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Samuel F. "Ted" Dabney
-- b.5/15/1937 N.S. d.5/26/2018 N.S. (81)Engineer, Video Game FigureMisc: the co-founder of Atari, Inc. alongside Nolan Bushnell, and one of the creators of the first successful arcade game titled Pong.
-- b.7/17/1976 N.S.Chef, EnglishTV Shows: Let's Do Lunch, Gino's Italian Escape
Vasco da Gama
-- b.??/??/1460 d.12/24/1524Explorer, Navigator, PortugueseMisc: died in Cochin, India. Portuguese; discovered direct sea route from Europe to India by sailing around Africa; was born in either 1460 or 1469
Louis Jacques Mandé Daguerre
-- b.11/18/1787 d.7/10/1851 (63)Photographer, Painter, Inventor, Physicist, FrenchMisc: Tax Collector; A light-sensitive photographic process called a daguerreo
Gary Ross Dahl
-- b.12/18/1936 d.3/23/2015 (78)InventorMisc: The Pet Rock
Clarence M. Daily
-- b.??/??/1865 d.10/2/1904ScientistMisc: assistant to Edison
-- b.3/17/1834 d.3/6/1900 (65)Engineer, Inventor, GermanMisc: some say b. May 13; Motorcycle & Mercedes creator
Sir Henry Hallett Dale
-- b.6/9/1875 d.7/23/1968 (93)Scientist, Physician, Physiologist, EnglishMisc: known for his study of acetylcholine as agent in the chemical transmission of nerve impulses (neurotransmission) he shared the 1936 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine with Otto Loewi.
Jean le Rond d'Alembert
-- b.11/16/1717 N.S. d.10/29/1783 N.S. (65)Writer, Philosopher, Mathematician, FrenchMisc: who achieved fame as a mathematician and scientist before acquiring a considerable reputation as a contributor to and editor of the famous Encyclopedia; likely b. on Nov 16
Nils Gustav Dalen
-- b.11/30/1869 d.12/9/1937 (68)Engineer, Inventor, Swedish
Dr. Nicholas Dallis
-- b.12/15/1911 d.7/6/1991 (79)Comic Strip Cartoonist, PsychiatristMisc: creator of Judge Parker, Rex Morgan M.D., & Apartment 3-G
John Henry Dallmeyer
-- b.9/6/1830 d.12/30/1883 (53)Inventor, BritishMisc: manufacturer of lenses.
-- b.9/6/1766 N.S. d.7/27/1844 N.S. (77)Chemist, Physicist, Teacher, EnglishMisc: Atomic theorist pioneer, developed the table of atomic weights, hence is known as one of the fathers of modern physical science.
-- b.2/21/1895 d.4/17/1976 (81)Scientist, Biochemist, Physiologist, Danish (Denmark)
-- b.11/3/1930 d.5/6/2014 (83)Astronaut, AviatorMisc: NASA X-15 Test Pilot; not to be confused with comedian of the same name Bill Dana, who played an astronaut on his comedy recordings.
Jean Baptiste d'Anville
-- b.7/11/1697 N.S. d.1/28/1782 N.S. (84)Geographer, French
-- b.4/14/1678 d.3/8/1717 (38)Inventor
-- b.8/14/1775 d.10/9/1854 (79)Geographer
-- b.8/18/1587 d.??/??/????PioneerMisc: the first child born of English parents to be born in the New World; given the name Virginia because she was the first Christian born in Virginia; date of death unknown
Sir Frank Darling
-- b.6/23/1903 d.10/22/1979 (76)Author, Scientist, Scotish
-- b.8/10/1889 d.8/29/1967 (78)InventorMisc: invented the Monopoly board game; d. Aug 28?
