Atlases and Biographies

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Astronomy. (2009). Star Altas. Waukesha, WI : Kalmbach Publishing Co. Retrieved from

The interactive Star Atlas lets you pan around and zoom into the 24 full-color maps originally published in Astronomy’s Atlas of the Stars. These charts show you constellation stick figures and official boundaries, 1,000 deep-sky objects ? such as star clusters, nebulae, and galaxies ? and 45,000 stars down to magnitude 8.0. The atlas divides the sky into five map sets: North Polar (Maps 1 through 3); North Equatorial (Maps 4 through 9); Equatorial Region (Maps 10 through 15); South Equatorial (Maps 16 through 21); and South Polar (Maps 22 through 24). Charts in each group progress in right ascension (the celestial equivalent of longitude), and adjoining maps overlap.

Norton, A.P. (1989). Norton?s 2000.0: Star Atlas and Reference Handbook (18th Ed). Reading, MA: Addison Wesley Publishing Company.

Designed to be a leading reference handbook for astronomers. The handbook has been revised and redesigned by a team of astronomers, bringing the information fully up-to-date and reflecting new and exciting developments in observational astronomy. The star maps have been re-plotted to a new level of accuracy and legibility for the Standard Epoch of 2000.0, using state-of-the-art computer techniques specially developed for this 18th edition.

Tirion, W. & Sinnott, R.W. (2007). Sky Atlas 2000.0 (2nd Ed). Cambridge, MA: Sky

Sky Atlas 2000.0 contains 26 charts covering the whole sky and showing 81,312 single, multiple, and variable stars of magnitude 8.5 and brighter and 2,700 deep-sky objects. Includes close-up charts of such areas as the celestial poles and the Virgo-Coma galaxy region, as well as an acetate coordinate-grid overlay for determining accurate positions.


Bowker, R.R. (2009). Bowker Biographical Directory. New Providence, NJ: Reed Reference Publishing.
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A collection of biographical directories which correspond to American Men & Women of Science (which covers leading U.S. and Canadian scientists and engineers in the physical, biological, and related sciences), Who?s Who in American Politics, and Who?s Who in American Art.

Daintith, J. & Gjertsen, D. (1999). A Dictionary of Scientists. U.K.: Oxford University Press. Retrieved from
Oxford Reference Online.

From Archimedes and Copernicus to Stephen Hawking and Stephen Jay Gould, this is the most authoritative and up-to-date biographical dictionary of scientists currently available. Spanning over 2,500 years, it covers all areas of science, from physics and astronomy to medicine and ecology, including key figures in the fields of mathematics and technology. Offering clear explanations of the science itself as well as its historical significance, the dictionary includes coverage of all Nobel Laureates in physics, chemistry, physiology, and medicine.

Millar, D. (2003) Cambridge Dictionary of Scientists. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Provides a brief and accurate account of the life and work of those who created science from its beginnings to the present day. This alphabetically organized, illustrated biographical dictionary has been thoroughly revised and updated, covering over 1,500 key scientists (157 more than in the previous edition) from 40 countries. Fields represented include physics, chemistry, biology, geology, astronomy, mathematics, medicine, meteorology and technology, with special attention paid to pioneer women whose achievements and example opened the way to scientific careers for others.

National Academy of Sciences. (2009). Biographical Memoirs. Washingtin, DC: National Academy Press.
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Published since 1877, Biographical Memoirs are brief biographies of deceased National Academy of Sciences members, written by those who knew them or their work.? These biographies provide a personal and scholarly view of the lives and work of America’s most distinguished scientists and a biographical history of science in the United States.

Por, R. (2005). The Hutchinson dictionary of scientific biography. Oxford: Helicon.

This is a reference book with entries arranged in A-Z format.? Brief and direct articles describe a scientist and their contributions.

Simonies, D. (1999). Scientists, Mathematicians, and Inventors:? Lives and Legacies, an Encyclopedia of People Who Changed the World. Phoenix, AZ: Oryx Press.

This volume of concise biographies of scientists, inventors, and mathematicians is different than most resources ? not only have contributions been described in the context of the individual?s life, society, and discipline, but also the long-term effects of each individual?s work are considered as a global legacy.? This volume makes the thread of interactions between science, technology, and society more apparent in the fabric of human history.

IntroductionAtlases and BiographiesDatabasesJournalsObservatories and OrganizationsReference WorksWeb Resources

This subject resource guide is available courtesy of Kali Morse ? 2009. She can be contacted at