Today in Science History

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Historical Events

Events 1 - 35 of 35

1564-12-31 - Willem van Orange demands freedom of conscience/religion
1607-06-30 - Annales Ecclesiastici (Scientific History of Catholicism) published
1724-01-28 - The Russian Academy of Sciences was founded in St. Petersburg by Peter the Great, and implemented in the Senate decree. It was called St. Petersburg Academy of Sciences until 1917.
1743-11-05 - Coordinated scientific observations of the transit of Mercury were organized by Joseph-Nicolas Delisle.
1780-05-04 - American Academy of Arts & Science founded
1780-05-05 - 2nd oldest learned society in US (American Academy of Arts & Sciences) forms (Boston)
1820-05-11 - Launch of HMS Beagle the ship that took young Charles Darwin on his scientific voyage.
1839-01-09 - Daguerrotype photo process announced at French Academy of Science
1845-08-28 - Scientific American magazine publishes its first issue.
1848-09-20 - The American Association for the Advancement of Science is created.
1863-03-03 - Abraham Lincoln approves charter for National Academy of Sciences
US President Abraham LincolnUS President Abraham Lincoln 1874-06-22 - Dr Andrew T Still, discovers the science of osteopathy
1889-12-14 - American Academy of Political & Social Science organized, Phila
1895-06-20 - 1st female PhD (science) earned (Caroline Willard Baldwin)
1899-01-28 - American Social Science Association incorporated by Congress
1903-12-30 - American Political Science Association founded at New Orleans
1906-01-13 - 1st radio set advertised (Telimco for $7.50 in Scientific American) claimed to receive signals up to one mile
1914-02-26 - New York Museum of Science & Industry incorporated
1924-01-12 - History of Science Society organized at Boston
1927-05-11 - Louis B Mayer forms Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences
1932-11-24 - In Washington, D.C., the FBI Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory (better known as the FBI Crime Lab) officially opens.
1934-01-13 - The Candidate of Science degree is established in the USSR.
1946-11-04 - UN Educational, Scientific, & Cultural Organization formed
1948-02-05 - "Nature of Things" science show premieres on NBC prime time
1954-09-03 - The German U-Boat U-505 began its move from a specially constructed dock to its final site at Chicago's Museum of Science and Industry.
1959-06-23 - Convicted Manhattan Project spy Klaus Fuchs is released after only nine years in prison and allowed to emigrate to Dresden, East Germany (where he resumed a scientific career).
1959-12-01 - 12 nations sign treaty for scientific peaceful use of Antarctica
1962-10-22 - Pacific Science Center opens at Seattle Center
1972-02-01 - 1st scientific hand-held calculator (HP-35) introduced ($395)
1983-05-14 - "She Blinded Me with Science" by Thomas Dolby hits #5
1983-12-23 - Journal Science publishes 1st report on nuclear winter
1988-01-08 - Hewlett-Packard introduces HP-28S Advanced Scientific Calculator
1988-11-11 - Oldest known insect fossils (390 million yrs) reported in Science
1993-06-24 - Yale computer science professor Dr. David Gelernter loses the sight in one eye, the hearing in one ear, and part of his right hand after receiving a mailbomb from the Unabomber.
2008-09-10 - The Large Hadron Collider at CERN, described as the biggest scientific experiment in the history of mankind is powered up in Geneva, Switzerland.

