Roger Tory Peterson

Roger Tory Peterson was born August 28, 1908, in Jamestown, New York. An accomplished artist, photographer, writer, and naturalist, Peterson’s name became synonymous with…

Leon Theremin

Léon Theremin, a Russian inventor, was born Aug. 27, 1896. Theremin was an electronic whiz, in the days when electronics was a brand-new field. Around 1920, fooling around with an amplifier circuit, Theremin discovered that when he moved his hand closer to the antenna…

Bartolomeo Pitiscus

Bartholomeo Pitiscus; a German mathematician, was born Aug. 24, 1561.   Two days ago we celebrated the birthday of a Silesian mathematician, Maria Cunitz.  Pitiscus was also born in…

Jean-François de Lapérouse

Jean François de Galaup, comte de Lapérouse, a French naval officer, was born Aug. 23, 1741. La Perouse was selected by King Louis XVI to lead a voyage of scientific discovery that would bring glory to France, similar to that achieved by Captain Cook for England on his three voyages around the world. In 1785, Lapérouse was given…

Maria Cunitz

Maria Cunitz, a Silesian astronomer, died Aug. 22 (or Aug. 24), 1664, at the age of 60, or perhaps 54 (her birth year is debated; her birth date is unknown). Silesia was then comprised of what is now southwestern Poland, small parts of eastern Germany and some bits of the northern Czech Republic. Maria never had any formal education, but she had educated parents, and she mastered…