Science Birthdays, April 26

4/26/1785        John James Audubon,             ornithologist,    He was an illegitimate son of a sea captain and a servant girl, sent to America in at age 18, was a failure at business, jailed for debt, but had a successful marriage, traveled west to paint birds while his wife supported the family, he completed 435 bird paintings. He was one of America’s first conservationists, and honored at the opening of the Hall of Fame of Great Americans in 1900, He died in 1851 at age 66.

4/26/1879        Sir Owen Richardson,  physicist,          worked out the theory of electron and ion emission. He died in 1959 at age 80.

4/26/1900        Charles Richter, Physicist, he created the Richter Magnitude Scale for measuring earthquakes, what you might not know about him is, he was a practicing nudist, he died in 1985 at the age of 85,  he said “logarithmic plots are a device of the devil”.

4/26/1932        Michael Smith, Chemist, he received the Nobel Prize for his work in Site-directed mutagenesis, he died in 2000 at the age of 68.

 

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