Biographical information on distinguished members of the Rotational Spectroscopy community is available in several different forms.  This table lists such sources and it is no doubt far from being complete (additional information will be very welcome).  In the case of some colleagues their significant contributions to this field have been overshadowed by their other activities to the extent that Rotational or Microwave Spectroscopy is barely mentioned in their biographies. It is intended to remedy such omissions in other sections of this site.  One popular source of biographical details is in the form of preambles to special issues of scientific journals dedicated to prominent scientists.  Regrettably these are not generally available, but can be accessed easily enough through academic library subscriptions.  


Alfred BAUDER "An appreciation of Alfred Bauder" by Frederic Merkt and Martin Quack, Journal of Molecular Structure 599, 1-8 (2001)
Hans BÜRGER "Introduction, Hans Bürger Special Issue" by Jean Demaison and Jean-Marie Flaud, Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy 216, 175-176 (2002)
Robert CURL Autobiography at
Jean DEMAISON "Biography" by Jean Cosleou, Jean-Marie Flaud, Georges Wlodarczak, Journal of Molecular Structure 780-781, 1-2 (2006)
James DURIG "Preface" by G.A.Guirgis, Journal of Molecular Structure 550-551, xi-xiv (2000)
Paolo FAVERO "Biography: Professor Dr Paolo Favero (1926-)" by W.Caminati, Journal of Molecular Structure 612, 79-80 (2002)
Helmut DREIZLER "Biography, Professor Dr Helmut Dreizler (1929-)" by Jose L. Alonso, Juan C. Lopez, Alberto Lesarri, Journal of Molecular Structure 612, 81-82 (2002)
Bill FLYGARE "Willis H.Flygare 1936-1981. A Biographical Memoir by David Chandler", Biographical Memoirs, Volume 86 , The National Academies Press, Washington D.C. (2005).
Walter GORDY "Walter Gordy 1909-1985. A Biographical Memoir by Frank C. De Lucia and Brenda P. Winnewisser, National Academy of Sciences, Washington D.C. (2006)
Dudley HERSCHBACH Autobiography at
Jon HOUGEN "Preface. Special issue dedicated to Jon Hougen" by Isabelle Kleiner and Li-Hong Xu, Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy 228, 217-219 (2004)
Bill KLEMPERER "Introduction. William A. Klemperer Special Issue" by Kevin K. Lehmann, Stewart E. Novick, Robert W. Field, Anthony J. Merer, Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy 222, 1-3 (2003)

"Some spectroscopic reminiscences", William Klemperer, 
Annual Review of Physical Chemistry 46, 1-26 (1995)
Harry KROTO Autobiography at

Kozo KUCHITSU "Kozo Kuchitsu: a biography" by Tamotsu Kondow, Journal of Molecular Structure 413-414, xi-xiv (1997)
Walt LAFFERTY "Biography of Walter Lafferty" by James R. Durig, Journal of Molecular Structure 742, 1-2 (2005)
Frank De LUCIA "Terahertz Pioneer: Frank C. De Lucia, The Numbers Count" by Peter H. Siegel, IEEE Transactions on Terahertz Science and Technology, 2, 578-583 (2012)
Yonezo MORINO "The scientific work of Professor Yonezo Morino" by Eizi Hirota, Masao Kimura, Kozo Kuchitsu, Mitsutoshi Tanimoto, Journal of Molecular Structure 352/353, 1-21 (1995)
Takeshi OKA "Foreword (to volume dedicated to TO)" by Gerhard Herzberg, Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy 153, 1 (1992), followed by "Curriculum Vitae" and "List of publications", Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy 153, 2-10 (1992)
Charles TOWNES Autobiography at
Wikipedia article with many references and links
E. Bright WILSON Jr.

"Tribute" by Kenneth G. Wilson, Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy 162, 1-3 (1993)

"Some Personal Scientific Reminiscences", International Journal of Quantum Chemistry,
18, Issue S14, 17-29 (1980); see also same issue, p.9-16 for Curiculum Vitae and publications.
Brenda and Manfred WINNEWISSER "Dedication. Brenda and Manfred Winnewisser" by Per Jensen, Frank De Lucia, K. Yamada,  Journal of Molecular Structure 695-696, 1-3 (2004)

"A tribute to the Winnewissers or how science meets technology" by Axel Keens,
Journal of Molecular Structure 695-696, 379-384 (2004)

"Terahertz Pioneers: Manfred Winnewisser and Brenda Pruden Winnewisser, Equating Hamiltonians to Nature" by Peter H. Siegel, IEEE Transactions on Terahertz Science and Technology, 3, 229-236 (2013)
Gisbert WINNEWISSER "Biography of Professor Gisbert Winnewisser" by Stepan Urban,  Thomas F. Giesen, Per Jensen,  Journal of Molecular Structure 795, 1-3 (2006)
Manfred WINNEWISSER "Enjoyment with High-Resolution Spectroscopy: Manfred Winnewisser at his 60th Birthday" by Gisbert Winnewisser, Journal of Molecular Spectroscopy 168, 227-234 (1994)