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Happy Birthday, Gustav Kirchhoff

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.

Happy Birthday, André-Marie Ampère

January 20, 2015

On this day, 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.

Ada Lovelace Day, Celebrating Women in STEM

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).

Happy Birthday, Michael Faraday

September 22, 2014

Michael Faraday was a famous British physicist and chemist. His remarkable contributions, particularly within electrochemistry and electromagnetism, helped pave the way for breakthroughs in modern science.

Happy Birthday, Nikola Tesla

July 10, 2014

On this day in 1856, 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.

Happy Birthday, Guglielmo Marconi

April 25, 2014

Guglielmo Marconi was a Nobel-Prize-winning electrical engineer and an Italian inventor who is best known for pioneering long-distance radio transmission and the commercial success of radio.

Happy Birthday, Josef Stefan

March 24, 2014

Josef Stefan was a brilliant Austrian physicist who studied radiation. He is credited with empirically deriving the relationship between the radiant energy of a blackbody and its temperature, known as the Stefan-Boltzmann law.

Happy Birthday, Nicolaus Copernicus

February 19, 2014

Now famous astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus was born on February 19, 1473, in Torun, Poland. His main contribution to science was the controversial concept of a heliocentric universe. Five hundred years later, we not only accept the Sun as the center of our solar system, we even support new theories of planets orbiting two stars at once.

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