Science Birthdays, March 18

Rudolf Diesel, born in 1858, inventor, he invented the diesel engine in 1897. Funding came from a brewer.  Diesel earned the highest grade in engineering school on record.  Diesel was neurotic and fell overboard on a trip to Europe.  He died at age 55 in 1913, but he might have committed suicide, no one knows for sure.

David Shemin, born in 1911, chemist , he worked out heme synthesis using carbon 14, He died in 1991 at age 80.

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