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    Archimedes of Syracuse, Eureka!
  Archimedes of Syracuse, Eureka!
One of the most original thinkers of Antiquity was Archimedes of Syracuse. Because our approach to physics is based upon a model that was developed by this scientist, we immediately recognize him as 'on of us'. And indeed: he did all kinds of experim...
 
    Heron of Alexandria, Inventor Steam Engine
  Heron of Alexandria, Inventor Steam Engine
Heron of Alexandria was an ancient Greek mathematician who was a resident of a Roman province (Ptolemaic Egypt); he was also an engineer who was active in his hometown of Alexandria. He is considered the greatest experimenter of antiquity and his wor...
 
    Zhang Heng, Chinese Scientist
  Zhang Heng, Chinese Scientist
Zhang Heng was a Chinese astronomer, mathematician, inventor, geographer, cartographer, artist, poet, statesman, and literary scholar from Nanyang, Henan. He lived during the Eastern Han Dynasty (AD 25220) of China. He was educated in the capital c...
 
    Aryabhata, Inventor of the Digit Zero
  Aryabhata, Inventor of the Digit Zero
Aryabhata is the first of the great astronomers of the classical age of India. He was born in 476 AD in Ashmaka but later lived in Kusumapura, which his commentator Bhaskara I (629 AD) identifies with Patilputra (modern Patna). Aryabhata gave the...
 
    Guido d'Arezzo, Iventor Musical Notation
  Guido d'Arezzo, Iventor Musical Notation
Guido d'Arezzo, a monk of the Order of St. Benedict, b. near Paris c. 995; d. at Avellano, near Arezzo, 1050. He invented the system of staff-notation still in use, and rendered various other services to the progress of musical art and science. H...
 
    Laurens Janszoon Koster (Coster), Printer
  Laurens Janszoon Koster (Coster), Printer
Laurens Janszoon Coster or Laurens Jansz Koster, was one of the early European printers. He was an important citizen of Haarlem and held the position of sexton (Koster) of Sint-Bavokerk. He is mentioned in contemporary documents as an assessor (scabi...
 
    Gutenberg, Inventor Movable Type - 1439
  Gutenberg, Inventor Movable Type - 1439
Johannes Gutenberg was a German blacksmith, goldsmith, printer, and publisher who introduced modern book printing. His invention of mechanical movable type printing started the Printing Revolution and is widely regarded as the most important event of...
 
    Leonardo da Vinci
  Leonardo da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci, Florentine artist, one of the great masters of the High Renaissance, celebrated as a painter, sculptor, architect, engineer, and scientist. His profound love of knowledge and research was the keynote of both his artistic and scient...
 
    Blaise Pascal, Inventing a Calculator
  Blaise Pascal, Inventing a Calculator
Blaise Pascal was a French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer and Catholic philosopher. He was a child prodigy who was educated by his father, a tax collector in Rouen. Pascal's earliest work was in the natural and applied sciences where he m...
 
    Antony van Leeuwenhoek
  Antony van Leeuwenhoek
Antony van Leeuwenhoek was an unlikely scientist. A tradesman of Delft, Holland, he came from a family of tradesmen, had no fortune, received no higher education or university degrees, and knew no languages other than his native Dutch. This would hav...
 
    Robert Hooke, Natural Philosopher
  Robert Hooke, Natural Philosopher
Robert Hooke - natural philosopher, inventor, architect, chemist, mathematician, physicist, engineer. Robert Hooke is one of the most neglected natural philosophers of all time. The inventor of, amongst other things, the iris diaphragm in cameras, th...
 
    Jan van der Heyden, Painter
  Jan van der Heyden, Painter
Jan van der Heyden was a Dutch Baroque-era painter, draughtsman, printmaker, a mennonite and inventor who significantly contributed to contemporary firefighting. He improved the fire hose in 1672, with his brother Nicolaes, who was a hydraulic engine...
 
    Savery, Inventor Steam Engine - 1698
  Savery, Inventor Steam Engine - 1698
Thomas Savery was an English inventor. Initially interested in naval applications of engineering (he designed an early paddle-wheel), Savery then became interested in pumping machines. On July 2, 1698 he patented an early steam engine, and in 1702 he...
 
    Bartolomeo Cristofori, Inventor of the Piano
  Bartolomeo Cristofori, Inventor of the Piano
Bartolomeo Cristofori di Francesco was an Italian maker of musical instruments, and is most remembered for inventing what would become the modern-day piano. He was born in Padua and became known as a harpsichord and spinet maker. In 1690 he moved to...
 
    Newcomen, 1st Practical Steam Engine
  Newcomen, 1st Practical Steam Engine
Thomas Newcomen was an ironmonger by trade and a Baptist lay preacher by calling. He was born in Dartmouth, Devon, England, near a part of the country noted for its tin mines. Flooding was a major problem, limiting the depth at which the mineral coul...
 
         
         



 
 
         
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