Edward Teller

Edward Teller, a Hungarian/American physicist, was born Jan. 15, 1908, in Budapest. He came to this country in 1933, at the invitation of George Gamow at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. In 1939, he was among the first American physicists to realize the...

Edward George Bowen

Edward George Bowen, a Welsh physicist, was born Jan. 14, 1912. Bowen, who has usually called by his nickname “Taffy”, was primarily responsible for the invention and development of radar in Britain during the period between 1935 and 1940. The idea of...

Jean-Theodore Descourtilz

Jean-Théodore Descourtilz, a French naturalist and bird illustrator, died Jan. 13, 1855, at the age of about 57. Descourtilz travelled to Brazil in 1826 and began drawing the native birds. By 1834, he had collected enough paintings to publish Oiseaux brillans du...

Joan Baptista van Helmont

Joan Baptista van Helmont, a Flemish physician, was born Jan. 12, 1579. Van Helmont (alternatively referred to as Jan Baptist van Helmont) was a strong proponent for what was called, in his day, iatrochemistry, or medical chemistry. Medicine since the time of Galen in...

Ányos Jedlik

István Jedlik (first image), a physicist and electrical experimenter, was born on Jan. 11, 1800 in Szémo, a Hungarian village which has since become part of Slovakia. After attending secondary school, he entered the Benedictine order at the Pannonhalma Abbey, where he...