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January 22 Science History

Science History of January 22


Learn about the history of science by reading about the significant scientific events that took place on this day in history.

1936 - Alan Heeger was born.

Heeger is an American physicist and chemist who shares the 2000 Nobel Prize in Chemistry with Alan MacDiarmid and Hideki Shirakawa for discovering a method to create conductive polymers. Conductive polymers are organic polymers that are modified to conduct electricity and are used as anti-static material and in battery technologies.

1908 - Lev Davidovich Landau was born.

Laundau was a Soviet physicist who made numerous discoveries in the field of quantum mechanics. His theory of superfluidity of liquid helium would earn him the 1962 Nobel Prize in Physics.

1840 - Johann Friedrich Blumenbach died.

Johann Friedrich Blumenbach (1752 - 1840)
National Institutes of Health
Blumenbach was a German physician and physiologist who was a pioneer of anthropology. He compared the skulls of humans and determined there were five distinct "races" or species of people. These five species were Caucasian, Mongolian, Malayan, Negroid, and American.

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