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Scientist of the Day

Claude Perrault

September 25, 2017

Linda Hall Library   Linda Hall Library   Linda Hall Library   Linda Hall Library   Linda Hall Library   Linda Hall Library   Claude Perrault, a French physician and anatomist, was born Sep. 25, 1613. In 1666, Perrault became one of the inaugural members of the...

Peter Simon Pallas 2

September 22, 2017

Peter Simon Pallas, a German naturalist, was born Sep. 22, 1741. Pallas accepted an invitation in 1767 from the St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences to come to Russia, and he spent the next forty years there, leading expeditions to much of unexplored Russia, and writing a series of works on the geology and zoology of the Asian mainland…

Gustav Holst

September 21, 2017

Gustav Holst, an English composer, was born Sep. 21, 1874. Holst was a prolific composer of music, but his most familiar piece seems quite appropriate for a scientific anniversary series. The Planets, a suite for orchestra, was composed in 1914-16, given its first private performance in 1918, and presented to the public in 1920. It contains 7 movements, one for each planet, the earth being excluded, and Pluto being yet undiscovered…

Martino Martini

September 20, 2017

Martino Martini, an Italian Jesuit, was born Sep. 20, 1614. Martini was one of many Jesuit missionaries of the 16th and 17th centuries who journeyed to China and, while waiting patiently for an opportunity to convert the Chinese to Christianity, tried to understand Chinese culture and history. Martini’s specialty was geography, and over the course of a 12-year stay in China, Martini compiled an atlas of the Far East, incorporating not only his own travels but also knowledge gained from studying Chinese maps…

Charles V. Riley

September 19, 2017

Charles Valentine Riley, an American entomologist, was born Sep. 19, 1843. For some years, Riley was the State Entomologist for Missouri, and beginning in 1868, he wrote a series of Annual Reports on “the noxious, beneficial, and other insects of the State of Missouri”. This does not sound like exciting reading, but a great detective story was played out and resolved in these pages. The French wine industry was under attack by a tiny louse that bored into the roots of French grape vines and killed the plants…

Trajan and Apollodorus of Damascus

September 18, 2017

The Roman emperor Trajan was born Sep. 18, in the year 53 CE. There are many busts with his likeness to be found in various museums, all looking, surprisingly, pretty much the same. We show a bust in the Vatican Museums…