- H. Bence Jones, The Life and Letters of Michael Faraday, London (1870). The first full biography written by Faraday's longtime associate and friend.
- John Tyndall, Faraday as a Discoverer, written shortly after Faraday's death by his successor at the Royal Institution. More of an appreciation than a true biography, it is eloquently written and has been frequently republished.
- L. Pearce Williams, Michael Faraday, Basic Books (1967). Reprinted in paperback form by Da Capo Press and still available. A magnificent example of modern historical scholarship and (most of the time) more than usually readable.
- D. K. C. MacDonald, Faraday, Maxwell, and Kelvin, Science Study Series, Anchor Books (1964). One of the many fine books to come out of the post-Sputnik enthusiasm for science. A few are still in print and others can be picked up cheaply in second-hand bookshops.
- John M. Thomas, Michael Faraday and the Royal Institution: the Genius of Man and Place, Adam Hilger, Bristol, (1991). A moving and eloquent tribute to his great predecessor by the current Fullerian Professor of Chemistry at the Royal Institution.
- Thomas Martin (editor) Faraday's Diary, 8 volumes, George Bell, London (1930). The finest laboratory notebook ever written, lovingly transcribed by Thomas Martin from the hardbound originals. Faraday worked alone and here we have a day-by-day and sometimes even a minute-by-minute description of great science in the making. A unique document in the history of science.
- L. Pearce Williams (editor), The Selected Correspondence of Michael Faraday, Cambridge University Press, 1971. This selection is in two large volumes and emphasizes the scientific correspondence.
- Frank A. J. L. James (editor), Correspondence of Michael Faraday, Volume I (524 letters from 1811-1831), Institution of Electrical Engineers, London, (1991). The first volume of a definitive edition of Faraday's extant correspondence.
- Geoffrey Cantor, Michael Faraday: Sandemanian and Scientist, Macmillan, London, (1991). Faraday was devoutly religious and this book explores the relationship between his science and his religious beliefs.
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