-- b.2/4/1893 d.11/22/1988 (95)Scientist, Anthropologist, Australian
Charles Robert Darwin
-- b.2/12/1809 d.4/19/1882 (73)Author, Scientist, Naturalist, BritishMisc: Evolutionist; established theory of organic evolution
-- b.12/12/1731 d.4/18/1802 (70)Poet, Physician, EnglishNames/Places: Charles' granddad
-- b.8/16/1848 d.2/19/1925 (76)Botanist, EnglishMisc: the son of a British naturalist and scientist Charles Darwin
Sir George Darwin
-- b.7/9/1845 d.12/7/1912 (67)AstronomerMisc: once theorized that the Moon was pulled out of the Pacific Ocean
-- b.10/19/1916 d.6/6/2009 (92)Scientist, French
-- b.6/1/1866 d.2/18/1944 (77)Author, Zoologist
-- b.7/9/1802 d.7/6/1851 (48)InventorMisc: the first commercially successful electric motor 1837
Giovanni da Verrazano
-- b.??/??/1485 d.??/??/1528Navigator
-- b.10/24/1868 d.9/8/1969 (100)Author, Explorer, French
Leonardo da Vinci
-- b.4/15/1452 O.S. d.5/2/1519 O.S. (67)Architect, Painter, Scientist, Anatomist, Astronomer, Botanist, Engineer, Geologist, Inventor, Italian, GayNames/Places: b. in Vinci; d. at Cloux, FranceMisc: Mona Lisa & The Last Supper painter
-- b.2/25/1904 d.5/31/1974 (70)Author, NutritionistBook Titles: Let's Stay Healthy
-- b.1/22/1811 d.5/15/1888 (77)Scientist, Archaeologist
John H. M. D. Davis
-- b.4/5/1914 d.11/3/1992 (78)Cardiologist, Professor, Movie ActorMovie Titles: Our Gang (as Jackie Davis)
-- b.8/20/1908 d.2/27/1997 (88)SociologistMisc: demographer; coined the terms "population explosion" and "zero population growth"
-- b.1/17/1896 d.8/19/1982 (86)Surgeon
Clinton J. Davisson
-- b.10/22/1881 d.2/1/1958 (76)Physicist
Sir Humphrey Davy
-- b.12/17/1778 d.5/29/1829 (50)Chemist, EnglishMisc: discovered several chemical elements
J. Edward Day
-- b.10/11/1914 d.10/29/1996 (82)ChefMisc: the Zip Code in 1963
-- b.3/4/1951Author, Lecturer, Psychologist, TV Talk Show HostessBook Titles: How to Make Love All the Time, Secrets About Men Every Woman Should Know, Are You The One for Me?, Real MomentsTV Shows: The Barbara De Angelis Show
Pedro Menédez de Avilés
-- b.2/15/1519 J+CD d.9/17/1574 Ju-1 (55)Explorer, Spanish
Dr. Michael E. DeBakey
-- b.9/7/1908 d.7/11/2008 (99)SurgeonMisc: the first artficial heart transplanter
Vasco Nunez de Balboa
-- b.??/??/1475 d.??/??/1519ExplorerMisc: born c. 1475, died around January 12-21 of 1519
Heinrich De Bary
-- b.1/26/1831 d.1/19/1888 (56)Botanist, Microbiologist, Surgeon, German
Louis de Broglie
-- b.8/15/1892 d.3/19/1987 (94)Physicist, French
-- b.3/24/1884 d.11/2/1966 (82)Chemist, Physicist, Dutch (Netherlands)
Samuel de Champlain
-- b.7/3/1567 d.12/25/1635 (68)Explorer, French
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin
-- b.5/1/1881 d.4/10/1955 (73)Philosopher, Palentologist, Priest, French
Pierre Francis Xavier de Charlevoix
-- b.10/24/1682 N.S. d.2/1/1761 N.S. (78)Explorer, Traveler, French
François René de Chateaubriand
-- b.9/4/1768 N.S. d.7/4/1848 N.S. (79)Novelist, Poet, Explorer, Historian, Statesman, FrenchMisc: cooked steak the French way
Gordon S. Decker
-- b.1/16/1884 d.??/??/????Inventor, Businessperson, EntrepreneurMisc: Electric Drill Co. founder
Charles-Augustin de Coulomb
-- b.6/14/1736 N.S. d.8/23/1806 N.S. (70)Scientist, Inventor, FrenchMisc: measured the force of magnetic & electrical attraction
-- b.10/6/1831 d.2/12/1916 (84)Mathematician, GermanMisc: algebra, irrational numbers
-- b.10/2/1917 d.5/4/2013 (95)Biochemist, Biologist, BritishMisc: Cytologist
-- b.7/13/1527 d.12/??/1608Astrologer, Astronomer, Mathematician, Navigator, Magician/Illusionist, EnglishMisc: died in 1608 or 1609
-- b.1/19/1947 N.S.Chef
-- b.2/7/1804 d.5/17/1886 (82)Inventor, ManufacturerMisc: The Steel Plow; pioneer manufacturer of agricultural implements.
