Linda Hall Library
Science Engineering Technology

Edward Beckwith

Edward Griffin Beckwith, a U.S Army officer and a member of the Corps of Topographical Engineers, died June 22, 1881, at the age of 62.  Beckwith was part of that grand exploration enterprise of the 1850s known as the Pacific Railroad Surveys, where seven separate...

Morris Ketchum Jesup

Morris Ketchum Jesup, an American philanthropist, was born June 21, 1830. Jesup became the third president of the American Museum of Natural History in New York in 1881 and served until his death in 1908, when the reins were taken up by the noted paleontologist Henry Fairfield Osborn…

Charles-Augustin de Coulomb

Charles-Augustin de Coulomb, a French physicist, was born June 14, 1736. In 1785, Coulomb published a paper on electricity that was a milestone in several ways. First, he established that electrical attraction and repulsion, like universal gravitation, conformed to an inverse-square law, which is a concise way of saying that the…

Giovanni Antonio Magini

Giovanni Antonio Magini, an Italian mathematician and astronomer, was born June 13, 1555. He is known mainly for being appointed professor of mathematics at the University of Bologna in 1588 instead of the other principal applicant,…

Karl von Frisch

Thirty-five years ago today, Karl von Frisch died in Munich at the age of 95. Born in 1886 in Vienna, he would go on to have a remarkably productive career as an experimental physiologist who became known throughout the world for his discovery of the honeybee dance language…