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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