This Month in Science History – Scientists Born in June
Science is constantly evolving, helping us understand the world better. Throughout history, some of the greatest inventors and scientists were born in June. Their contributions to science have changed the way we understand and perceive the world. But most importantly, these scientists inspire us to strive for better, question more, and trust our instincts to reach our goals.
Here are a few famous scientists born in June
Birthday: June 7, 1909
Birthplace: New Jersey, United States
Honours: Distinguished Service Award from the American Society of Anesthesiologists (1966), Woman of the Year in Science, and Ladies Home Journal (1973).
Known for: Inventing the APGAR (Appearance, Pulse, Grimace, Activity and Respiration) score.
Birthday: June 8, 1955
Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
Profession: Computer Scientist
Honours: Mountbatten Medal (1996), Marconi Prize (2002), Internet Hall of Fame for Innovators (2012), Turing Award (2017).
Known for: Inventing the World Wide Web, Web Browser, HTML and Hypertext Transfer Protocol
John Forbes Nash Jr.
Birthday: June 13, 1928
Birthplace: West Virginia, United States
Honours: John von Neumann Theory Prize (1978), Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences (1994), a member of the National Academy of Sciences (1996), and Abel Prize (2015).
Known for: Contributions to game theory, differential geometry, Nash-Moser Theorem, and the study of partial differential equations.
James Clerk Maxwell
Birthday: June 13, 1831
Birthplace: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
Honours: Smith’s Prize (1854), Adams Prize (1857), Rumford Medal (1860), and Keith Prize (1869–71).
Known for: Formulating the electromagnetic theory and Maxwell theorems.
Maria Goeppert Mayer
Birthday: June 28, 1906
Birthplace: California, United States
Profession: Theoretical physicist
Honours: Nobel Prize in Physics (1963).
Known for: Proposing the nuclear shell model of the atomic nucleus.
Prasanta Chandra Mahalanobis
Birthday: June 29, 1893
Birthplace: Kolkata, India
Honours: Padma Vibhushan (1968), an officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE, 1942), Fellow of the Royal Society (FRS), and Weldon Memorial Prize.
Known for: Creating the Mahalanobis Distance Feldman–Mahalanobis Model.
Chintamani Nagesa Ramachandra Rao
Birthday: June 30, 1934
Birthplace: Bengaluru, India
Honours: Bharat Ratna, Padma Shri, Padma Vibhushan, Hughes Medal, and Dan David Prize in the Future Time Dimension.
Known for: Working in solid-state chemistry, and materials science.
Which scientist do you share your birthday with?
Do tell us about your favourite scientists and how they inspire you.
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