Biographies of the famous, influential, and inspirational.
People throughout history who influenced and changed the world, from Socrates and Plato to Sir Winston Churchill and John F. Kennedy.
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.
A selection of inspirational people who have helped create a better world. Includes Nelson Mandela, Desmond Tutu and Albert Einstein.
Famous men and women who have campaigned for, and promoted human and civil rights. Includes Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King and Rosa Parks.
The great scientists who have changed our world from Archimedes to Albert Einstein and Marie Curie. Also; list of famous inventors.
Famous poets and authors. Great writers including J. R. R. Tolkien, George Orwell, Ernst Hemingway, J.K.Rowling and C.S. Lewis
Saints and sages from different religious and spiritual traditions. Including The Buddha, Jesus Christ, Muhammed and the Dalai Lama.
100 great sporting personalities from the fields of football, athletics, tennis, gymnastics, boxing and more.
A list of famous Africans, including Nelson Mandela, Haile Selassie, Kofi Annan, Tegla Laroupe, and Wangari Maathai.
Famous military leaders from Alexander the Great, Genghis Khan and Napoleon to modern military commanders.
Nelson Mandela (1918 – 2013 ) Campaigned for justice and freedom in his South Africa. Spent 20 years in jail for his opposition to apartheid. After his release, he became the first President of democratic South Africa.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) 16th President of the US from 1861-1865. He led the Union forces during the American civil war. Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation and passed an amendment to abolish slavery.
Rosa Parks (1913–2005) Civil Rights activist. Parks started the Montgomery bus boycott (1955). She became a prominent spokesperson and figurehead for the American civil rights movement.
Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955) German/US physicist. Einstein revolutionised modern physics with his general theory of relativity. Won Nobel Prize in Physics (1921) for his discovery of the Photoelectric effect, which formed the basis of Quantum Theory.
Helen Keller (1880–1968) Deaf-blind from early childhood, Keller overcame her disability to campaign tirelessly on behalf of deaf and blind people.
Mahatma Gandhi (1869 – 1948) Foremost political leader of the Indian Independence movement. Gandhi adopted a policy of non-violent resistance. Sought to alleviate the plight of women and the ‘untouchable’ caste.
Benjamin Franklin (1706-1790) Author, politician, diplomat, scientist and statesman. Franklin urged the colonies to join together and one of the strongest supporters of the idea for the United States.
Mother Teresa (1910-1997) – Albanian Catholic nun. Mother Teresa devoted her life to the care and service of the poor, especially in India where she founded her Missionaries of Charity organisation.
Recently added pages
- Sojourner Truth (1797 – 1883) Civil rights campaigner
- Harriet Tubman (1822 – 1913) Escaped slave who helped others to escape on the Underground Railroad.
- Babe Ruth (1895–1948) Famous US baseball player
- Ronald Reagan (1911–2004) US President
- Angelina Jolie (1975– ) Actress, director, humanitarian.
- Desiderius Erasmus (1466–1536) Philosopher and religious reformer. Humanist thinker.
- Grace Kelly (1929–1982) American film actress and Princess of Monaco.
- Ingrid Bergman (1915–1982) Swedish actress, movies included the wartime classic Casablanca.
- Meister Eckhart – (1260–1327) German mystic, philosopher and religious administrator.
- People who promoted religious tolerance – Timeline of religious tolerance.
- People who changed their minds – Some of the greatest u-turns in beliefs and opinions.
- Martin Niemöller (1893–1984) German pastor, imprisoned for opposing Hitler.
- Germans who resisted Hitler – Including: Dietrich Bonhoffer, Claus von Stauffenberg.
- Walt Disney (1901–1966) American cartoonist and entertainment mogul.
- Famous historical figures – from the age of the Ramayana to the present day.
- Frederick Douglass (1818–1895) African American, anti-slavery campaigner.
- Pope Francis (1936– ) First pope from the Americas.
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. The site was founded in April 2006.