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Taylor Wang

Taylor Gun-Jin Wang (simplified Chinese: 王赣骏; traditional Chinese: 王贛駿; pinyin: Wáng Gànjùn; born June 16, 1940) is a Chinese-born American scientist and in 1985, became the first ethnic Chinese person to go into space. While an employee of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Wang was a payload specialist on the Space Shuttle Challenger mission STS-51-B.

Johan Beetz

Johan Beetz (August 19, 1874 – March 26, 1949) was a Canadian naturalist of Belgian origin. He settled in a small coastal town in the Côte-Nord region of Quebec, which was later renamed Baie-Johan-Beetz in his honour, along with the nearby bay, known as the baie Johan-Beetz.
He was born in Boortmeerbeek, Belgium, in the château d’Oudenhouven, to an aristocratic family. His father Johannes Beetz died when he was two years old and his mother Céline Verzyl (or Versyl) remarried an English major named Walter Turner. He had a privileged childhood and the future King Albert was among his childhood acquaintances. In his youth, he participated in hunting in Morocco, Algeria and Congo, and took part in archeological digs. He studied medicine and biology.
However, his fiancée (and cousin) Marthe Versyl died of pneumonia. Apparently seeking a change in his life, he considered moving from Belgium to Africa, but then he happened to converse with a certain Monsieur Warner, who talked about the hunting and fishing in Pashti-Baie (or Piastrebaie) along the north shore of the Gulf of Saint Lawrence in Quebec, Canada, where Warner had a house. Beetz bought Warner’s house on the spot, and moved there in May 1897. Within this year, Beetz meet Henry de Puyjalon a pioneer in Canadian ecology, among the first to suggest wild life conservation areas.
He married a local girl named Adéla Tanguay on September 27, 1898 and constructed a very large house, today known as the Maison Johan-Beetz and classified as a historical monument by the Quebec government. They eventually had 11 children. He hunted, fished, and trapped with the local villagers. He raised foxes for their fur. He was a naturalist and ornithologist, and made numerous studies and hand drawings. He invented a mummification process for preserving animal bodies; however the technique was lost when he died.
From 1903 to 1913 he was the local postmaster, and he often served as a sort of doctor. He was credited with sparing the village from the Spanish influenza in 1918–1919 by restricting external contact and disinfecting mail.
In 1922 the Beetz family moved to Saint-Laurent, then a suburb of Montreal and today a borough of the city. He bought a house there at 54 rue Saint-Germain. In July 1924, he was made a chevalier in the Order of Leopold II by the Belgian government. He later lived at 322 avenue Laurier, Quebec City, which has a plaque mentioning that fact. In 1931 he founded a zoo in Charlesbourg (today part of Quebec City), later known by the name Jardin zoologique de Québec (it closed in 2006).
He continued to raise foxes, at a farm in Vaudreuil. When the business was badly affected by the 1929 stock market crash, he was named director of the “fox” department at the Service de l’élevage des animaux à fourrure of the Quebec government. He wrote a book on the subject, entitled “L’Indispensable” à l’éleveur de renards argentés; it was published in English translation as “The indispensable” for fox breeders, translated by Thos. J. Carbray. The Université de Montréal wished to give him an honorary doctorate, however he preferred to deliver an oral thesis presentation; he was granted the Doctor of Science degree (Docteur ès Science agricole (vulpiculture)). The fox breeding industry in Quebec did not survive long after the death of its founder, however.
In 1965, the village where he spent many years of his life was renamed Baie-Johan-Beetz. There are streets named after him in both Baie-Johan-Beetz and in Sept-Îles. There is also a lake, Lac Beetz, in the Lac-Jérôme unorganized territory, which may be named for him, although the Commission de toponymie du Québec does not attest this.

Robert Weinberg

Robert Allan Weinberg (born November 11, 1942) is a biologist, Daniel K. Ludwig Professor for Cancer Research at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), director of the Ludwig Center of the MIT, and American Cancer Society Research Professor. His research is in the area of oncogenes and the genetic basis of human cancer.
Robert Weinberg is also affiliated with the Broad Institute and is a founding member of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research. He teaches at MIT including course 7.012 (introductory biology) with Eric Lander. Weinberg and Lander are among the co-founders of Verastem, which is a biopharmaceutical company focused on discovering and developing drugs to treat cancer by targeting cancer stem cells.

Demetrios Christodoulou

Demetrios Christodoulou (Greek: Δημήτριος Χριστοδούλου; born October 19, 1951) is a Greek mathematician and physicist, who first became well known for his proof, together with Sergiu Klainerman, of the nonlinear stability of the Minkowski spacetime
of special relativity in the framework of general relativity.

James Henry Fleming

James Henry Fleming (Toronto, July 5, 1872 – June 27, 1940) was a Canadian ornithologist. His father was Scottish, and sixty years old when his son was born. James became interested in birds at the age of 12. He was an associate member of the Royal Canadian Institute at 16. In 1916, he became a fellow of the American Ornithologists’ Union (AOU), and by 21 was an associate member. He eventually became its president, holding the post from 1932 to 1935. His standing as an ornithologist was recognized in many ways. The National Museum of Canada made him honorary curator of ornithology in 1913. He was elected British Empire Member of the British Ornithological Union; Corresponding Member of the Zoological Society of London; and Membre d’Honneur Étranger of the Société Ornithologique et Mammalogique de France.
He was an honorary (but active) member of the Brodie Club, Toronto; an Honorary Member of the Toronto Ornithological Club; Honorary Vice-President of the Toronto Field Naturalists’ Club; and in 1927, he was made Honorary Curator of the Royal Ontario Museum of Zoology. Over his life he amassed a vast collection of specimens, numbering over 32,000, and a large ornithological library considered to be one of the largest and most representative private collections at the time. This research collection went to The Royal Ontario Museum upon his death.

