A Biographical Guide in Science. Technology, Agriculture, and Medicine. Fifth edition. Longman Group Ltd.. Essex, UK, 1987. 3 vols. 2,880 pp. £395. Distributed in the United States and Canada by Gale Research Co., Detroit, MI. $695.

Despite initial astonishment at finding distinguished Spanish biochemist and new UNESCO Director-General Federico Mayor’s name omitted, and mild amusement on discovering that social scientists continue to be ignored en bloc, I can recommend this Euro-dossier without further reservation as a splendid working tool for the science library. Improved beyond measure since it first appeared two decades ago, the trio of hefty tomes now provide accurate and topical biographical date concerning senior scientists (including society officers), engineers and medicos throughout Europe. Although a few entries are a little thin, the vast majority provide concise summaries of subjects’ education, careers, research interests, publications, memberships, telephone numbers and other professional details....

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