August Kekulé

August Kekulé, a German chemist, was born Sep. 7, 1829. In the early 1860s, Kekulé was writing a textbook of organic chemistry, and he was trying to work out the structure for what had recently been designated the ‘aromatic compounds’, which included benzene and its derivatives

John Cassin

John Cassin, an American ornithologist, was born Sep. 6, 1813. We have featured several explorers and bird collectors in this space recently, including Meriwether Lewis and John Kirk Townsend, each of whom has a bird species named after them. Cassin’s name has been applied to five birds, but interestingly, he discovered only one new bird species in his entire life…

Freddie Mercury

It is the day after Labor Day, the end of summer, and we need a change of pace, without neglecting our scientific theme. So today we celebrate Freddie Mercury, lead singer of the rock group Queen, who was born Sep. 5, 1946. …

Henry More

Henry More, a British philosopher, died Sep. 1, 1687, at the age of 72. Not to be confused with the sculptor Henry Moore (with two “o’s”), our Henry More was one of the celebrated “Cambridge Platonists” who flourished in mid-17th-century England…