Science Birthdays, June 24

Today is the birthday of Fred Hoyle, born in 1915.  He coined the term “Big Bang” as a joke in his rejection of the theory.  He is most famous for his theory of stellar nucleosynthesis.

Fred Hoyle quote: “space isn’t remote at all, it’s only about an hour away if you drive your car straight up”.

Others born on this day:

6/24/1661        Gregory David,            astronomer

6/24/1795        Ernst Weber,                physiologist, professor of anatomy and physiology, founder of experimental psychology, he died in 1878 at the age of 83.

6/24/1835        Johannes Wislicenus,   chemist, famous for his work in stereochemistry, he discovered that lactic acid had two forms with different physical properties but identical structure.     He died in 1902 at age 67.

6/24/1852        Friedrich Loffler,         biologist, he discovered the organism Corynebacteria diptheriae, that causes diphtheria, and the cause of foot and mouth disease ( a viral disease). He died in 1915 at age 63.

6/24/1883        Victor Hess,                 physicist, discovered cosmic rays. He died in 1964 at age 81.

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