Pierre de Fermat
-- b.8/17/1601 N.S. d.1/12/1665 N.S. (63)Mathematician, FrenchMisc: often called the founder of the modern theory of numbers. Together with RenDescartes, Fermat was one of the two leading mathematicians of the first half of the 17th century.
Dr. Lee de Forest
-- b.8/26/1873 d.6/30/1961 (87)InventorNames/Places: b. in Council Bluffs, Iowa; NN:Father of RadioMisc: Electron Tube, Photoelectric, Radar electronics pioneer, audion tube; 300 patents
Wander J. De Hare
-- b.5/2/1878 d.4/26/1960 (81)PhysicistMisc: (Einstein-de Hare effect); died the same day D.T. was born
Hans Georg Dehmelt
-- b.9/9/1922 d.3/7/2017 N.S. (94)Physicist, German
Claude-François-Dorothée deJouffroy d'Abbans
-- b.9/30/1751 d.7/18/1832 (80)InventorMisc: claimed to be the first inventor of the steamboat
Chevalier de Lamarck
-- b.8/1/1744 N.S. d.12/18/1829 N.S. (85)Scientist, Biologist, Naturalist, Zoologist, FrenchNames/Places: RN:Jean Baptiste Pierre Antoine de MonetMisc: an evolutionist forerunner
-- b.3/13/1862 d.4/15/1919 (57)Nurse, EducatorMisc: mobilized Red Cross nurses in WWI; some say b. March 12
Warren De La Rue
-- b.1/18/1815 d.4/19/1889 (74)Astronomer, Inventor, British
Sieur de La Salle
-- b.11/22/1643 N.S. d.3/19/1687 N.S. (43)Explorer, Fur Trader, FrenchNames/Places: aka René-Robert Cavelier or Robert Cavelier or Robert de La Salle
Giada De Laurentis
-- b.8/22/1970Writer, Chef, TV Hostess, ItalianMisc: in the Culinary Hall of FameTV Shows: Giada at Home
Gustav de Laval
-- b.5/9/1845 d.2/2/1913 (67)Inventor, SwedishMisc: made important contributions to the design of steam turbines and, more importantly, dairy machinery.
Sieur de La Vérendrye
-- b.11/17/1685 N.S. d.12/5/1749 N.S. (64)Military Leader, Explorer, Canadian, French
-- b.9/4/1906 d.3/9/1981 (74)Scientist, GermanMisc: a pioneer in the study of molecular genetics
Juan Ponce de León
-- b.??/??/1474 d.7/??/1521Explorer, SpanishMisc: searched for fountain of youth, found Florida; b. 1460?
Ferdinand de Lesseps
-- b.11/19/1805 d.12/7/1894 (89)Engineer, Inventor, Diplomat, FrenchMisc: built the Suez Canal
-- b.2/28/1675 N.S. d.1/25/1726 N.S. (50)Geographer, French
-- b.4/4/1688 N.S. d.9/11/1768 N.S. (80)Astronomer, FrenchMisc: who proposed that the series of coloured rings sometimes observed around the Sun is caused by diffraction of sunlight through water droplets in a cloud. He also worked to find the distance of the Sun from the Earth by observing transits of Venus and Mercury across the sky.
Pedro de Mendoza
-- b.??/??/1487 N.S. d.6/23/1537 N.S. (0)Soldier, Explorer, Spanish
George de Mestral
-- b.6/19/1907 d.2/8/1990 (82)Inventor, SwissMisc: invented Velcro
Francisco de Miranda
-- b.3/28/1750 d.7/14/1816 (66)Revolutionary, Soldier, Traveler, VenezuelanMisc: French Revolution
Johann Christoph Denner
-- b.8/13/1655 d.4/26/1707 (51)Inventor, GermanMisc: musical instrument maker; the clarinet inventor
-- b.11/13/1934 d.5/11/2003 (68)Psychiatrist
Edward John Dent
-- b.8/19/1790 d.3/8/1853 (62)Inventor, EnglishMisc: noted for his highly accurate clocks and chronometers.
