Science Birthdays, June 26

Today is the birthday of William Thompson, born in 1824, he coined the term “kinetic energy,” did important work in formulation of the first and second law of thermodynamics, he was knighted for his work on the transatlantic telegraph and became Lord Kelvin.

Quote: “When you are face to face with a difficulty, you are up against a discovery.”

6/26/1730        Charles Messier           astronomer, published an astronomical catalog of deep space objects, called 110Messier objects, they are still used today. He also discovered 13 comets, he died in 1817 at the age of 86.

6/26/1914        Spitzer Lyman             astronomer, invented the stellarator and is the namesake of NASA’s Spitzer Space Telescope. he was one of the first to recognize that star formation was an ongoing and contemporary process. He died in 1997 at age 82.


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