For biographies I’ve read, ratings are on a scale of 0 to 5 stars with equal weight given to my subjective assessment of: (1) how entertaining the biography proved to be and (2) the biography’s historical value.

Links to third-party reviews may be provided for biographies I’ve not yet read.  If I’m missing a great biography in the Science category that you’ve read, please let me know!   Last updated October 11, 2016.

Brunelleschi Brunelleschi’s Dome: How a Renaissance Genius Reinvented Architecture by Ross King 2000
Copernicus The Book Nobody Read: Chasing the Revolutions of Nicolaus Copernicus by Owen Gingerich 2004
Curie, Madame Madame Curie: A Biography by Eve Curie 1936
da Vinci, Leonardo Leonardo and the Last Supper by Ross King 2012
da Vinci, Leonardo Leonardo da Vinci: Flights of the Mind by Charles Nicholl 2004
Darwin, Charles Darwin: The Life of a Tormented Evolutionist by Adrian Desmond 1991
Edison, Thomas Edison: A Biography by Matthew Josephson 1959
Einstein, Albert Einstein: His Life and Universe by Walter Isaacson 2007
Euler, Leonard Leonhard Euler: Mathematical Genius in the Enlightenment by Ronald Calinger 2015
Faraday, Michael The Electric Life of Michael Faraday by Alan Hirschfeld 2006
Feynman, Richard Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman by James Gleick 1992
Galileo Galileo by J. L. Heilbron 2010
Hawking, Stephen Stephen Hawking: A Biography by Kristine Larsen 2005
Maxwell, James The Man Who Changed Everything: The Life of James Clerk Maxwell by Basil Mahon 2003
Newton, Isaac Isaac Newton by James Gleick 2003
Oppenheimer, Robert American Prometheus: The Triumph and Tragedy of J. Robert Oppenheimer by Kai Bird 2005
Oppenheimer, Robert Robert Oppenheimer: A Life Inside the Center by Ray Monk 2012
Salk, Jonas Jonas Salk: A Life by Charlotte Jacobs 2015
Wright brothers The Wright Brothers by David McCullough 2015

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