René A. F. de Réaumur
-- b.2/28/1683 N.S. d.10/17/1757 N.S. (74)Inventor, Naturalist, Physicist, FrenchNames/Places: RN: René Antoine Ferchault de Réaumur
-- b.10/26/1786 d.2/28/1868 (81)Inventor, ManufacturerMisc: Derringer short-barrelled pistol
Alphonse Beau de Rochas
-- b.4/9/1815 N.S. d.3/27/1893 N.S. (77)Engineer, Inventor, FrenchMisc: originated the principle of the four-stroke internal-combustion engine. His achievement lay partly in his emphasizing the previously unappreciated importance of compressing the fuel-air mixture before ignition.
Gilles Personne de Roverval
-- b.8/10/1602 N.S. d.10/27/1675 N.S. (73)Mathematician, FrenchMisc: geometry of curves
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
-- b.6/29/1900 d.7/31/1944 (44)Author, Aviator, French
-- b.3/31/1596 N.S. d.2/11/1650 N.S. (53)Philosopher, Scientist, Mathematician, FrenchNames/Places: b. in La Haye; NN: The Father of Modern PhilosophyMisc: "I think, therefore I am"
Alexander P. De Seversky
-- b.6/7/1894 d.8/24/1974 (80)Aviator, Engineer, Russian
Willem de Sitter
-- b.5/6/1872 d.11/20/1934 (62)Astronomer, Mathematician, Dutch (Netherlands)Misc: studied Jupiter
-- b.9/16/1725 N.S. d.9/20/1815 N.S. (90)Geographer, FrenchMisc: whose discovery of the volcanic origin of basalt disproved the Neptunist theory that all rocks were formed by sedimentation from primeval oceans.
Hernando De Soto
-- b.??/??/1496 or ??/??/1497 d.5/21/1542Explorer, SpanishMisc: died while searching for gold along the Mississippi River.
César-François Cassini de Thury
-- b.6/17/1714 N.S. d.9/4/1784 N.S. (70)Astronomer, FrenchMisc: Cartographer
Alexis de Tocqueville
-- b.7/29/1805 d.4/16/1859 (53)Writer, Scientist, Historian, FrenchMisc: political; wrote the political study "Democracy in America" while in the United States to report on the prison system.
Tomás de Torquamada
-- b.??/??/1420 d.9/16/1498Explorer, Head of State, SpanishMisc: Inquisitor
Jacques de Vaucanson
-- b.2/24/1709 N.S. d.11/21/1782 N.S. (73)Artist, Inventor, French
Vincent De Vita Jr.
-- b.3/7/1935Scientist, PhysicistMisc: an internationally recognized pioneer physician in the field of oncology
Vance De Voe Brand
-- b.5/9/1931Naval Officer, Aeronautical, Astronaut, Engineer
Hugo De Vries
-- b.2/16/1848 d.5/21/1935 (87)Scientist, Botanist, Geneticist, Dutch (Netherlands)Misc: introduced the study of organic evolution
William C. De Vries
-- b.12/19/1943SurgeonMisc: inventor (Symbion artifical heart)
Sir James Dewar
-- b.9/20/1842 d.3/27/1923 (80)Scientist, Chemist, Inventor, ScotishMisc: Thermos bottle, Smokeless powder
-- b.10/20/1859 d.6/1/1952 (92)Philosopher, Psychologist, Social Reformer, Educator
-- b.8/14/1907 d.11/21/1991 (84)Psychologist
-- b.11/20/1920 d.12/19/2015 N.S. (95)Writer, Psychiatrist, ActorTV Shows: Waterfront (as Carl Herrick)
George Frederick Dick
-- b.7/21/1881 d.10/10/1967 (86)PhysicianNames/Places: Gladys' hubby
-- b.12/18/1881 d.8/21/1963 (81)PhysicianNames/Places: George's wife
Herbert Spencer Dickey
-- b.2/4/1876 d.10/27/1948 (72)Explorer, PhysicianMisc: discovered the source of the Orinoco river
-- b.10/10/1892 d.9/21/1961 (68)InventorMisc: invented Band Aid
Otto Paul Diels
