International Dictionary of Veterinary Biography

Criteria for inclusion

Persons with substantial merit for veterinary science, veterinary education or the veterinary profession. In general, they will be known through their publications in the veterinary field, but also veterinarians who became famous otherwise (as artists, inventors, politicians etc.) can be considered. Also non-veterinarians, who worked on veterinary subjects (e.g. W. Osler) or whose work had great implications for veterinary medicine (e.g. Virchow or Koch) or who influenced directly the work of veterinarians (e.g. the non-veterinarians who teached in veterinary schools) may be included, although this criterium cannot be expanded that wide that, for instance, those medical microbiologists would be included, that can easily be found in other works of reference (e.g. in: Biographische und bibliographische Materialien zur Geschichte der Mikrobiologie und zur bakteriologische Nomenklatur (1985) by Werner Sackmann. Also the data to be presented for non-veterinarians have to be restricted to items of veterinary significance.

Persons from all cultures and all periods of time can be included, but not the persons still alive.

Language:Only biographies written in English are accepted. Names of persons, institutes or sources are to be presented in the Western alphabet.

Format of the biographies

The format chosen is after the Dictionary of American Medical Biography. Ed. by Martin Kaufman, Stuart Galishoff and Todd L. Savitt. Westport, Connecticut: Greenwood Press, 1984. As an example of its style the entry for D.E. Salmon is added.

The elements of the biographies have to follow as much as possible the following order:

  • Family name, followed by Christian names (in full)
  • Date and place of birth
  • Date and place of death
  • Main function (e.g. bacteriologist, professor of veterinary surgery, director of veterinary services)
  • Parents' names and father's occupation
  • Spouse/partner's name
  • Year of marriage
  • Number of children
  • Education (with year of graduation, postgraduate training)
  • Career (with dates for separate stages; here also the more important memberships of committees and/or (editorial) boards)
  • Contributions (scientific, social)
  • Homages and distinctions
  • Publications (only titles of books and/or the most important journal publications plus a reference to a published list of titles; if this is not available, an indication of the main subjects, as far as not yet given under 'Contributions')
  • References/obituaries (author, title, source (not abbreviated), page numbers, year).