1720 - Birth of Charles Bonnet, Swiss naturalist and writer
1733 - Birth of Joseph Priestley, English scientist and minister
1781 - William Herschel discovers Uranus.
1781 - Charles Messier publishes final catalog of Messier objects.
1781 - Carl Wilhelm Scheele discovers tungsten.
1961 - NASA launched the first Saturn I rocket in Mission Saturn-Apollo 1.
1951 - Carlos Frenk, Mexican/British cosmologist
1449 - Ulugh Beg, Timurid ruler and astronomer
1968 - Lise Meitner, German physicist
1980 - John Hasbrouck van Vleck, American physicist and Nobel Prize…
Venetia Phair, who suggested the name Pluto for the planet orbitting body space thingee we call Pluto died recently. How it came to be called Pluto is fascinating:
Frozen and lonely, Planet X circled the far reaches of the solar system awaiting discovery and a name. It got one thanks to an 11-year…
1847 - James Young Simpson is the first to use chloroform as an anaesthetic.
1980 - Voyager I makes its closest approach to Saturn and takes first images of its rings.
1795 - Thaddeus William Harris, American naturalist
1842 - John Strutt, 3rd Baron Rayleigh, English physicist and…