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Happy Birthday, Joseph Keller

July 31, 2019

Mathematician Joseph Keller is best known for his geometrical theory of diffraction, but he also pursued other areas of study, even developing a teapot spout that doesn’t spill.

Happy Birthday, Friedrich Bessel

July 22, 2019

Friedrich Bessel could have led a comfortable life had he stayed in his career at a commercial firm. Instead, he was inspired to study astronomy, physics, and planetary behavior and movement…

Happy Birthday, Maria Goeppert Mayer

June 28, 2019

2, 8, 20, 28, 50, 82, and 126 were the “magic numbers” that led Maria Goeppert Mayer to develop the first mathematical model for nuclear shells in an atom.

Happy Birthday, James Clerk Maxwell

June 13, 2019

Maxwell’s equations, which describe how electric and magnetic fields behave and interact, revolutionized electromagnetics. Did you know that James Clerk Maxwell also took the first color photo?

Happy Birthday, Esther M. Conwell

May 23, 2019

Esther M. Conwell’s list of accolades is almost as long as her list of accomplishments in semiconductor research. Just as impressive, this physicist inspired a new generation of STEM learners.

Happy Birthday, Elsie Eaves

May 5, 2019

Elsie Eaves was one of the first female civil engineers and is celebrated as a role model for future engineers.

Happy Birthday, Carl Friedrich Gauss

April 30, 2019

Gauss’ perfectionism in the field of mathematics paid off: Today, there is a statistical distribution curve and entire electromagnetics unit system named in his honor.

Happy Birthday, Max Planck

April 23, 2019

When Max Planck was young, a teacher told him that there was nothing left to discover in the world of physics. Fortunately for us, and the field of quantum mechanics, Planck had other plans…