Scientist of the Day

William Turner

July 13, 2020

William Turner, an English cleric and naturalist, died July 13, 1568, at the approximate age of 60; his actual date of birth is unknown.  In 1568, the first  complete edition of Turner’s Herbal was published, with a title that is long but instructive: The first and...

William Saville-Kent

July 10, 2020

William Saville-Kent, an English marine biologist, was born July 10, 1845.  His early interest was in protozoa, or “infusoria,” as these organisms were called in the 19th century.  This interest was probably a result of his studying for some years with...

Samuel David Gross

July 8, 2020

Samuel David Gross, an American surgeon, was born July 8, 1805. Gross attended the brand-new Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia in the mid-1820s, and then taught pathological anatomy for some years at the Medical College of Ohio in Cincinnati. When that school...

Thomas White

July 6, 2020

Thomas White, an English priest and natural philosopher, died July 6, 1676, at the age of about 83. White was a Roman Catholic in Anglican England, which meant he had to spend a great deal of his life in exile on the Continent, teaching in various universities and...

Harriet Brooks

July 2, 2020

Harriet Brooks, born July 2, 1876 in Exeter, Ontario, enjoyed the distinction of being the first graduate student to work with Ernest Rutherford, a giant (both physically and intellectually) of early atomic physics. They enjoyed a happy, productive period of...

Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz

July 1, 2020

Gottfried Wilhelm (von) Leibniz was born on July 1, 1646 in Leipzig, Germany, and was baptized into the Lutheran Church three days later. Leibniz’ father, a philosophy professor at the University of Leipzig, died when the boy was only seven, leaving him to be raised...