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Daniel Bovet -- b.3/23/1907 d.4/8/1992 (85)
Scientist, Pharmacologist, Swiss

Nathaniel Bowditch -- b.3/26/1773 N.S. d.3/16/1838 N.S. (64)
Author, Astronomer, Mathematician, American
Misc: credited as the founder of modern maritime navigaton; was also a polyglot; what is a polyglot? We'll, it's a parrot that's been run over by a truck!

Jim Bowie -- b.4/10/1796 d.3/6/1836 (39)
Soldier, Explorer, Frontiersman

Isiah Bowman -- b.12/26/1878 d.1/6/1950 (71)
Geographer, Canadian
Misc: co-founder (Geographical Review)

Sir William Bowman -- b.7/20/1816 d.3/29/1892 (75)
Scientist, Anatomist, English

Louise Arner Boyd -- b.9/16/1887 d.9/14/1972 (84)
Misc: the first woman to fly over the North Pole

William C. Boyd -- b.3/4/1903 d.2/19/1983 (79)
Misc: founded modern immunology

Herbert Boyer -- b.7/10/1936
Misc: Gene splicer

Robert Boyle -- b.1/25/1627 Ju-1 or 1/25/1626 J-LD d.12/30/1691 J-LD (64)
Author, Scientist, Chemist, Physicist, Theologian, Irish
Misc: experiments with color

Zabdiel Boylston -- b.3/9/1679 d.3/1/1766 (86)
Misc: introduced smallpox inoculation into the American colonies

Paul Boyton -- b.6/29/1848 N.S. d.4/19/1924 N.S. (75)
Adventurer, Olympic Athlete, Irish
Names/Places: NN: The Fearless Frogman
Misc: best known for his water stunts

Carl Braestrup -- b.4/13/1897 d.8/8/1982 (85)

Sir William H. Bragg -- b.7/2/1862 d.3/12/1942 (79)
Chemist, Mathematician, Physicist, English

Sir William Lawrence Bragg -- b.3/31/1890 d.7/1/1971 (81)
Physicist, Australian

Tycho Brahe -- b.12/14/1546 d.10/24/1601 (54)
Astronomer, Mathematician, Danish (Denmark)

Louis Braille -- b.1/4/1809 N.S. d.1/6/1852 N.S. (43)
Inventor, Educator, Teacher, French
Names/Places: b. in Coupvray
Misc: Invented a reading system for the blind; d. Jan 6?

David L. Brainard -- b.12/21/1856 d.3/22/1946 (89)
Military Leader, Explorer

Joseph Bramah -- b.4/13/1748 d.12/9/1814 (66)
Inventor, English
Misc: Machine Tools, Pick-Proof Lock, Hydraulic Press; b. 1748?

Stewart Brand -- b.12/14/1938
Author, Ecologist, Editor
Book Titles: The Whole Earth Catalog

Daniel Brandenstein -- b.1/17/1943
Misc: Columbia Shuttle Commander; Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of United States Alliance

John Casper Branner -- b.7/4/1850 d.3/1/1922 (71)
Scientist, Geologist

John A. Brashear -- b.11/24/1840 d.4/8/1920 (79)
Astronomer, Manufacturer

Walter H. Brattain -- b.2/10/1902 d.10/13/1987 (85)
Inventor, Physicist, Chinese
Misc: transistors, Nobel 1956

John Bratton -- b.3/7/1831 d.1/12/1898 (66)
General, Physician
Misc: Old Reliable Brig General of Confederate Army

Karl Ferdinand Braun -- b.6/6/1850 N.S. d.4/20/1918 N.S. (67)
Physicist, German
Misc: co-developer of wireless telegraphy (Nobel 1909)

Dr. T. Berry Brazelton -- b.5/10/1918 N.S. d.3/13/2018 N.S. (99)
Author, Pediatrician

James Henry Breasted -- b.8/27/1865 d.12/2/1935 (70)
Scientist, Archaeologist, Historian
Misc: of Oriental & Egyptian

Mary Breckinridge -- b.2/17/1881 d.5/16/1965 (84)

Louis-Charles Breguet -- b.1/2/1880 N.S. d.5/4/1955 N.S. (75)
Aviator, French
Misc: airplane builder, many of whose planes set world records, and founder of Air France.

