Get a single author

It's easy to get an author from from the API with: /authors/<entity_id>. Here's an example:
That will return an Author object, describing everything OpenAlex knows about the author with that ID:
{
"id": "https://openalex.org/A2208157607",
"orcid": "https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6187-6610",
"display_name": "Jason Priem",
"display_name_alternatives": [],
"works_count": 49,
// other fields removed for brevity
}
You can make up to 50 of these queries at once by requesting a list of entities and filtering on IDs using OR syntax.
Authors are also available via an alias: /people

External IDs

You can look up authors using external IDs such as an ORCID:
You can use the full ID or a shorter Uniform Resource Name (URN) format like so:
Available external IDs for authors are:
External ID
URN
Microsoft Academic Graph (MAG)
mag
ORCID
orcid
Scopus
scopus
Twitter
twitter
Wikipedia
wikipedia