Scientists From Virginia

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Virginia has produced a number of Scientists who have made it big. These include Radia Perlman, Mary Jackson, Francis Collins, Matthew Fontaine Maury, John C. Mather and others.
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Mary Jackson
(Mathematician)
Mary Jackson
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Birthdate: April 9, 1921
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: February 11, 2005

American mathematician and aerospace engineer Mary Jackson went down in history as the first African-American woman to work as a NASA engineer. Initially a math teacher, she later joined NACA under Dorothy Vaughan and contributed to countless American space programs at a time when racial segregation was the norm.

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Francis Collins
(American Physician-Geneticist who Discovered the Genes Associated with a Number of Diseases and Led the Human Genome Project)
Francis Collins
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Birthdate: April 14, 1950
Sun Sign: Aries

American physician-geneticist Francis Collins is known for his discovery of the genes related with several diseases and for leading the Human Genome Project while serving as director of NHGRI. Recipient of Presidential Medal of Freedom and the National Medal of Science, Collins wrote the New York Times bestseller The Language of God and presently serves as director of the NIH.

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Matthew Fontaine Maury
(American Astronomer, Oceanographer, Meteorologist, Geologist and Naval Officer)
Matthew Fontaine Maury
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Birthdate: January 14, 1806
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: February 1, 1873

American astronomer, naval officer, oceanographer and author Matthew Fontaine Maury, who first served the United States Navy and then the Confederacy States Navy, made significant contributions in oceanography. His book Physical Geography of the Sea is counted among the first comprehensive books on oceanography. Navies and merchant marines across the world adopted his uniform system of recording oceanographic data.

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Radia Perlman
(Computer Network Engineer)
Radia Perlman
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Birthdate: December 18, 1951
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
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John C. Mather
(Astrophysicist)
John C. Mather
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Birthdate: August 7, 1946
Sun Sign: Leo
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Edmund M. Clarke
(Computer Scientist)
Edmund M. Clarke
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Birthdate: July 27, 1945
Sun Sign: Leo
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Henry Draper
(American Physician and Amateur Astronomer Who Made the First Photograph of the Spectrum of a Star)
Henry Draper
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Birthdate: March 7, 1837
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: November 20, 1882

A practicing physician, Henry Draper later taught at the New York University medical school. However, he later devoted all his time to his passion, astronomy, photographing celestial bodies and following in his doctor and amateur astronomer father’s footsteps. He was the first to photograph a stellar spectrum and a nebula.

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Charles Lee Remington
(Entomologist)
Charles Lee Remington
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Birthdate: January 19, 1922
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: May 31, 2007
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Theophilus Painter
(American Zoologist Best Known for His Work on the Structure and Function of Chromosomes)
Theophilus Painter
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Birthdate: August 22, 1889
Sun Sign: Leo
Died: October 5, 1969

Zoologist Theophilus Painter made some groundbreaking studies on chromosomes, with special focus on the X and Y chromosomes and chromosomes of the salivary glands of the Drosophila fly. The Yale alumnus was associated with the University of Texas, where he eventually became the president.

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Eugene Lindsay Opie
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Birthdate: July 5, 1873
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: March 12, 1971