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by Ron Kurtus

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General Reasons to study biographies Kenya
General When should I write my biography? Congo
Archimedes What were the achievements of Archimedes? India
General Parts of a biography for speech class USA
Mark Twain Twain and Plasmon USA
Lee Harvey Oswald I remember when Ruby shot Oswald USA
Edison Could Edison be successful in science and family life? Nigeria
General What people started late in life to become successful? Nigeria
Edison Learning from Edison India
Gillette Person claims to be a descendent of Gillette UK

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Reasons to study biographies

Topic: General


August 20, 2018

hi i am student interested in studying biographies what are some of the theories i ca use to study a biography.

Dominic - Kenya



There are various reasons to study the biographies of famous people.

One reason is to get a good perspective of the history of the time that the person lived.

Another reason is to learn how the person succeeded. You can get lessons learned from the positive things the person did, as well as the mistakes he or she made.

Also, some well-written biographies are simply interesting to read.

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When should I write my biography?

Topic: General


February 27, 2017

Good Day! My name is Gabriel, I am 24 years old and I want to know at what age am I supposed to write my biography?
Thank you

Gabriel Clef - Congo



A biography is usually about some other person. An autobiography is what you write about yourself.

Some people keep a journal to write down interesting events in their lives. You can start writing about yourself and activities at any age.

When seeking a job, they often want to know what you have achieved related to the type of work. It is often good to have that written down beforehand.

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What were the achievements of Archimedes?

Topic: Archimedes


June 4, 2016

Achievements of Archimedes?
What for Archimedes was famous?

Ajay - India



Archimedes’ greatest achievements include:

He invented the sciences of mechanics and hydrostatics. He discovered the laws of levers and pulleys. He calculated pi to the most precise value known. He proved the formulas for the volume and surface area of a sphere. He showed how exponents could be used to write bigger numbers than had ever been thought of before.

Also, he proved that to multiply numbers written as exponents, the exponents should be added together. He invented the Archimedean Screw to pull water out of the ground.

Archimedes was one of the world’s first mathematical physicists, applying his advanced mathematics to the physical world. He was the first person to apply lessons from physics to solve problems in pure mathematics. He found how to tell if an object was pure gold or had silver mixed in it.

He also invented war machines such as a highly accurate catapult. Supposedly, he used a mirror system to burn attacking ships using the sun’s rays.

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Parts of a biography for speech class

Topic: General


November 27, 2015

Hi my name is Rose.
I need help prepare an informative outline about Joseph Lister for my speech class. i have a lot of information about his life but i don't know how to put things together. can you help me please?

Rose - USA



Often a biography can be broken into important parts of the person's life, such as Early Life, Years of Achievements, and Final years.

A biography about Lister could emphasize his achievements and his work in antiseptic surgery.

See Learning from Biographies for another approach.

I hope this helps. Best wishes for success in your speech.

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Twain and Plasmon

Topic: Mark Twain


November 11, 2015

Hi, I'm trying to locate information on one of Twain's business ventures....a cure-all medicine he either invented or marketed, called PLASMON.

If you know where I can get detailed info on this, please let me know. This information came from WIT AND WISDOM OF MARK TWAIN, Edited by Alex Ayers,page 30. Thanks

Tom - USA



Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain) was an investor in the Plasmon company and also promoted Plasmon's health benefits. There are articles in the New York Times Dec 1907 and Nov 1908 on Twain's involvement.

Also, the Routledge Encyclopedia of Mark Twain has an article on Plasmon.

I hope that helps.

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I remember when Ruby shot Oswald

Topic: Lee Harvey Oswald


October 29, 2015

I remember watching the Oswald transfer and my father saying he hopes someone would shoot this bastard, and the stomach would be a good spot so this son of a bitch would suffer. Ruby steps out and shoots Oswald in the stomach, my father and the rest of us were not horrified.

Robert - USA



Your father certainly had a premonition about Ruby shooting Oswald. Although many people hated Oswald for shooting President Kennedy, it still would have been good to see him go to trial and then to jail and perhaps the electric chair.

Also, there were rumors that Ruby was employed by a group responsible for the assassination.

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Could Edison be successful in science and family life?

Topic: Edison


October 4, 2015

would it had been possible for thomas to be sucesful in both his scientific work and family life. pls give reasons to answer

chuks - Nigeria



Although Thomas Edison was known as an inventor and scientific businessman, he also apparently had time for a good family life. He had several children. After his first wife died at a young age, he remarried.

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What people started late in life to become successful?

Topic: General


June 3, 2015

Kindly send me how i can assess the biography of people who started late(age 40 and above)and still make it in life in all area of life carrier

Abegunde - Nigeria



There are many people who have started businesses or advanced in their careers after the ago of 40.

A good example of someone who started after age 40 and became successful was King Gillette, who came up with the idea of a disposable razor.

In the U.S., Ray Kroc was a salesman when he got involved in running McDonald's hamburger restaurants after the age of 59. Col. Sanders started selling franchises of Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) while in his 60s.

Note that these people were hard workers who picked an area of interest and saw something that others would want.

However, being successful in business does not always mean successful in life. Ray Kroc's wife divorced him because he was spending too much time on his business.

I will try to add more biographies of those who became successful in their later years.

Best wishes for success in your career or business.

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Learning from Edison

Topic: Edison


September 10, 2014

what do you learn from the life of thomas edison

sandeep - India



Thomas Edison was ambitious and a hard-worker, even as a young man. He would see a need for something--such as newspapers for people who rode the train--and then sell them to his customers. He read much about science, was curious about things, and when he got an idea, he would work on it to completion.

These are good traits to have.

Later, when he was inventing things, he organized a research group to help him in his inventions. His business skills were very important.

Seeing what Edison did to make his inventions and his business, you can look at your own skills and apply them to become successful in your areas of interest.

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Person claims to be a descendent of Gillette

Topic: Gillette


January 7, 2014

In the mid 60's here in my home town of Hartlepool UK I met a big bold brassy theatrical american woman aged about 50/60 her name was Mrs Jeff Smith ....I also met her husband Mr Robert Smith. Jeff claimed to be direct decendant of the gillette family. I presume that smith was her married name, I did not know her maiden name. Do you think that there is any truth in her claims. I think that she was just a fairly harmless theatrical imposter. did the gillette family have relatives here in the UK in the 60's
Best Wishes Geoff

Geoff - UK



The Gillette family has a long genealogy in the UK since the 1500s. It is easily possible that he is a descendent of the Gillette family, but not necessarily of King Gillette, who was born in Wisconsin in the US. Are these people from Wisconsin?

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