-- b.1/23/1876 d.3/7/1954 (78)Chemist, German
-- b.3/18/1858 N.S. d.9/29/1913 N.S. (55)Engineer, Inventor, GermanMisc: of Diesel oil-burning internal combustion engine
-- b.8/3/1844 d.2/25/1920 (75)Scientist, Archaeologist, Engineer, French
-- b.5/29/1712 d.12/30/1800 (88)Doctor, Physician, Politician, Banker, English
Paul A. M. Dirac
-- b.8/8/1902 d.10/20/1984 (82)Mathematician, Physicist, EnglishMisc: quantum mechanics and the spinning electron theory
-- b.3/2/1929 N.S.Biologist
-- b.11/19/1966Chef, Producer
Raymond Lee Ditmars
-- b.6/20/1876 d.5/12/1942 (65)Naturalist
-- b.7/20/1858 d.??/??/1926Naturalist, British
-- b.10/29/1923 d.1/30/2015 (91)Novelist, Dramatist/Playwright, Chemist, Inventor, Professor, AustrianMisc: Birth control pill creator
Johann Wolfgang Dobereiner
-- b.12/13/1780 d.3/24/1849 (68)Chemist, GermanMisc: whose observation of similarities among certain elements anticipated the development of the periodic system of elements.
-- b.4/12/1831 d.1/3/1916 (84)EngineerMisc: Union Pacific Railroad chief engineer who was responsible for much of the railroad construction in the western and southwestern United States during the 19th century.
Edward A. Doisy
-- b.11/13/1893 d.10/23/1986 (92)BiochemistMisc: discoverer of vitamin K (Nobel 1943)
-- b.1/18/1933 d.9/12/2013 (80)Engineer, Inventor, PhysicistMisc: Dolby Noise Reduction Systems A,B,C,HX Pro, 4-channel surround system, 6-track SRD
-- b.3/20/1844 d.5/16/1932 (88)Inventor, ScotishMisc: steamship pioneer
-- b.10/30/1895 d.4/24/1964 (68)Chemist, German
-- b.12/16/1826 N.S. d.9/20/1873 N.S. (46)Astronomer, ItalianMisc: who, on Aug. 5, 1864, was first to observe the spectrum of a comet (Comet 1864 II).; This observation indicated correctly that comet tails contain luminous gas and do not shine merely by reflected sunlight.
Thomas "Tom" Dooley
-- b.1/17/1927 d.1/18/1961 (34)ScientistMisc: medical missionary
James Harold Doolittle
-- b.12/14/1896 d.9/27/1993 (96)General, AviatorMisc: Air Force; WWII; led the 1st bombing raid of the war on Japan on 4-18-42
Christian Johann Doppler
-- b.11/29/1803 d.3/17/1853 (49)Mathematician, Physicist, AustrianMisc: discovered Doppler Effect (color phase shift).
-- b.6/26/1819 d.1/26/1893 (73)Inventor, Sports FigureMisc: Not the inventor of baseball, but Alex Cartwright was
Dr. Andrew Ellicott Douglass
-- b.7/5/1867 d.3/20/1962 (94)Astronomer, NaturalistMisc: Dendrochronologer; studied tree rings
Herbert Henry Dow
-- b.2/26/1866 d.10/15/1930 (64)Chemist, IndustrialistMisc: a pioneer in U.S. chemical industry who founded the Dow Chemical Company.
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
-- b.5/22/1859 d.7/7/1930 (71)Novelist, Physicist, ScotishMisc: Spiritualist; Sherlock Holmes & Dr. Watson creatorBook Titles: Sherlock Holmes (series)
Sir Francis Drake
-- b.10/22/1540 J-LD d.1/28/1596 J-LD (55)Navigator, EnglishMisc: d. off the coast of Panama during a voyage and was buried at sea.
Saint Clair Drake
-- b.1/2/1911 d.6/15/1990 (79)Anthropologist, Sociologist, Educator
Charles Stark Draper
-- b.10/2/1901 d.7/25/1987 (85)EngineerMisc: aeronautical engineer noted as a designer of navigational and guidance systems for ships, airplanes, and rockets.
