Scientist of the Day

Richard Birdsall Rogers

January 15, 2020

Richard Birdsall Rogers, a Canadian engineer, was born Jan. 15, 1857.  Rogers graduated from McGill College in Montreal with degrees in mechanical and civil engineering; in 1884, after working his way up the ladder, he was appointed Superintending Engineer of the...

Timothy O’Sullivan

January 14, 2020

Photographer Timothy O’Sullivan (first image), born c. 1840, died on January 14, 1874. He began his career as an apprentice in Matthew Brady’s New York City studio in the late 1850s, and later worked for Alexander Gardner in the 1860s, traveling with the Union army to...

Abbot Suger

January 13, 2020

Abbot Suger, a medieval French cleric, died Jan. 13, 1151, at about age 69; his date of birth is unknown.  Suger was Abbot of Saint-Denis in Paris.   In 1135, he began rebuilding the medieval church attached to the Abbey. Suger was influenced by the mystical writings...

Wallace Clement Sabine

January 10, 2020

Wallace Clement Sabine, an American acoustical physicist, was born June 13, 1868. Sabine was the first person to design a listening space on the basis of acoustics.  Although he had no prior experience in acoustics or acoustical design, he was asked to improve the...

Adolph von Schlaginweit

January 9, 2020

Adolph von Schlagintweit, a German naturalist and explorer, was born Jan. 9, 1829.  In 1846, he and his older brother Hermann set off to explore the Alps.  Very much inspired by Alexander von Humboldt and his emphasis on the importance of measurement when exploring,...

Giotto di Bondone

January 8, 2020

Giotto di Bondone, an Italian painter, died Jan. 8, 1337. Giotto is often considered the first Renaissance artist, because of the naturalism of his figures and the depth of human expression he was able to capture and portray. He is best known for two fresco cycles,...