Famous Birthdays

Birthdays 1 - 46 of 46

1620-04-24 - John Graunt, statistician, founder of science of demography
1708-10-16 - Albrecht von Haller, Switz, experimental physiology (Acad of Science)
1773-12-27 - George Cayley, England, found science of aerodynamics
1774-11-24 - Thomas Dick, Scottish scientific teacher and writer (d. 1857)
1779-08-07 - Carl Ritter, cofounder of modern science of geography
1794-05-24 - William Whewell, British philosopher (History of Inductive Science)
1821-07-16 - Mary Baker Eddy, Bow New Hampshire, founded Christian Science (Science & Health), (d. 1910)
1836-11-06 - Francis Ellingwood Abbot, Boston, theologian (Scientific Theism)
1850-01-15 - Sofia Kovalevskaya, Russian mathematician. (d. 1891)
1856-03-20 - Frederick Winslow Taylor, father of scientific management
1876-09-26 - Edith Abbott, dean (U of Chic Social Sciences)
Mechanical Engineer Frederick Winslow TaylorMechanical Engineer Frederick Winslow Taylor (1856-03-20) 1882-12-10 - Otto Neurath, Aust/Brit philosopher (Foundation of Social Sciences)
1883-07-03 - Alfred Korzybski, Poland, scientist (Science & Sanity)
1886-01-08 - Noble Drew Ali, [Timothy Drew], NC, prophet (Moorish Science Temple)
1896-06-18 - Blanche Sweet, Chicago, actress (Home Sweet Home, Avenging Conscience)
1901-04-05 - Chester Bowles, Mass, ambassador/writer (Conscience of a Liberal)
1902-04-04 - Stanley G. Weinbaum, American science-fiction author (d. 1935)
1907-04-04 - Nathan M Pusey, Iowa, educator (Natl Ass for Social Sciences-1963)
1914-10-21 - Martin Gardner, Scientific American math & puzzles columnist
1915-11-04 - Alistair Cameron Crombie, historian of science
1917-05-28 - Barry Commoner, Brooklyn NY, biologist (Science & Survival)
1921-04-26 - Margaret Gowing, professor (history, science)
1921-07-12 - Trevor Illtyd Williams, scientific writer
1921-07-16 - Trevor Williams, scientific consultant
1925-03-22 - Colin Spedding, CEO (Council of Science & Technology Institutes)
1925-11-27 - John Maddox, British science writer and editor
1928-01-31 - Eric Ash, rector (Imperial College of Science, Technology & Medicine)
1929-03-21 - Jules Verne Berman, space & science reporter (ABC-TV)
1930-08-23 - John Fairclough, British scientific adviser
1931-02-01 - Mark Richmond, CEO (Science & Engineering Research Council)
1931-03-20 - John Rae, British educator (Conscience & Politics)
1934-03-27 - David Hancock, secretary (British Dept of Education & Science)
1936-11-05 - Michael Dertouzos, Greek internet pioneer, Professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Director of the M.I.T. Laboratory for Computer Science (d. 2001)
1943-05-22 - Gesine Schwan, German politician and science professor
1943-08-02 - Max Wright, Detroit, actor (Buffalo Bill, Alf, Misfits of Science)
1944-07-20 - Wim Van Drimmelen, Dutch sect Science Council of Government policy
1950-01-18 - John Hughes, director (Breakfast Club, 16 Candles, Weird Science)
1951-11-17 - Dean Paul Martin, Santa Monica California, actor (Billy-Misfits of Science)
1955-05-09 - Kevin Peter Hall, Pitts Pa, actor (Misfits of Science)
1955-11-27 - Bill Nye, the Science Guy, TV Host
1958-02-07 - Matt Ridley, British science writer
1958-10-14 - Thomas Dolby, Cairo Egypt, rock vocalist (She Blinded Me With Science)
1960-03-24 - Kelly LeBrock, NYC, actress (Weird Science, Woman in Red)
1960-10-23 - Randy Pausch, American computer science professor, author
1963-11-27 - Fisher Stevens, Chicago, actor (My Science Project, Short Circuit)
1964-02-12 - Raphael Sbarge, actor (Risky Business, My Science Project, Werewolf)

Famous Deaths

Deaths 1 - 19 of 19

1703-03-03 - Robert Hooke, scientific genius, dies in London aged 67
1857-07-29 - Thomas Dick, Scottish scientific teacher and writer (b. 1774)
1866-03-06 - William Whewell, English scientist, philosopher, and historian of science (b. 1794)
1872-11-28 - Mary Fairfax Somerville, British scientific writer (b. 1780)
1903-10-23 - Francis Ellingwood Abbot, theologian (Scientific Theism), dies at 66
1910-12-03 - Mary Baker Eddy, founder (Christian Science (Monitor)), dies at 89
1969-06-24 - Willey Ley, US science writer, dies at 62
1976-06-21 - Margaret Herrick, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences director (b. 1902)
1987-03-21 - Dean Paul Martin, actor (Billy-Misfits of Science), dies at 35
1991-10-28 - Dudley McConnell, headed NASA's Earth Science Division, dies
1996-02-09 - Alistair Cameron Crombie, historian of science, dies at 80
Christian Science Founder Mary Baker EddyChristian Science Founder Mary Baker Eddy (1910-12-03) 1996-06-17 - Thomas Kuhn, American philosopher of science (b. 1922)
1996-10-12 - Trevor Illtyd williams, scientific writer, dies at 75
1997-02-02 - Chico Science Francisco Franca, musician, dies at 40
1997-05-26 - Manfred Von Ardenne, German scientific pioneer, dies at 90
2001-08-27 - Michael Dertouzos, Greek internet pioneer, Director of the M.I.T. Laboratory for Computer Science (b. 1936)
2007-04-16 - Liviu Librescu, American Jewish-Romanian professor of Engineering Science and Mechanics (b. 1930)
2008-03-05 - Joseph Weizenbaum, German-American professor of computer science (b.1923)
2008-07-25 - Randy Pausch, American professor of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, known for his "Last Lecture" (b. 1960)


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