Category Archives: Great Men of the past

Today’s Google Doodle: Dimitri Mendeleev

In the first volume of Principles of Chemistry Mendeleev discussed only eight of the then known sixty-three elements. He finished with the halogens, including chlorine and iodine. When he began the second volume he found that he needed to organise … Continue reading

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Galileo:4, Kepler:Won

“Jupiter is much blamed by the poets on account of his irregular loves. Three maidens are especially mentioned as having been clandestinely courted by Jupiter with success. Io, daughter of the River, Inachus, Callisto of Lycaon, Europa of Agenor. Then … Continue reading

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Emperor Napoleon, 2nd December 1804

A woman who was made to look younger for those who would see her, a man whose egotistical nature was clear in the way he stood, a grouping that was doctored to make certain parts highlighted and everyone somewhat nobler … Continue reading

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“Sir, I have discovered the highest mountain in the world!”

“Sir, I have discovered the highest mountain in the world!” Radhanath Sikdar, 1852. (Sikdar) In light of my earlier post on the first men to climb Mount Everest, it would be wrong to not gloat in the slightest about the … Continue reading

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Ranjit Singh liberates Lahore, 7th July 1799

The Sher-e-Punjab Maharaja Ranjit Singh, being shown a map of India by a European in court. On this day in 1799, a nineteen year old youth sat on his horse and surveyed the gates of Lahore. He had been sent … Continue reading

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Bidhan Chandra Roy – Physician, surgeon, visionary.

There are many things that were remarkable about Bidhan Roy, July 1, 1882 – July 1, 1962. 1) A mathematics graduate who went on to study Medicine. 2) His medical studies were largely self funded. 3) His desire to do … Continue reading

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