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This Month in Science History – Scientists Born in May

Team StoryWeavers|May 31, 2019|

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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