Scientist of the Day

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...

Daines Barrington

March 14, 2019

Daines Barrington, an English lawyer, antiquary, and naturalist, died Mar. 14, 1800; his birthdate was not recorded.  If Barrington is known at all, it is because he was the recipient of some 66 letters from the noted naturalist Gilbert White, letters than ended up in...

Joseph II, Holy Roman Emperor

March 13, 2019

Joseph II, Holy Roman Emperor, was born Mar. 13, 1741.  He is best known to the modern public as the enlightened ruler who commissioned Mozart’s The Abduction from the Seraglio in 1781, and who then complained to Mozart (if the film Amadeus (1984) be our guide)...