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Franklin Institute

ORGANIZATION

Founded in 1824 as The Franklin Institute of the State of Pennsylvania for the Promotion of the Mechanic Arts.

Official Website:
http://www.fi.edu/

Founding Date:
1824

NameOccupationBirthDeathKnown for
Roger Adams
Chemist
2-Jan-1889 6-Jul-1971 Organic chemist at Illinois
Zhores I. Alferov
Scientist
15-Mar-1930   Developed solar cells for the Sputnik program
Alexander Dallas Bache
Physicist
19-Jul-1806 17-Feb-1867 First President, National Academy of Sciences
Leo Baekeland
Scientist
14-Nov-1863 23-Feb-1944 Father of plastics
Frank Baldino, Jr.
Business
13-May-1953 16-Dec-2010 Founder of Cephalon
Edward Bouchet
Physicist
15-Sep-1852 28-Oct-1918 First African-American PhD
Walter H. Brattain
Physicist
10-Feb-1902 13-Oct-1987 Co-Inventor of the transistor
James Chadwick
Physicist
20-Oct-1891 24-Jul-1974 Discovered the neutron
Karl T. Compton
Physicist
15-Sep-1887 22-Jun-1954 Bikini Island atomic tests
John William Draper
Chemist
5-May-1811 4-Jan-1882 Radiant energy and portrait photography
James Pollard Espy
Scientist
9-May-1785 24-Jan-1860 The Philosophy of Storms
J. Michael Fitzpatrick
Business
c. 1946   President of Rohm and Haas, 1999-2005
Theodor W. Hänsch
Physicist
30-Oct-1941   Quantum optics
Edwin J. Houston
Inventor
9-Jul-1847 1-Mar-1914 Thomson-Houston Electric Company
Frederic Eugene Ives
Inventor
17-Feb-1856 27-May-1937 Halftone process
Herbert E. Ives
Physicist
21-Jul-1882 13-Nov-1953 Facsimile machine
Heike Kamerlingh Onnes
Physicist
21-Sep-1853 21-Feb-1926 Liquefied helium and discovered superconductivity
Theophilus Van Kannel
Inventor
1841 24-Dec-1919 Revolving door
Pyotr Kapitsa
Physicist
8-Jul-1894 8-Apr-1984 Discovered superfluidity
John William Mauchly
Physicist
30-Aug-1907 8-Jan-1980 ENIAC, BINAC, and UNIVAC I computers
Elmer Sperry
Inventor
12-Oct-1860 10-Jun-1930 Gyroscopic compass
Philip Sporn
Engineer
25-Nov-1896 23-Jan-1978 American Electric Power Company
Frank J. Sprague
Inventor
25-Jul-1857 25-Oct-1934 Streetcars and express elevators
Elihu Thomson
Inventor
29-Mar-1853 13-Mar-1937 Electric welding and A/C motors
James A. Unruh
Business
c. 1942   CEO of Unisys, 1990-97
Harold C. Urey
Chemist
29-Apr-1893 5-Jan-1981 Discovered Deuterium


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