American Men and Women of Science (33rd edition, published 2015) is a biographical reference work on leading scientists in the United States and Canada, published as a series of books and online by Gale.[1] The first edition was published began in 1906, originally named American Men of Science, and broadened its scope and title to include women in 1971.

American Men and Women of Science profiles living persons in the physical and biological fields, as well as public health scientists, engineers, mathematicians, statisticians, and computer scientists. According to the publisher,[citation needed] those included met the following criteria: (1) Distinguished achievement, by reason of experience, training or accomplishment, including contributions to literature, coupled with continuing activity in scientific work; or (2) Research activity of high quality in science as evidenced by publication in reputable scientific journals; or, (3) for those whose work cannot be published due to governmental or industrial security, research activity of high quality in science as evidenced by the judgment of the individual's peers; or (4) Attainment of a position of substantial responsibility requiring scientific training and experience.

Booklist described American Men and Women of Science as the "Cadillac of scientific biography".[2] WorldTrade wrote that American Men and Women of Science "... remains without peer as a chronicle of scientific endeavor and achievement in the United States and Canada." [3]

Scientists who are not citizens of the United States or Canada are included if a significant portion of their work was performed in North America.[3]


It was first compiled as American Men of Science by James McKeen Cattell in 1906.[4] As of 2014, the book has published 32 editions in its 108-year history.[3] In 1971, its name was changed from American Men of Science to American Men and Women of Science.[5]

The most recent project editor for the 34th edition planned for 2016 is Tracie Moy. Recent Advisory Board members include James E. Bobick, Former Department Head, Science and Technology Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh; science author and editor K. Lee Lerner; and David A. Tyckoson, Associate Dean, Henry Madden Library, California State University, Fresno. [6]


  1. ^ "American Men & Women of Science - Gale - Cengage Learning".
  2. ^ "Encyclopedia of World Scientists. Rev. ed.(Book review)". Booklist. December 1, 2007. Retrieved 2008-11-10.
  3. ^ a b c "WorldTrade Review Essays (Book review)". WorldTrade. January 2010. Retrieved 2011-02-27.
  4. ^ Cattell, J. McKEEN, ed. (1906). American Men of Science. New York: The Science Press. Retrieved November 7, 2018 – via Internet Archive.
  5. ^ "Directory of Scientists Will Now List Women". The New York Times. November 23, 1971. Retrieved 2008-11-10.
  6. ^ "American Men & Women of Science, 33rd Edition. Gale Cengage. 2015".

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