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This month in Science History – January born Scientist!

Team StoryWeavers|January 28, 2019|

Science is constantly evolving, helping us understand our world better. Throughout history, some of the most famous inventors and scientists were born in the 1st month of the year.

Here are a few famous scientists who celebrated their birthday this month!

Satyendra Nath Bose

Born: 1st January, 1894

Profession: Physicist

Honours: Padma Vibhushan, Fellow of the Royal Society

Known for: his contribution in quantum mechanics, Bose–Einstein condensate, Bose–Einstein statistics, Bose–Einstein distribution, Bose–Einstein correlations, Bose gas

Stephen Hawking

Born: 8th January, 1942

Profession: A theoretical physicist

Honours: Presidential Medal of Freedom, Albert Einstein Medal, Wolf Prize in Physics, Copley Medal, Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society, Hughes Medal, Dannie Heineman Prize for Mathematical Physics, Eddington Medal, Franklin Medal, Adams Prize, Fonseca Prize, Special breakthrough Prize in Fundamental

Known for: his contributions to the fields of cosmology, general relativity and quantum gravity, especially in the context of black holes

Har Gobind Khorana

Born: 9th January, 1922

Profession: A biochemist

Honours: Nobel Prize in Medicine, Gairdner Foundation International Award, Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize, ForMemRS, Albert Lasker Award for Basic Medical Research, Padma Vibhushan, Willard Gibbs Award

Known for: successfully demonstrating the role of nucleotides in protein synthesis

Ruth R. Benerito

Born: 12th January, 1916

Profession: A chemist

Honours: Garvan–Olin Medal, Lemelson–MIT Prize and National Inventors Hall of Fame

Known for: her invention of wrinkle-free fibre

James Watt

Born: 19th January, 1736

Profession: An inventor, mechanical engineer and a chemist

Honours: Doctor of Laws by University of Glasgow, featured on the new £50

Known for: Watt steam engine, Separate condenser, Parallel motion, Sun and planet gear, Centrifugal governor and Indicator diagram

Raja Ramanna

Born: 28th January, 1925

Profession: Nuclear Physicist

Honours: Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan, Padma Shri

Known for: his role in India’s nuclear program, Operation Smiling Buddha and Operation Shakti

So whom do you share your birthday with? Tell us about your favorite scientists.

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Books are Tanaya Goswami’s first love and cheesecakes come a close second. Talking about movies, music, calligraphy, politics, and Elon Musk will get you listed under the friends’ section of her diary. Ever since moving on from her job as an English lecturer, she spends her time at BYJU’S crafting stories filled with emotion and sprinkled with sarcasm. Outside of work, she’s either learning something new (French, most recently!) or is curled up with a book and a cup of coffee. She firmly believes that discovering what you don’t know is the key to knowledge and is constantly working towards improving herself. Drop in a line at storyweavers@byjus.com if you liked her stories, have something nice to say, or if you have compelling ideas to share!

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