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January 22 Science History

Science History of January 22

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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)
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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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