Happy Birthday, Christian Doppler

Caty Fairclough November 29, 2017

You’re driving on the highway as an ambulance goes by, siren blaring. After the ambulance passes your car, you notice that the pitch of the siren suddenly drops. This happens due to the Doppler effect, which is named after physicist and mathematician Christian Doppler.

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Caty Fairclough November 23, 2017

Throughout his lifetime, Johannes Diderik van der Waals worked toward increasing our understanding of liquids and gases. With his groundbreaking work, he made a name for himself in molecular science and earned a Nobel Prize in Physics.

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Caty Fairclough October 27, 2017

Margaret Hutchinson Rousseau was an innovative chemical engineer who designed the first commercial penicillin plant. This plant enabled scientists to produce large quantities of the life-saving drug. Rousseau’s other accomplishments include developing high-octane gasoline and becoming the first woman to join the American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE). On this day, her birthday, we explore her life and legacy.

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Caty Fairclough October 6, 2017

George Westinghouse was a prolific inventor who helped shape how we use electricity in America and throughout the world. Among his notable achievements, he improved the safety of trains and furthered the acceptance and use of alternating current (AC) as a standard way to supply electricity. Throughout his life, Westinghouse started many companies and fostered strong ties to other great thinkers. As today is his birthday, we’d like to celebrate his life and accomplishments.

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Aditi Karandikar September 15, 2017

Sir Mokshagundam Visvesvaraya (also known as Sir M.V.) was perhaps the most influential engineer in the history of contemporary India. A scholar and statesman, he served as the diwan of Mysore and was instrumental in the development of the princely state. Visvesvaraya was knighted as a knight commander of the British Indian Empire to honor his contributions to society.

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Caty Fairclough August 23, 2017

During his lifetime, Osborne Reynolds contributed to many fields, such as mathematics and thermodynamics. However, his most famous achievements were in the realm of fluid mechanics. Let’s take a brief trip through the life and work of Reynolds, including one of his key accomplishments: the Reynolds number.

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Caty Fairclough July 18, 2017

Robert Hooke was a Renaissance man with interests including mechanics, timekeeping, biology, art, and architecture. He led an accomplished life and is known for his work in many diverse fields, as well as for writing a popular book on microscopy, Micrographia. Let’s take a step into the past to explore Robert Hooke’s life and achievements.

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Bridget Cunningham March 27, 2017

Wilhelm Röntgen was a German physicist who is best known for his discovery of X-rays — a finding that earned him the first Nobel Prize in Physics. Recognized as the father of diagnostic radiology, Röntgen’s contributions marked a revolutionary breakthrough within the medical community.

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Caty Fairclough February 15, 2017

Galileo Galilei is known for his research in many fields, such as physics and astronomy. He researched theories of relativity and motion and remained devoted to his studies, even in the face of opposition. Let’s take a brief look at a few of Galileo Galilei’s major accomplishments.

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Caty Fairclough December 19, 2016

Albert Abraham Michelson is known for his research on the speed of light, the invention of the Michelson interferometer, and the famous Michelson-Morley experiment. In light of his various accomplishments, Michelson was awarded a Nobel Prize in Physics, making him the first American to win a Noble Prize in the sciences.

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Caty Fairclough November 7, 2016

Marie Curie is a Nobel Prize-winning scientist who was a pioneer in the field of radioactivity, a word she herself coined. Besides her many honorary degrees and memberships in societies across the globe, she is well known for her two Nobel Prizes in physics and chemistry.

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