Category Archives: Biography

Johannes Kepler

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Today is the birthday of German astronomer Johannes Kepler, who was born in Weil der Stadt in the Holy Roman Empire in 1571. He received a Lutheran education at the University of Tübingen and originally planned to be a theologian. … Continue reading

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Rube Goldberg

Thanks to Phil Krause for suggesting this post Reuben Garrett Lucius “Rube” Goldberg ( San Francisco July 4, 1883 – Hawthorne New York December 7, 1970) was an American cartoonist, sculptor, author, engineer, and inventor. He is best known for … Continue reading

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12 Most Famous PhD Theses In History

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Thanks to Phil Krause pointing us in the direction of this great article over at Mr Geek 1. Recherches sur les substances radioactives (1903). In English, this translates to “Research on Radioactive Substances” Marie Curie. Marie Curie’s thesis is perhaps one of the … Continue reading

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The Story of Aaron Swartz

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Aaron Hillel Swartz (November 8, 1986 – January 11, 2013) was an American computer programmer, entrepreneur, writer, political organizer and Internet hacktivist who was involved in the development of the web feed format RSS and the Markdown publishing format, the organization Creative Commons, the … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday Erwin

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It’s the birthday of Erwin Schrödinger, who was born in 1887 in Vienna. Schrödinger studied physics at the University of Vienna. After serving in the Austrian army in World War I, he resumed his career as a physicist — first … Continue reading

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New Steve Jobs Film

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Georges Lemaître

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It’s the birthday of Georges Lemaître, who was born in 1894 in Charleroi, Belgium. Lemaître studied civil engineering at the Catholic University of Louvain before serving in the Belgian army during World War I. After the war he trained to … Continue reading

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Farewell Professor Harry Messel

Prof. Harry Messel, physicist, educator and creator of the Australian “Blue Book” – the high school science bible of the 60s and 70s, has died at the age of 93. He was fierce in his determination to inspire young people … Continue reading

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Robert Oppenheimer

It’s the birthday of Robert Oppenheimer, who was born in 1904 in New York City. Oppenheimer majored in physics at Harvard University and earned a PhD at the University of Göttingen. There, he and his thesis adviser, Max Born, derived … Continue reading

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Paleogenomics Reconstructs Ancient Proteins

About 4 billion years ago, molecules began to make copies of themselves, an event that marked the beginning of life on Earth. A few hundred million years later, primitive organisms began to split into the different branches that make up … Continue reading

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Howard Tracey Hall

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Known simply as Tracy Hall by colleagues, friends and family, he was the first person to successfully create synthetic diamonds in a lab. In return for this ground breaking invention, the company for whom he worked, General Electric, rewarded Hall … Continue reading

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The Life and Work of Bridget Riley

Bridget Riley got a start as an illustrator working in an advertising agency, J.Walter Thompson.  She found her true calling when she visited the Whitechapel Gallery exhibition held by Jackson Pollock in 1958. Before discussing the impact she’s had in … Continue reading

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Happy Birthday André-Marie Ampère

It’s the birthday of André-Marie Ampère, who was born in 1775 in Lyon, France. Ampère studied and taught mathematics in Lyon and then in Paris. Inspired by Hans Christian Ørsted’s discovery that an electric current deflects a compass needle, Ampère … Continue reading

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The Most Influential Scientist You May Never Have Heard Of

Thanks to Tom Robb for suggesting this post Gaze at Alexander Von Humboldt’s 1814 self-portrait and you peer into the eyes of a man who sought to see and understand everything. By this point in his life, at age 45, … Continue reading

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Pierre Bézier

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Pierre Étienne Bézier (September 1, 1910 – November 25, 1999) was a French engineer and one of the founders of the fields of solid, geometric and physical modelling as well as in the field of representing curves, especially in CAD/CAM … Continue reading

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Oscar Reutersvärd and the Impossible Triangle

Oscar Reutersvärd, “the father of the impossible figures,” met with many challenges growing up, but that didn’t stop him from establishing an identity for himself in the world of art. Reutersvärd came into this world on November 29, 1915 in … Continue reading

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The Theory of Everything

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Happy Birthday Michael Faraday

It’s the birthday of Michael Faraday, who was born in 1791 in Newtington Butts, a village that is now part of south London. Faraday gained his scientific education as an apprentice to the chemist, Humphrey Davy – and went on … Continue reading

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James Dewar

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        It’s the birthday of James Dewar, who was born in 1842 in Kincardine-on-Forth, Scotland. Dewar studied at the universities of Edinburgh and Cambridge. His research ranged over a wide range of topics in biology, chemistry and physics, … Continue reading

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“ALAIN-FOURNIER” (HENRI ALBAIN-FOURNIER) – A LOST TALENT

Thanks to Alan Mason for this interesting new post. You can find all of Alan’s posts here. In related earlier essays, posted on deskarati, I spoke about two British men of promise, whose life and talent was lost to the … Continue reading

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