Scientist of the Day

William Gould

March 16, 2020

William Gould, an English clergyman and naturalist, was born Mar. 16, 1715. Gould studied at Exeter College, Oxford, and took up a living at Stapleford Abbotts in Essex.  It appears that, other than his flock, his particular interest in life was ants, which he studied...

Joseph Priestley

March 13, 2020

Joseph Priestley, an English/American, chemist, religious dissenter, and political activist, was born Mar. 13, 1733. Priestley is best known for discovering oxygen in 1774, when he was living and teaching in Birmingham, England. He used a large lens to focus sunlight...

Govard Bidloo

March 12, 2020

Govard Bidloo, a Dutch physician and anatomist, was born Mar. 12, 1649, in Amsterdam (second image).  Bidloo studied anatomy in Amsterdam with a very young Frederik Ruysch, who would create his marvelous anatomical tableaux decades later.   In 1685, when Bidloo...

Urbain Le Verrier

March 11, 2020

Urbain Le Verrier, a French astronomer, was born Mar. 11, 1811.  His fame today rests primarily on his successful prediction of the location on an eighth solar planet, now called Neptune.  The seventh planet, Uranus, had been discovered telescopically in 1781 by...

Johann Glauber

March 10, 2020

Johann Rudolf Glauber, a German chemist and apothecary, was born Mar. 10, 1604. Glauber was an interesting figure in the history of chemistry in that he was not a physician or an academic, but an artisan. He earned his living by selling chemical preparations. That in...

Amerigo Vespucci

March 9, 2020

Amerigo Vespucci, an Italian emissary and explorer, was born Mar. 9, 1454. Vespucci was raised in Florence, but around the time that Columbus was setting out on his first voyage, Vespucci was sent to Spain by Lorenzo di Pierfrancesco de’ Medici on financial business;...