Category Archives: Science

#614 Alexander Fleming / Louella Parsons – 6 August 1881

Alexander Fleming Sir Alexander Fleming, FRSE, FRS, FRCS(Eng) (6 August 1881 – 11 March 1955) was a Scottish biologist, pharmacologist and botanist. His best-known discovery is the antibiotic substance penicillin from the mould Penicillium notatum in 1928, for which he shared the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1945. Louella Parsons Louella Parsons (August 6, 1881 – … Continue reading

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#602 Gordon Cooper / Gabriel García Márquez – 6 March 1927

Gordon Cooper Leroy Gordon Cooper, Jr. (March 6, 1927 – October 4, 2004), also known as Gordon Cooper, was an American aeronautical engineer, test pilot and one of the seven original astronauts in Project Mercury, the first manned space program of the United States. Cooper piloted the longest and final Mercury … Continue reading

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#594 Rod Stewart / Gunther von Hagens / Jennifer Moss – 10 January 1945

Rod Stewart Roderick David “Rod” Stewart, CBE (born 10 January 1945) is a British singer-songwriter, born and raised in North London, England.  With his distinctive raspy singing voice, Stewart came to prominence in the late 1960s and early 1970s with The Jeff Beck Group and then Faces. Stewart … Continue reading

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#568 Simon Williams / Karen Dunnell – 16 June 1946

Simon Williams Simon Williams (born 16 June 1946) is an English actor known for playing James Bellamy in the period drama Upstairs, Downstairs. Frequently playing upper middle class or aristocratic upper class roles, he is also known for playing Dr. Charles Cartwright in the … Continue reading

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#552 Ward Bond / Gregory Goodwin Pincus – 09 April 1903

Ward Bond Wardell Edwin “Ward” Bond (April 9, 1903 – November 5, 1960) was an American film actor whose rugged appearance and easygoing charm were featured in over 200 movies and the television series Wagon Train. Gregory Goodwin Pincus Dr. Gregory Goodwin Pincus (April 9, 1903 – August … Continue reading

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#516 Sergei Avdeyev / Eleanor David – 01 January 1956

Sergei Avdeyev Sergei Avdeyev (Сергей Васильевич Авдеев, born 1 January 1956) is a Russian engineer and cosmonaut. Avdeyev at one point held the record for cumulative time spent in space with 747.59 days in earth orbit, accumulated through three tours of duty aboard the Mir Space Station. He … Continue reading

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#484 Abraham Lincoln / Charles Darwin – 12 February 1809

Abraham Lincoln Abraham Lincoln (February 12, 1809 – April 15, 1865) was the 16th President of the United States, serving from March 1861 until his assassination. As president, he led the country through a great constitutional, military and moral crisis—the American Civil War—preserving the Union … Continue reading

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#475 Nigel Rees / Whitfield Diffie / Chris Finnegan – 05 June 1944

Nigel Rees Nigel Rees (born 5 June 1944 near Liverpool) is an English author and presenter, best known for devising and hosting the Radio 4 long running panel game Quote… Unquote (since 1976) and as the author of more than fifty books – reference, humour and fiction. … Continue reading

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#448 Carol Vorderman / Glenn McQueen – 24 December 1960

Carol Vorderman Carol Jean Vorderman MBE (born 24 December 1960) is a British media personality, best known for co-hosting the popular game show Countdown for 26 years from 1982 to 2008. She also had a long stint presenting on CITV’s facts and science show How … Continue reading

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#446 James Burke / Héctor Elizondo – 22 December 1936

James Burke James Burke (born 22 December 1936) is a British broadcaster, science historian, author and television producer known amongst other things for his documentary television series Connections (1978), focusing on the history of science and technology leavened with a sense of humour. Burke first made his name … Continue reading

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#424 Walt Disney / Werner Heisenberg – 05 December 1901

Walt Disney Walter Elias “Walt” Disney (December 5, 1901 – December 15, 1966) was an American film producer, director, screenwriter, voice actor, animator, entrepreneur, entertainer, international icon, and philanthropist. Disney is famous for his influence in the field of entertainment during the 20th century. As the co-founder (with … Continue reading

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#388 Shere Hite / Stefanie Powers – 02 November 1942

Shere Hite Shere Hite (born November 2, 1942) is an American-born German sex educator and feminist. Her sexological work has focused primarily on female sexuality (see The Hite Report: A Nationwide Study of Female Sexuality). Hite builds upon biological studies of sex by Masters and Johnson and … Continue reading

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#386 Michael Collins / Eddie Braben – 31 October 1930

Michael Collins Michael Collins (born October 31, 1930 in Rome, Italy) is a former American astronaut and test pilot. Selected as part of the third group of fourteen astronauts in 1963, he flew in space twice. His first spaceflight was Gemini 10, in which he and … Continue reading

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#356 Thor Heyerdahl / Joan Littlewood – 06 October 1914

Thor Heyerdahl Thor Heyerdahl (October 6, 1914, Larvik, Norway – April 18, 2002, Colla Micheri, Italy) was a Norwegian ethnographer and adventurer with a scientific background in zoology and geography. Heyerdahl became notable for his Kon-Tiki expedition, in which he sailed 4,300 miles (8,000 km) by raft from South America to … Continue reading

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#335 Tom Stafford / Edgar Mitchell – 17 September 1930

Thomas Patten Stafford Thomas Patten Stafford (born September 17, 1930) is a retired Air Force Lieutenant General, a former NASA astronaut, and the first General Officer (Brigadier General) to fly into space. He is one of only 24 people to have flown to … Continue reading

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#247 Buckminster Fuller / Oscar Hammerstein II / Kirsten Flagstad – 12 July 1895

Buckminster Fuller Richard Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller (July 12, 1895 – July 1, 1983) was an American engineer, author, designer, inventor, and futurist. Fuller published more than 30 books, inventing and popularizing terms such as “Spaceship Earth”, ephemeralization, and synergetics. He also developed numerous inventions, mainly architectural designs, … Continue reading

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#220 King Edward VIII / Alfred Kinsey – 23 June 1894

Edward VIII of the United Kingdom Edward VIII (Edward Albert Christian George Andrew Patrick David; later The Duke of Windsor; 23 June 1894 – 28 May 1972) was King of the United Kingdom and the Dominions of the British Commonwealth, and Emperor of India, from 20 … Continue reading

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#187 Sally Dynevor / Helen Sharman / Tracey Childs – 30 May 1963

Sally Dynevor Sally Dynevor (née Whittaker) (born 30 May 1963) is an English soap opera actress. She has made a career out of playing Sally Webster (née Seddon), on the soap opera Coronation Street. Helen Sharman Helen Patricia Sharman, OBE PhD … Continue reading

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#152 Scott Carpenter / Gabriele Amorth – 01 May 1925

Scott Carpenter Malcolm Scott Carpenter (May 1, 1925 – October 10, 2013) was an American engineer, former test pilot, astronaut, and aquanaut. He is best known as one of the original seven astronauts selected for NASA’s Project Mercury in April 1959. Scott Carpenter was the second American to orbit the … Continue reading

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#86 Yuri Gagarin / Joyce Van Patten – 09 March 1934

Yuri Gagarin Yuri Alekseyevich Gagarin (9 March 1934 – 27 March 1968), Hero of the Soviet Union, was a Soviet cosmonaut. On 12 April 1961, he became the first human in outer space and the first to orbit the Earth. Joyce Van Patten Joyce Benignia … Continue reading

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