An abbreviated professional biography of Dolf Zillmann—a Who’s Who entry, for example—might look something like this:

Dolf Zillmann. Nee March 12, 1935, in Meseritz, Mark Brandenburg, Poland (then Germany). Education: Diploma, Architecture, Staatliche Werkakademie, Kassel, Germany, 1955; Diploma, Communication and Cybernetics, Hochschule für Gestaltung, Ulm, Germany, 1959; Ph.D., Communication and Social Psychology, University of Pennsylvania, 1969. Family: Wife: Valtra Zillmann, nee Riedle, born May 29, 1938; Children: Martin Zillmann, born May 10, 1959; Tomas Zillmann, born February 28, 1964. Academic Employment: Assistant Professor, University of Pennsylvania, 1969–1971; Associate Professor, Indiana University, 1971–1975; Professor of Communication and Psychology, Indiana University, 1975–1988; Director, Institute for Communication Research, Indiana University, 1974–1988; Professor of Communication and Psychology and Senior Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research, University of Alabama, 1989–2001. Books: Hostility and Aggression (1979), Connections Between Sex and Aggression (1984), Selective Exposure to Communication (1985), Perspectives on Media Effects (1986), Pornography: Research Advances and Policy Considerations (1989), Responding to the Screen: Reception and Reaction Processes (1991), Media Effects: Advances in Theory and Research (1994), Media, Children, and the Family: Social Scientific, Psychodynamic, and Clinical Perspectives (1994), Connections Between Sexuality and Aggression, 2nd ed. (1998), Media Entertainment: The Psychology of Its Appeal (2000), Exemplification in Communication: The Influence of Case Reports on the Perception of Issues (2000), and Media Effects: Advances in Theory and Research, 2nd ed. (2002).