Scientist of the Day

Eros

February 14, 2019

Eros, the Greek god of sensual love, was the son of Aphrodite and Ares, or, in some versions, was a primordial god, created by Chaos.  As the son of Aphrodite, he was usually depicted as an adolescent boy, as in this Roman copy of a statue attributed to Lysippos...

John Hunter

February 13, 2019

John Hunter, a Scottish surgeon, was born Feb. 13, 1728. John was the younger brother of William Hunter, another prominent surgeon of the period; John was surgeon at St. George’s Hospital in London, and a pioneer of a number of surgical techniques. But he was...

Charles Darwin

February 12, 2019

Exactly ten years ago, on Feb. 12, 2009, we wrote our very first anniversary notice, which read as follows:“Charles Darwin was born Feb. 12, 1809, in Shrewsbury, England (the very same day and year that Abraham Lincoln saw the light of day in Hardin County, Kentucky)....

Henry Fox Talbot

February 11, 2019

William Henry Fox Talbot, a pioneer of photography, was born Feb. 11, 1800.   Around 1834, Talbot discovered a way to sensitize paper with chemical coatings containing silver salts so that the paper would darken under the influence of light. His first images were...

Howard Stansbury

February 8, 2019

Howard Stansbury, a captain in the U.S. Army Corps of Topographical Engineers, was born Feb. 8, 1806. In 1849, he was commissioned to lead a contingent from Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, to the Great Salt Lake, where he was to conduct a topographic survey of the region....

Charles Dickens

February 7, 2019

Charles Dickens, the Victorian novelist, was born Feb. 7, 1812.  In March of 1852, Dickens published the first installment of his 20-part serial novel, Bleak House (first image).  This first issue is of some interest to us for its opening sentences:”London....