Peter Paul Rubens

Peter Paul Rubens, a Flemish painter, was born June 28, 1577. Rubens was one of the best-educated artists of the Baroque, and one of the few to be interested in optics and color theory. Around 1610, he painted a large canvas that is usually called Juno and Argus.  In...

Gerhard Heilmann

Gerhard Heilmann, a Danish artist and amateur student of fossil birds, was born June 25, 1859. Heilmann earned his living as a graphic artist, but he was interested in birds,  bird anatomy, and especially bird origins, and he read about the prevailing idea, first...

Henry Ward Beecher

Henry Ward  Beecher, an American pastor and preacher, was born June 24, 1813.  The younger brother of Harriet Beecher Stowe, he was a staunch abolitionist and advocate for women’s suffrage.  He became the pastor for the Congregationalist Plymouth Church in...

Alan Turing

Alan Turing, a British mathematician, was born June 23, 1912.  Turing is often called the “father of the modern computer,” although several others, especially John von Neumann, might be equally deserving of the title. A fellow at King’s College,...

Gabriele Beati

Gabriele Beati, an Italian Jesuit mathematician, was born in 1607 and died in 1673.  We do not know the date of his birth. Born in Bologna, he entered the Society of Jesus when he was 20 years old.  He must have demonstrated considerable aptitude for both mathematics...