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Jean Henri Fabre -- b.12/22/1823 d.10/11/1915 (91)
Author, Scientist, French
Misc: insect anatomy and behavior studies

Charles Fabry -- b.6/11/1867 N.S. d.12/11/1945 N.S. (78)
Misc: discovered the ozone layer in the upper atmosphere

Gabriel Daniel Fahrenheit -- b.5/14/1686 O.S. or 5/24/1686 N.S. d.9/16/1736 (50)
Inventor, Physicist, German, Polish
Misc: The Fahrenheit scale mercury thermometer

William Fairbairn -- b.2/19/1789 d.8/18/1874 (85)
Engineer, Inventor, Scotish

William Fairbank -- b.2/24/1917 d.9/30/1989 (72)
Misc: superconductivity

Thaddeus Fairbanks -- b.1/17/1796 d.4/12/1886 (90)
Misc: an inventor of heating and cook stoves, cast iron plows, and other items.

David Grandison Fairchild -- b.4/7/1869 d.8/6/1954 (85)
Botanist, Explorer
Misc: introduced 200,000 plant species from abroad; brought plants to US

Sherman Mills Fairchild -- b.4/7/1896 d.3/28/1971 (74)
Aviator, Inventor
Misc: Aerial cameras

Frantz Fanon -- b.7/20/1925 d.12/6/1961 (36)
Writer, Philosopher, Revolutionary, Theorist, Psychiatrist

Michael Faraday -- b.9/22/1791 d.8/25/1867 (75)
Chemist, Inventor, Physicist, English
Misc: published pioneering papers that led to the practical use of electricity

Edward Farber -- b.7/22/1914 d.1/22/1982 (67)
Misc: Portable strobe light for still cameras

Philo T. Farnsworth -- b.8/19/1906 d.3/11/1971 (64)
Misc: co-inventer of the electronic television set; Philco TV manufacturing was named after him

Anthony S. Fauci -- b.12/24/1940
Immunologist, Physician, Government Official
Misc: Federal health administrator

Charles Fay -- b.3/10/1846 d.??/??/1931
Explorer, Mountaineer

Gustav Fechner -- b.4/19/1801 d.11/18/1887 (86)
Writer, Philosopher, Physicist, Psychologist, German

Henry Feinbert -- b.7/24/1941
Writer, Inventor, Producer, Director
Misc: Created ET's Communicator for Spielberg's film. Made it possible for ET to "phone home."
TV Shows: Watch Mister Wizard (associate producer)

Dorr E. Felt -- b.3/18/1862 d.8/7/1930 (68)
Inventor, Industrialist

Leo Fender -- b.8/10/1909 d.3/21/1991 (81)
Names/Places: FN:Clarence
Misc: Guitar maker; the Stratocaster, a rock 'n roller's choice

Konstantin Feokhstov -- b.2/7/1926 d.11/21/2009 (83)
Cosmonaut, Russian
Misc: space engineer

Enrico Fermi -- b.9/29/1901 N.S. d.11/28/1954 N.S. (53)
Scientist, Physicist, Italian
Misc: co-founder of the A-Bomb; first nuclear reactor; gone fission/fermium (Nobel-1938)

Galileo Ferraris -- b.10/31/1847 d.2/7/1897 (49)
Engineer, Physicist, Italian

Sir David Ferrier -- b.1/13/1843 d.3/19/1928 (85)
Scientist, Neurologist, Psychologist, Scotish

George Washington Gale Ferris -- b.2/14/1859 d.11/22/1896 (37)
Engineer, Inventor
Misc: Ferris Wheel

Reginald Fessenden -- b.10/6/1866 d.7/22/1932 (65)
Engineer, Inventor, Canadian
Misc: 300 patents; broadcast the first program of voice and music.

Richard P. Feynman -- b.5/11/1918 d.2/15/1988 (69)
Author, Physicist
Misc: Physical Law, Nobel 1965

Johannes Fibiger -- b.4/23/1867 d.1/30/1928 (60)
Scientist, Danish (Denmark)

Stephen D. Field -- b.??/??/1846 d.??/??/1913

Guy Fieri -- b.1/22/1968
Chef, Businessperson, Restaurateur, Game Show Host

Wilhelm Filchner -- b.9/13/1877 d.5/7/1957 (79)
Scientist, Explorer, German
Misc: led the German Antarctic expedition of 1911-12.

Carlos Juan Finlay -- b.12/3/1833 d.8/20/1915 (81)
Physician, Cuban
Misc: discovered that yellow fever is transmitted from infected to healthy humans by a mosquito. Although he published experimental evidence of this discovery in 1886, his ideas were ignored for 20 years.

