Louis Cordier

Pierre-Louis-Antoine Cordier, a French geologist, was born Mar. 31, 1777.  Cordier went along on Napoleon’s expedition to Egypt in 1799 (like many of his scientific colleagues, he was barely in his twenties when he departed). When he returned to France, he...

Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh was born on Mar. 30, 1853. Van Gogh left us six paintings that show views of the night sky. The most famous, indeed one of the best-known paintings in the world, is Starry Night, painted in June, 1889, and now in the Museum of Modern Art in New York...

Jacques de Gheyn II

Jacques de Gheyn II, a Dutch artist, died Mar. 29, 1629, at the age of about 64. De Gheyn was at the forefront of a movement that is often called Dutch naturalism, manifested by a great interest in natural objects, especially small ones like insects and shellfish....

Anna Weber-van Bosse

Anna Antoinette Weber-van Bosse, a Dutch algologist (someone who studies algae), was born on March 27, 1852. She was one of the first women to take courses at the University of Amsterdam and is best known for her participation in the Siboga Expedition (1899-1900), a...

Nathaniel Bowditch

Nathaniel Bowditch, an American mathematician, was born Mar. 26, 1773. For several years, beginning in 1799, Bowditch edited the American edition of an English publication for seamen: The New Practical Navigator, compiled by John Hamilton Moore. The English version,...