About Biographies

A biography is the life story of an individual and usually includes an overview of their influence and achievements. Throughout history, there have been a large number of men and women who have changed society in one shape or form. In some cases, such as amazing medical innovators and scientific inventors, the world has been changed in positive ways. However, in the case of famous dictators and corrupt politicians, the world has sometimes been left in a state that is worse off. The biography portal tells the story of the world's most notable individuals throughout history. 

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Who Was Chanakya?

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Who Was Chanakya?

Chanakya lived in India during the 4th century BC. He was a teacher, economist, philosopher, and royal advisor. His literary works are thought to be the root of political science and economics in India. He is also credited with contributing to the theory of classical economics, the idea that governments should not control the market. Historical accounts suggest that Chanakya played a significant part in founding the Maurya Empire by helping Emperor Chandragupta gain power. He became the political advisor for Emperor Chandragupta and later served the same role for Chandragupta's son Bindusara.

Who Was Chanakya?

Where Was Henry Faulds From?

Henry Faulds was born to parents of modest means in Beith, North Ayrshire on June 1, 1843. He left school at 13 years old and became a clerk in Glasgow after which he took classes in mathematics, the classics, and logic at the University of Glasgow beginning at the age of 21. Faulds subsequently enrolled to study medicine at Anderson’s College from where he graduated with a physician’s license.

Henry Faulds – Father of Fingerprints

Who Was Leonardo da Vinci?

Leonardo da Vinci was an ordinary man from Italy who possessed the extraordinary ability to grasp knowledge in numerous fields. He was a painter, architect, botanist, mathematician, inventor, engineer, sculptor, writer, geologist, an all-around genius. Several of his pieces of art are priceless and critically acclaimed including the Mona Lisa.

Leonardo da Vinci – Important Figures in History

Where Was Benjamin Franklin From?

Benjamin Franklin was born on January 17th, 1706 to Josiah Franklin and Abiah Folger in Boston, Massachusetts, United States.

Benjamin Franklin: Founding Father

Who Was Augustus?

Augustus was the adopted son of Julius Caesar. As the first official emperor of arguably the most powerful Western empire in history, Augustus contributed much to the history of the Roman Empire and the world at large. He remodeled Roman civil services and rebuilt much of Rome as part of public projects, even appointing a fire-fighting service consisting of 3,500 men. Poetry and architecture also flourished under Augustus.

Biography of Augustus: The First Roman Emperor

How Did Stalin Die?

A stroke in 1953 killed Josef Stalin while he was alone in his Dacha on March 5, 1953. However, some historians claim that Stalin did not die of a stroke and was actually poisoned. His death was announced by the state broadcaster and embalming was done to preserve his body.

Who Was Joseph Stalin? What Did He Do?

Who Was Florence Nightingale?

Florence Nightingale was a British nurse and social reformer who became the most popular woman to ever work in the nursing profession. Also known as the "lady with the lamp", Nightingale was instrumental in assisting injured British troops during the Crimean War of the early 19th century and laid the foundation of modern nursing.

Florence Nightingale: Mother of Modern Day Nursing

How Did Gandhi Die?

Mahatma Gandhi was assassinated on January 30th, 1948 by Nathuram Godse, a Hindu who was angry that Gandhi was promoting acceptance of, and compassion for, Muslims by Hindus. Gandhi's philosophy of Satyagraha, a peaceful form of rebellion, is still practiced worldwide. Many of his ideas, such as fasting and eating vegetarian for purification and as a form of protest, are still used as well.

Mahatma Gandhi – Important Figures in World History