Johann August Breithaupt -- b.5/16/1791 N.S. d.9/22/1873 N.S. (82)
Scientist, Mineralologist, German

Sir David Brewster -- b.12/11/1781 d.2/10/1868 (86)
Physicist, Scotish
Misc: invented the Kaleidoscope

Jim Bridger -- b.3/17/1804 d.7/17/1881 (77)
Explorer, Guide, Scout, Fur Trader

Calvin B. Bridges -- b.1/11/1889 d.12/27/1938 (49)
Scientist, Geneticist

Herbert L. Bridgman -- b.5/30/1844 d.9/24/1924 (80)
Explorer, Journalist

Percy Williams Bridgman -- b.4/21/1882 d.8/20/1961 (79)
Scientist, Physicist, American
Misc: won the 1946 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on the physics of high pressures

Amariah Brigham -- b.12/26/1798 d.9/8/1849 (50)
Physician, Surgeon

David Brin -- b.10/6/1950
Sci-fi Writer, Scientist
Book Titles: Startide Rising, The Postman, Earth, Existence, The Transparent Society

James Brindley -- b.??/??/1716 d.9/27/1772
Engineer, English

Lord Nathaniel Britton -- b.1/15/1859 d.6/25/1934 (75)

Paul Broca -- b.6/28/1824 d.7/9/1880 (56)
Anthropologist, Surgeon

Jane Brody -- b.5/19/1941
Writer, Nutritionist

Alexandre Brongniart -- b.2/5/1770 d.10/7/1847 (77)
Scientist, Geologist, Mineralologist, Naturalist

Detlev Bronk -- b.8/13/1897 d.11/17/1975 (78)
Scientist, Biophysicist
Misc: Biophysics father

Jacob Bronowski -- b.1/18/1908 N.S. d.8/22/1974 N.S. (66)
Author, Mathematician, TV Host, Polish

John Mercer Brooke -- b.12/18/1826 d.12/14/1906 (79)
Naval Officer, Scientist, Engineer, Educator

Dr. Joyce Brothers -- b.10/20/1927 d.5/13/2013 (85)
Author, Psychologist, Jewish, Columnist, Actress, Panelist
Names/Places: RN:Joyce Diane Bauer
Misc: some say b. Sep 20 or 1928
TV Shows: Gong Show (panelist)

Alton Brown -- b.7/30/1962 N.S.
TV Shows: Good Eats, Iron Chef America, Cutthroat Kitchen

Arthur Roy Brown -- b.12/23/1893 d.3/9/1944 (50)
Hero, Aviator, Canadian
Names/Places: aka Captain Roy Brown or Roy Brown
Misc: WWII Canadian fighter pilot who downed Germany's Baron von Richthofen; The Red Baron's nemisis; Rank: Captain; Service: Royal Naval Air Service Royal Air Force; Units: 4 Naval, 9 Naval, 11 Naval (RNAS) 209 (RAF); Victories: 10

Sir Arthur Whitten Brown -- b.7/23/1886 d.10/4/1948 (62)
Aviator, British, Scotish
Misc: who, with Capt. John W. Alcock, made the first nonstop airplane crossing of the Atlantic.

Dr. Bobby Brown -- b.10/25/1924
Physician, Cardiologist, Sports Executive, MLB Third Baseman
Misc: the 6th AL president (1983-1994); 4x World Series champion; as player, hit .279 in 8 years as NY Yankees 3B; also hit .439 with 3 pinch hits in 41 World Series at bats (1947-51).; some say b. Oct 24, 1925
Sports Teams: New York Yankees (1946-1952, 1954)

Candice Brown -- b.12/21/1984 N.S.
Chef, English

Chris (Doctor) Brown -- b.9/11/1978 N.S.
Veterinarian, Australian
TV Shows: The Living Room, The Project

Chris (Veterinarian) Brown -- b.9/11/1978 N.S.
Veterinarian, Australian

Dale Brown -- b.11/2/1956
Author, Aviator

Ernest William Brown -- b.11/29/1866 d.7/22/1938 (71)
Astronomer, British
Misc: motion of the Moon

George Harold Brown -- b.10/14/1908 d.12/11/1987 (79)
Misc: electrical engineer who made major contributions to the development of radio and television broadcast antennas.

