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Scientist of the Day

Edward Beckwith

June 22, 2017

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

June 21, 2017

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…

George Christian Füchsel

June 20, 2017

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

June 19, 2017

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, 2017

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

June 15, 2017

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....