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This month in Science History – Scientists born in February!

Team StoryWeavers|February 27, 2019|

Science is constantly evolving, helping us understand the world better. Throughout history, some of the greatest inventors and scientists were born in the month of February. Their contributions to the field of science have changed the way we understand and perceive the world today. But most importantly, they inspire us to work hard, question more and trust our instincts in order to reach our goals, just like they did!

Here are a few famous scientists born in the month of February!

Emilio Segrè

Born: 1st Feb 1905

Profession: A physicist

Honours: Nobel Prize in Physics

Known for: Discovering the antiproton, a subatomic antiparticle, and the elements technetium and astatine

Dmitri Mendeleev 

Born: 8th Feb 1834

Profession: A chemist and an inventor

Honours: Davy Award, Copley Medal and Demidov Prize

Known for: Discovering the Periodic Law and creating the periodic table by arranging the elements according to their atomic weights

Beulah Louise Henry 

Born: 11th Feb 1887

Profession: A scientist and an inventor

Honours: Inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame

Known for: Nicknamed as ‘Lady Edison’, her inventions include a bobbin-free sewing machine and a vacuum ice cream freezer

Galileo Galilei 

Born: 15th Feb 1564

Profession: Astronomer, scientist, engineer, and a mathematician

Honours: He did not win any awards during his lifetime. He spent much of his career as a scientist being persecuted by the Catholic Church for his beliefs.

Known for:  Recognised as the “Father of observational astronomy”, the “Father of modern physics”, the “Father of the scientific method”, and the “Father of modern science”, he is known for discovering Jupiter’s four moons, advancing telescope technology, heliocentrism and kinematics

Mary Anderson 

Born: 19th Feb 1866

Profession: A real estate developer, rancher, viticulturist, and an inventor

Honours: inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame

Known for: Inventing the windshield wiper blade that helps remove rain, snow, ice and debris from a windscreen or windshield

Dr. Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar 

Born: 21th Feb 1894

Profession: A colloid chemist, an academic, and scientific administrator.

Honours: Padma Bhushan, Knight Bachelor, Fellow of the Royal Society Award and most excellent Order of the British Empire Medal

Known for: Revered as the ‘Father of research laboratories’ for promoting scientific research during the industrial revolution in independent India, he made significant contributions to the field of magneto-chemistry

So whom do you share your birthday with? Do tell us about your favorite scientists and how they have inspired you.

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