Jule Gregory Charney

Jule Gregory Charney (January 1, 1917 – June 16, 1981) was an American meteorologist who played an important role in developing weather prediction. He developed a set of equations (The Quasi-Geostrophic Vorticity Equation) for calculating the large-scale motions of planetary-scale waves. He gave the first convincing physical explanation for the development of mid-latitude cyclones known as the Baroclinic Instability theory. He is considered the father of modern dynamical meteorology.

Abraham Brook

Abraham Brook (fl. 1789) was an English bookseller in Norwich, now remembered as an experimental physicist, working with electrometers and vacuum flasks.

Bob Mansfield

Bob Mansfield is a hardware engineer working at Apple. He was formerly Senior Vice President of Technologies, before leaving that role to focus on unnamed future products. It has been claimed that he supervised the development of Apple’s Apple Watch or smart television products.
Mansfield earned a BSEE degree from the University of Texas in 1982. He then went on to fill the positions of senior director at SGI and vice president of Engineering at Raycer Graphics, subsequently acquired by Apple in 1999. Following the acquisition, Mansfield stayed on with Apple to fill his new role of senior vice president of Mac Hardware Engineering, overseeing teams that delivered products such as the iMac and MacBook.
In August 2010, Mansfield took over the position of Devices Hardware Engineering from the departed Mark Papermaster. Although Apple announced Bob Mansfield’s retirement on June 28, 2012, it was announced on August 27, 2012 that Mansfield would remain at Apple, working on “future projects” and reporting to Tim Cook.
Apple announced on October 29, 2012 that Mansfield would take on a new role at Apple as Senior Vice President of Technologies. Reports have claimed that Scott Forstall’s departure was a key reason for Mansfield’s unexpected return from retirement. On July 28, 2013, roughly 9 months after Mansfield’s appointment to Senior Vice President of Technologies, Mansfield’s biography was removed from Apple’s executive profiles webpage. It was subsequently confirmed by Apple that Mansfield was no longer a part of the executive team, but would “continue to work on special projects under CEO Tim Cook.”

Joseph W. Goodman

Joseph W. Goodman is an engineer and physicist. He received the A.B. Degree in Engineering and Applied Physics from Harvard University in 1958, and the M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in 1960 and 1963, respectively. He has held a number of positions in the field of optics, including the presidency of the Optical Society of America in 1992.

Christopher Soghoian

Christopher Soghoian (born 1981) is a privacy researcher and activist. He is currently the principal technologist at the American Civil Liberties Union.

Roderick Oliver Redman

Roderick Oliver Redman FRS (1905–1975) was Professor of Astronomy at the University of Cambridge.

Alvin Drew

Colonel Benjamin Alvin Drew (born November 5, 1962) is a United States Air Force officer and a NASA astronaut. He has been on two spaceflights; the first was the Space Shuttle mission STS-118 to the International Space Station, in August 2007. Drew’s second spaceflight took place in March 2011 on STS-133, another mission to the International Space Station. STS-133 was Space Shuttle Discovery‘s final mission. Drew took part in two spacewalks while docked to the station. Drew was the final African-American to fly on board a Space Shuttle, as the final two Space Shuttle missions, STS-134 and STS-135, had no African-American crew members.

Carlo M. Croce

Carlo M. Croce (born December 17, 1944) is an Italian medical doctor, specializing in oncology and noted for research into the genetic mechanisms of cancer. Croce is one of the most highly recognized and awarded Italian researchers in the world, and is currently involved in the study of microRNAs and their role in oncology.
Croce has received numerous awards, including the 2006 Clowes Memorial Award from the American Association for Cancer Research for his discoveries of the molecular mechanisms of Leukemia. In 2010, he was elected a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Based on his merit in the field of science, he was awarded the honour of Cavaliere di Gran Croce by the President of Italy, Carlo Azeglio Ciampi and is ranked first on the Italian Academy’s list of the 715 Italian scientists having the most impact on medical research around the world.
He is now Director of Human Cancer Genetics, Chairman of Molecular Virology, Immunology and Medical Genetics, and Director of the Institute of Genetics at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center. He is also Professor of Medical Oncology at the University of Ferrara School of Medicine.

Audrey Besterman

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William Gambel

William Gambel (June 1823 – December 13, 1849) was an American naturalist and collector.
Gambel was born in Philadelphia. In 1838 he travelled with the naturalist Thomas Nuttall on a collecting trip to North Carolina. In March 1841 he set off alone to collect plants for Nuttall. He travelled west, taking a more southerly route to that taken previously by Nuttall and Townsend. From Independence he followed the Santa Fe Trail, and then along the Old Spanish Trail, arriving in California in early November. He spent 1842 collecting along the California coast, and then joined the US Navy as a secretary, which allowed him to visit all the California mission stations. The new birds he collected included Gambel’s quail (Callipepla gambelii), mountain chickadee (Parus gambeli) and Nuttall’s woodpecker (Picoides nuttallii).
Gambel arrived back in Philadelphia in August 1845. In 1848 he qualified as a physician. He died of typhoid whilst crossing the Sierra Nevada mountains in midwinter.

George Albemarle Bertie Dewar

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A. E. A. Werner

A. E. A. Werner’s biography, age, height, fact, career, awards, net worth, salary, income, family tree, personal life and life story.

Scott D. Sundberg

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