Scientist of the Day

Oliver Evans

September 13, 2021

Oliver Evans, an American mechanic and inventor, was born in Delaware on Sep. 13, 1755.  Evans first came to prominence when he designed and constructed a fully automatic flour mill. Using bucket conveyor belts, Archimedean screws, rotating stirrers, and a variety of...

Arthur Holly Compton

September 10, 2021

The first issue of Time Magazine was published on Mar. 3, 1923, and it featured Joseph Cannon, an Illinois politician, on the cover. Thus began a tradition of featuring one person on each cover, which after 1927, sat within the now familiar red border.  The Time...

John Vanderbank

September 9, 2021

John Vanderbank, an English portrait painter, was born Sep. 9, 1694.  Vanderbank was one of the most highly regarded portraitists in England in the 1720s and 1730s; his clients were mostly royalty and aristocrats – earls and duchesses, countesses and barons, and the...

Canvass White

September 8, 2021

Canvass White, an America civil engineer, was born Sep. 8, 1790, in upstate New York. White was a member of the first generation of civil engineers who were so vital in building first the canals, then the railroads, that made possible both eastern prosperity and...

Samuel Wilberforce

September 7, 2021

Samuel Wilberforce, an English Anglican cleric, was born Sep. 7, 1805. Wilberforce rose to prominence in the Church of England, becoming Bishop of Oxford and Dean of Westminster in the same year, 1845. By all accounts, he was a gifted speaker, and he had some interest...

Carl Anderson

September 3, 2021

Carl David Anderson, an American experimental physicist, was born Sep. 3, 1905, in New York City. He did his undergraduate work at Caltech in Pasadena, where Robert Millikan had built the boat and ran the ship.  Anderson stayed on to do his PhD work under Millikan,...