Niels Ryberg Finsen -- b.12/15/1860 d.9/24/1904 (43)
Scientist, Physician, Danish (Denmark)

Harvey Samuel Firestone -- b.12/20/1868 d.2/7/1938 (69)
Author, Inventor, Executive, Industrialist, Manufacturer
Misc: Firestone Tire & Rubber Co. founder where the rubber meets the road

Emil Fischer -- b.10/9/1852 d.7/15/1919 (66)
Scientist, Chemist, Austrian, Hungarian

Ernst Otto Fischer -- b.11/10/1918 d.7/23/2007 (88)
Chemist, Educator, German

Danielle Fishel -- b.5/5/1981
Author, Chef, Actress, TV Hostess, Producer/Director, Director, Personality
Misc: some say 1980 but incorrect year
TV Shows: Boy Meets World (as Topanga Lawrence), Girl Meets World (as Topanga Lawrence), The Dish (hostess)
Movie Titles: National Lampoon presents Dorm Daze

James Fisher -- b.9/3/1912 d.9/25/1970 (58)
Author, Naturalist, British

James Fisk -- b.8/30/1910 d.8/10/1981 (70)

John Fitch -- b.1/21/1743 d.7/2/1798 (55)
Engineer, Inventor, Entrepreneur
Misc: Clockmaker; Gunsmith; Surveyor; had a working steamboat years before Fulton.

Val Fitch -- b.3/10/1923 d.2/5/2015 (91)
Misc: Nuclear physicist

Reginald H. Fitz -- b.5/5/1843 d.11/??/1913 (70)
Scientist, Pathologist
Misc: appendicitis identifier; died before Nov 17, 1913

George F. Fitzgerald -- b.8/3/1851 d.2/22/1901 (49)
Physicist, Irish
Misc: first suggested a method of producing radio waves, thus helping to lay the basis of wireless telegraphy.

Sir Maurice Fitzmaurice -- b.5/11/1861 d.11/17/1924 (63)
Engineer, Irish

Armand Hippolyte Louis Fizeau -- b.9/23/1819 d.9/18/1896 (76)
Physicist, French
Misc: He was the first to measure the speed of light successfully without using astronomical calculations.

Robert Joseph Flaherty -- b.2/16/1884 d.7/23/1951 (67)
Author, Explorer, Movie Producer/Director
Misc: Documentary film pioneer

Camille Flammarion -- b.2/26/1842 d.6/3/1925 (83)
Author, Astronomer, French
Misc: Mars researcher & popularizer of astronomy; d. June 7?

John Flamsted -- b.8/19/1646 J-LD d.12/31/1719 J-LD (73)
Astronomer, English
Misc: the first astronomer of England

Bobby Flay -- b.12/10/1964
Chef, Restaurateur, Personality

Sir Alexander Fleming -- b.8/6/1881 N.S. d.3/11/1955 (73)
Scientist, Bacteriologist, Scotish
Misc: Penicillin founder (Nobel 1954); b. Aug 16?

Sir John Ambrose Fleming -- b.11/29/1849 d.4/18/1945 (95)
Inventor, English
Misc: engineer who made numerous contributions to electronics, photometry, electric measurements, and wireless telegraphy. He is best remembered as the inventor of the two-electrode radio rectifier, which he called the thermionic valve; known for inventing the first thermionic valve or vacuum tube, the diode, then called the kenotron in 1904.

Paul Fleming -- b.10/5/1609 N.S. d.4/2/1640 N.S. (30)
Poet, Physician, German

Richard Howell Fleming -- b.9/21/1909 d.10/25/1989 (80)
Scientist, Oceanographer, Canadian

Sir Sandford Fleming -- b.1/7/1827 d.7/22/1915 (88)
Misc: divided world into time zones; he forgot to add the VCR Time Zone, where it's always 12 O'Clock!

Harvey Fletcher -- b.9/11/1884 d.7/23/1981 (96)
Misc: leading authority in the fields of psychoacoustics and acoustical engineering.

Anton Flettner -- b.11/1/1885 d.12/29/1961 (76)
Chef, German
Misc: inventor of the rotor ship, a vessel propelled by revolving cylinders mounted vertically on the deck. He also invented the Flettner trim-tab control for aircraft and the Flettner marine rudder.

Simon Flexner -- b.3/25/1863 d.5/2/1946 (83)
Scientist, Bacteriologist
Misc: polio-causing virus founder

Matthew Flinders -- b.3/16/1774 d.7/19/1814 (40)
Explorer, Navigator, English
Misc: named Australia

Tyler Florence -- b.3/3/1971 N.S.

Sir Howard W. Florey -- b.9/24/1898 d.2/21/1968 (69)
Scientist, Physician, Australian
Misc: purified penicillin (Nobel 1945)

Paul Flory -- b.6/19/1910 d.9/9/1985 (75)

Pierre Jean Marie Flourens -- b.4/13/1794 N.S. d.12/6/1867 N.S. (73)
Physiologist, French
Misc: the first to demonstrate the general functions of the major portions of the vertebrate brain.

