Joseph Wright

Joseph Wright, an English painter, was born Sep. 3, 1734. Usually known as Joseph Wright of Derby, he was one of very few 18th-century British artists to take an interest in natural philosophy, and to make science a focus in his paintings.  Three of his paintings are...

Emmanuel Maignan

Emmanuel Maignan, a French mathematician and cleric, was born July 17, 1601.  Maignan was a native of Toulouse, in southern France, and before he was twenty, he had joined the Order of Minims, the Catholic order, founded by Francis of Paola in the 15th-century,  that...

Rembrandt van Rijn

Rembrandt van Rijn, a Dutch artist, was born July 15, 1606, in Leiden. Rembrandt, perhaps the greatest Dutch painter ever, was in no sense a scientist, but two of his most memorable paintings have a scientific subject matter.  The first was a product of his early...

Samuel David Gross

Samuel David Gross, an American surgeon, was born July 8, 1805. Gross attended the brand-new Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia in the mid-1820s, and then taught pathological anatomy for some years at the Medical College of Ohio in Cincinnati. When that school...