Scientist of the Day

Bebe and Louis Barron

June 16, 2021

Bebe Barron, an electronic music composer, was born June 16, 1925, in Minneapolis. She studied music composition, and met a fellow student, a pianist, Louis Barron, who was more interested in electronics than playing music.  They married in 1947 and moved to Greenwich...

Charles H. Sternberg

June 15, 2021

Charles H. Sternberg, dinosaur hunter extraordinaire, was born June 15, 1850, in New York state.  When he was 17, his family moved to Ellsworth County, Kansas, and there Sternberg stayed.  He was interested in fossils and discovered that Kansas, once at the bottom of...

Karl Landsteiner

June 14, 2021

Karl Landsteiner, an Austrian physician, pathologist, and virologist, was born June 14, 1868.  Until he was 54 years old, he worked in Vienna, primarily at the Institute for Pathological Anatomy, where he had the title of Prosector (“he who dissects for...

David B. Steinman

June 11, 2021

David Barnard Steinman, an American civil engineer, was born June 11, 1886. Steinman is one of a select number of great American bridge designers, high on a list that would include Charles Ellis (Golden Gate Bridge); John, Washington, and Emily Warren Roebling...

Francis L. Hawks

June 10, 2021

Francis Lister Hawks, an American Episcopal priest, preacher, and writer, was born June 10, 1798.  In addition to being a spellbinding sermonizer (his portrait effuses the same kind of energy as those of William Jennings Bryan, whom he greatly resembles), Hawks also...

Johann Galle

June 9, 2021

Johann Gottfried Galle, a German astronomer, was born June 9, 1812. Galle was working at the Berlin Observatory when, on Sep. 23, 1846, he received a letter from Urbain Le Verrier at the Paris Observatory. Le Verrier asked for Galle’s help in looking for a new planet,...