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Scientist of the Day

Charles-Augustin de Coulomb

June 14, 2017

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

June 13, 2017

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

June 12, 2017

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…

Johann Galle

June 9, 2017

Johann Gottfried Galle, a German astronomer, was born June 9, 1812. Galle was working at the Berlin Observatory when, on Sep. 23, 1846, he received a letter from Urbain Le Verrier at the Paris Observatory. Le Verrier asked for Galle’s help in looking for a new planet, whose…

Robert Stevenson

June 8, 2017

Robert Stevenson, a Scottish civil engineer, was born June 8, 1850.  Stevenson (not to be confused with Robert Stephenson, the English engineer who designed the Rocket and the Britannia Bridge) built many lighthouses around Scotland for the Northern Lighthouse Board…

Virginia Apgar

June 7, 2017

Virginia Apgar, an American anesthesiologist, was born June 7, 1909. Apgar was one of the first anesthesiologists anywhere, coming of age at a time when anesthesiology was considered on a par with midwifery, and she helped turn it into a respected medical profession…