Biography Online

Biographies of the famous, influential, and inspirational.

gorbachev100 people who changed the world

People who influenced and changed the world throughout history. From Socrates and Plato to Sir Winston Churchill and J.F. Kennedy.

womenWomen who changed the world

Over 50 influential women who helped to shape the world in which we live. Including: Sappho, Elizabeth I, Indira Gandhi, Susan B. Anthony, Helen Keller, Princess Diana, Joan d’Arc, Marilyn Monroe and Mother Teresa.


Inspirational people

A selection of inspirational people who have helped create a better world. Includes Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu and Albert Einstein.

Also: People who made a difference

Civil rights / human rights

Famous Men and women who have campaigned, fought and promoted human and civil rights. Includes campaigns to end slavery, end discrimination and promote equal rights. Includes Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Elizabeth Fry and Rosa Parks. – Famous people in civil rights movements


Artists and great paintings

Great artists – Such as, Van Gogh, Rembrandt, Leonardo da Vinci and Pablo Picasso.
Greatest works of artMona Lisa, Statue of David and Pieta


The great scientists who have changed our world from Archimedes to Albert Einstein and Marie Curie. Also list of famous inventors.

tolkienInspirational writers

Poets from Shakespeare, to Emily Dickinson. Great writers including J. R. R. Tolkien, George Orwell, Ernst Hemingway, J.K.Rowling and C.S. Lewis

tolkienSpiritual biographies

Saints and sages from different religious traditions. Including Buddha, Jesus Christ, Bernadette Soubirous, Mirabai, St Theresa of Avila, Sri Aurobindo, Socrates and Sri Chinmoy.

tolkienFamous Africans

A list of famous Africans, including Nelson Mandela, Haile Selassie, Kofi Annan, Tegla Laroupe, and Wangari Maathai.

tolkienGreat military leaders

Famous military leaders from Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan and Napoleon to modern military commanders, such as Dwight D. Eisenhower, T. E. Lawrence and General Patton.

Featured Biographies

mandelaNelson Mandela. (1918 – 2013 ) Campaigned for justice and freedom in his South Africa. Spent 20 years in jail for his opposition to apartheid. After release he became first President of democratic South Africa and helped heal the wounds of apartheid by his magnanimous attitude to his former political enemies.

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About Biography Online. A collection of biographies about famous, inspirational and influential people, who have helped to shape and change the world. We are continuing to add more biographies over time. The main author of Biography Online is Tejvan Pettinger from Oxford, UK.

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