Harold Brown -- b.9/19/1927 N.S. d.1/4/2019 N.S. (91)
Scientist, Presidential Aide, Educator
Misc: ex-sec of Defense

Harrison "Scott" Brown -- b.9/26/1917 d.12/8/1986 (69)
Scientist, Geochemist
Misc: who was known for his role in isolating plutonium for its use in the first atomic bombs and for his studies regarding meteorites and the Earth's origin.

Jesse Leroy Brown -- b.10/13/1926 d.12/4/1950 (24)
Misc: the first African-American naval aviator

Joseph Rogers Brown -- b.1/26/1810 d.7/23/1876 (66)

Robert Hanbury Brown -- b.8/31/1916 d.1/16/2002 (85)
Writer, Astronomer, India
Misc: noted for his design, development, and use of the intensity interferometer.

Sidney George Brown -- b.7/6/1873 d.8/7/1948 (75)
Inventor, British
Misc: 1000+ patents; he is best remembered for his pioneering work on the design of gyro compasses, radio equipment and loudspeakers.

Solyman Brown -- b.11/17/1790 d.??/??/1876
Poet, Dentist

Dr. Joy Browne -- b.10/24/1944 N.S. d.8/27/2016 N.S. (71)
Author, Movie Critic, Psychologist, Radio Talk Show Hostess

Sir Thomas Browne -- b.10/19/1605 J-LD d.10/19/1682 J-LD (77)
Author, Physician, Scholar, English

John Moses Browning -- b.1/21/1855 d.11/26/1926 (71)
Misc: designer of small arms and automatic weapons, best known for his automatic rifle.

Sir David Bruce -- b.5/29/1855 d.11/27/1931 (76)
Bacteriologist, Physician, Austrian

James Bruce -- b.12/14/1730 d.4/27/1794 (63)
Explorer, Scotish

Robert A. Bruce -- b.11/20/1916 d.2/12/2004 (87)
Medical Researcher
Misc: pioneer in exercise cardiology

Isambard Brunel -- b.4/9/1806 N.S. d.9/15/1859 N.S. (53)
Engineer, English
Misc: Shipbuilder; built the Clifton suspension bridge, designed the Great Western steamship and was the engineer appointed to construct the Great Western Railway.

Sir Marc Isambard Brunel -- b.4/25/1769 d.12/12/1849 (80)
Engineer, Inventor, French
Misc: underwater tunneling problem solver

Jerome Seymour Bruner -- b.10/1/1915 d.6/5/2016 N.S. (100)
Psychologist, Educator

Charles Francis Brush -- b.3/17/1849 N.S. d.6/15/1929 N.S. (80)
Engineer, Inventor, Industrialist
Misc: devised an electric arc lamp and a generator that produced a variable voltage controlled by the load and a constant current.

Edgar Buchanan -- b.3/20/1903 d.4/4/1979 (76)
Dentist, TV/Movie Actor
Misc: some say b. in 1902
TV Shows: Hopalong Cassidy (as Red Connors), Petticoat Junction (as Uncle Joe Carson)

Eduard Buchner -- b.5/20/1860 d.8/13/1917 (57)
Chemist, German

Buffalo Bill -- b.2/26/1846 d.1/10/1917 (70)
Hero, Frontiersman, Scout
Names/Places: b. in Davenport, Iowa; RN:William Frederick Cody

Georges Buffon -- b.9/7/1707 N.S. d.4/16/1788 N.S. (80)
Writer, Naturalist, French

Dexter Bullard -- b.8/14/1898 d.10/1/1981 (83)

Sir Edward Crisp Bullard -- b.9/21/1907 d.4/3/1980 (72)
Scientist, English
Misc: geophysicist noted for his work in geomagnetism.

