1/21/1743 Fitch John inventor Had little schooling, a harsh father and a nagging wife. He eventually deserted her. The money he made during the Revolution was worthless after it. During the end of the revolution he was a British prisoner. He built a steamship that operated between Trenton and Philly in 1790, but it lost money and was destroyed in a storm in 1792. He tried again in 1793 but went bankrupt, into depression and possibly committed suicide 9 years before Fulton got credit for the steamship. He died in 1798 at age 55.
1/21/1847 Le Bel Joseph chemist had a theory like Van’t Hoff that the optical activity was related to molecular structure. He died in 1930 at age 83.
1/21/1887 Kohler Wolfgang biologist Got stuck on an African colony during World War I and started studying Chimpanzees. He found that they were able to reason like humans. He died in 1967 at age 80.
1/21/1912 Bloch Konrad chemist In 1951 he showed how fatty acid chains grew in 2 carbon fragments by complexing with coenzyme A. He died in 2000 at age 88.