Biographical Index To American Science

Biographical Index To American Science

by Clark Elliott
     
 

This work provides information for approximately 2850 American scientists deceased through 1920. It utilizes standard published biographical sources (biographical directories, dictionaries, and indexes), as well as obituary and similar notices for some persons not in standard sources. Arranged alphabetically by personal name, the Biographical Index includes full

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This work provides information for approximately 2850 American scientists deceased through 1920. It utilizes standard published biographical sources (biographical directories, dictionaries, and indexes), as well as obituary and similar notices for some persons not in standard sources. Arranged alphabetically by personal name, the Biographical Index includes full name, year of birth and death, scientific field(s) in which the person was active, identification by occupational category, reference to unpublished material described in the National Union Catalog of Manuscript Collections, and references to published biographical sources. All fields of science are covered, including mathematics, astronomy, physics, chemistry, geology, the biological sciences, psychology and anthropology, as well as some persons noted for contributions in engineering, invention, and medicine. An index of the scientists by scientific field appears at the end of the work.

Beyond its primary value as a reference tool for the location of information on particular persons, the Biographical Index also serves to identify the population of scientists in America who lived during the period from colonial times to 1920. Selection of names was based on a systematic review of certain works such as the Dictionary of American Biography and other specialized indexes such as E.S. Barr's Index to Biographical Fragments in Unspecialized Scientific Journals, obituary notices in American journals indexed in the Royal Society's Catalogue of Scientific Papers (1867-1925), lists of deceased scientists in American Men of Science, and other sources. While eminent scientists are included, a number of less notable personages also are listed. This bibliography is suitable for college and research libraries and public libraries of all sizes, and for individuals interested in the history of American science.

Editorial Reviews

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"A supplement to my Biographical dictionary of American science; the seventeenth through the nineteenth centuries (Greenwood Press, 1979). Although the information on any one individual is considerably briefer, some three times as many names are included here as are in the Biographical dictionary"--preface. Provides a basic bibliography of some 1,850 American scientists who died before 1921. Indexed by field including phrenology and alchemy--but not astrology or chiropractic. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780313265662
Publisher:
ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
Publication date:
06/26/1990
Series:
Bibliographies and Indexes in American History Series , #16
Pages:
346
Product dimensions:
6.14(w) x 9.21(h) x 0.81(d)

Meet the Author

CLARK A. ELLIOTT is Associate Curator of the Harvard University Archives. Previously, Elliott served as an assistant professor of library science at Simmons College in Boston. He is the author of Biographical Dictionary of American Science: The Seventeenth Through the Nineteenth Centuries (Greenwood Press, 1979) and is currently coediting a work on Science at Harvard University: Historical Perspectives.

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