Linda Hall Library
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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....

John Strachey

John Strachey, an English geologist, was born May 10, 1671. In the course of a study of the strata in the coal fields of Somerset (first and third images), Strachey wondered why all the rock strata in England have a general dip to the…