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This Month in Science History – Scientists Born in May

Team StoryWeavers|May 31, 2019| 46

Science is constantly evolving, helping us understand the world better. Throughout history, some of the greatest inventors and scientists were born in May. 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, and trust our instincts to reach our goals.

            Here are a few famous scientists born in May

Ronald Ross

Birthday: May 13, 1857

Birthplace: Almora, India

Fields: Medicine

Trivia: At the age of 14, Ross won a prize in mathematics and was presented the book Orbs of Heaven, which sparked his interest in the field of science.

Honours: Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (1902), The James Tait Black Memorial Prize – Biography (1923).

Known for: Ross is known for his outstanding research work on malaria-causing parasites in mosquitoes. He discovered malarial parasites in the salivary glands of mosquitoes.

Pranav Mistry

Birthday: May 14, 1981

Birthplace: Palanpur, India

Fields: Computer Science

Trivia: Mistry has a Master of Design degree from IIT Bombay and Master in Media Arts and Sciences degree from MIT, calls himself a ‘Desigineer’

Honours: The Invention Award by Popular Science (2009) and Young Global Leader (2013)

Known for: Mistry is best known for his work on SixthSence, Mouseless (an invisible computer mouse), Sparsh and Blinkdot. He is currently the director of Think Tank Team – Samsung Research America

Venkatraman Ramakrishnan

Birthday: May 18, 1952

Birthplace: Chidambaram, India

Fields: Structural Biology and Physics

Trivia: His parents – C V Ramakrishnan and Rajalakshmi Ramakrishnan-were famous scientists.

Honours: Guggenheim Fellowship for Natural Sciences, US & Canada (1991), Nobel Prize in Chemistry (2009), Padma Vibhushan (2010) and Knight Bachelor (2012)

Known for: Ramakrishnan is famous for his studies on atomic structure and function of the ribosome, a complex molecule found in all living cells

Sally Ride

Birthday: May 26,  1951

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California

Fields: Astronomy, Physics and Engineering

Trivia: At the age of 32, Ride became the youngest and the first American woman to enter the low-earth orbit space (1983)

Honours: Jefferson Award for Public Service, The Von Braun Award, The Theodore Roosevelt Award and NASA Space Flight Medal. Ride was inducted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame and Astronaut Hall of Fame

Known for: Ride is known for her two missions aboard the Challenger Shuttle: STS-7 and STS-41-G and for her impact on US Space Policy (The Ride Report)

Lillian Moller Gilbreth

Birthday: May 24 , 1878

Birthplace: Oakland, California

Fields: Psychology and Engineering

Trivia: Mother of 12 children, Gilbreth was known as the original ‘superwoman’ for successfully balancing her professional and personal life

Honours: Hoover Medal (1966), National Academy of Engineering (first woman elected) (1965)

Known for: Considered as one of the first industrial psychologists, Gilbreth helped industrial engineers recognise the importance of psychological dimensions in time and motion study

Which scientist do you share your birthday with?

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

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May 31, 2019

very good information madam

Suyash Pundir

May 31, 2019

I share my birthday with Albert Einstein
On 14 march


May 31, 2019

Its good for our learning….

Sourik Maitra

May 31, 2019

I will celebrate my birthday with Pranav Mistry

Mrinmoy kalita

May 31, 2019

Do good be good

Bushes. R

May 31, 2019

I very inspired from the achievement of these scientist

V. Pravalika

May 31, 2019

Very good information about scientists ?????

Paridhi Jain

May 31, 2019

Thank you byjus for sharing this information


May 31, 2019

I m very much inspired from the achievement ofthese scientist. Thank you for these information

Damanpreet Kaur

May 31, 2019

My birthday comes just a day before Ramakrishnan’s on May 17


May 31, 2019

Nice information ?


May 31, 2019

Very good information.Thank you very much.???.


May 31, 2019

Very good information.Thank you very much.???.I liked the
information of RONALD ROSS.?


May 31, 2019

Important information thanks for sharing this.

Jay yadav

May 31, 2019


Shavul Hameed

May 31, 2019

Thanks for this information
, Happy birthday to these scientists

Piyush Swami

May 31, 2019

Mine is with Charles Darwin


May 31, 2019

Khudeja I share my birthday with Pranav Mistry
Thanks for giving such good information

Lutfe Hasan

May 31, 2019

Thanks for that information

Taha khan

May 31, 2019

Very good massage


June 1, 2019

Very good information to be known of.
Thank you byjus for giving us awesome knowledge ????☺☺☺☺?

Krishna chanpa

June 1, 2019

I will celebrate my birthday with sally ride


June 1, 2019

I share my birthday with Sally Ride because I do play tennis and am having aim of being astronaut.


June 1, 2019

I share my birthday with Sally ride.


June 1, 2019

I celebrate with Venkatraman Ramakrishna

Aaska keshari

June 2, 2019

It is very good information about scientists and it is very good for learning also


June 2, 2019

So amazing birthday is on may 7 ? …. But Raymond Arthur Lyttleton birthday is on may 7..


June 2, 2019

Excellent information,?????.. Sad I don’t share my birthday with any great scientist. Wish I would have shared my birthday with Sally Ride..

Pranjal kaushik

June 2, 2019

I will celebrate my birthday with isaac newton
On 23 april

Midhula S Panicker

June 3, 2019

Good Information
I will celebrate my birthday with Carson Mark

Malavika mukundan

June 3, 2019

Thnq for sharing such an inspiring information of these prominent scientists…. Thnx a lot byjus!! ☺?


June 3, 2019

Awake arise and do not stop learning with BY JU’S until you reach your goal

Yashvi Singhal

June 3, 2019

So nice I love it

Aamina Rasheed

June 3, 2019

This help us to know more about the science


June 4, 2019

Good for learning about them


June 6, 2019

Thanks for the information ?

Subham Shaw

June 6, 2019

These are very helpful And a easy way to learn

Ishan .J

June 6, 2019

I would share my birthday with Dr.J Naralekar

Tanishq Madankar

June 7, 2019

I like it……. ?


June 7, 2019

Thanks for giving this information

Yash pathak

June 11, 2019

Nice information I celebrate my birthday with Pak’s independence day

Yash pathak

June 12, 2019

I celebrate my birthday with Pak’s independence day

Amey Mahesh Lembhe

July 1, 2019

I will celebrate my birthday with Ronald Ross on 18 May


July 4, 2019

Which scientists born on May 5

Ishita Negi

May 1, 2020

I share my birthday with Ronald Ross

Nia Ajai

May 10, 2020

With Albert Einstein May 14


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