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Blog Posts Tagged Featured Scientists

Happy Birthday, Maria Goeppert Mayer

June 28, 2019

2, 8, 20, 28, 50, 82, and 126 were the “magic numbers” that led Maria Goeppert Mayer to develop the first mathematical model for nuclear shells in an atom.

Happy Birthday, James Clerk Maxwell

June 13, 2019

Maxwell’s equations, which describe how electric and magnetic fields behave and interact, revolutionized electromagnetics. Did you know that James Clerk Maxwell also took the first color photo?

Happy Birthday, Esther M. Conwell

May 23, 2019

Esther M. Conwell’s list of accolades is almost as long as her list of accomplishments in semiconductor research. Just as impressive, this physicist inspired a new generation of STEM learners.

Happy Birthday, Elsie Eaves

May 5, 2019

Elsie Eaves was one of the first female civil engineers and is celebrated as a role model for future engineers.

Happy Birthday, Carl Friedrich Gauss

April 30, 2019

Gauss’ perfectionism in the field of mathematics paid off: Today, there is a statistical distribution curve and entire electromagnetics unit system named in his honor.

Happy Birthday, Max Planck

April 23, 2019

When Max Planck was young, a teacher told him that there was nothing left to discover in the world of physics. Fortunately for us, and the field of quantum mechanics, Planck had other plans…

Happy Birthday, Charles Proteus Steinmetz

April 9, 2019

Today’s engineering students benefit from Steinmetz’s work on alternating currents and magnetism. How much do you know about the man behind the law of hysteresis?

A Calculated Victory: Karen Keskulla Uhlenbeck Wins 2019 Abel Prize

March 29, 2019

What inspires you about Karen Keskulla Uhlenbeck, the 2019 Abel Prize Laureate and first woman to win the award? Learn about her career and research as well as the history of the Abel Prize.