Saturday, November 8, 2008

Biographies of Famous Scientists

Books are sorted alphabetically by scientist’s last name. I haven’t had a chance to read every one of these so please preview suitability on or at your library.

The Picture History of Great Inventors by Gillian Clements
Great Scientists in Action: Early Life. Discoveries and Experiments; Grades 4-8 by Ed Shevick
Janice VanCleave's Scientists Through the Ages by Janice VanCleave
Marvels of Science: 50 Fascinating 5-Minute Reads by Kendall Haven
Stepping Stones to Science: True Tales and Awesome Activities by Kendall Haven
Scientists and Their Mind-blowing Experiments (Dead Famous) by Mike Goldsmith and Clive Goddard
The Great Physicists from Galileo to Einstein (Biography of Physics) by George Gamow
Asimov's Biographical Encyclopedia of Science and Technology by Isaac Asimov
Great Scientists (DK Eyewitness Books) by Jacqueline Fortey
Extraordinary Women Scientists (Extraordinary People) by Darlene R. Stille
Scientists Anonymous: Great Stories of Women in Science by Patricia Fara
The Mystery of the Periodic Table (Living History Library) by Benjamin Wiker and Jeanne Bendick – on Von Helmont, Mendeleev, Robert Boyle, Joseph Priestley, Henry Cavendish, Antoine Lavoisier, etc.
How Did We Find Out About Atoms? (First Fact Book) and other How Did We Find Out About books by Isaac Asimov
The Story Of Science: Aristotle Leads the Way by Joy Hakim, and the rest of the series
The Scientists: A History of Science Told Through the Lives of Its Greatest Inventors by John Gribbin and Adam Hook

Science Kit: Milestones in Science from Chinaberry.

Mike Venezia’s Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Inventors and Scientists
Thomas Edison: Inventor With a Lot of Bright Ideas
Marie Curie: Scientist Who Made Glowing Discoveries
Albert Einstein: Universal Genius
Stephen Hawking: Cosmologist Who Gets a Big Bang Out of the Universe
Mary Leakey: Archaeologist Who Really Dug Her Work
Charles Drew: Doctor Who Got the World Pumped Up to Donate Blood Henry Ford: Big Wheel in the Auto Industry
Alexander Graham Bell: Setting the Tone for Communication

Science in Ancient Mesopotamia by Carol Moss
Science in Ancient Egypt (Science of the Past) by Geraldine Woods
Science in Ancient Greece (Look What Came from) by Kathlyn Gay
Science in Ancient Rome (Science of the Past) by Jacqueline L. Harris
Science in Ancient India (Science in History) by Melissa Stewart
Science in Ancient China (Science of the Past) by George Beshore
Science in Colonial America (Science of the Past Series) by Brendan January

SCIENCE GIANTS SERIES not to be confused with the Giants of Science series, this series contains biographies of scientists in the respective field and related activities.

Science Giants: Earth & Space by Alan Ticotsky
Science Giants: Life Science by Alan Ticotsky
Science Giants: Physical Science by Alan Ticotsky


Mr. Archimedes' Bath (Picture Puffin) by Pamela Allen
Archimedes and the Door of Science (Living History Library) by Jeanne Bendick
NOVA - Infinite Secrets: The Genius of Archimedes - DVD
The Life and Times of Archimedes (Biography from Ancient Civilizations) by Susan Zannos
Archimedes: Mathematical Genius Of The Ancient World (Great Minds of Science) by Mary Gow


Time For Kids: Alexander Graham Bell (Time For Kids) by Editors Of Time For Kids
Bell and the Science of the Telephone (The Explosion Zone) by Brian Williams and David Antram
Listen Up!: Alexander Graham Bell's Talking Machine (Step into Reading) by Monica Kulling and Richard Walz
Did You Invent The Phone All Alone, Alexander Graham Bell? (Scholastic Science Supergiants) by Melvin Berger and Gilda Berger

Rachel: The Story of Rachel Carson by Amy Ehrlich and Wendell Minor
Listening to Crickets: A Story About Rachel Carson by Candice F. Ransom and Shelly O. Haas


A Picture Book of George Washington Carver (Picture Book Biography) by David Adler and Dan Brown
A Weed Is a Flower : The Life of George Washington Carver by Aliki
George Washington Carver: Scientist, Inventor, and Teacher (Signature Lives) (Signature Lives) by Michael Burgan


Nicolaus Copernicus: The Earth Is a Planet by Dennis B. Fradin and Cynthia Von Buhler
Nicolaus Copernicus: Father of Modern Astronomy (Signature Lives: Scientific Revolution series) by Somervill and Barbara A.


Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau by Jennifer Berne (ages 4-8)
The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau by Dan Yaccarino (ages 9+)
The Human, the Orchid, and the Octopus: Exploring and Conserving Our Natural World by Jacques Costeau (young adult onwards) and the highly rated audiobook version.


Marie Curie's Search for Radium (Science Stories Series) by Beverly Birch and Christian Birmingham
Marie Curie (DK Biography) by Vicki Cobb
Marie Curie: Prize-Winning Scientist (Biographies) by Mortensen, Lori, Jaekel, and Susan
Manya's Dream: A Story of Marie Curie by Frieda Wishinsky and Jacques Lamontagne
Curiosity: The Story of Marie Curie (Value Biographies) by Peter Murray and Leon Baxter
Curie and the Science of Radioactivity (The Explosion Zone) by Ian Graham and David Antram
Marie Curie: Giants of Science #4 (Giants of Science (Viking)) by Kathleen Krull


Who Was Leonardo da Vinci? (Who Was...?) by Roberta Edwards and True Kelley
Amazing Leonardo da Vinci Inventions You Can Build Yourself (Build It Yourself series) by Maxine Anderson
Leonardo da Vinci for Kids: His Life and Ideas, 21 Activities (For Kids series) by Janis Herbert
Leonardo da Vinci (Giants of Science) by Kathleen Krull and Boris Kulikov


Who Was Charles Darwin? (Who Was...?) by Deborah Hopkinson
One Beetle Too Many: The Extraordinary Adventures of Charles Darwin by Kathryn Lasky and Matthew Trueman
The Sandwalk Adventures: An Adventure in Evolution Told in Five Chapters by Jay Hosler
The True Adventures of Charley Darwin by Carolyn Meyer
The Voyage of the Beetle by Anne H. Weaver and George Lawrence
Charles Darwin (DK Biography) by David C. King
Charles and Emma: The Darwins' Leap of Faith by Deborah Heiligman
Charles Darwin by Alan Gibbons and Leo Brown
What Darwin Saw: The Journey That Changed the World by Rosalyn Schanzer
Animals Charles Darwin Saw by Sandra Markle and Zina Saunders
Charles Darwin: The Concise Story of an Extraordinary Man by Tim M. Berra
Charles Darwin and the Theory of Evolution by Heather Adamson (graphic novel)
Darwin by Alice B. McGinty and Mary Azarian (Apr 2009)
What Mr Darwin Saw by Mick Manning and Brita Granstrom (ages 4-8)
We're Sailing to Galapagos by Laurie Krebs and Grazia Restelli (ages 4-8)

For more books on Darwin, see this list.


A Picture Book of Thomas Alva Edison (Picture Book Biography) by David A. Adler, John C. Wallner, and Alexandra Wallner
Who Was Thomas Alva Edison? (Who Was...?) by Margaret Frith, John O'Brien, and Nancy Harrison
Thomas Edison for Kids: His Life and Ideas, 21 Activities (For Kids series) by Laurie Carlson
The Story of Thomas Alva Edison (Landmark Books) by Margaret Cousins
Time For Kids: Thomas Edison: A Brilliant Inventor (Time For Kids) by Editors Of Time For Kids
Thomas Edison - The Great Inventor (DK Readers) by Caryn Jenner


Who Was Albert Einstein? by Jess Brallier
Albert Einstein (DK Biography) by Frieda Wishinsky
Albert Einstein: Young Thinker (The Childhood of Famous Americans Series) by Marie Hammontree
Albert Einstein and His Inflatable Universe (Dead Famous) by Mike Goldsmith and Philip Reeve


