionary
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1996.

Location: Book Stacks
Call # Q141 .N734 1997
Notable women in the physical sciences : a biographical dictionary
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1997.

Location: Ref Area
Call # Q141 .N736 1999
Notable women scientists
Detroit : Gale Group, c1999.

Location: Book Stacks
Call # Q141 .O34 1986 (2 copies)
Women in science : antiquity through the nineteenth century : a biographical dictionary with annotated bibliography
Cambridge, Mass. : MIT Press, c1986.

Location: Ref Area
Call # Q141 .W679 2001
Women in science
Detroit : Macmillan Reference USA, c2001.

Location: Third floor - Library Use Only
Call # Q141 .W68 1982
Women scientists : the road to liberation
London : Macmillan, 1982.

Location: Book Stacks
Call # Q141 .Y675 1999
A to Z of women in science and mathematics
New York : Facts on File, c1999.

African Americans:

Location: Ref Area
Call # Q141 .W43 1999
African American firsts in science & technology
Detroit : Gale Group, c1999.

Location: Book Stacks
Call # T39 .S98 1998
African American inventors
New York : Wiley, c1998.

Location: Book Stacks
Call # E185 .B574 2003
Black firsts : 4,000 ground-breaking and pioneering historical events
Detroit : Visible Ink, c2003.

Location: Book Stacks
Call # E185.96 .B539 1999
Black women in America.
New York : Macmillan Library Reference USA, c1999.


Location: Book Stacks
Call # Q141 .W367 1999
Black women scientists in the United States
Bloomington : Indiana University Press, c1999

Location: Book Stacks
Call # Q141 .B58 1990
Blacks in science and medicine.
New York : Hemisphere Pub. Corp., c1990.

Location: Book Stacks
Call # E185.86 .C585 1982
Contributions of black women to America (Volume 2: Civil rights, politics and government, education, medicine, sciences.)
Columbia, S.C. : Kenday Press, 1982, c1981.

Location: Book Stacks
Call # E185.96 .D53 1982
Dictionary of American Negro biography.
New York : Norton, c1982.

Location: Book Stacks
Call # E 185 I6x no. 9 1976
The history of the Afro-American in medicine.
Cornwell Heights, Pa. : Association for the Study of Afro-American Life and History, c1976.

Location: Third floor - Library Use Only
Call # E185.86 .N68 1999
Notable Black American men
Detroit : Gale Research, 1999.

Location: Ref Area
Call # Q141 .N726 1999
Notable Black American scientists
Detroit : Gale Research, c1999.

Location: Third floor - Library Use Only
Call # E185.96 .N68 (3 vols.)
Notable Black American women
Detroit : Gale Research, c1992-c2003

Location: Book Stacks
Call # E185.96 .W52
Who's who among African Americans.
New York : Gale Research, c1996-

Location: Online
The encyclopedia of African-American heritage / Susan Altman
New York : Facts On File, c1997.

Location: Book Stacks
Call # E185 .A455 2000 (also 1997 ed.)
Encyclopedia of African-American heritage.
New York : Facts on File, c2000.

Hispanic Americans:

Location: Book Stacks
Call # CT1343 .D53 1996
Dictionary of Hispanic biography.
New York : Gale Research, c1996.

Location: Book Stacks
Call # E184.S75 H557 1997 (also 2003 ed.)
The Hispanic American almanac : a reference work on Hispanics in the United States.
Detroit : Gale Research, c1997.

Location: Book Stacks
Call # Q141 .O42 1998
Hispanic-American scientists
New York : Facts on file, c1998.

Location: Book Stacks
Call # E184.S75 K36x 1997
Hispanic firsts : 500 years of extraordinary achievement.
Detroit, Mich : Gale, 1997.

Location: Book Stacks
Call # E184.S75 L3556 1999
Latino Americans.
New York : Macmillan Library Reference USA, 1999.

Location: Book Stacks
Call # E184.S75 S5 2001
Latinos : a biography of the people
New York : W.W. Norton & Co., 2001.

Location: Book Stacks
Call # E184.S75 N68
Notable Hispanic American women.
Detroit : Gale Research, c1993-

Location: Ref Area
Call # E184.S75 M435 1997
Notable Latino Americans : a biographical dictionary.
Westport, Conn. : Greenwood Press, 1997.

Location: Book Stacks
Call # E184.S75 U935 2003
U X L Hispanic American.
Detroit : UXL, c2003.

Location: Book Stacks
Call # E184.S75 W53
Who's who among Hispanic Americans.
Detroit, MI : Gale Research, c1991-c1994.

Native Americans:

Location: Online
American Indian biographies
Pasadena, Calif. : Salem Press, c1999.


Location: Book Stacks
Call # E89 .A46 1999
American Indian biographies
Pasadena, Calif. : Salem Press, c1999.

Location: Book Stacks
Call # E89 .A484 2000
American Indian portraits.
Detroit, Mich. : Macmillan Reference, c2000.

Location: Book Stacks
Call # E89 .D55
Great North American Indians : profiles in life and leadershipr.
New York : Van Nostrand Reinhold, c1977.

Location: Third floor - Library Use Only
Call # E98.W8 B38 2001
Native American women : a biographical dictionary
New York : Routledge, 2001.

Location: Book Stacks
Call # E77 .S96 1998
Native North American firsts
Detroit : Gale, c1998.

Location: Third floor - Library Use Only
Call # E89 .N67 1995
Notable native Americans.
New York : Gale Research, c1995.

Location: Book Stacks
Call # E76.2 R4 1998 (also 1993ed.)
Reference encyclopedia of the American Indian.
West Nyack, NY : Todd Publications, c1998.

Location: Online
Encyclopedia of North American Indians / Frederick E. Hoxie, editor.
Boston : Houghton Mifflin Company, c1996.

The Library has a set of videos that include interviews with and stories about minority men and women in the fields of science and technology. Six different videos, one hour each. Check them out!

Location: Video (Circ Desk)
Call # Q141 .B74 1996
Breakthrough [videorecording] : the changing face of science in America.
Boston, MA : Blackside, Inc. ; [Alexandria, Va.] : PBS Video, [distributor], c1996.
"Intimate biographical profiles of 20 contemporary Afro-American, Latino and Native American scientists and engineers who are making advances in biology, astronomy, physics, mathematics and many other scientific disciplines." The individual videos in the series are as follows:

BCFS-101. The path of most resistance: Profiles scientists Neil Tyson, George Castro, France Cordova, and Jim Gates.

BCFS-102. An atmosphere of change: Profiles scientists Keith Miles, Karen Medville, and Maurio Molina.

BCFS-103. With nerve and muscle: Profiles scientists Wilfred Denetclaw, Gladys Escalona, and George Langford.

BCFS-104. Engineering from the inside out: Profiles engineers Hector Medina, Steve Gray, and Michael Spencer.

BCFS-105. Science and the American dream: Profiles scientist entrepreneurs Israel Galvan, Richard Glen, and Donna August.

BCFS-106. A delicate balance: Profiles scientists Valerie Taylor, Freda Porter-Locklear and Richard Tapia. Emphasis is placed on their efforts at outreach and their positions as role models.

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