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This Week in Science History

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The world of science has always been amazing to me! I am constantly fascinated whenever I look at science from an historical perspective. There have been so many remarkable events, discoveries, and people in this subject area that I feel should be duly noted and are well worth reading more about. In an effort to bring more attention to the many, many science in history topics,  I am going to highlight a few each week that you may wish to learn more about from the library’s science collection. I hope they peak your interest and curiosity.

This week in science history:

January 27, 1851 John James Audubon died. Audubon, an ornithologist, artist, and naturalist made his goal, in 1820, the publication of an anthology of his life drawings. He traveled the Great Lakes as well as the Ohio River in his passion for exploring and drawing birds.

January 27, 1880 Thomas A. Edison received a patent (#223,895) for his electric incandescent lamp. The pattern of electron flow from one electrode to another which was discovered during the two years of research by Edison and his laboratory assistants, laid the groundwork for the electron tube.

January 30, 1948 Wilbur Wright died. Wright and his brother, Orville, were American pioneer aviators who invented the first powered airplane named Flyer. Their twelve second flight at Kitty Hawk, North Carolina was the birth of American aviation.



The Wright Brothers: First in Flight


Posted by Diane Randall at 01/28/2009 04:55:54 PM