Anthony Herman Gerard Fokker -- b.4/6/1890 d.12/23/1939 (49)
Designer, Pioneer, Holland (deprecated-is Dutch)
Misc: Aircraft designer & builder who produced more than 40 types of airplanes (designed by Reinhold Platz) for the German High Command.

Charles Frederick "Chuck" Foley -- b.9/6/1930 N.S. d.7/1/2013 N.S. (82)
Misc: Invented the game of Twister

Stephen A. Forbes -- b.5/29/1844 d.3/13/1930 (85)

Philipp Forchheimer -- b.8/7/1852 d.10/2/1933 (81)
Engineer, Austrian
Misc: a top contributor to the study of groundwater hydrology during the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Henry Ford -- b.7/30/1863 d.4/7/1947 (83)
Inventor, Businessperson, Manufacturer, Auto Racer, American
Names/Places: b. in Dearborn, MI
Misc: developed the first popular cheap car: The Model T; founded Ford Motor Co.; father of modern industrial production; not an auto racer but in the Motorsports Hall of Fame for founding a motor company.

Joham Forester -- b.10/22/1729 d.12/9/1798 (69)
Naturalist, Religionist, Pastor, Prussian

Jay Wright Forrester -- b.7/14/1918 d.11/23/2016 N.S. (98)
Engineer, Inventor, Computer Scientist
Misc: invented random-access magnetic core memory; a pioneer computer engineer, systems scientist, and a professor at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Earl Kenneth "Ken" Forsse -- b.9/25/1936 d.3/19/2014 (77)
Author, Inventor, Businessperson, Producer
Misc: created the hit toy Teddy Ruxpin and his animated series
TV Shows: The Adventures of Teddy Ruxpin (creator)

Werner Forssmann -- b.8/29/1904 d.6/1/1979 (74)
Physician, German
Misc: a pioneer in heart research

Steve Fossett -- b.4/22/1944 d.9/3/2007 (63)
Adventurer, Aviator, Balloonist, Businessperson
Misc: date of death is estimated

Dian Fossey -- b.1/16/1932 d.12/27/1985 (53)
Naturalist, Zoologist
Misc: studied gorillas in the wild, was found hacked to death at a research station in Rwanda.

John Fothergill -- b.3/8/1712 d.12/26/1780 (68)
Physician, British

Jean Bernard Léon Foucault -- b.9/18/1819 d.2/11/1868 (48)
Scientist, Inventor, French
Misc: the gyroscope, which was a pendulum that proved that Earth rotates.

Jean Baptiste Joseph Fourier -- b.3/21/1768 d.5/16/1830 (62)
Scientist, Mathematician, French
Misc: Egyptologist

Benoit Fourneyron -- b.10/31/1802 d.7/31/1867 (64)
Misc: the water turbine

Jim Fowler -- b.4/9/1930 N.S. d.5/8/2019 N.S. (89)
Naturalist, Zoologist, TV Host
TV Shows: Wild Kingdom (assistant, host in 1985)

William Fowler -- b.8/9/1911 d.3/14/1995 (83)
Physicist, Astrophysicist

Luke Fox -- b.10/20/1586 J-LD d.7/15/1635 J-LD (48)
Explorer, Navigator, English

James Bicheno Francis -- b.5/18/1815 d.9/18/1892 (77)
Engineer, Inventor, American, British
Names/Places: NN: The Father of Modern Hydraulic Engineering
Misc: Hydraulic turbine

Joseph Francis -- b.3/12/1801 d.5/10/1893 (92)
Misc: wooden lifeboat

Thomas Francis Jr. -- b.7/15/1900 d.10/1/1969 (69)
Scientist, Educator

James Franck -- b.8/26/1882 d.5/21/1964 (81)
Physicist, German

Viktor E. Frankl -- b.3/26/1905 d.9/2/1997 (92)
Psychiatrist, Austrian

Benjamin Franklin -- b.1/17/1706 N.S. or 1/6/1705 J-LD or 1/6/1706 Ju-1 d.4/17/1790 N.S. (84)
Author, Philosopher, Scientist, Inventor, Publisher, Printer, Statesman, Diplomat, Philanthropist, American
Names/Places: b. in Boston; d. in Philadelphia
Misc: Postmaster General; Declaration of Independence signer; invented bifocals, streetlights, lightning rods, stoves, & harmonicas; Elder Statesman of the American Revolution; 1st Ambassador of France; on a $100 bill; in the International Swimming Hall of Fame
Book Titles: Poor Richard's Almanac

Sir John Franklin -- b.4/16/1786 d.6/11/1847 (61)
Explorer, British
Misc: Arctic; b. 4-4?

