Scientist of the Day

Robert McCormick

July 22, 2019

Robert McCormick, a surgeon in the British Royal Navy, was born July 22, 1800. McCormick’s career had a promising start; he trained at Guy’s Hospital and St Thomas’s Hospital in London, and then accompanied Edward Parry on his 4th and last Arctic voyage in 1827,...

Samuel Colt

July 19, 2019

Samuel Colt, an American inventor and manufacturer, was born July 19, 1814.  Colt began making firearms in the 1840s, setting up the Patent Fire-Arms Manufacturing Company in Paterson, New Jersey.  His principal innovation was the revolving cylinder to allow multiple...

Giacomo Balla

July 18, 2019

Giacomo Balla, an Italian painter, was born July 18, 1871. In spite of our heading, Balla was not a scientist, even for a day, but he did like to like to paint speeding automobiles and flying birds, and he even made paintings of the planets, so he was definitely...

Ephraim Shay

July 17, 2019

Ephraim Shay, an American lumberman and amateur mechanical engineer, was born July 17, 1839. In the 1870s, Shay was settled in northern Michigan, running a store and a small logging operation, and faced with the problem of getting logs to his sawmill. Few logging...

Robert Christy

July 16, 2019

On July 16, 1945, at 5:29 in the morning, the world’s first nuclear device was detonated at a site called “Trinity” in New Mexico; the nuclear age, for better or for worse, was upon us.  There are many people who could be credited for the success of...

Jocelyn Bell Burnell

July 15, 2019

Jocelyn Bell, an Irish astrophysicist, was born July 15, 1943. Bell was a graduate student at the University of Cambridge in 1967 when she and 4 other students built a crude radio telescope to pursue their PhD thesis research. They set over 1000 posts on a 4 ½ acre...