Scientist of the Day

Thomas Burnet

September 27, 2021

Thomas Burnet, an English clergyman and geological theorist, died Sep. 27, 1715, at the age of about 80.  Burnet was Master of Charterhouse in London, which was both an almshouse and a school.   It is not clear how Burnet became interested in geology and the origins...

Cristoforo Landino

September 24, 2021

Cristoforo Landino, an Italian humanist, died Sep. 24, 1498, at the age of about 74.  Landino was a lifelong resident of Florence and played a major role in the revival of letters that came to be called the Florentine Renaissance.  You would not recognize much of what...

Arnout Vosmaer

September 23, 2021

Arnout Vosmaer, a Dutch naturalist, was born Sep. 23, 1720.  In 1756, Vosmaer became director of the natural history cabinet of Prince William V of Orange.  Since William was only 8 years old at the time, Vosmaer came by his appointment through William’s Governess,...

Edward Bullard

September 21, 2021

Edward Bullard, a British geophysicist usually referred to as “Teddy,” was born Sep. 21, 1907.   Bullard studied physics at Cambridge University with Ernest Rutherford, but decided to go into geophysics rather than nuclear physics.  After the war, he spent...

Titus Salt and Thomas Milnes

September 20, 2021

Titus Salt, philanthropist and wool baron, was born Sep. 20, 1803. Titus was a manufacturer in Bradford, West Yorkshire. In 1851, he bought up land about five miles away on the River Aire to construct a large textile mill. In order to provide a work force for Salt’s...

John Goodricke

September 17, 2021

John Goodricke, an English astronomer, was born Sep. 17, 1764. Goodricke was what was called in the 18th century a deaf-mute, a disability that arose from a bout with scarlet fever in his youth. He would die of pneumonia in his 21st year. But in his short, silent...