The chemists are a strange class of mortals impelled by an almost insane impulse to seek their pleasures amid smoke and vapor soot and flame poisons and poverty; yet among all these evils I seem to live so sweetly that may I die if I were to change places with the Persian king. ~ Johann Joachim Becher - 1635 to 1682
It is strange that only extraordinary men make the discoveries which later appear so easy and simple. - Georg C. Lichtenberg 1742 to 1799 Physicist
Madam C.J. Walker (1867–1919) USA – beauty and hair products for African American women.
Nikolay Popov (1931–2008) Russia – first fully gas turbine main battle tank (T-80).
Leonard Rivkin (inv. 1962) USA – Child safety seat.
Giovanni Caselli (1815–1891) Italy/France – Pantelegraph.
Mikhail Koshkin (1898–1940) Russia – T-34 medium tank the best and most produced tank of World War II.
Elmer Ambrose Sperry (1860–1930) USA – gyroscope-guided automatic pilot.
Michele Ferrero (1925–2015) Italy – Kinder Surprise = Kinder Eggs Nutella.
Ibn Samh (c. 1020) Middle East – mechanical geared astrolabe.
Émile Baudot (1845-1903) France - Baudot code.
Arthur Wynne (1862–1945) UK – creator of crossword puzzle.
Bernhard Schmidt (1879–1935) Estonia/Germany – Schmidt camera.
Erna Schneider Hoover (born 1926) USA – computerized telephone switching system.
Charles Cantor (born 1942) USA – Pulsed-field gel electrophoresis (molecular biology).
Peter Durand (inv. 1810) UK – canning using tin cans see also Nicolas Appert.
Nikolai Korotkov (1874–1920) Russia – auscultatory technique for blood pressure measurement.
Sergei Winogradsky (1856–1953) Russia / USSR – Winogradsky column for culturing microorganisms.
Ray Tomlinson (inv. 1971) USA – First inter-computer email.
John Herschel (1792–1871) UK – photographic fixer (hypo) actinometer.
Samuel W. Alderson (1914–2005) USA – Crash test dummy.
Nikolai Polikarpov (1892–1944) Russia – Po-series aircraft including Polikarpov Po-2 Kukuruznik (world's most produced biplane).
Actually everything that can be known has a Number; for it is impossible to grasp anything with the mind or to recognize it without this. - Philolaus c. 470 – c. 385 BC Scientist and Philosopher
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
In practical applications we are concerned only with comparatively small numbers; only stellar astronomy and atomic physics deal with ‘large’ numbers and they have very little more practical importance as yet than the most abstract pure mathematics. ~ G. H. Hardy 1877 – 1947 - Mathematician
The invention of logarithms came to the world as a bolt from the blue. No previous work had led up to it… It stands isolated breaking in upon human thought abruptly without borrowing from the work of other intellects or following known lines of mathematical thought. ~ John Moulton 1844 – 1921 - Mathematician
Surely it is not knowledge but learning; not owning but earning; not being there but getting there; that gives us the greatest pleasure. ~ Carl Friedrich Gauss 1777 – 1855 - Mathematician and Physicist
Although the alternate ‘wax and wane’ cycles are the rule rather than the exception in all fields of human endeavor in that of biological sciences the ‘wane’ is all too often indicative of a justified loss of faith in the rational and methodical approach that had at first raised so much hope. ~ Rita Levi-Montalcini 1909 to 2012 Neurobiologist
I believe that thirty million of these animalcules together would not take up as much room or be as big as a coarse grain of sand. ~ Antonie van Leeuwenhoek 1632 to 1723 - Biologist
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