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The following is a sample layout for biographical articles. It may be subst'd into a new article by adding


to the article and saving. Do not edit this template page directly if you just want to create a new article.

See also

Socrates (example)
The Ancient Greek philosopher
Born 470 BC
Died 399 BC
Occupation Philosopher
Spouse(s) Xanthippe

Subject's popular name (birthdate – death) can be a lead-in to the subject's real, formal, or extended name. Describe the subject's nationality and profession(s) in which the subject is most notable. Provide a description of the subject's major contributions in the immediately relevant field(s) of notable expertise.[1]


Ensure that the following sections are organized by year. For instance, the section Marriage and children might be presented before or after the Expanded descriptions, and vice versa.

Early life

Explain the subject's early life historically using a journalistic style.[2]

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Expanded description

If an event that occurred in the life of the subject requires further explanation, elaborate.

Marriage and children

If the subject married and produced offspring, describe the marriage and list the immediate offspring.

  • Subject's Son (birthdate – death) If notable, provide a brief single-line description.
  • Subject's Daughter (birthdate – death) If notable, provide a brief single-line description.

Death and afterward

[If applicable] Legacy If any, describe. See Charles Darwin for example.

Philosophical and/or political views

Wikipedia is not a soapbox for individuals to espouse their views. However, views held by politicians, writers, and others may be summarized in their biography only to the extent those views are covered by reliable sources that are independent of the control of the politician, writer, etc.

Published works

If any, list the works organized by date of publication. See Charles Darwin for example.

Honours, decorations, awards and distinctions

(If any)


Include a bibliography listed in MLA format. Use for assisted MLA-formatted bibliography entries, or OttoBib for automatic bibliography creation from a list of ISBN numbers. See Reference management software for additional tools.

Always cite your sources! No original research! [3]

See also

List related internal (Wikipedia) articles in alphabetical order. Common nouns are listed first. Proper nouns follow.

References/Notes and references

  1. ^ Last, first (date). Name of page. Page xx. Publisher: xxxx
  2. ^ Last, first (date). Name of page. Page xx. Publisher: xxxx
  3. ^ Last, first (date). Name of page. Page xx. Publisher: xxxx

Further reading

External links

List official websites, organizations named after the subject, and other interesting yet relevant websites. No spam.

Categories go here.

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