Scientist of the Day

Antonia Maury

March 21, 2019

Antonia Maury, an American astronomer, was born Mar. 21, 1866. There were few women in the 19th century who were better prepared for a scientific career than Miss Maury. Her grandfather was John William Draper, a pioneering astro-photographer, and her maternal uncle...

Lewis Lindsay Dyche

March 20, 2019

Lewis Lindsay Dyche, an American naturalist and taxidermist, was born Mar. 20, 1857. Dyche was a professor at the University of Kansas in Lawrence and got the idea of setting up an animal diorama at the World’s Columbian Exposition in Chicago in 1893. Dioramas...

Johannes Goedaert

March 19, 2019

Johannes Goedaert, a Dutch naturalist and artist, was baptized Mar. 19, 1617; his date of birth is unknown.  In 1662, Goedaert published the first of three volumes that would be collectively titled Metamorphosis et historia naturalis insectorum; the last volume would...

Philippe de La Hire

March 18, 2019

Philippe de La Hire, a French astronomer and mathematician, was born Mar. 18, 1640.  In 1705, La Hire published two large celestial planispheres, or circular maps of the stars and constellations. The circumstances behind these maps are quite obscure. We don’t know how...

Rosa Bonheur

March 16, 2019

French animalier Rosa Bonheur, born March 16, 1822, not only painted a menagerie’s worth of farm and wild animals over the long course of her celebrated career, but also kept a large number of domesticated “boarders,” as she liked to call them, at her home on the edge...

Andrea Argoli

March 15, 2019

Andrea Argoli, an Italian astronomer, was born Mar. 15, 1570 (or perhaps 1568).  All of the available biographies pretty much agree on the skimpy details of Argoli’s life – he was an avid astrologer, teaching at the Sapienza in Rome until 1627, when he ran...