Archive for Biography

“Scientist of the Day”

This site comes to us courtesy of the Linda Hall Library; it is a daily biography of some worthy whose work is in its collection.


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Life and Legends of St Patrick

Writings about St Patrick abound. You can see some of the legends here. If you want to see some of the earliest writings, you can consult: The tripartite life of Patrick : with other documents relating to that Saint (2 vols, 1887, part of the magnificent Rolls Series), and Lives of saints, from the Book of Lismore (1890). For those who want to see the original manuscripts upon which the above works are based, you can come here to view Irish manuscripts from various institutions.

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Characteristics of the 115th Congress

This brief CRS report presents a statistical overview of this Congress:

“Statistical information is included on selected characteristics of Members, including data on party affiliation, average age, occupation, education, length of congressional service, religious affiliation, gender, ethnicity, foreign births, and military service.”  (Summary)

Also, consult The Hill’s 115th Congress Will be the Most Racially Diverse in History for more data.



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The Opinions of Supreme Court Justice Nominee Neil Gorsuch

As is pointed out in the CRS publication, Judge Gorsuch has authored more than 800 opinions in his tenure on the U.S. Court of Appeals. This aforementioned report lists what are considered essential cases he has reviewed and written on, ranging from administrative law to constitutional law; links are provided to the individual cases. A good biographical overview, coupled with an analysis of his judicial record, can be found at SCOTUSblog.

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Biography of the New UN Secretary General

Here is his official biography from the United Nations; additional profiles are available courtesy of the BBC and Time. A video of his swearing-in is available.

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Donald Trump Is Time Magazine’s 2016 “Person of the Year”

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Who’s Who in Trump’s Cabinet

So far, seven out of the fifteen positions, all of whom require Senate approval, have been selected; other Cabinet positions have candidates being interviewed. The president-elect has also tapped other advisers who do not need Senate confirmation. The updated list is here.

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