The venerable American Men and Women of Science remains without peer as a chronicle of scientific endeavor and achievement in the United States and Canada." -- WorldTrade Review Essays of Academic, Professional & Technical Books in the Humanities & Sciences
"Cadillac of scientific biography" -- Booklist
The venerable American Men and Women of Science, in publication since 1906 and -- as of 2016 -- across 34 editions profiles scientists, public health specialists, engineers, mathematicians, statisticians, and computer scientists of distinguished training, position, and/or achievement. Contributions to science are measured by publication in reputable scientific journals. For those whose work cannot be published due to governmental or industrial security, contributions are based on peer judgment and/or attainment of a position of substantial responsibility. Since the 2003, K. Lee Lerner has served on the AMWS Advisory Board.
Recent Advisory Board members include James E. Bobick, Former Department Head, Science and Technology Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh; K. Lee Lerner; and David A. Tyckoson, Associate Dean, Henry Madden Library, California State University, Fresno.
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.
First published as American Men of Science, in 1971 the name was changed to American Men and Women of Science.