Faraday: Pioneer of Electricity (The Explosion Zone) by Brian Williams and David Antram
Michael Faraday and the Nature of Electricity (Profiles in Science) by Roberta Baxter


Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman! (Adventures of a Curious Character) by Richard P. Feynman, Ralph Leighton, Edward Hutchings, and Albert R. Hibbs - parent/ high schooler resource


Who Was Ben Franklin? (Who Was...?) by Dennis Brindell Fradin
Benjamin Franklin (DK Biography) by Stephen Krensky
What's The Big Idea, Ben Franklin? by Jean Fritz and Margot Tomes
Ben Franklin and the Magic Squares (Step-Into-Reading) by Frank Murphy and Richard Walz
How Ben Franklin Stole the Lightning by Rosalyn Schanzer
Ben Franklin of Old Philadelphia (Landmark Books) by Margaret Cousins
Ben and Me: An Astonishing Life of Benjamin Franklin by His Good Mouse Amos by Robert Lawson
Time For Kids: Benjamin Franklin: A Man of Many Talents by Editors Of Time For Kids
Amazing Ben Franklin Inventions You Can Build Yourself (Build It Yourself series) by Carmella Van Vleet


Sigmund Freud: Giants of Science #3 (Giants of Science (Viking)) by Kathleen Krull


Galen and the Gateway to Medicine (Living History Library) by Jeanne Bendick
Medicine News (History News) by Philip Gates


Along Came Galileo by Jeanne Bendick
Galileo for Kids: His Life and Ideas, 25 Activities (For Kids series) by Richard Panchyk and Buzz Aldrin
Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei by Peter Sis
Galileo's Journal, 1609-1610 by Jeanne Pettenati and Paolo Rui
Galileo: Astronomer and Physicist (Signature Lives: Scientific Revolution series) by Doak and Robin S.


My Life with the Chimpanzees by Jane Goodall

MENDEL, GREGORGregor Mendel: The Friar Who Grew Peas by Cheryl Bardoe and Jos. A Smith
Gregor Mendel: And the Roots of Genetics (Oxford Portraits in Science) by Edward Edelson
Gregor Mendel: Father of Genetics (Great Minds of Science) by Roger Klare and Gregor Mendel
Gregor Mendel and the Discovery of the Gene (Uncharted, Unexplored, and Unexplained) by John Bankston

Samuel Morse and the Telegraph (Inventions and Discovery) by David Seidman
The Ocean of Truth: The Story of Sir Isaac Newton by Joyce McPherson
Isaac Newton: Giants of Science (Giants of Science (Viking)) by Kathleen Krull
Isaac Newton and the Laws of Motion (Inventions and Discovery) by Andrea Gianopoulos, Phil Miller, and Charles III Barnett
Isaac Newton and His Apple: Dead Famous by Kjartan Poskitt
Sir Isaac Newton: Brilliant Mathematician and Scientist (Signature Lives: Scientific Revolution series) by Rosinsky and Natalie M

NOBEL, ALFREDAlfred Nobel and the Story of the Nobel Prize (The Great Achiever Awards) by John Bankston

PASTEUR, LOUISPasteur's Fight Against Microbes (Science Stories Series) by Beverly Birch and Christian Birmingham
Germ Hunter: A Story About Louis Pasteur (Creative Minds Biography) by Elaine Marie Alphin and Elaine Verstraete
Louis Pasteur and Pasteurization (Inventions and Discovery series) by Jennifer Fandel

WRIGHT, ORVILLE & WILBURWright Brothers: Pioneers of Flight (The Explosion Zone) by Ian Graham and David Antram
To Fly: The Story of the Wright Brothers by Wendie C. Old and Robert Andrew Parker
The Wright Brothers (Landmark Books) by Quentin Reynolds
The Wright Brothers for Kids: How They Invented the Airplane, 21 Activities Exploring the Science and History of Flight (For Kids series) by Mary Kay Carson
First Flight: The Wright Brothers (DK Readers) by DK Publishing

Go back to Living Science Booklists.


  1. you're awesome! thanks for these lists. i appreciate you sharing all your hard work with us.

  2. LOL! Thank you Maya. It's for me as much as everyone else :)

  3. WOW, Suji, great list!

    Off to explore your site!


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