5 Minute Biographies


The 5 Minute Biographies podcast is a weekly podcast hosted by Wayne Armstrong that brings you a brief biography of some of the most famous people in history. Each episode contains just the information you need to know without any of the fluff. For more information about 5 Minute Biographies or to suggest subjects for future episodes check out the website at www.5minutebiographies.com

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Biographies to read or listen to in about 5 minutes
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2019-10-26 14:45
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2019-07-04 05:30
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Ada Lovelace

“The Analytical Engine does not occupy common ground with mere ‘calculating machines.’ It holds a position wholly its own, and the considerations it suggests are more interesting in their nature” – Ada Lovelace. Ada Lovelace Biography Augusta Ada King,...
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Charles Babbage

“It is therefore not unreasonable to suppose that some portion of the neglect of science in England, may be attributed to the system of education we pursue. – Charles Babbage. Charles Babbage Biography Often considered the father of computing, Charles ...
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Beatrix Potter

 “Thank goodness I was never sent to school; it would have rubbed off some of the originality.” – Beatrix Potter Beatrix Potter Biography Helen Beatrix Potter was born on 28 July 1866 in West Brompton, which is in London, England. She had a relatively ...
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Bertrand Russell

“I would never die for my beliefs because I might be wrong” – Bertrand Russell Bertrand Russell Biography Bertrand Russell was one of the great thinkers of the 20th century. He was born into a life within the British aristocracy on 18 May 1872. His fat...
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Billie Holiday Biography

“I never had a chance to play with dolls like other kids. I started working when I was six years old.” – Billie Holiday Billie Holiday Biography Billie Holiday was a well-known American jazz singer who was born on 7 April 1915 as Eleanora Fagan in Phil...
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Jackie Robinson

“I’m not concerned with your liking or disliking me… All I ask is that you respect me as a human being.” – Jackie Robinson Jackie Robinson Biography Jack Roosevelt Robinson, known as Jackie, was born on 31 January 1919 in Cairo, Georgia, USA. He was th...
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Ginger Rogers

Virginia Katherine McMath, who became known as Ginger Rogers, was born in Independence, Missouri on July 16, 1911. She was an American singer, actress, and well-known dancer. Her mother Lela Emogene was a scriptwriter, newspaper reporter, and film prod...
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Johannes Kepler

“Truth is the daughter of time, and I feel no shame in being her midwife.” – Johannes Kepler. Johannes Kepler Biography Johannes Kepler was born on 27 December 1571 in Well der Stadt, a small town in what is now the Stuttgart region of Germany. He was ...
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Elvis Presley

Elvis Aaron Presley was born on 8 January 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi in a shotgun house built by his father Vernon. He had a twin brother called Jesse who was 35 minutes older than he but unfortunately was stillborn. Elvis’s mother, Gladys, who was of...
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Thomas Becket

“Remember the sufferings of Christ, the storms that were weathered… the crown that came from those sufferings which gave new radiance to the faith… All saints give testimony to the truth that without real effort, no one ever wins the crown.” – Thomas B...
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Albert Einstein

“The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.” – Albert Einstein Albert Einstein Biography Albert Einstein was born into a non-observant Ashkenazi Jewish family on 14 March 1879 in Ulm a city on the River Danube in what wa...
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David Bowie

“I feel confident imposing change on myself. It’s a lot more fun progressing than looking back. That’s why I need to throw curve balls.” – David Bowie. David Bowie Biography David Bowie was an actor, songwriter, singer, and master of the stage, but mor...
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Audrey Hepburn

“The best thing to hold onto in life is each other.” – Audrey Hepburn Audrey Hepburn was born in Belgium on 4 May 1929. Her father, Joseph Ruston had served as a consul to the Dutch East Indies and so she lived all over Europethroughout her childhood a...
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Douglas Adams

“So long, and thanks for all the fish.” – Douglas Adams Douglas Adams Biography Douglas Noel Adams was born on 11 March 1952 in Cambridge, England, but was brought up in East London as he and his parents, Janet and Christopher moved there when Douglas ...
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Thomas Jefferson

“Whenever you do a thing, act as if all the world were watching” – Thomas Jefferson Thomas Jefferson Biography Born on 13 April 1743 in Shadwell, Virginia in what would later become the United States of America, few people could imagine all that would ...
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Lee Marvin

