Scientist of the Day

Buckaroo Banzai

August 15, 2019

On Aug. 15, 1984, The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension premiered on screens across the country, making today the 35th anniversary of the release of that science fiction classic. This is one of my favorite SF films, although I would appear to be...

George Adams, Jr.

August 14, 2019

George Adams, Jr., an English instrument maker and author, died Aug. 14, 1795; he was born in 1750, with no known birthday.  His father, George senior, was also an instrument maker, with a shop at Tycho Brahe’s Head on Fleet Street in London; George Jr. took...

Salvador Luria

August 13, 2019

Salvador Luria, an Italian/American microbiologist, was born Aug. 13, 1912. Luria left Italy for France in 1938, in the wake of the rise of Fascist anti-Semitism, and then he fled France for New York City in 1940, where the Rockefeller Foundation helped him settle in....

Heinrich Biber

August 12, 2019

Heinrich Ignaz Franz Biber, a Bohemian violinist and composer, was baptized on Aug. 12, 1644; his date of birth is unknown.  Biber is often considered one of the best violinists, and THE best composer for the violin, of the 17th century.  We don’t ordinarily...

Leona Woods

August 9, 2019

Leona Woods, later known as Leona Woods Marshall and then as Leona Woods Marshall Libby, an American physicist, was born Aug. 9, 1919.  Woods was at the University of Chicago in 1942, working on her PhD in physics, when, by her son’s account, she ran across...

Henry Fairfield Osborn

August 8, 2019

Henry Fairfield Osborn, an American paleontologist, was born Aug. 8, 1857. Osborn named and described some of the most famous dinosaurs in the world, including Tyrannosaurus, Velociraptor, Ornitholestes, Struthiominus, and Oviraptor. Oddly, Osborn did not discover any...