I have eaten 2/3 of 1/3 of my food ration. 7 remains. How much food did I start with? ~ Cuneiform Babylonian mathematics exercise 1900 – 1600 BC
There are many ways of knocking electrons out of atoms. The simplest is to rub two surfaces together. ~ Fred Hoyle 1915 to 2001
Giovanni Luppis or Ivan Vukić (1813–1875) Austrian Empire (ethnical Croatian from Rijeka) – self-propelled torpedo.
Jules Montenier (1895–1962) USA – modern anti-perspirant deodorant.
Hans Christian Gram (1853–1938) Denmark / Germany – Gram staining (histology).
Ephraim Hertzano (around 1950) Roumania / Israel – Rummikub.
Ronald Price Hickman (1932–2011) USA - designed the original Lotus Elan the Lotus Elan +2 and the Lotus Europa as well as the Black & Decker Workmate.
George de Mestral (1907–1990) Switzerland – Velcro.
Fyodor Blinov (1827–1902) Russia – first tracked vehicle steam-powered continuous track tractor.
Robert Hooke (1635–1703) UK – balance wheel iris diaphragm acoustic telephone.
Johann Gutenberg (c. 1390s–1468) Germany – movable type printing press.
Hedy Lamarr (1913–2000) Austria and USA – Spread spectrum radio.
Les Paul (1915–2009) USA – multitrack recording.
Willard Boyle (1924–2011) together with George E. Smith (1930–) USA – Charge-coupled device (CCD).
Paul Berg (born 1926) USA – created the first Recombinant DNA molecules.
Bartolomeo Cristofori (1655–1731) Italy – piano.
Richard Hall Gower (1768–1833) UK – ship's hull and rigging.
Lin Yutang (1895–1976) China/USA – Chinese language typewriter.
Kees A. Schouhamer Immink (1946–) Netherlands – Major contributor to development of Compact Disc.
John Harvey Kellogg (1852–1943) cornflake breakfasts.
John Thompson Dorrance (1873–1930) USA – Condensed soup.
Karl-Hermann Geib (1908–1949) Germany / USSR – Girdler sulfide process.
Chemistry unlike other sciences sprang originally from delusions and superstitions and was at its commencement exactly on a par with magic and astrology. ~ Thomas Thomson - 1773 to 1852
This most beautiful system of the sun planets and comets could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being. And if the fixed stars are the centres of other like systems these being formed by the like wise counsel must be all subject to the dominion of One; especially since the light of the fixed stars is of the same nature with the light of the sun. ~ Isaac Newton 1642 to 1727
Division is esteemed one of the busiest operations of Arithmetic and such as requireth a mind not wandering or settled upon other matters. ~ Thomas Hylles The arte of vulgar arithmeticke 1600 - Mathematician
Perhaps it is not amiss to remark that the biologist may not hope to solve the ultimate problems of life any more than the chemist and physicist may hope to penetrate the final mysteries of existence in the non-living world. ~ Edmund Beecher Wilson 1856 to 1939 - Geneticist Biologist
Outstanding examples of genius – a Mozart a Shakespeare or a Carl Friedrich Gauss – are markers on the path along which our species appears destined to tread. - Fred Hoyle 1915 to 2001 Astrophysicist
We were a polite society and I expected to lead a quiet life teaching mechanics and listening to my senior colleagues gently but obliquely poking fun at one another. This dream of somnolent peace vanished very quickly when (Ernest) Rutherford came to Cambridge. Rutherford was the only person I have met who immediately impressed me as a great man. He was a big man and made a big noise and he seemed to enjoy every minute of his life. I remember that when transatlantic broadcasting first came in Rutherford told us at a dinner in Hall how he had spoken into a microphone to America and had been heard all over the continent. One of the bolder of our Fellows said: “Surely you did not need to use apparatus for that.” ~ Geoffrey Fellows 1871 to 1937
A fact acquires its true and full value only through the idea which is developed from it. - Justus von Liebig 1803 to 1873 Chemist
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