Scientist of the Day

Ányos Jedlik

January 11, 2021

István Jedlik (first image), a physicist and electrical experimenter, was born on Jan. 11, 1800 in Szémo, a Hungarian village which has since become part of Slovakia. After attending secondary school, he entered the Benedictine order at the Pannonhalma Abbey, where he...

Johannes Fabricius

January 9, 2021

Johannes Fabricius, a Frisian/German astronomer, was born Jan. 8, 1587. Frisia was an ancient region with its own dialect, bordering the North Sea in what is now northeast Netherlands and northwest Germany; Johannes was from East Frisia, now part of Germany. His...

Albert Bierstadt

January 7, 2021

Albert Bierstadt, a German/American landscape artist, was born Jan. 7, 1830. Arriving in the US as a 1-year-old, he took up painting early, and except for several years of study back in Germany, he spent the rest of his life in this country. Bierstadt became...

Kaspar Maria von Sternberg

January 6, 2021

Kaspar Maria von Sternberg, a Bohemian botanist, was born Jan. 6, 1761, in Prague.  Sternberg was one of the founders of what is known as paleobotany (or, to the British, palaeobotany), the study of fossil plants. In 1820, when Sternberg published the first part of...

Jorge Juan y Santacilia

January 5, 2021

Jorge Juan y Santacilia, a Spanish military officer, was born Jan. 5, 1713.  In 1735, fresh out of officer’s school and only 22 years old, Juan was asked by King Philip V to travel to Ecuador (then called the Viceroyalty of Peru) to take part in a French...

Wilhelm Beer

January 4, 2021

Wilhelm Beer, a German banker, was born Jan. 4, 1797, in Berlin. Beer was that rare patron who was able to have his name attached to a significant scientific achievement, and not just to a building or instrument built with his money. In Beer’s case, it was a lunar...