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Chemistry and Biochemistry: Biographical Resources for Chemists

Dmitri Ivanovich Mendeleyev

A portrait of Russian chemist Дмитрий Иванович Менделеев (Dmitri Ivanovich Mendeleyev), February 1834–2 Feb 1907.

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Einstein and Lorentz

Albert Einstein and Hendrik Antoon Lorentz, photographed by Paul Ehrenfest (1880-1933) in front of his home in Leiden in 1921. 

(This work is in the public domain in its country of origin and other countries and areas where the copyright term is the author's life plus 70 years or less.)

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  • Abbott, D., 1984. The Biographical Dictionary of Scientists. Chemists. New York: P. Bedrick Books. Chemistry Library Ref. QD21 .B48 1984
  • American Men and Women of Science.  (2003) 21st edition. R.R. Bowker Database Publishing Group. Standard reference. Entries are dropped when the individual dies; consult older editions in the stacks for those who are deceased.  Morris Library Ref. Q141 .A1 .A47 (8 vol.)
  • Badge, P., et al. 2008. Nobels: Nobel Laureates. Weinheim: Wiley-VCH. Chemistry Library Ref. TR681 .N63 B34 2008
  • Bowden, M. E., 1997. Chemical Achievers: The Human Face of Chemistry. Philadelphia, PA: Chemical Heritage Foundation.   Illustrated biographical sketches. Illustrations largely portraits, but also buildings, laboratories, equipment, manuscripts, etc. Name/subject index.  Morris Library QD21 .B67 1997
  • Bugge, G., ed. 1929. Das Buch der Grossen Chemiker. Berlin: Verlag Chemie.  Morris Library QD21 .B8 (2 vol.)  -- ASK STAFF FOR ASSISTANCE
  • Farber, E. ,1953. Nobel Prize Winners in Chemistry, 1901-1950.  New York: Schuman.  Morris Library QD21 .F37
  • Farber, E., 1961. Great Chemists. New York: Interscience.  Chemistry Library QD21 .F35
  • Grinstein, L. S., R. K. Rose and M. H. Rafailovich, eds. 1993. Women in Chemistry and Physics: A Biobibliographic Sourcebook. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.  Chemistry Library QD21 .W62 1993
  • Haynes, W. (Ed.), The Chemical Who's Who. New York: Lewis Historical Co., 1928-56.  Morris Library TP139 .C47, Library has v.2 (1937); 3rd ed. (1951); 4th ed. (1956)
  • Haynes, W., 1939. Chemical Pioneers: The Founders of the American Chemical Industry. New York: D. Van Nostrand Co.  Morris Library TP139 .H38
  • James, L. K., 1993. Nobel Laureates in Chemistry, 1901-1992. Washington, DC: American Chemical Society: Chemical Heritage Foundation.  Chemistry Library  QD21 .N63 1993 and Morris Library Ref QD21 .N63 1993
  • Kantha, S. S., 1996. An Einstein Dictionary. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press.  Morris Library QC16 .E5 K36 1996
  • Leroy, F. 2003. A Century of Nobel Prizes Recipients: Chemistry, Physics, and Medicine. New York: Marcel Dekker. Morris Library Ref. Q141 .C252 2003
  • Magill, F. N., 1990. The Nobel Prize Winners: Chemistry. 3 v. Pasadena, CA: Englewood Press.   Chemistry Library Reference QD39.2 .N63x 1990
  • Magill, F. N., 1989. The Nobel Prize Winners: Physics. 3 v. Pasadena, CA: Englewood Press.  Library Annex QC25 .N63 1989
  • Miles, W. D. & R. F. Gould, eds. 1976, 1994. American Chemists and Chemical Engineers. 2 v. Washington, DC: American Chemical Society; Guildford, CT: Gould Books.  Library Annex QD21 .A43
  • Patai, R., 1994. The Jewish Alchemists: A History and Source Book. Princeton, NJ: Princeton University Press.  Morris Library QD24 .A2 P38 1994 or see eBook on Jstor
  • Pedersen, O., 1993. Early Physics and Astronomy: A Historical Introduction. Rev. ed. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. [Ancient Greece through Copernicus; brief biographical data on about 200 individuals with references]  See the Biographical Appendix. p. 297-404. Morris Library QC7 .P4213 1993
  • Prandtl, W., 1956. Deutsche Chemiker in Ersten Hälfte des 19 Jahrhunderts. Berlin: Verlag Chemie.  Library Annex QD15 .P7
  • Provenzal, G. C., 1938. Profili bio-bibliografici di chimici italiani, sec. XV - sec. XIX. Roma: Istituto Nazionale Medico Farmacologico "Serono".  Includes biographies, portraits, and lists of primary and secondary sources for 33 chemists. Library Annex QD21 .P69
  • Rayner-Canham, M. F. and G. W. Rayner-Canham, 1997. A Devotion to their Science: Pioneer Women of Radioactivity. Philadelphia: Chemical Heritage Foundation; Montreal: McGill-Queen's University Press, 23 biographical sketches.  Morris Library QC15 .R39 1997
  • Rayner-Canham, M. and G. Rayner-Canham, 1998. Women in Chemistry : their Changing Roles from Alchemical Times to the Mid-Twentieth Century. Washington, DC: American Chemical Society, Chemical Heritage Foundation.  47 biographical sketches, some with portraits, 16th-20th centuries.  Morris Library QD20 .R39 1998
  • Rogers, D., 2006. Nobel Laureate Contributions to 20th Century Chemistry. Cambridge: Royal Society of Chemistry. Chemistry Library QD21 .R64x 2006
  • Seymour, R. B. and C. H. Fisher, 1988. Profiles of Eminent American Chemists. Arvada, CO: Litarvan Literature.  Morris Library QD18  .U5 S49x 1988
  • Smith, H. M. 1949. Torchbearers of Chemistry, Portraits and Brief Biographies of Scientists Who have Contributed to the Making of Modern Chemistry. NY: Academic Press.  Morris Library QD21 .S55 1949


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