Scientists From Kentucky

Kentucky has produced a number of Scientists who have made it big. These include Thomas Hunt Morgan, Philip Allen Sharp, Owsley Stanley, Thomas Stoltz Harvey, Robert H. Grubbs and others.

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 1 Thomas Hunt Morgan

Thomas Hunt Morgan
Famous As: Geneticist
Birthdate: September 25, 1866
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: December 4, 1945

Thomas Hunt Morgan was an evolutionary biologist, geneticist, and embryologist. He won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1933. He worked extensively on the role that the chromosome plays in heredity and demonstrated that genes are carried on chromosomes. In his later career, he established the division of biology at the California Institute of Technology. 

 2 George M. Whitesides

George M. Whitesides
Famous As: Chemist and professor of chemistry at Harvard University
Birthdate: August 3, 1939
Sun Sign: Leo

 3 Owsley Stanley

Owsley Stanley
Famous As: key figure in the San Francisco Bay Area hippie movement during the 1960s
Birthdate: January 19, 1935
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: March 12, 2011

Owsley Stanley was an American clandestine chemist and audio engineer. During the 1960s Stanley played an important role in the Bay Area hippie movement and the counterculture of the decade. As the sound engineer of the Grateful Dead, Stanley developed the band's famous Wall of Sound, one of the largest transportable public address systems ever built.

 4 Thomas Stoltz Harvey

Thomas Stoltz Harvey
Famous As: Pathologist, Neurologist
Birthdate: October 10, 1912
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: April 5, 2007

Pathologist Thomas Stoltz Harvey was the man who conducted an autopsy on Albert Einstein. It is believed the Princeton Hospital employee later stole Einstein’s brain without his family’s permission and even lost his job for it. He kept parts of the brain with him for 43 years.

 5 Robert H. Grubbs

Robert H. Grubbs
Famous As: Former chemist known for Catalysts for olefin metathesis in organic synthesis
Birthdate: February 27, 1942
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: December 19, 2021

 6 Philip Allen Sharp

Philip Allen Sharp
Famous As: Geneticist
Birthdate: June 6, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini

Philip Allen Sharp is an American molecular biologist and geneticist best known for co-discovering RNA splicing. In 1993, he received the prestigious Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine along with Sir Richard John Roberts. Philip Allen Sharp has also won several other awards, such as the National Medal of Science, the Benjamin Franklin Medal, and the Louisa Gross Horwitz Prize. 

 7 Ellen Churchill Semple

Ellen Churchill Semple
Famous As: Geographer
Birthdate: January 8, 1863
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: May 8, 1932
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 8 Clarence Lushbaugh

Clarence Lushbaugh
Famous As: Radiologist, Pathologist
Birthdate: March 15, 1916
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: October 13, 2000

 9 Nathaniel Shaler

Nathaniel Shaler
Famous As: Paleontologist
Birthdate: February 20, 1841
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: April 10, 1906

Nathaniel Shaler was an American geologist and paleontologist. He is best remembered for his writings on the scientific and theological implications of the theory of evolution. Shaler is also remembered for his association with Harvard University where he served as Dean of Sciences. He was also regarded as one of the most popular teachers in the university.

 10 Orlando Park

Orlando Park
Famous As: American entomologist
Birthdate: October 13, 1901
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: September 23, 1969

 11 William Henry Twenhofel

William Henry Twenhofel
Famous As: Geologist
Birthdate: April 16, 1875
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: January 4, 1957