| ||TODAY IN SCIENCE HISTORY |
NEWSLETTER - 13 MAY
|Feature for Today |
|On 13 May 1857, Ronald Ross was born, who became the first Briton to become a Nobelist. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in 1902 for his work on malaria, about which he made a significant discovery concerning its mode of transmission. |
In 1899, he published a pamphlet titled Instructions For the Prevention of Malarial Fever For the Use of Residents of Malarious Places. This forms an excellent short article for readers of the Feature for Today to enjoy "in his own words."
|Book of the Day|
|Quotations for Today|
| || "The Panama Canal was dug with a microscope." |
| ||"I, however, believe that for the ripening of experience the light of an intelligent theory is required. People are amused by the witticism that the man with a theory forces from nature that answer to his question which he wishes to have but nature never answers unless she is questioned, or to speak more accurately, she is always talking to us and with a thousand tongues but we only catch the answer to our own question." |
| ||"The seeds of great discoveries are constantly floating around us, but they only take root in minds well-prepared to receive them."|
|Before you look at today's web page, see if you can answer some of these questions about the events that happened on this day. Some of the names are very familiar. Others will likely stump you. Tickle your curiosity with these questions, then check your answers on today's web page.|
| ||Sir Ronald Ross, born 13 May 1857 was a British bacteriologist who received the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1902 for his work on malaria. |
What did he find about the way in which malaria is transmitted?
| ||Cyrus Hall McCormick, an American industrialist and inventor (1809-1884) is generally credited with the development of the first commercially succesful design for a certain type of machine. To establish its functionality, he participated in a widely publicized competition with a rival, which he won. This launched his manufacturing business. |
Can you name his important inventionr?
| ||An American scientist (1797-1878) was one of the first great ones after Benjamin Franklin. He was also the first secretary of the Smithsonian Institution. But it was his discovery of self-inductance for which he is most remembered and his name is now used for the SI the unit of inductance. |
Can you name this man?
|In 1958, the trademark name for a certain new type of fastener was registered in the U.S. The inventor was inspired by burrs sticking to his clothes. |
What is the name of this fastener?
| ||In 1913, Igor Sikorsky of Russia built and flew an airplane with a certain number of engines |
How many engines were on this first airplane of its type?
|In 1637, Cardinal Richelieu in France created a replacement for the dagger, in at least this civilized use. He had the points rounded off. |
What was the use for his new design?
When you have your answers ready to all the questions above, you'll find all the information to check them, and more, on the May 13 web page of Today in Science History. Or, try this link first for just the brief answers.
Fast answers for the previous newsletter for May 12: penicillin, vitamin B-12; Justus Liebig; polytetrafluoroethylene - Teflon; nitrogen; Dvorak; the decade including the year 1886; eagle.
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