Category Archives: Scientist’s Birthdays

Science Birthdays, October 17

Today is the birthday of Paul Bert, born in 1833, he is often considered the father of aviation medicine, he recognized that nitrogen under pressure causes the bends, he published his views on decompressing stages in 1878.  He died of dysentery at the age of 53 after being appointed governor-general of Indochina.

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Science Birthdays, October 16

Today is the birthday of Henry C. Sherman, born in 1875, he worked on calcium and phosphorus in the diet and showed that rickets could be induced on a low ratio of phosphorus even when calcium was ample.

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Science Birthdays, October 15

Today is the birthday of Evangelista Torricelli, born in 1608, he invented the barometer. He is also known for Torricelli’s Law, punch a hole in a two litter soda bottle filled with water, what is the speed that the water will exit? According to Torricelli, the square root of 2g times the height, where g is the gravitational constant. 9.8 m/s2

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Science Birthdays, October 14

Today is the birthday of Joseph Plateau, born in 1801, he was the first person to demonstrate the illusion of a moving image, he called his device a phenakistaocope, it used counter rotating disks and repeatedly drawn images.  If you ever blew soap bubbles, Plateau formulated the laws describing them called Plateau’s Laws.  He lost his eyesight by looking at the sun in an experiment.

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Science Birthdays, October 12

Today is the birthday of Christian Gmelin, born in 1792, he devised a process to produce ultramarine blue, and was the first to observe that lithium salts produced a bright red flame test.

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Science Birthdays, October 11

Today is the birthday of Friedrich Bergius, born in 1884, he developed methods to produce gasoline from coal and heavy oil with hydrogen, known as the Bergius process. He received the Nobel Prize in chemistry in 1931.

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Science Birthdays, October 10

Today is the birthday of Hubert Alyea, born in 1903.  In my opinion Dr. Alyea was the greatest chemistry teacher ever.  Many chemistry teachers might not know it, but it was Hubert Alyea who made lecture demonstration an important element of chemistry education.  He was the one who developed many of the classroom demonstrations used everyday by teachers everywhere.  I am proud to have been one of his students and it was an honor to know this great man

Today is also the birthday of Henry Cavendish, born in 1731, he discovered hydrogen.

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