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This template should always be substituted (ie, use {{subst:Biography}})


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

  • Wikipedia:Notability (people)
  • Template:WikiProject Biography for talk page Bio template
  • Template:Simple biography for an in-line biography

The above documentation is transcluded from Template:Biography/doc (edit | history)
Editors can experiment in this template’s sandbox (create | mirror) and testcases (create) pages
Add categories to the /doc subpage Subpages of this template
Use only if necessary {{For}} and {{About}} are also templates you can use for this purpose
For other uses, see Subject’s last name (disambiguation)
Socrates (example)

The Ancient Greek philosopher
Born 470 BC
Died 399 BC
Occupation Philosopher
Spouse Xanthippe

Subject’s complete name (birthdate – death) can be a lead-in to the subject’s popular 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

To add pictures, use this format: ]


Ensure that the following sections are organized by year

Early life

Explain the subject’s early life historically using a journalistic style

Marriage and children

If the subject married and gave birth, describe the marriage and list their children

  • 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


Legacy If any, describe See Charles Darwin for an 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 an example


Include honours, decorations, awards, and distinctions in this section, if any

See also

List related Wikipedia articles in alphabetical order Common nouns are listed first Proper nouns follow

  • autobiography
  • biography

References/Notes and references

Always cite your sources! No original research!

Further reading

Add links to further readers’ research

External links

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

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