Johannes Goedaert

Johannes Goedaert, a Dutch naturalist and artist, was baptized Mar. 19, 1617; his date of birth is unknown.  In 1662, Goedaert published the first of three volumes that would be collectively titled Metamorphosis et historia naturalis insectorum; the last volume would...

Philippe de La Hire

Philippe de La Hire, a French astronomer and mathematician, was born Mar. 18, 1640.  In 1705, La Hire published two large celestial planispheres, or circular maps of the stars and constellations. The circumstances behind these maps are quite obscure. We don’t know how...

Rosa Bonheur

French animalier Rosa Bonheur, born March 16, 1822, not only painted a menagerie’s worth of farm and wild animals over the long course of her celebrated career, but also kept a large number of domesticated “boarders,” as she liked to call them, at her home on the edge...

Andrea Argoli

Andrea Argoli, an Italian astronomer, was born Mar. 15, 1570 (or perhaps 1568).  All of the available biographies pretty much agree on the skimpy details of Argoli’s life – he was an avid astrologer, teaching at the Sapienza in Rome until 1627, when he ran...