-- b.3/7/1837 d.11/20/1882 (45)AstronomerMisc: astro-spectro-photographer (Moon, Jupiter)
Dr. Charles Richard Drew
-- b.6/3/1904 d.4/1/1950 (45)ScientistMisc: pioneer of blood plasma search
-- b.2/13/1852 d.9/14/1926 (74)Astronomer, Danish (Denmark)
-- b.12/12/1894 d.10/19/1972 (77)EngineerMisc: invented the Iron Lung
-- b.1/6/1969 N.S.Photographer, Author, Chef, Personality, Internet Website BloggerBook Titles: The Pioneer Woman Cooks: Food From My FrontierTV Shows: Pioneer Woman
René Jules Dubos
-- b.2/20/1901 d.2/20/1982 (81)Microbiologist, French
-- b.9/14/1958 N.S.DoctorTV Shows: Good Work, Botched
Paul Delloni Du Chaillu
-- b.7/31/1835 d.4/29/1903 (67)Explorer, FrenchMisc: some say b. 1831
-- b.12/6/1876 d.7/26/1932 (55)Designer, Inventor, Manufacturer, Bicyclist, GermanMisc: Auto Manufacturer
George J. Dufek
-- b.2/10/1903 d.2/10/1977 (74)Military Leader, Naval Officer, ExplorerMisc: polar
Charles Moss Duke Jr.
-- b.10/3/1935Astronaut, EngineerMisc: Apollo 16
Dr. Red Duke
-- b.11/16/1928 d.8/25/2015 N.S. (86)Surgeon, Professor, TV HostNames/Places: RN:James Henry Duke Jr., M.D.
-- b.2/22/1914 d.2/19/2012 (97)Scientist, Virologist, ItalianMisc: who shared the Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine in 1975 with Howard M. Temin and David Baltimore, both of whom had studied under him.
-- b.1/29/1901 d.11/15/1965 (64)Engineer, InventorMisc: perfected the practical cathode ray tube
Donald F. Duncan
-- b.6/6/1892 d.5/15/1971 (78)InventorMisc: The Yo-Yo
-- b.5/27/1878 d.9/14/1927 (49)Pioneer, Choreographer, DancerNames/Places: b. in San Francisco, CAMisc: founder of the modern dance; died in Nice, France, when her scarf became entangled in a wheel of her sports car.
John Boyd Dunlop
-- b.2/5/1840 d.10/23/1921 (81)Inventor, ScotishMisc: pneumatic tires inventor and patenter 1888
John Ray Dunning
-- b.9/24/1907 d.8/25/1975 (67)PhysicistMisc: nuclear physicist whose experiments in nuclear fission helped lay the groundwork for the development of the atomic bomb.
Charles F. Durant
-- b.9/19/1805 d.3/2/1873 (67)Aviator, BalloonistMisc: made the first ascent by an American in a hot air balloon
-- b.4/15/1858 d.11/15/1917 (59)Sociologist, French
-- b.1/7/1925 d.1/30/1995 (70)Zoologist, British
Jules Sébastian César Dumont d'Urville
-- b.5/23/1790 d.5/8/1842 (51)Naval Officer, Explorer, French
Charles Edgar Duryea
-- b.12/15/1862 d.9/28/1938 (75)InventorMisc: father of the automobile; with his brother, invented first auto to be built and operated in US.
James Frank Duryea
-- b.10/8/1869 d.2/15/1967 (97)InventorMisc: with his brother, Charles, invented first gasoline auto built and operated in the U.S.
Jean B. P. Du Sable
-- b.??/??/1745 or ??/??/1750 d.8/28/1818PioneerNames/Places: MN:Baptiste PointMisc: trader & Chicago settler
Vincent Du Vigneaud
-- b.5/18/1901 d.12/11/1978 (77)Biochemist
Sir Frank Dyson
-- b.1/8/1868 d.1/9/1961 (93)Astronomer, BritishMisc: proved Einstein right about light bent by gravity; b. 1867?
-- b.12/15/1923Mathematician, Physicist, Professor, English