Robert Bunsen -- b.3/30/1811 d.8/16/1899 (88)
Chemist, Inventor, German
Names/Places: RN:Robert Wilhelm Eberhard Bunsen
Misc: Spectroscope and Bunsen Burner developer

Luther Burbank -- b.3/7/1849 d.4/11/1926 (77)
Author, Scientist, Horticulturist, Naturalist
Names/Places: b. in Lancaster, Mass.

Henry Burden -- b.4/22/1791 d.1/19/1871 (79)
Inventor, Scotish
Misc: Farm implements

Frederick Gustavus Burnaby -- b.3/3/1842 d.1/19/1885 (42)
Soldier, Traveler, Correspondent, British
Misc: balloon pioneer

Sir Frank Macfarlane Burnet -- b.9/3/1899 d.8/31/1985 (85)
Physician, Australian

Bob Burns -- b.8/2/1890 d.2/2/1956 (65)
Inventor, Movie Actor, Comedian
Misc: the Bazooka

Ambrose Everett Burnside -- b.5/23/1824 d.9/13/1881 (57)
Soldier, Policeman, Inventor, Businessperson
Misc: sideburns were named after him

David Burpee -- b.4/5/1893 d.6/24/1980 (87)
Scientist, Horticulturist

Washington Atlee Burpee -- b.4/5/1858 d.11/26/1915 (57)
Botanist, Canadian
Misc: developed lima beans, founder of world's largest mail-order seed company

Anne Burrell -- b.9/21/1969 N.S.

John Burroughs -- b.4/3/1837 d.3/29/1921 (83)
Author, Naturalist

William Seward Burroughs -- b.1/28/1855 d.9/15/1898 (43)
Misc: invented recording adding machine/practical calculators

Sir Cyril Burt -- b.3/3/1883 d.10/10/1971 (88)
Psychologist, English

Richard Halli Burton -- b.1/9/1900 d.3/24/1939 (39)
Author, Explorer, Traveler
Misc: Presumed dead after March 24, 1939

Sir Richard Burton -- b.3/19/1821 d.10/20/1890 (69)
Translator, Explorer, Actor, British
Misc: The Arabian Knights

Vannevar Bush -- b.3/11/1890 d.6/28/1974 (84)
Scientist, Engineer, Educator, Computer Company Engineer
Misc: M.I.T.; constructed the world's first analog computer when he was 35 in 1925. It took up an entire 20 x 30 foot room. We can do the same job today with a computer that sits on our desks

Nolan Bushnell -- b.2/5/1943 N.S.
Engineer, Businessperson, Video Game Company Executive
Misc: created Pong along with Ted Dabney, founded Atari, Inc. and the Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza Time Theatre chain; inducted in the Video Game Hall of Fame

Jerry Buss -- b.1/27/1934 d.2/18/2013 (79)
Chemist, Philanthropist, NBA Executive
Misc: the longtime owner of the Lakers whose penchant for showmanship helped turn the game of basketball intoShowtim and who led the team to 10 NBA championships.
Sports Teams: Los Angeles Lakers (majority owner)

Adolf Butenandt -- b.3/24/1903 d.1/18/1995 (91)
Biochemist, German
Misc: Nobel 1939

Frank H. Butler -- b.12/17/1855 d.??/??/1928
Balloonist, British

Ebenezer Butterick -- b.5/29/1826 d.3/31/1903 (76)
Misc: inventor of the tissue paper dress pattern

Alfred Mosher Butts -- b.4/13/1899 d.4/4/1993 (93)
Architect, Photographer, Artist, Inventor
Misc: Scrabble

Richard Evelyn Byrd -- b.10/25/1888 d.3/11/1957 (68)
Misc: the first to fly over both North & South Poles in 1926 & 1929

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