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Francis Crick

Francis Crick

Francis Crick Biography Francis Harry Campton Crick is one of the most influential and brilliant scientific minds of the 20th century. Dabbling in various fields but specifically in physics and microbiology, Francis Crick was a specialist in a highly specialised field. Born 8 June 1916 Francis Crick’s family was certainly no stranger to a high scientific pedigree. His grandfather was ...

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Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein Biography Albert Einstein was born into a non-observant Ashkenazi Jewish family on 14 March 1879 in Ulm a city on the River Danube in what was then the Kingdom of Württemberg, in the German Empire. It is now in the German state of Baden-Württemberg. His parents were Pauline Koch and Hermann Einstein who was an engineer and a ...

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Marie Curie

Marie Curie

“Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” – Marie Curie Marie Curie Biography Maria Sklodowska Curie was born in Warsaw, which was then known as the Russian partition of Poland, on 7 November 1867. Maria was the youngest of five children ...

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Johannes Kepler

Johannes Kepler

Johannes Kepler Biography Johannes Kepler was born on 27 December 1571 in Well der Stadt, a small town in what is now the Stuttgart region of Germany. He was the fourth child of Heinrich Kepler, a mercenary who left the family when Johannes was only five and is thought to have died in the eighty years war. His mother, Katharina, ...

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Charles Babbage

Charles Babbage

Charles Babbage Biography Often considered the father of computing, Charles Babbage was an 18th-century polymath, meaning he was a person who had expertise in several different subject areas and possessed the ability to take the complex and create solutions from them. In Charles’ case, he was a man who modern space agencies would have loved to employ – a mechanical ...

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Gustave Eiffel

Gustave Eiffel

Gustave Eiffel Biography Gustave Eiffel was born on 15 December 1832 in the city of Dijon, the historical capital of the Burgundy region of France. His family name is Bönickhausen and that is the name under which his birth was registered, but the family took the name Eiffel from the name of the mountains near to where they emigrated from ...

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Ian McCaskill

Ian McCaskill

Ian McCaskill Biography John Robertson McCaskill, better known as Ian was born on 28 July 1938 in Glasgow, Scotland where he went to secondary school at Queen’s Park. After school, Ian attended the University of Glasgow and studied chemistry and geology. He was cox of the rowing club and also joined the dramatic society during his time there. He wanted ...

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Hedy Lamarr

Hedy Lamarr

Hedy Lamarr Biography The next time you place a call on your smartphone, use Bluetooth, or Wi-Fi, you might pause and whisper a word of appreciation to Hedwig Kiesler Markey.  She was one of the pioneers of frequency hopping spread spectrum technology that made wireless communication possible.  She also was one of the acknowledged Hollywood goddesses of MGM’s “Golden Age”.  ...

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Michael Faraday

Michael Faraday

Michael Faraday Biography When reading about Michael Faraday’s early life, it’s hard to believe that he would eventually become one of the most significant scientific minds in history. He was one of the fathers of modern electricity and went on to influence and inspire other brilliant minds, including Albert Einstein. Famed physicist Ernest Rutherford said it best when he stated ...

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Alexander Fleming

Alexander Fleming

Alexander Fleming Biography If you’ve ever been prescribed penicillin for a cold or other virus, then you have Alexander Fleming to thank.  He is considered the father of modern antibiotics, even though his discovery was made almost completely by accident! Alexander Fleming, or Alec to his family, was born on 6th August, 1881 in a small hamlet called Lochfield which ...

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