Biographies of Mathematicians and Scientists

► A family favorite of ours. Y = for the youngest kids

Suggest a reader for this list

A Fly on the Ceiling (Step-Into-Reading, Step 4) - Cute story based on Renee Descarte

A Piece of the Mountain: The Story of Blaise PascalMcPherson, Joyce/Robinson, Jennifer 1995History. Story style biography Christian perspective

Albert Einstein : Young Thinker (Childhood Of Famous Americans)

Along Came Galileo by Jeanne Bendick (author of Archimedes and the Door to Science)

Archimedes and the Door of Science ► Bendick, Jeanne/Berquist 1962 Math History. A Classic.

Ask Albert Einstein by Lynne Barasch, really nice book

Ben Franklin and the Magic Squares ► Murphy, Frank/Walz2001 Number sequences/history

Benjamin Banneker: Surveyor, Astronomer, Publisher, Patriot

Benjamin Franklin: Genius Inventor and Electricity Pioneer (Giants of Science

Carry On Mr. Bowditch (accessible to younger, but good reading for adult) ► by Jean Lee Latham

Celebrating Women in Mathematics and Science by Cooney, Miriam

Charles Babbage: And the Engines of Perfection (Biography)

Countdown.  Math competition bios similar to "Spellbound"

DaWild, DaCrazy, DaVinci - Easy Time Warp Trio chapter book by Jon Scieszka, author of Math Curse

Dead Famous, Sir Isaac Newton by Kjartan Poskitt (author of Murderous Maths, irreverent in tone)

Dear Benjamin Banneker, Brian Pinkney - picture biography, Banneker was a land surveyor

Discovering Nature's Laws: A Story About Isaac Newton (Creative Minds...

Five Equations That Changed the World z by Guillen, Michael (told in story-like text) accessible to upper middle school / HS, I really liked this one

Galileo Galilei, Inventor, Astronomer & Rebel by Michael White. "Giants of Science" are written for the 9 to 12 y/old age range.

Galileo Galilei: A Life of Curiosity by Jennifer Boothroyd, for younger

Galileo Galilei: First Physicist James MacLauchlan (Oxford Portraits in Science)

Galileo, by Jacqueline Mitton, short and easy biography of Galileo

Giants of Science, "Nicolaus Copernicus, Father of Modern Astronomy" by Scott Ingram – deeper biographical source

Girls Think of Everything, Stories of Ingenious inventions by Women by Catherine Thimmesh

Grace Hopper: Computer Whiz by Patricia Murphy

Historical Connections in Mathematics Volumes 1, 2 and 3 by Wilbert Reimer and Luetta Reimer, published by AIMS Education

In Code, A Young Woman's Mathematical Journey; Flannery, Sarah & David2001 Biographical info, applied math, math puzzles, I've read part of this and it is promising

Isaac Newton and Gravity (Science Discoveries) by Parker, Steve

Isaac Newton and His Apple (Dead Famous Series, a fairly hefty and enjoyable bio)

Isaac Newton and His Apple (Dead Famous Series, a fairly hefty and enjoyable bio) ►

The Ocean of Truth: The Story of Sir Isaac Newton McPherson, Joyce/Crisp, Tad1997 Biography, Christian perspective. You may get it faster at

Isaac Newton: Adventurer in Thought (Cambridge Science Biographies)

Isaac Newton: Discovering Laws That Govern the Universe (Giants of Science) by Michael White

Johannes Kepler: And the New Astronomy

Johannes Kepler: Discovering the Laws of Planetary Motion (Great Minds of...

Johannes Kepler: Giant of Faith and Science by John Tiner – Christian viewpoint

Julia : A Life in Mathematics by Reid, Constance

Leonardo and the Flying Boy, by Laurence Anholt

Leonardo Da Vinci and His Super-brain (Dead Famous S.)

Leonardo da Vinci for Kids: His Life and Ideas, 21 Activities (For Kids series)

Leonardo, Beautiful Dreamer (Da Vinci bio for young)  Robert Byrd

Leonardo's Horse ► by Jean Fritz

Letters to a Young Mathematician (Art of Mentoring)

Mathematicians Are People, Too V1 and MAPToo V2 ►► Reimer, Luetta/Reimer, Wilbert1990/1997Math History through stories of mathematicians lives, very readable

Mr. Archimedes' Bath by Allen, Pamela – fun picture book for the youngest

Nicolaus Copernicus: The Earth Is a Planet by Dennis B. Fradin

Odd Boy Out : Young Albert Einstein ► (Bccb Blue Ribbon Nonfiction Book Award)

Of Numbers And Stars: The Story of Hypatia by Love, D. Anne. Nicely written and illustrated biographical story for younger children

Pascal: The Great Philosophers (The Great Philosophers Series)

Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei by Peter Sis

The Genius of Leonardo by Visconti, Guido; Landmann, Bimba

The Man Who Changed Everything: The Life of James Clerk Maxwell

The Man Who Made Time Travel by Kathryn Lasky, picture book version of the incredible story of the navigational clock

The Sky's the Limit: Stories of Discovery by Women and Girls by Catherine Thimmesh

Tycho Brahe: Mapping the Heavens (Great Scientists)

Uh – Oh, Leonardo! Adventures of Providence Traveler ► by Robert Sabuda

What's Your Angle, Pythagoras? A Math Adventure by Julie Ellis J Review

Who Is Fourier?: A Mathematical Adventure

Women at the Edge of Discovery: 40 True Science Adventures