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Science Facts - February Month

2 February 1802 French Chemist Jean Baptiste Boussingault (Who made significant contributions to agricultural science, petroleum science and metallurgy) was born.
3 February 1966 The unmanned Soviet Luna 9 spacecraft makes the first controlled rocket-assisted landing on the moon.
4 February 1896 German Physicist Friedrich Hund (Known for his work on atoms and molecules) was born.
5 February 1915 American Physicist Robert Hofstadter (Co-winner of the 1961 Nobel Prize in Physics for his pioneering studies of electron scattering in atomic nuclei and for his consequent discoveries concerning the structure of nucleons) was born.
7 February 1979 Pluto moves inside Neptune’s orbit for the first time since either was discovered.
8 February 1834 Russian Chemist Dmitri Mendeleev (Best known for formulating the periodic law) was born.
9 February 1789 German inventor of the stenography Franz Xaver Gabdsberger was born.
9 February 1910 French Biochemist Jacques Monod (Co-winner of the 1965 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for their discoveries concerning genetic control of enzyme and virus synthesis) was born.
12 February 1809 Heinrich Lenz (Formulated Lenz’s law in electrodynamics) was born.
13 February 1910 American Physicist and eugenicist William Shockley (Co-winner of the 1956 Nobel Prize in Physics for their researches on semiconductors and their discovery of the transistor effect) was born.
14 February 1869 Scottish Physicist Charles Wilson (Co-winner of the 1927 Nobel Prize in Physics for his invention of the cloud chamber) was born.
14 February 1917 American mathematician Herbert A. Hauptman (Co-winner of the 1985 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their outstanding achievements in the development of direct methods for the determination of crystal structures) was born.
15 February 1861 French Physicist Charles Edouard Guillaume (Winner of the 1920 Nobel Prize in Physics in recognition of the service he has rendered to precision measurements in physics by his discovery of anomalies in nickel steel alloy) was born.
15 February 1873 German Chemist Hans von Euler Chelpin (Co-winner of the 1929 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for their investigations on the fermentation of sugar and fermentative enzymes) was born.
17 February 1888 German Physicist Otto Stern (Winner of the 1943 Nobel Prize in Physics for his contribution to the development of the molecular ray method and his discovery of the magnetic moment of the proton) was born.
18 February 1745 Italian Physicist Alessandro Volta (Who was a pioneer of electricity and power and is credited as the inventor of the electric battery) was born.
19 February 1473 Polish mathematician and astronomer Nicolaus Copernicus (Who formulated a model of the universe that placed the Sun rather than Earth at its center) was born.
19 February 1859 Swedish Chemist Svante Arrhenius (Winner of the 1903 Nobel Prize in Chemistry in recognition of the extraordinary services he has rendered to the advancement of chemistry by his electrolytic theory of dissociation) was born.
21 February 1895 Danish Biochemist Carl Peter Henrik Dam (Co-winner of the 1943 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his discovery of Vitamin K) was born.
21 February 1953 Francis Crick and James D. Watson discover the structure of the DNA molecule.
26  February 1946 Ahmed H. Zewail (Known as the father of femtochemistry) was born.
28  February 1915 Brazilian-born scientist Peter Medawar (regarded as the father of transplantation) was born.
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