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Scientist of the Day

Bernardino Ramazzini

November 3, 2017

Bernardino Ramazzini, an Italian physician, was born Nov. 3, 1633. Look up Ramazzini in any online biography and you will learn that he was a pioneer in occupational medicine, being one of the first to recognize that different professions bring with them their own risks and illnesses…

Harlow Shapley

November 2, 2017

Harlow Shapley, an American astronomer, was born Nov. 2, 1885. Shapley grew up not too far from here, in Nashville, Missouri, near Carthage, and attended college at another nearby spot, the University of Missouri at Columbia. But soon he departed for Princeton to do graduate work in astronomy. His dissertation examined a curious set of stellar objects known as globular clusters…

Johann Andreas Maschenbauer

November 1, 2017

The great Lisbon earthquake occurred on Nov. 1, 1755. The churches and streets of Lisbon were packed as this all-Catholic city celebrated All-Saints’ day, when the tremor hit at about 9:30 in the morning. It is estimated to have been a magnitude 8.5 quake, which is quite devastating, and the city was leveled, and nearly 100,000 of its citizens were killed…

John Evelyn

October 31, 2017

John Evelyn, an English gardener and writer, was born Oct. 31, 1620. In 1660, Evelyn joined a small group of natural philosophers to found the Royal Society of London, the oldest continuously-existing scientific society in the world…

Latimer Clark

October 30, 2017

Josiah Latimer Clark, a British civil and electrical engineer, died Oct. 30, 1898, at age 76. Latimer, as he called himself, was the younger brother of Edwin Clark, the supervising engineer on the Britannia Bridge project, who was our Scientist of the Day on Oct. 22, 2015. Latimer was himself involved in the Britannia Bridge construction, alongside his brother.

Gilles Personne de Roberval

October 27, 2017

Gilles Personne de Roberval, a French mathematician, died Oct. 27, 1675, at the age of 73. Roberval is best known for his work in laying the foundation for calculus, with his “theory of indivisibles” (calculus itself would be discovered in the next generation, by Isaac Newton and Gottfried Leibniz). Roberval was also one of the original 7 members of the Royal Academy of Sciences in Paris, which was founded in 1666…