Scientists From Wisconsin

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Wisconsin has produced a number of Scientists who have made it big. These include Donald Knuth, John Bardeen, William P. Murphy, David Filo, Robert Cialdini and others.
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Donald Knuth
(Mathematician and Computer Scientist Known for His Multivolume Series of Books “The Art of Computer Programming”)
Donald Knuth
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Birthdate: January 10, 1938
Sun Sign: Capricorn

Mathematician and computer scientist Donald Ervin Knuth is best known for his contribution to the development of the rigorous analysis of the computational complexity of algorithms. Also the creator of the TeX computer typesetting system as well as the WEB and CWEB computer programming systems, he has published twenty books, most significant among them being The Art of Computer Programming.

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John Bardeen
(American Physicist, Engineer and the Only Person to Win the Nobel Prize in Physics Twice)
John Bardeen
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Birthdate: May 23, 1908
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: January 30, 1991

American engineer, physicist and Nobel laureate John Bardeen is the only person who received the Nobel Prize in Physics twice. He shared the first Nobel with William Shockley and Walter Brattain in 1956 for inventing the transistor, and the second with Leon N Cooper and John Robert Schrieffer in 1972 for proposing the BCS theory, a microscopic theory of superconductivity.

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David Filo
(Entrepreneur, Businessperson, Merchant, Computer scientist)
David Filo
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Birthdate: April 20, 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus
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Vernor Vinge
(Computer scientist)
Vernor Vinge
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Birthdate: October 2, 1944
Sun Sign: Libra
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Robert Cialdini
(Psychologist)
Robert Cialdini
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Birthdate: April 27, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
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Tom Hall
(Computer scientist)
Tom Hall
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Birthdate: September 2, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
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Phil Katz
(Programmer, Computer scientist)
Phil Katz
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Birthdate: November 3, 1962
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: April 14, 2000
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Walter Bradford Cannon
(American Physiologist Who Developed the Theory of Homeostasis)
Walter Bradford Cannon
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Birthdate: October 19, 1871
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: October 1, 1945

Walter Bradford Cannon was an American physiologist best remembered for his association with Harvard Medical School, where he served as chairman and professor of the Department of Physiology. Walter Bradford Cannon is credited with developing the theory of homeostasis and coining the term fight-or-flight response. 

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David J. Wineland
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Birthdate: February 24, 1944
Sun Sign: Pisces
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Warren Weaver
(mathematician, university teacher, computer scientist)
Warren Weaver
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Birthdate: June 17, 1894
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: November 24, 1978
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Lloyd Viel Berkner
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Birthdate: February 1, 1905
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: June 4, 1967
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Thomas A. Steitz
(American Biochemist Best Known for His Pioneering Work on the Ribosome)
Thomas A. Steitz
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Birthdate: August 23, 1940
Sun Sign: Virgo
Died: October 9, 2018

American biophysicist/biochemist and Yale University professor Thomas A. Steitz is best known for his Nobel Prize-winning work on the structure and function of ribosomes. The Harvard alumnus has also worked at molecular biology lab at Cambridge and has co-founded a pharma company that creates antibiotics based on ribosomes.

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Hendrik Wade Bode
(Engineer, Scientist)
Hendrik Wade Bode
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Birthdate: December 24, 1905
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: June 21, 1982
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Russell W. Peterson
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Birthdate: October 3, 1916
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: February 21, 2011
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Franklin Hiram King
(American Agricultural Scientist Who Was the Inventor of the Cylindrical Tower Silo)
Franklin Hiram King
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Birthdate: June 8, 1848
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: August 4, 1911

Franklin Hiram King was an agricultural scientist best known for his first-hand account of such agricultural practices that are considered today as standard organic farming practices. From 1888 to 1902, he also served as a professor at the University of Wisconsin–Madison where he taught agricultural physics. During his career, King made significant contributions to agriculture.

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William Morton Wheeler
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Birthdate: March 19, 1865
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: April 19, 1937
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Alexander Wetmore
(American Ornithologist and Paleontologist Known for His Research on Birds of the Western Hemisphere)
Alexander Wetmore
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Birthdate: June 18, 1886
Sun Sign: Gemini
Died: December 7, 1978

Alexander Wetmore was an American avian paleontologist and ornithologist who served as the Secretary of the popular Smithsonian Institution from 1945 to 1952. He also served as the president of The Explorers Club from 1944 to 1946. Alexander Wetmore is also remembered for his influential 4-volume book, Birds of the Republic of Panama.

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William P. Murphy
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Birthdate: February 6, 1892
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: October 9, 1987
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Elda Emma Anderson
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Birthdate: October 5, 1899
Sun Sign: Libra
Died: April 17, 1961
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Max Mason
(Mathematician)
Max Mason
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Birthdate: October 26, 1877
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: March 22, 1961
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Amadeus William Grabau
(American Geologist and Paleontologist Known for His Works on Paleoecology and Chinese Stratigraphy)
Amadeus William Grabau
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Birthdate: January 9, 1870
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: March 20, 1946

Born to German immigrants in New York, Amadeus William Grabau had initially apprenticed as a bookbinder and later studied geology at MIT and Harvard. His research on stratigraphy and paleoecology in China earned him the title of the father of Chinese geology. He has also worked for the Japanese Army.

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John Henry Comstock
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Birthdate: February 24, 1849
Sun Sign: Pisces
Died: March 20, 1931
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Nevin S. Scrimshaw
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Birthdate: January 20, 1918
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: February 8, 2013
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Harold D. Babcock
(Astronomer)
Harold D. Babcock
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Birthdate: January 24, 1882
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: April 8, 1968

Electrical-engineer-turned-astronomer Harold D. Babcock had worked at the Mt. Wilson Observatory throughout his life and was one of its first staff members. A specialist in solar spectroscopy, he is remembered for his research on the Sun’s magnetic fields, along with his son, Horace W. Babcock.

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Elvin C. Stakman
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Birthdate: May 17, 1885
Sun Sign: Taurus
Died: January 22, 1979
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Bernard Ogilvie Dodge
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Birthdate: April 18, 1872
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: August 9, 1960
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Lewis Ralph Jones
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Birthdate: December 5, 1864
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: April 1, 1945