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Agnes Clerke

February 10, 2017

Agnes Mary Clerke, an Irish astronomical writer, was born Feb. 10, 1842. She was one of those iconic Victorian maidens who populated contemporary novels–frail and in continual poor health, and finding her sole pleasure in reading. Agnes read astronomy; she began...

Georg Hartmann

February 9, 2017

Georg Hartmann, a German instrument maker, was born in Bavaria on Feb. 9, 1489. After a variety of studies and travels, he settled in Nuremberg in 1518. There he established a career and reputation as a consummate technician, producing astrolabes, sundials, and...

Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins

February 8, 2017

Benjamin Waterhouse Hawkins, an English artist and sculptor, was born Feb. 8, 1807. Hawkins was quite a competent natural history artist, but he is best known for a series of sculptures that he did for the reopening of the Crystal Palace, after it had been moved to...

William Huggins

February 7, 2017

William Huggins, an English amateur astronomer, was born Feb. 7, 1824. He built his own private observatory, called Tulse Hill, in London in 1856 (second image), and when spectroscopy was established as a scientific field of inquiry in 1859, Huggins jumped at the...

Mario Bettini

February 6, 2017

Mario Bettini, an Italian Jesuit natural philosopher, was born Feb. 6, 1582.   Bettini was a publishing contemporary of the prolific Jesuit encyclopedists, Athanasius Kircher and Gaspar Schott, but he was really of another generation, being 25 years older. In fact, he...

Spencer Baird

February 3, 2017

Spencer Fullerton Baird, an American ornithologist, was born Feb. 3, 1823. Baird was probably the most influential naturalist in the country in mid-19th century, primarily because of his role as Assistant Secretary of the Smithsonian Institution until 1878, and then...