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This Month in Science History – Scientists Born in April

Team StoryWeavers|April 29, 2019, 11:50 IST| 64

Science is constantly evolving, helping us understand the world better. Throughout history, some of the greatest inventors and scientists were born in April. Their contributions to the field of science have changed the way we understand and perceive the world. But most importantly, they inspire us to strive for better, question more, and trust our instincts to reach our goals.

Here are a few famous scientists born in the month of April

Sophie Germain

Birthday: April 1, 1776

Birthplace: France

Fields: Mathematics, Physics, and Philosophy

Trivia: Germain’s work on Fermat’s Last Theorem laid a foundation for other mathematicians who were exploring the subject for years.

Honours: Germain was the first woman to win the Mathematics Prize awarded by the French Academy of Prizes.

Known for: Her notable contribution to the study of acoustics, number and elasticity theories.

Ananda Mohan Chakrabarty

Birthday: April 4, 1938

Birthplace: India

Fields: Microbiology

Trivia: In 2008, Chakrabarty co-founded his second bio-pharmaceutical company called Amrita Therapeutics to develop therapies and vaccines to treat cancer.

Honours: Scientist of the Year Award by the Industrial Research Organisation of the United States (1975), Golden Eurydice Award (2007) and Padma Shri (2007).

Known for: Chakrabarty’s remarkable role in genetically engineering a new species of Pseudomonas bacteria (oil-eating bacteria) in 1971 opened gates to the world of genetics and nuclei.

Robert Burns Woodward

Birthday: April 10, 1917

Birthplace: United States of America

Fields: Organic Chemistry

Trivia: Woodward worked closely with Roald Hoffmann in synthesising vitamin B-12 and formulated the Woodward-Hoffmann Rules.

Honours: ForMemRs (1956), Davy Medal (1959), National Medal of Science (1964), Nobel Prize in Chemistry (1965), Willard Gibbs Award (1967), and Copley Medal (1978).

Known for: Woodward is known for organic synthesising of cholesterol and chlorophyll, Woodward cis-hydroxylation, and molecular structure determination.

Leonardo da Vinci

Birthday: April 15, 1452

Birthplace: Italy

Fields: Renaissance art, music and architecture, Mathematics and Science

Trivia: Known as the greatest painters of all time, Vinci painted the Mona Lisa, The Last Supper, and the iconic Vitruvian Man.

Honours: Though he didn’t receive any awards during his lifetime, the Leonardo da Vinci Award was established by the Rotary Club of Florence in 1975 to honour outstanding young people in the field of science, technology, literature, and the arts.

Known for: Vinci is recognised as the father of palaeontology, ichnology, and architecture. His sketches of the flying machine and other scientific futuristic technologies often credit him with the invention of the parachute, and helicopter

Carl Friedrich Gauss

Birthday: April 30, 1777

Birthplace: Germany

Fields: Mathematics, physics, astronomy, and writing

Trivia: When Gauss was just 21 years old, he wrote a book on number theory called the Disquisitiones Arithmeticae. For this, he was nicknamed as Princeps mathematicoru” and “greatest mathematician since antiquity”

Honours: Lalande Prize (1809) and Copley Medal (1838)

Known for: Gauss is known for his contributions to the field of mathematics and science. His gave the world the Gauss Law for Magnetism and degaussing.

So, which scientist do you share your birthday with?

Do tell us about your favorite scientists and how they have inspired you.

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Sabarish Subramanyan.S

May 31, 2019

Woodward shares my birthday and I am Sabarish Subramanyan.S 10/4/2006

Sabarish Subramanyan.S

May 31, 2019

Robert Burns Woodward shares my birthday

Sabarish Subramanyan.S

May 31, 2019

All the scientists are a great human but I inspired
a lot on Newton and Einstein and I like theory of momentum and
relativity respectively


May 30, 2019

Happy birthday to all the scientists whose birthdays are on the month of April


May 29, 2019

My favourite scientists are all as all are great but among which I know SIR Robert milliken I am always inspired by him because he found out charge of electron by oil drop experiment.
For thinking of a oil drop and charge of electron together is very inspiring and creative.


