Category Archives: Biography

Goodbye Dickie

The actor and film-maker Richard Attenborough has died at the age of 90.Lord Attenborough was one of Britain’s leading actors before becoming a highly successful director, winning both best picture and best director Oscars for Gandhi in 1983.

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Happy Birthday Jöns Jacob Berzelius


It’s the birthday of Jöns Jacob Berzelius, who was born yesterday in 1779 in Väversunda, Sweden. Berzelius studied medicine at Uppsala University but he increasingly devoted himself to chemistry. His careful tabulation of relative atomic weights led him to propose … Continue reading

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Thanks to Alan for this interesting post regarding George Butterworth. If you would like to read any of Alan’s other posts please click here – Alan Mason. – Deskarati In an earlier post I paid tribute to a brilliant young physicist, … Continue reading

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Santiago Ramón y Cajal


Santiaago Ramon y Cajal 1 May 1852 – 18 October 1934) was a Spanish Pathologist, Histologist, Neuroscientist and Nobel Laureate. His original pioneering investigations of the microscopic structure of the brain have led him to be designated by many as the … Continue reading

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Fritz Zwicky

Fritz Zwicky

Fritz Zwicky (1898 – 1974) was a Swiss astronomer. He worked most of his life at the California Institute of Technology in the United States of America, where he made many important contributions in theoretical and observational astronomy. Zwicky was an extraordinarily original thinker, and his … Continue reading

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Christiaan Huygens


Christiaan Huygens was a mathematician, physicist and astronomer who formulated the wave theory of light. He also discovered the pendulum clock, centrifugal force and the true shape of the rings of Saturn (as well as its moon, Titan). Huygens is … Continue reading

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The Scientist Who Inspired the Count of Monte Cristo

Alexandre Dumas’ famous story, The Count of Monte Cristo, was a fictional story based on real events. One of its characters, a mad-genius of a scientist who writes his greatest work in prison, was based on a real person. Learn … Continue reading

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Me and Michio Kaku


Just got back from a great evening with Dr. Michio Kaku. Professor Kaku was interviewed about all things physics but especially string theory. The interviewer was Derek Muller the Sydney based science presenter and creator of the youtube video channel … Continue reading

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James Randi


James Randi has an international reputation as a magician and escape artist, but today he is best known as the world’s most tireless investigator and demystifier of paranormal and pseudoscientific claims. Randi has pursued “psychic” spoonbenders, exposed the dirty tricks … Continue reading

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Robert Watson-Watt


Sir Robert Alexander Watson-Watt, KCB, FRS, FRAeS (13 April 1892 – 5 December 1973) was a pioneer and significant contributor to the development of radar. Radar was initially nameless and researched elsewhere but it was greatly expanded on 1 September … Continue reading

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Colin Pillinger dies


British planetary scientist Colin Pillinger, best known for his 2003 attempt to land a spacecraft on Mars, has died aged 70, his family have said. Prof Pillinger was at his home in Cambridge when he suffered a brain haemorrhage and … Continue reading

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Carolyn Porco’s Life At Saturn

Cassini mission scientist Carolyn Porco talks about her life and experiences as a Saturn explorer.

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Wade’s Rules

Kenneth Wade recently passed away. Here Martyn Poliakoff and Debbie Kays discuss his time as a student in Nottingham and his famous (in some chemistry circles) Wade’s Rules.

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The Math Genius Who Invented His Own Language

Giuseppe Peano was, in his time, a towering mathematical genius. He was also a man who did a number of very unusual things – like making up a language, and insisting on lecturing his college students in it. Giuseppe Peano’s … Continue reading

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Brian Sewell

Brian Sewell

An article about art critic Brian Sewell by Deskarati Editor – Jim Robb Now in his early eighties Brian Sewell is the most important art critic of his day. I have read and watched his work over the last decade … Continue reading

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Mac and the Micro – Memories of Ian McNaught-Davis

How do you make the subject of computing accessible to a wide audience? A very topical question, with arguments raging about the Year of Code. But maybe we need to go back and look at the work of a man who … Continue reading

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Alfred Wainwright


Alfred Wainwright (“A.W.”) MBE (17 January 1907 – 20 January 1991) was a British fellwalker, guidebook author and illustrator. His seven-volume Pictorial Guide to the Lakeland Fells, published between 1955 and 1966 and consisting entirely of reproductions of his manuscript, … Continue reading

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The Imitation Game

The first official image from The Imitation Game has been released, featuring Benedict Cumberbatch as computer scientist, mathematician, and father of artificial intelligence Alan Turing. The movie is set during World War II, when Turing helped crack the Enigma code. … Continue reading

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Johannes Kepler


Happy Birthday to Johannes Kepler (December 27, 1571 – November 15, 1630) Kepler  was a German mathematician, astronomer and astrologer. A key figure in the 17th century scientific revolution, he is best known for his eponymous laws of planetary motion, codified … Continue reading

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George Boole


George Boole ( 2 November 1815 – 8 December 1864) was an English mathematician, philosopher and logician. He worked in the fields of differential equations and algebraic logic, and is now best known as the author of The Laws of Thought. … Continue reading

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