Kenneth Franklin -- b.3/25/1923 d.6/18/2007 (84)
Astronomer, Educator

Rosalind (Elsie) Franklin -- b.7/25/1920 d.4/16/1958 (37)
Biochemist, English
Misc: contributed to the discovery of the molecular structure of deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA), a constituent of chromosomes that serves to encode genetic information

Herman Frasch -- b.12/25/1851 d.5/1/1914 (62)
Chemist, Inventor, German

Simon Fraser -- b.5/20/1776 d.8/18/1862 (86)
Explorer, Fur Trader, Scotish
Misc: charted much of what is now the Canadian province of British Columbia

Sir James George Frazer -- b.1/1/1854 d.5/7/1941 (87)
Anthropologist, British
Misc: The Golden Bough

John Fries Frazer -- b.7/8/1812 d.10/12/1872 (60)
Scientist, Naturalist

Carlton Fredericks -- b.10/23/1910 d.7/28/1987 (76)
Scientist, Nutritionist

Dr. Daniel X. Freedman -- b.8/17/1921 d.6/3/1993 (71)

Howard Freeman -- b.??/??/1929 d.10/21/1992 (63)
Scientist, Sociologist

Gottlob Frege -- b.11/8/1848 d.7/26/1925 (76)
Philosopher, Mathematician, German
Misc: logician

John Charles Fremont -- b.1/21/1813 d.7/13/1890 (77)
General, Explorer, Pioneer, Governor
Names/Places: NN:Pathfinder
Misc: mapmaker and explorer of Western United States

Douglas Freshfield -- b.4/27/1845 d.2/9/1934 (88)
Author, Explorer, Geographer, English
Misc: advocated the recognition of geography as an independent discipline in English universities (from 1884).

Augustin Jean Fresnel -- b.5/10/1788 d.7/14/1827 (39)
Physicist, French
Misc: pioneered in optics and did much to establish the wave theory of light advanced by Thomas Young.

Anna Freud -- b.12/3/1895 d.10/9/1982 (86)
Scientist, Psychoanalyst, Austrian
Names/Places: Sigmund's daughter; b. Vienna, d. London
Misc: founder of child psychoanalysis and one of its foremost practitioners. She also made fundamental contributions to understanding how the ego, or consciousness, functions in averting painful ideas, impulses, and feelings.

Dr. Sigmund Freud -- b.5/6/1856 d.9/23/1939 (83)
Author, Scientist, Psychiatrist, Czech
Misc: Psychoanalysis founder; d. in London

Herbert Friedman -- b.6/21/1916 d.9/9/2000 (84)
Misc: an American pioneer in the application of sounding rockets to solar physics, aeronomy, and astronomy.

William Friese-Greene -- b.9/7/1855 d.5/5/1921 (65)
Photographer, Inventor, English
Misc: built the first practical motion picture camera and patented it in 1899

Paolo Frisi -- b.4/13/1728 N.S. d.11/22/1784 N.S. (56)
Astronomer, Mathematician, Physicist, Austrian
Misc: best known for his work in hydraulics. His most significant contributions to science, however, were in the compilation, interpretation, and dissemination of the work of other scientists.

William H. Frist -- b.2/22/1952
Surgeon, Senator
Names/Places: RN: William Harrison Frist Sr., NN: Bill
Misc: began his career as a heart and lung transplant surgeon

Erich Fromm -- b.3/23/1900 d.3/18/1980 (79)
Author, Philosopher, Scientist, Psychoanalyst, German
Book Titles: Escape From Freedom

Louis Agassiz Fuertes -- b.2/7/1874 d.8/22/1927 (53)
Painter, Naturalist

Calvin Fuller -- b.5/25/1902 d.11/28/1994 (92)
Misc: invented a device that converts solar energy into electricity

R. Buckminster Fuller -- b.7/12/1895 d.7/1/1983 (87)
Architect, Author, Philosopher, Inventor, Educator
Names/Places: FN:Richard; d. in Los Angeles
Misc: Geodesic dome; 2000+ patents!

Charles Gordon Fullerton -- b.10/11/1936 d.8/21/2013 (76)
Misc: USAF colonel, a USAF and NASA astronaut, and a research pilot

Robert Fulton -- b.11/14/1765 N.S. d.2/24/1815 N.S. (49)
Misc: The Steamboat

Casimir Funk -- b.2/23/1884 d.11/20/1967 (83)
Scientist, Biochemist, Polish
Misc: coined the term Vitamin

Tobias Furneaux -- b.8/21/1735 d.9/18/1781 (46)
Naval Officer, Explorer, British
Misc: the first to circumnavigate the globe in both directions.

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