Rembrandt Peale

Rembrandt Peale, a Philadelphia portrait painter, was born Feb. 22, 1778.  Rembrandt was the second eldest of the artistic sons of Charles Willson Peale; he was four years younger than older brother Raphaelle, six years older than Rubens, and 21 years older than...

Daniel Solander

Daniel Solander, a Swedist botanist, was born Feb. 19, 1733. Solander trained under the great Carl Linnaeus in Uppsala and moved to England in 1760, thereby becoming one of the many Linnaean “apostles” who helped put Linnaean taxonomy into practice....

Leon Battista Alberti

Leon Battista Alberti, a Renaissance humanist, architect, art theorist, and mathematician, was born either Feb. 14 or Feb. 18, 1404.  When most people hear the term “Renaissance man,” they think of Leonardo da Vinci, but Alberti is a much better fit – a...

René-Théophile-Hyacinthe Laennec

René-Théophile-Hyacinthe Laennec, a French physician, was born Feb. 17, 1781.  In 1816, Laennec was treating a young woman for heart problems.  Most French physicians at that time recognized the importance of both percussion –  tapping the chest with one’s...