March roars in like a lion, and boy do we have some BEASTS of invention, design and discovery Check out the madness of science going on in this month’s Thinkers and Tinkerers.


March 1, 1864: Rebecca Lee Crumpler, M.D., first African-American woman to become a physician in the U.S.

March 1, 1766: Zabdiel Boylston, American physician, introduced smallpox inoculation into the early American colonies

March 3, 1831: George Pullman, inventor, invented the railway sleeping car

March 7, 1765: Joseph Niepce, French inventor, made the first photographic image with a camera obscura

March 10, 1867: Lillian D. Wald, American public health nurse, helped establish a system of nurses in U.S. public schools

March 11, 1890: Vannevar Bush, American scientist, first proposed the basics of hypertext in 1945, which paved the way for the modern internet

March 14, 1869: Albert Einstein, scientist and daydreamer, won the Nobel Prize in 1921 for the Theory of Relativity

March 19, 1943: Mario Molina, Mexican-American chemist, shared the 1995 Nobel Prize in chemistry for research in the 1970s regarding the depletion of the ozone layer

March 24, 1874: Harry Houdini, Hungarian magician and escape artist, invented the diver’s suit

March 31, 1950: Allison McCartney, British pathologist and noted breast cancer campaigner who championed support groups as an important psychological treatment for women with breast cancer.


Events & Inventions

March 9, 1903: President Theodore Roosevelt issues an order establishing the first U.S. national wildlife refuge creating a bird sanctuary for a nesting colony of pelicans and herons on the central Atlantic coast of Florida

March 13, 1781: The planet Uranus is discovered by British-German astronomer William Herschel

March 14, 1927: Elsie Eaves becomes the first woman in the United States to be elected to the American Society of Civil Engineers

March 16, 1926: Robert Goddard launches the first liquid-fueled rocket

March 17, 1845: Stephen Perry of Messers. Perry and Co. Rubber Company of London patents the first rubber bands to hold papers or envelopes together

March 24, 1882: German scientist Robert Koch discovers the bacteria responsible for Tuberculosis

March 26, 1953: Dr. Jonas Salk announces the development of a new vaccine to immunize people against polio

March 29, 1886: The first batch of Coca Cola is brewed over a fire in the Atlanta, Georgia backyard of Dr. John Pemberton. He created the brew as a cure for hangover, stomach ache and headache

March 30, 1909: The first double-deck bridge in the United States is open to traffic

March 31, 1989: A 150 year-old fossil egg was found by CT scan to contain the world’s oldest dinosaur embryo



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