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Science Birthdays, June 13

6/13/1773        Thomas Young           physicist, English polymath, famous for deciphering part hieroglyphics and the Rosetta stone. He had learned Greek and Latin and was acquainted with French, Italian, Hebrew, German, Chaldean, Syriac, Samaritan, Arabic, Persian, Turkish, and Amharic by the age of 14.  Herschel called him a “truly original genius.” He died at age 1829 at age 55.

6/13/1854        Sir Charles Parsons     physicist, invented the steam turbine. He died in 1931 at age 77

6/13/1868        Wallace Sabine           physicist, founded the science of architectural acoustics. His formula RT60=0.049V/SA, where RT60 is the reverberation time, V is the volume of the room and SA is the sound aborbance. Reverberation time is the single most important characteristic in gauging a room’s sound quality. He died in 1919 at age 51

6/13/1870        Jules Bordet                biologist, he described phagocytosis of bacteria by white blood cells, the bacterial genus Bordatella is named after him. He died in 1961 at age 91

6/13/1911        Luis Alvarez               physicist, he died in 1988 at age 77

6/13/1911        Erwin Mueller            physicist, invented the field Emission Electron microscope, the field ion electron microscope and the atom-probe field ion microscope. He was the first person to experimentally observe atoms. He died in 1977 at age 66


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Today’s Birthdays, August 22

Today is the birthday of Denis Papin, born in 1647, he invented the steam digester which was an early forerunner of the pressure cooker.

Henry Maudslay, born in 1771, was the founding father of machine tool technology

William Kelly, born in 1811, born in Pittsburgh, PA, developed the Kelly converter used in the steel industry

Samuel Pierpont Langley, born in 1834, invented the bolometer, he worked on heavier than air aircraft and was the director of the Allegheny observatory in Pittsburgh

Paul Gottlieb Nipkow, born in 1860 invented the Nipkow disk in 1940

Maximilian Bircher-Benner, born in 1867, invented muesli cereal

Bruno Pontecorvo, born in 1913, worked on neutrinos

Hannspeter Winter, born in 1941, a plasma physicist worked with hollow atoms.

James Hillier, born in 1915, invented and built the first high resolution electron microscope in 1938

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Birthdays, July 30

Today is the birthday of Henry Ford, born in 1863, he sure had a different belief than most business people of his day and even today, he thought you could make money by making cheap consumer goods and paying your workers a higher wage. Everyone thinks he is famous for inventing the Model T Ford, but it was the assembly line to produce the cars that made him rich and famous.

Today is also the birthday of Vladimir Zworykin, born in 1889, his work on vacuum storage tubes and infrared image tubes in the 1930s made the electron microscope and television possible.

And Regnier de Graff, born in 1641 invented the syringe, he also made important anatomical discoveries of the reproductive system including the testicular ducts, efferent ducts, corpus lutea and fallopian tubes.

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