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Today in Science (0304)

March 4, 2008

Apologies for no Monday Mustelid yesterday. Busy, busy.

Events

1675 – John Flamsteed appointed first Astronomer Royal

1774 – First sighting of Orion Nebula by William Herschel.

1997 – Bill Clinton bans federally funded human cloning research.

2002 – Canada bans human embryo cloning but permits government-funded scientists to use embryos left over from fertility treatment or abortions.

2006 – Final contact attempt with Pioneer 10 by the Deep Space Network. No response was received.

Births

1835 – John Hughlings Jackson, English neurologist

1847 – Karl Bayer, Austrian chemist

1854 – Napier Shaw, British meteorologist

1859 – Alexander Stepanovich Popov, Russian physicist

1862 – Jacob Robert Emden, Swiss astrophysicist and meteorologist

1863 – Reginald Innes Pocock, British zoologist

1881 – Richard C. Tolman, American mathematical physicist

1903 – William C. Boyd, American immunochemist

1904 – George Gamow, Ukrainian-born physicist

1923 – Sir Patrick Moore, British astronomer

1934 – Janez Strnad, Slovenian physicist

Deaths

1853 – Christian Leopold von Buch, German geologist

1910 – Knut Ångström, Swedish physicist

1927 – Ira Remsen American chemist

1952 – Charles Scott Sherrington, English scientist and Nobel Prize laureate

1973 – Samuel Tolansky, British scientist

1976 – Walter H. Schottky, German physicist

2004 – George Pake, American physicist

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