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. 

Biographies Trivia

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

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

Who Was Vasco da Gama?

Vasco da Gama was a Portuguese navigator and explorer who became the first person to sail directly from Europe to India. He made several voyages to India. By the time he returned from his first voyage to India in 1499, he had spent 300 days at sea, more than two years from home, and had covered a distance of 24,000 miles.

Vasco da Gama – Famous Explorers

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 John Muir?

John Muir was a Scottish-American naturalist who is credited with having start the preservationist movement in the United States.

John Muir – Father of the Preservationist Movement

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 Albert Einstein Born?

Albert Einstein was born on March 14, 1879, in Wurttemberg kingdom of the German Empire to Hermann Einstein and Pauline Koch. He studied at the Swiss Federal Polytechnic, Zurich where he sat his entrance examinations.

The Life of Albert Einstein

Who Is Jackie Robinson?

Jackie Robinson is famous for being the first black baseball player to play in the International League. His debut in the major league brought an end to the baseball color line, which was a sixty years period of segregation in professional baseball.

Jackie Robinson - Important Figures in US History