Linda Hall Library
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Edward Drinker Cope

Edward Drinker Cope, an American paleontologist, was born July 28, 1840. Cope worked in Philadelphia, usually in cooperation with the Academy of Natural Sciences, and he was one of the first great vertebrate fossil collectors in the United States, as well as a life-long rival of the other great bone hunter of the period, Othniel Marsh, who taught at Yale…

George Christian Füchsel

Georg Christian Füchsel, a German geologist, died June 20, 1773, at age 51. Füchsel lived in Thuringia, in the beautiful forest region of central Germany, but his eye was on the rocks beneath, and in 1762 he published a paper in which he was the first to describe what he called a…

Blaise Pascal

Blaise Pascal, a French mathematician and physicist, was born June 19, 1623. In 1646, Pascal learned that an Italian, Evangelista Torricelli, had inverted a long glass tube filled with mercury into a bowl also filled with mercury, and the result was 30″ of...

Leopold Bloom

June 16, 1904 was the day on which Leopold Bloom wandered around Dublin and recorded his impressions of life, love, and the city, as set down in James Joyce’s Ulysses (1922; second image). We now celebrate June 16 as Bloomsday. One of the many curious side-threads of the novel…

Peter Dillon

Peter Dillon, an English adventurer, was born June 15, 1788. Three months after Dillon’s birth, the French ships Astrolabe and Boussole, commanded by Jean François de Galaup, comte de La Pérouse, sailed from Sydney harbor and disappeared from the face of the earth....