Scientists From Ohio

Ohio has produced a number of Scientists who have made it big. These include Arthur Compton, Richard E. Smalley, William Lipscomb, Donald A. Glaser, Frank Sherwood Rowland and others.

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 1 Arthur Compton

Arthur Compton
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Famous As: Nobel Prize Laureate in Physics
Birthdate: September 10, 1892
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: March 15, 1962

American physicist Arthur Compton is best-known for introducing Compton wavelength, discovering Compton scattering, first identifying the Compton–Getting effect in the intensity of cosmic rays along with Ivan A. Getting, and for the Compton generator. He received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1927 for discovering Compton effect. He also remained a prominent figure during the Manhattan Project.

 2 Willard Van Orman Quine

Willard Van Orman Quine
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Famous As: Mathematician, Analytic philosopher, Philosopher of language, Epistemologist, Philosopher of science, University teacher, Professor, Philosopher
Birthdate: June 25, 1908
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: December 25, 2000

 3 Marion Tinsley

Marion Tinsley
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: February 3, 1927
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: April 3, 1995

 4 Paul Stamets

Paul Stamets
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Famous As: Mycologist
Birthdate: July 17, 1955
Sun Sign: Cancer

Paul Stamets is an American entrepreneur and mycologist. An ardent supporter of mycoremediation and medicinal fungi, Stamets sells various mushroom products. In 2014, he was honored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science with an Invention Ambassador award. In 2019, he contributed immensely to the creation of a documentary film titled Fantastic Fungi.

 5 Richard Hamilton (Mathematician)

Richard Hamilton (Mathematician)
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Birthdate: 1943 AD

 6 Richard M. Krause

Richard M. Krause
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: January 4, 1925
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: January 6, 2015

 7 Amy Mainzer

Amy Mainzer
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Famous As: Astronomer
Birthdate: January 2, 1974
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Astronomer Amy Mainzer has been associated with NASA's NEOWISE mission and specializes in asteroid detection. The Stanford and Caltech alumna now teaches at the Lunar and Planetary Laboratory of the University of Arizona and has also appeared on the History Channel series The Universe and in several documentaries.

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 8 Charles Francis Richter

Charles Francis Richter
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Famous As: Seismologist
Birthdate: April 26, 1900
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: September 30, 1985

 9 John Mauchly

John Mauchly
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: August 30, 1907
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: January 8, 1980

 10 Arthur T. Benjamin

Arthur T. Benjamin
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: March 19, 1961
Sun Sign: Pisces

 11 Richard E. Smalley

Richard E. Smalley
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Famous As: Father of Nanotechnology
Birthdate: June 6, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: October 28, 2005

 12 Paul Lauterbur

Paul Lauterbur
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Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: May 6, 1929
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: March 27, 2007

 13 Karl Gordon Henize

Karl Gordon Henize
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Famous As: Astronomer, Astronaut, Scientist
Birthdate: October 17, 1926
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: October 5, 1993

Karl Gordon Henize was a space scientist and astronaut who authored seventy papers on astronomy. He was posted at various observatories round the world. Later on, he joined NASA as scientist-astronaut and flew on space shuttle Challenger as a mission specialist.

 14 Lyman Spitzer

Lyman Spitzer
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Famous As: Astronomer, Astrophysicist, Physicist, University teacher
Birthdate: June 26, 1914
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: March 31, 1997

Lyman Spitzer was an American theoretical physicist, mountaineer, and astronomer. He was known for his research into star formation and plasma physics. He is credited with the invention of the stellarator plasma device and he was the one who first conceived the idea of telescopes operating in outer space. He was a founding member of the World Cultural Council. 

 15 Donald A. Glaser

Donald A. Glaser
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: September 21, 1926
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: February 28, 2013

 16 George Carruthers

George Carruthers
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Famous As: Inventor, physicist, engineer and space scientist
Birthdate: October 1, 1939
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: December 26, 2020

 17 Scott Fahlman

Scott Fahlman
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Famous As: Computer scientist, University teacher
Birthdate: March 21, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries

 18 Judah Folkman

Judah Folkman
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Famous As: Scientist
Birthdate: February 24, 1933
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: January 14, 2008

Best known for his pathbreaking study on angiogenesis, Judah Folkman discovered that tumors required blood vessels to survive, while on duty as a navy doctor. The son of a rabbi, he chose to study medicine instead of following in his father’s footsteps and ended up graduating from Harvard.

 19 Charles Henry Turner

Charles Henry Turner
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Famous As: Zoologist
Birthdate: February 3, 1867
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: February 14, 1923

 20 Thomas Corwin Mendenhall

Thomas Corwin Mendenhall
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: October 4, 1841
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: March 23, 1924

 21 William Lipscomb

William Lipscomb
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Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: December 9, 1919
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: April 14, 2011

 22 Michael Posner

Michael Posner
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Famous As: Psychologist, Neuroscientist
Birthdate: September 12, 1936
Sun Sign: Virgo

 23 Frank Sherwood Rowland

Frank Sherwood Rowland
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Famous As: Atmospheric Chemist
Birthdate: June 28, 1927
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: March 10, 2012

 24 Wallace Clement Sabine

Wallace Clement Sabine
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Famous As: American physicist
Birthdate: June 13, 1868
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: January 19, 1919
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 25 Karl Taylor Compton

Karl Taylor Compton
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: September 14, 1887
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: June 22, 1954

 26 William Wallace Campbell

William Wallace Campbell
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Famous As: Astronomer
Birthdate: April 11, 1862
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: June 14, 1938

Though William Wallace Campbell initially studied civil engineering, he later developed a love for astronomy. Starting his career as a math professor, he later taught astronomy and became the director of the Lick Observatory. He is best remembered for his research on astronomical spectroscopy and binary stars.

