Monthly Archives: November 2012

Martin Luther – Iconic Figure of the Reformation

Martin Luther – Iconic Figure of the Reformation

Martin Luther (1483-1546) On November 10, 1483, Martin Luther, monk, priest, professor of theology and iconic figure of the Protestant Reformation was born. As eldest of seven children of Hans Luther and his wife Margarethe, two middle-class peasant laborers, Martin was baptized as a Catholic in the small village of Eisleben, Germany, then part of the Holy Roman Empire. The name was chosen because the child was baptized the next…
Hedy Lamarr – a Hollywood Star Invents Secure Communication Technology

Hedy Lamarr – a Hollywood Star Invents Secure Communication Technology

Hedy Lamarr (1913-2000) On November 9, 1913, Hollywood movie star Hedy Lamar was born, co-inventor of an early form of the spread spectrum communications and frequency hopping, necessary for wireless communication from the pre-computer age to the present day. Ok, I assume that you are not necessarely familiar with spread spectrum communications technology. But, maybe you are wondering even more about a Hollywood movie star diva, who should be responsible…
Edmond Halley and his famous Comet

Edmond Halley and his famous Comet

Sir Edmond Halley (1656-1742)©Klaus-Dieter Keller, wikipedia On November 8, 1656, Sir Edmond Halley was born. The astronomer, geophysicist, mathematician, meteorologist, and physicist, was best known for computing the orbit of the eponymous Halley’s Comet. Edmond Halley was born in England to the family of a wealthy soap maker. Therefore, Halley was able to receive a proper education and started studying at Queen’s College in Oxford, where he already published his…
Marie Curie – Truly an Extraordinary Woman

Marie Curie – Truly an Extraordinary Woman

Marie Curie (1867-1934) On November 7, 1867, Marie Curie was born, French-Polish physicist, chemist, pioneer in research of radioactivity and double nobel laureate. Marie Curie was born in 1867 to a Polish family that counted to the social group of Intelligentsia. Her father was a teacher of mathematics and physics and her mother was a school principle. She finished high school at the age of only 15, but unfortunately she…
Alois Senefelder revolutionized Printing Technology

Alois Senefelder revolutionized Printing Technology

Alois Senefelder (1771-1834), Lithographic Portrait, 1818 On November 6, 1771, Alois Senefelder, actor, playwright, and inventor of the lithographic printing technology was born. His father, Johann Peter Senefelder, an actor at the Royal Theatre of Munich, was playing at Prague, then Imperial city (Reichsstadt) of the Holy Roman Empire of the German Nation, at the time of the birth of his son. The young Senefelder studied at Munich and received a…
Remember, remember, the 5th of November – Guy Fawkes Gun Powder Plot

Remember, remember, the 5th of November – Guy Fawkes Gun Powder Plot

The Gunpowder Plot Conspirators, 1605 On November 5, 1605, the famous Gunpowder Plot planning the assassination of King James I of England was uncovered and Guy Fawkes as one of its leaders was arrested, convicted and sentenced to be hanged, drawn and quartered. Remember, remember,The Fifth of November,Gunpowder treason and plot;For I see no reasonWhy Gunpowder TreasonShould ever be forgot.  (Nursery Rhyme) The plan of the conspirators was to blow…
Felix Mendelssohn – Child Prodigy of the Romantic Era

Felix Mendelssohn – Child Prodigy of the Romantic Era

Felix Mendelssohn 1809 – 1847 On November 4, 1847, the German composer, pianist, and organist of the Romantic era Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy passed away. Felix Mendelssohn was born in 1809 to a family of intellectuals, who tried to give their children as much educational support as possible. Even though his parents first hesitated to letting their son begin a musical career, they noticed his huge talent. Due to his parent’s…
Karl Baedeker, the Father of Modern Tourism

Karl Baedeker, the Father of Modern Tourism

Karl Baedeker 1801 – 1859 On November 3, 1801, German publisher Karl Baedecker was born, whose guidebooks set the authoritative standard for any tourist. Baedeker was familiar with letterpress printing from his early days, since his ancestors held this profession for many generations in the family. He studied humanities in Heidelberg, Germany and opened his first publishing company and bookshop in 1827. The early 19th century was an era of…
The first Worm hit the Internet 24 Years ago

The first Worm hit the Internet 24 Years ago

The Original Source Disk of the Morris Internet Worm, @Go Card USA On November 2, 1988, Cornell student Robert T. Morris launched the very first computer worm on the internet – and subsequently becoming the first person convicted under the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act. Today he is a tenured professor in the department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. “There may be a…
The Arecibo Radio Telescope – Looking for Extraterrestrial Signals

The Arecibo Radio Telescope – Looking for Extraterrestrial Signals

The Arecibo radio telescope is the largest single-dish telescope in the world. On November 1, 1963, the Arecibo radio telescope, by that time the earth’s largest radio telescope, has been inaugurated in Arecibo, Puerto Rico. It is operated by the company SRI International under cooperative agreement with the National Science Foundation and is also called the National Astronomy and Ionosphere Center, although “NAIC” refers to both the observatory and the…
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