“I only make movies to finance my fishing.” – Lee Marvin Lee Marvin was born on 19 February 1924 in New York City, USA to parents Lamont Waltman Marvin who was an advertising executive and Courtenay Washington who was a beauty consultant and fashion wr...
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Rudyard Kipling

“A woman’s guess is much more accurate than a man’s certainty.” – Rudyard Kipling. Rudyard Kipling Biography Joseph Rudyard Kipling was born on 30 December 1865 in Mumbai, then called Bombay, in India. John Lockwood Kipling, his father, was a sculptor ...
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Rosa Parks

“Each person must live their life as a model for others” – Rosa Parks Rosa Parks Biography Although the Civil War had officially ended over 60 years before she was born, Rosa Parks was an American civil rights activist, at a very tense time in US histo...
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Guy Fawkes

A desperate disease requires a dangerous remedy.” – Guy Fawkes Guy Fawkes Biography Guy Fawkes was born on 13 April 1570 in Stonegate, which is in York, in the North of England. His parents were a proctor called Edward Fawkes and Edith, a recusant Cath...
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Ulysses S. Grant

“I have never advocated war except as a means of peace.” – Ulysses S Grant Ulysses S. Grant Biography Born on 27 April 1822 in Point Pleasant, Ohio, Hiram Ulysses Grant was a United States general and commander during the American Civil War for the Uni...
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J. Edgar Hoover

“We are a fact-gathering organization only. We don’t clear anybody. We don’t condemn anybody.” – J. Edgar Hoover J. Edgar Hoover Biography John Edgar Hoover was born on 1 January 1895, in Washington D.C. in the United States. His mother, Anna Marie was...
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Paul Newman

“Newman’s first law: It is useless to put on your brakes when you’re upside-down.” – Paul Newman. Paul Newman Biography Paul Leonard Newman was born on 26 January 1925 in Shaker Heights, which is on the outskirts of Cleveland, Ohio. He was the second s...
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Charles Lindbergh

“Flying a good airplane doesn’t require near as much attention as a motor car” – Charles Lindbergh Charles Lindbergh Biography Charles Lindbergh was born on 4 February 1902 in Detroit, Michigan, USA but grew up in the Little Falls area of Minnesota and...
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Mary Shelley

“I do not wish women to have power over men; but over themselves” – Mary Shelley Mary Shelley Biography Mary Shelley was an English author who is primarily remembered for only a single work. Although Frankenstein would become her most popular work, she...
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Oliver Hardy

“That’s another fine mess you’ve gotten me into.” – Oliver Hardy. Oliver Hardy Biography Norvell Hardy was born on 18 January 1892 in Harlem, Georgia, USA. He was the son of a revolutionary war veteran called Oliver, who had fought and been wounded fig...
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Clark Gable

“Hell, if I’d jumped on all the dames I’m supposed to have jumped on, I’d have had no time to go fishing.” – Clark Gable Clark Gable Biography William Clark Gable was born in Cadiz, Ohio, USA on 1 February 1901. His father, William Henry Gable, worked ...
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Judy Garland

“If I am a legend, then why am I so lonely?” – Judy Garland Judy Garland Biography Frances Ethel Gumm, better known to the rest of the World as Judy Garland, was born on 10 June 1922 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota, USA. She was born into the entertainment ...
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Bugsy Siegel

“Las Vegas turns women into men and men into idiots.” – Benjamin ‘Bugsy’ Siegel Benjamin ‘Bugsy’ Siegel Biography Benjamin Siegel, known to the world as Bugsy, was born on 28 February 1906 in the neighbourhood of Williamsburg in Brooklyn, New York City...
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Ava Gardner

“What’s the point? My face, shall we say, looks lived in.” – Ava Gardner. Ava Gardner Biography When Ava Lavinia Gardner was born on 24 December 1922, her family were cotton and tobacco farmers in Smithfield, North Carolina. Mary Elizabeth, who everyon...
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Charlie Chaplin

“Failure is unimportant. It takes courage to make a fool of yourself” – Charlie Chaplin. Charlie Chaplin Biography Sir Charles Spencer Chaplin, known to the world as Charlie, was born on 16 April 1889 to music hall entertainers Charles Chaplin Sr, a si...
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Steve McQueen

“I’m not sure that acting is something for a grown man to be doing.” – Steve McQueen. Steve McQueen Biography
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Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria

Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria Biography Archduke Franz Ferdinand Carl Ludwig Joseph Maria was born on 20 November, 1875 in
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Catherine de Medici

Catherine de Medici Biography Catherine de Medici was a formidable woman. She was the daughter of nobility, the mother of
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Sammy Davis Jr.