 27 James V. Neel

James V. Neel
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Famous As: Geneticist
Birthdate: March 22, 1915
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: February 1, 2000

Geneticist James V. Neel is known for his extensive research on genetic epidemiology and often studied sickle-cell disease and thalassemia. He also studied the effect of ionizing radiation on the survivors of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombings. He had also penned several books and over 600 scientific articles.

 28 John Jacob Abel

John Jacob Abel
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Famous As: Biochemist
Birthdate: May 19, 1857
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: May 26, 1938

John Jacob Abel was a biochemist and pharmacologist who established the pharmacology department at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. While at Hopkins, he made several important medical advancements. He made significant contributions in the field of hormone extraction and founded the Journal of Biological Chemistry. He was a recipient of the Conne Medal and the Kober Medal. 

 29 George Pake

George Pake
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: April 1, 1924
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: March 4, 2004

 30 George Rieveschl

George Rieveschl
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Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: January 9, 1916
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: September 27, 2007

 31 Howard Taylor Ricketts

Howard Taylor Ricketts
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Famous As: Pathologist
Birthdate: February 9, 1871
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: May 3, 1910

 32 William Henry Holmes

William Henry Holmes
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Famous As: Explorer
Birthdate: December 1, 1846
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: April 20, 1933

 33 Robert Huebner

Robert Huebner
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: February 23, 1914
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: August 26, 1998

 34 George Harrison Shull

George Harrison Shull
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Famous As: Plant biologist
Birthdate: April 15, 1874
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: September 28, 1954

George Harrison Shull gained fame not just as a plant geneticist but also for his pioneering discovery of hybrid corn, or maize. He also coined the term heterosis. He taught at Princeton for 27 years and also established the journal Genetics, serving as its managing editor.

 35 Arthur B. C. Walker Jr.

Arthur B. C. Walker Jr.
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: August 24, 1936
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: April 29, 2001

 36 Emma Lucy Braun

Emma Lucy Braun
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Famous As: Botanist and ecologist
Birthdate: April 19, 1889
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: March 5, 1971

 37 Paul Zamecnik

Paul Zamecnik
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Famous As: Scientist
Birthdate: November 22, 1912
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: October 27, 2009

 38 Charles Dillon Perrine

Charles Dillon Perrine
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Famous As: Astronomer
Birthdate: July 28, 1867
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: June 21, 1951

Though interested in photography and astronomy since an early age, Charles Dillon Perrine failed to fund a proper college education. His zeal earned him a job at the Lick Observatory. Apart from discovering two moons of Jupiter, Himalia and Elara, he also served as the director of the Argentine National Observatory.

 39 William Merriam Burton

William Merriam Burton
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Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: November 17, 1865
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: December 29, 1954

 40 Edwin Conklin

Edwin Conklin
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Famous As: Biologist
Birthdate: November 24, 1863
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: November 20, 1952

 41 Charles Edwin Bessey

Charles Edwin Bessey
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Famous As: Botanist
Birthdate: May 21, 1845
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: February 25, 1915

 42 Willard Harrison Bennett

Willard Harrison Bennett
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Famous As: Scientist
Birthdate: June 13, 1903
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: September 28, 1987

 43 Charles Schuchert

Charles Schuchert
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Famous As: Paleontologist
Birthdate: July 3, 1858
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: November 20, 1942

Invertebrate paleontologist Charles Schuchert had initially been part of his father’s furniture business. After his father’s death, he developed an affinity for studying fossils while working to support his family. He later came to be known as a pioneer in the study of paleogeography and also taught at Yale.

 44 James L. Elliot

James L. Elliot
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Famous As: Astronomical Scientist
Birthdate: June 19, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: March 3, 2011

MIT and Harvard alumnus James L. Elliot returned to MIT as a professor after completing his postdoctoral research at Cornell. He is best remembered for discovering Uranus’s rings. His research also included Pluto and Triton. He also contributed to astrophotography by developing a special telescope camera for the Las Campanas Observatory.

 45 Gerald Alan Soffen

Gerald Alan Soffen
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Famous As: Biologist
Birthdate: February 7, 1926
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: November 22, 2000

 46 Donald Edward Osterbrock

Donald Edward Osterbrock
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Famous As: Astronomer
Birthdate: July 13, 1924
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: January 11, 2007

Donald Edward Osterbrock is best remembered for his research on the Milky Way and the stellar structure and later specialized in the history of astronomy. His studies on the nebulae and galaxies are invaluable. He was associated with Caltech and had also been the director of the Lick Observatory.

 47 Charles Stuart Bowyer

Charles Stuart Bowyer
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Famous As: Astronomer
Birthdate: August 2, 1934
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: September 23, 2020

A pilot’s son, Charles Stuart Bowyer excelled in physics and became a professor at the University of California at Berkeley. A pioneer of extreme ultraviolet astronomy, he spearheaded the launch of the first EUVE satellite and also pushed for the search for extra-terrestrial intelligence. He died of COVID-19 complications.

 48 William Keith Brooks

William Keith Brooks
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Famous As: Zoologist
Birthdate: March 25, 1848
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: November 12, 1908

 49 William Coblentz

William Coblentz
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: November 20, 1873
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: September 15, 1962

Born into poverty, William Coblentz could only finish high school by age 22. His talent in physics helped him make it to Cornell University. He later became one of the pioneers of infrared spectroscopy and also studied blackbody radiation. He headed the U.S. National Bureau of StandardsRadiometry Section, too.

 50 William Starling Sullivant

William Starling Sullivant
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Famous As: Botanist
Birthdate: January 15, 1803
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: April 30, 1873