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This Month in Science History – Scientists Born in July

Team StoryWeavers|July 31, 2019|

Science is constantly evolving, helping us understand the world better. From the man who developed the Conformal Gravity Theory to the woman who worked on galaxy rotation rates, some of the greatest inventors and scientists were born in July. Their contributions to science have changed the way we understand and perceive the world. But most importantly, these scientists inspire us to strive for better, question more often, and trust our instincts to reach our goals.

            Let’s look at these great minds born in July.

Rosalind Franklin

Birthday:  July 25, 1920 

Birthplace: Notting Hill, London, United Kingdom

Profession: Chemist

Honours: Although she didn’t receive any recognition during her lifetime, The Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award was established in 2003 to annually award women for their outstanding work in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math). 

Known for: Contributing to finding the structure of DNA, fine structure of coal and graphite, and virus structures.


Jayant Narlikar

Birthday:  July 19, 1938 

Birthplace: Kolhapur, India

Profession: Astrophysicist

Honours: Padma Vibhushan, Padma Bhushan, Adams Prize, and Prix Jules Janssen.

Known for: Discovering the Steady-state Model, and Hoyle–Narlikar Theory of Gravity.

Ashoke Sen

Birthday: July 15, 1956

Birthplace: Kolkata, India

Profession: Physicist

Honours: Breakthrough Prize in Fundamental Physics, Padma Bhushan, Padma Shri, ICTP Prize, and GD Birla Award for Scientific Research.

Known for: His contributions to the String Field Theory, S-duality, and Sen Conjecture.

S Ramanan

Birthday: July 20, 1937 

Birthplace: Chennai, India

Profession: Mathematician

Honours: Shanti Swarup Bhatnagar Prize for Science and Technology, Srinivasa Ramanujan Medal, and TWAS Prize for Mathematics.

Known for: His works in the area of algebraic geometry, moduli spaces, and lie groups.  

Vera Rubin

Birthday: July 23, 1928

Birthplace: Philadelphia, the United States of America

Profession: Astronomer

Honours: Bruce Medal, Dickson Prize in Science, Gold Medal of the Royal Astronomical Society, and the National Medal of Science.

Known for: Her pioneering work in discovering the galaxy rotation problem, dark matter and Rubin–Ford Effect.

Which scientist do you share your birthday with?

Do tell us about your favourite scientists and how they inspire you. 

P.S: We will delve deep into the world of science with our new column beginning next month. Watch this space for more!

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Tanaya Goswami

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 if you liked her stories, have something nice to say, or if you have compelling ideas to share!

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