Science Birthdays, May 26

5/26/1814        Heinrich Geissler,         inventor, he invented the Geissler tube, a tube filled with mercury that could be used to create vacuums.  The invention of this tube produced vacuums good enough to discover the electron.  He died in 1879 at the age of 65

5/26/1826        Richard Carrington,     astronomer,      He established a private observatory. He plotted positions of sunspots. He made the first observance of a solar flare in 1859, however he thought it was a meteor that hit the sun. He died in 1875 at the age of 49


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