Celebrating the Life of Leon Theremin

Bridget Paulus | August 29, 2016

Leon Theremin, a Russian inventor, is best known for creating the theremin as well as the Thing, also called the Great Seal bug. Referred to as the “Russian Edison”, his passion for physics and music fostered the growth of electronic instruments on an international scale. Today, we celebrate the life and accomplishments of this influential figure.

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Caty Fairclough | May 12, 2016

Dorothy Crowfoot Hodgkin is a Nobel Prize-winning scientist whose research advanced the field of X-ray crystallography and determined the structures of several important biochemical substances, including penicillin, vitamin B12, and insulin. Today, on the anniversary of her birthday, we’ll take a look at her life and accomplishments.

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Bridget Cunningham | March 7, 2016

Mildred Dresselhaus has been an influential figure in science and engineering for many years. She is recognized as a driving force behind innovative research in the field of carbon science, among other areas, and an influential supporter of female leadership and development in physics and other traditionally male-dominated fields. Today, we celebrate “the queen of carbon science”, highlighting her many achievements in both science and education as well as her encouragement for women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

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Brianne Costa | October 22, 2015

Clinton Davisson is an American physicist best known for his discovery of electron diffraction through the Davisson-Germer experiment. His findings brought about important developments in the field of quantum mechanics. On this day, which would have been his birthday, we celebrate Davisson’s storied history and many contributions to science.

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Fanny Littmarck | August 12, 2015

Erwin Schrödinger is the man behind the famous Schrödinger wave equation that is used to predict the future behavior of a dynamic system in quantum mechanics. Today would have been Schrödinger’s birthday, had he still been alive. Let’s celebrate his birthday with a look at some of his accomplishments.

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Caty Fairclough | June 1, 2015

Happy birthday to the Paris-born “father of thermodynamics”, Nicolas Léonard Sadi Carnot. A talented physicist and engineer, Carnot channeled his interest in steam engines into the creation of a theoretical thermodynamic cycle called the Carnot cycle. Through this theory, Carnot laid the groundwork for the second law of thermodynamics, which relates to entropy and heat loss and is still relevant in physics and engineering today.

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Brianne Costa | March 12, 2015

Gustav Robert Kirchhoff was a German physicist famous for his vast contributions to the study of spectroscopy, electrical circuits, thermochemistry, and more. Kirchhoff developed laws and theories fundamental to electrical engineering, heat capacity in chemical reactions, and the composition of light emission from incandescent objects. He even helped discover two new elements! In honor of what would have been his birthday, here is a look at Kirchhoff’s legacy.

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Bridget Cunningham | January 20, 2015

On this day, 240 years ago, the French physicist and mathematician André-Marie Ampère was born in Lyon, France. Recognized as a founder of electrodynamics — or what is today known as electromagnetism — Ampère helped establish a theory defining the relationship between electricity and magnetism. We continue to celebrate the importance of his discovery in creating the groundwork for future developments in both of these fields.

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Fanny Littmarck | October 14, 2014

Today, many are celebrating Ada Lovelace Day around the world. This day is not a public holiday, but a day to honor women in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

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Mark Fowler | September 22, 2014

Today marks the 223rd birthday of Michael Faraday, the famous British physicist and chemist. His remarkable contributions, particularly within electrochemistry and electromagnetism, helped pave the way for breakthroughs in modern science.

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Fanny Littmarck | July 10, 2014

One hundred and fifty-eight years ago, a boy was born in the middle of the night during a lightning storm. Today, we remember that boy as the brilliant man he grew into — the man who contributed immensely to science and engineering: Nikola Tesla.

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