May 22, 2019


Ishrat shaikh

May 21, 2019

Leonardo Da Vinci shares birthday with me 🙂


May 12, 2019

Thanks Byjus for sharing this wonderful information. My brother shares his birthday with Carl Friedrich.


May 8, 2019

My birthday comes between Sophie Germain and Ananda Mohan


May 7, 2019

It’s nice and gives us knowledge


May 5, 2019

thanks Tanaya for your informative blog. Hope you will share more knowledge


May 4, 2019

Thanks for the info Byju’s

Varshitha Yepoori

May 4, 2019

I was born on August 8th and I share my birthday with
Nevill Francis Mott. He is a physicist.
Thank you byujus for letting me know this.

Sneha Sharma

May 3, 2019

My birthday is with Leonardo Da Vinci???

Sourik Maitra

May 3, 2019

I will share my birthday with Leonardo Da Vinci

Purnima ?

May 2, 2019

Nice information ☺️


May 2, 2019

Nice blog


May 2, 2019

Hi this is a nice blog

Riya vikas Kapse

May 1, 2019

Happy birth anniversary to all great scientist of their time.

Sakshi Yadav

May 1, 2019

Happy birthday to all scientists ??


May 1, 2019

I don’t share my birthday with anyone…..


April 30, 2019

Happy birthday to our great scientists


April 30, 2019

Many more returns of the day to our great scientists??☺☺☺


April 30, 2019

Great scientists


April 30, 2019

Happy Birthday Carl Friedrich Gauss?


April 30, 2019

Happy Birthday

Kshitij Kharat

April 30, 2019

Carl Friedrich Guass he is great mathematical. He wrote book at 21 year

Prashanth BN

April 30, 2019

Hi this is a nice blog

Navnoor Singh

April 30, 2019

Happy Birthday to alll great scientists

Akshat sharma

April 30, 2019

Happy birthday to all great person s, they are milestone off science I salute them


April 30, 2019

Thanks for sharing these information .☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺☺???


April 29, 2019

I don’t share birthday ith anyone???

Yogesh j

April 29, 2019

I share birthday with robert burns


April 29, 2019

The scientists should be live long


April 29, 2019

My grandmother share her birthday
with Ananda Mohan chakrabarty


April 29, 2019

Happy birthday all of you.


April 29, 2019

Send scientist who born in July


April 29, 2019

Mine is Carl Friedrich gauss

Jay yadav

April 29, 2019

Happy birthday to all those scientist

Reet jaitly

April 29, 2019

All the respected scientists, A very happy birthday!!


April 29, 2019

Leonardo da Vinci

Anushka singh

April 29, 2019

Robert burns Woodward’s birthday is 1 day after my birthday.

Sathya sneka

April 29, 2019

?Leonardo da Vinci is a great painter and
I loved paint then ?wishes to them ?

Sayan Manna

April 29, 2019

Leonardo da Vinci

Ambikeya Mohapatra

April 29, 2019

Happy birthday to all geniuses

Sarika Reghu

April 29, 2019

Happy Birthday to All great scientists


April 29, 2019

I share my birthday with famous chess player “GARRY KASPAROV”

Akshaya ramya

April 29, 2019

Happy birthday to all these great and wonderful scientist

Anushka shreyash shah

April 29, 2019

Happy birthday to all great scientist s


April 29, 2019

My friend and brother share their birthdays with Sophie Germain and Carl Friedrich Gauss
Please send such facts for February also (**my birthday**)


April 29, 2019

Happy birthday to every scientists you may be live for many many years


April 29, 2019

Albert Einstein shares birthday with me

Shavul Hameed

April 29, 2019

Happy birthday to scientists
May God bless you


April 29, 2019

This information is great


April 29, 2019

Carl fricdrich Gauss shares birth day with me.

Saptarshi sanyal

April 29, 2019

My favourite scientist is Dr.stephen hawking . He has inspired me a lot . I have an ambition to become a good astronomer like him . I have read ‘the brief history of time’ written by him and that novel/book is my favourite one.

Prashanth BN

April 29, 2019

Hi this is a nice blog. Really like it.


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