“What have I got? No looks, no money, no education. Just talent.” – Sammy Davis Jr. Sammy Davis Jr. Biography
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Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee Biography Lee Jun-fan (Bruce Lee was his professional name) was born on 27 November 1940 in the Chinatown district of San Francisco, USA. He was the fourth of five children born to father Lee Hoi-chuen who was a leading actor in Cantonese ope...
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Julius Caesar

Julius Caesar Biography Julius Caesar is sometimes regarded as more myth than man due to his famous, or perhaps rather notorious, place in history as the harbinger of the end of the Roman Republic and the first emperor in the Roman Empire. A brilliant ...
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Susan B. Anthony

Susan B. Anthony Biography When people think of the rights of women, of the protection of those rights, and of those who fought most vigorously to secure them, few names come to mind swifter, in the United States at least, than that of the passionate w...
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Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln Biography Abraham Lincoln was a fairly simple man, and with the hindsight of history, some have judged him unfairly, attempting to hold a 19th-century man to 21st century standards. However, when viewed as a man of his times, what he sa...
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Nina Simone

Nina Simone Biography Nina Simone was a complicated woman.  Extraordinarily talented musically, she played a wide variety of styles, and although well-known and critically acclaimed, she only had one song reach the top 20 chart in the United States thr...
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John Paul Jones

John Paul Jones Biography The reputation and legacy of John Paul Jones really depends on which side of the Atlantic you are on. In Britain, he is commonly thought of as a privateer at best and a pirate at worst. Having originally served for the United ...
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King Henry VIII

King Henry VIII Biography King Henry VIII is probably the most well-known and most studied of English monarchs. His reign is often seen as a prelude to and the forerunner of the British empire. Certainly, without the institutional changes he brought, t...
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John Dillinger

John Dillinger Biography The Depression-era has become a somewhat romanticised time in American history, especially as the memory of it fades from the collective consciousness. It was a time when people used to think that outlaws still had a certain am...
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Waylon Jennings

Waylon Jennings Biography Waylon Jennings is a Texan legend when it comes to musical expression and songwriting. Born in Littlefield, Texas, USA on 15 June 1937, Waylon Jennings went on to have an extensive and ground-breaking career which included not...
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Francis Crick

Francis Crick Biography Francis Harry Campton Crick is one of the most influential and brilliant scientific minds of the 20th century. Dabbling in various fields but specifically in physics and microbiology, Francis Crick was a specialist in a highly s...
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Marilyn Monroe

Marilyn Monroe Biography Norma Jeane Mortensen, better known to the rest of the world as legendary Hollywood actress, Marilyn Monroe, was born on 1 June 1926 in Los Angeles, California, USA. She could be considered to be born into the film industry as ...
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Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh Biography Vincent Willem van Gogh was a 19th-century Dutch post-impressionist painter known for his influences on the history of western art. He was born 30 March 1853 in the southern Netherlands. His father was a Dutch reformed church...
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Joan Crawford

“I believe in the dollar. Everything I earn, I spend.” – Joan Crawford Joan Crawford Biography Lucille Fay LeSueur was the birth name of Hollywood actress Joan Crawford when she was born in San Antonio, Texas, USA. She was born on 23 March, although th...
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Bobby Jones

“The secret of golf is to turn three shots into two.” – Bobby Jones Bobby Jones Biography Robert Tyre Jones Jr. was born on 17 March 1902 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA to parents Clara Thomas and Robert Purmedus Jones. The Jones family spent their summer va...
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Yuri Gagarin

“I see Earth! It is so beautiful!” – Yuri Gagarin Yuri Gagarin Biography Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin was born on 9 March 1934 in a small village called Klushino which is about 190km from Moscow, Russia. His parents, Alexey Ivanovich and Anna Timofeyevna ...
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David Niven

“You can count on Errol Flynn, he’ll always let you down.” – David Niven David Niven Biography James David Graham Niven was born on 1 March 1910 in Belgrave Mansions, London and was given the second name David because he was born on St. David’s Day. Hi...
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