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Daniel Cowan Jackling -- b.8/14/1869 d.3/13/1956 (86)
Misc: mining engineer and metallurgist who developed methods for the profitable exploitation of low-grade porphyry copper ores and thus revolutionized copper mining.

John Jackson -- b.4/4/1835 d.10/7/1911 (76)
Scientist, Neurologist, British
Misc: whose studies of epilepsy, speech defects, and nervous-system disorders arising from injury to the brain and spinal cord remain among the most useful and highly documented in the field

François Jacob -- b.6/17/1920 d.4/19/2013 (92)
Scientist, Bacteriologist, Biologist, Geneticist, French

Karl Gustav Jacob Jacobi -- b.12/10/1804 d.2/18/1851 (46)
Mathematician, German
Misc: who, with Niels Henrik Abel of Norway, founded the theory of elliptic functions.

Mary Corinna Putnam Jacobi -- b.8/31/1842 d.6/10/1906 (63)
Writer, Physician, Physicist, Suffragate, British
Misc: the foremost woman doctor of her era.

Jane Jacobs -- b.5/4/1916 d.4/25/2006 (89)
Author, Scientist, American, Canadian
Misc: Urbanologist

Raymond Jacobs -- b.??/??/1923 d.3/17/1993 (69)
Inventor, Businessperson
Misc: The Earth Shoe

Joseph Marie Jacquard -- b.7/7/1752 d.8/7/1834 (82)
Inventor, French
Misc: inventor of the Jacquard programmable power loom

Bill James -- b.10/5/1949
Theorist, Historian, Baseball Writer
Misc: Statistician

Geroge W. James -- b.9/27/1858 d.11/8/1923 (65)
Photographer, Author, Lecturer, Explorer, Journalist, British

William James -- b.1/11/1842 d.8/26/1910 (68)
Philosopher, Psychoanalyst, Psychologist, American
Names/Places: Henry Sr.'s son
Misc: founder of Pragmatism

Eli Hamilton Janney -- b.11/12/1831 d.6/16/1912 (80)

Arthur Janov -- b.8/21/1924 d.10/1/2017 N.S. (93)
Psychologist, Psychotherapist
Misc: creator of primal therapy

Karl Jansky -- b.10/22/1905 d.2/14/1950 (44)
Engineer, Physicist
Misc: discovered cosmic radio emissions in 1932

Robert Jarvik -- b.5/11/1946
Inventor, Physician, Surgeon
Misc: The Jarvik 7 artifical heart maker

Gregory B. Jarvis -- b.8/24/1944 d.1/28/1986 (41)
Astronaut, Engineer

Sir James H. Jeans -- b.9/11/1877 d.9/16/1946 (69)
Astronomer, Mathematician, Physicist, English
Misc: the first to propose that matter is continuously created throughout the universe.

John Jeffries -- b.2/5/1745 or 2/5/1744 d.9/16/1819 (74)
Scientist, Physician, Surgeon, Weatherman
Misc: America's first weatherman

Elvin Morton Jellinek -- b.8/15/1890 d.10/22/1963 (73)
Misc: a pioneer in the scientific study of alcoholism.

Dr. Mae Jemison -- b.10/17/1956
Astronaut, Physician
Misc: the first black woman in space

Charles Francis Jenkins -- b.8/22/1867 d.6/6/1934 (66)
Misc: Altimeter, Automobile self-starter, cone-shaped drinking cup

Edward Jenner -- b.5/17/1749 d.1/26/1823 (73)
Physician, English
Misc: smallpox vaccination discoverer

William Jenner -- b.1/30/1815 d.12/11/1898 (83)
Physician, English
Misc: primarily known for having discovered the distinction between typhus and typhoid.

William Le Baron Jenney -- b.9/25/1832 N.S. d.6/14/1907 N.S. (74)
Architect, Engineer
Misc: his technical innovations were of primary importance in the development of the skyscraper.

J. Hans D. Jensen -- b.6/25/1907 d.2/11/1973 (65)
Novelist, Physicist, Danish (Denmark), German
Names/Places: RN:Johannes Hans Daniel Jensen
Misc: Atomic Nuclei

Ken Jeong -- b.7/13/1969 N.S.
Physician, Actor, Cartoon Voice Actor, Producer, American
TV Shows: Community (as Senor Chang), Dr. Ken (as Ken)
Movie Titles: Pineapple Express, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Ride Along 2, The DUFF, The Hangover (series), Despicable Me 2

Niels Kaj Jerne -- b.12/23/1911 d.10/7/1994 (82)
Scientist, British

John Jervis -- b.12/14/1795 d.1/12/1885 (89)
Misc: made outstanding contributions in construction of U.S. canals, railroads, and water-supply systems.

Germain Henri Jess -- b.8/7/1802 d.11/30/1850 (48)
Chemist, Russian
Misc: his studies of heat in chemical reactions formed the foundation of thermochemistry.

Frank Baldwin Jewett -- b.9/5/1879 d.11/18/1949 (70)
Misc: electrical engineer and first president of the Bell Telephone Laboratories, Inc., who directed research in telephony, telegraphy, and radio and television communications.

Sophia Jex-Blake -- b.1/21/1840 d.1/7/1912 (71)
Physician, Feminist, Teacher, English

Zdravko Ježić -- b.8/17/1931 N.S. d.6/19/2005 N.S. (73)
Chemist, Olympic Athlete, Water Polo Player, Croatian

Penn Jillette -- b.3/5/1955
Author, Inventor, Actor, Comedian, Game Show Host, Cartoon Voice Actor, Magician/Illusionist, Juggler
Misc: of Penn & Teller; voice announcer for Comedy Central in the 1990s; radio show 2006-07; contributed to PC/Computing magazine 1990-94
Book Titles: God, No! Sings You May Already Be an Atheist and Other Magical Tales
TV Shows: Sabrina the Teenage Witch (as Drell 1996-97), Sin City (co-host), Identity (host)
Movie Titles: Car 54 Where Are You?, Toy Story, Hackers, Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, The Aristocrats, Futurama: Into the Wild Green Yonder

Donald Johanson -- b.6/28/1943
Scientist, Anthropologist
Misc: Paleoanthropologist

Amy Johnson -- b.7/1/1903 d.1/5/1941 (37)
Aviator, English
Misc: made many pioneering flights including England to Australia

Charles Spurgeon Johnson -- b.7/24/1893 d.10/27/1956 (63)
Sociologist, Educator

Katherine Johnson -- b.8/26/1918 N.S.
Mathematician, Physician
Misc: most famous for her work with NASA

Kelly Johnson -- b.2/27/1910 d.12/21/1990 (80)
Misc: Highly innovative American aeronautical engineer and designer.

Martin Johnson -- b.10/9/1884 d.1/13/1937 (52)
Photographer, Explorer

Osa Johnson -- b.3/14/1894 d.1/7/1953 (58)
Author, Explorer

Raynor Johnson -- b.4/5/1901 d.5/16/1987 (86)
Author, Physicist, British

Dr. Virginia E. Johnson -- b.2/11/1925 d.7/24/2013 (88)
Author, Physician, Psychologist
Names/Places: William Masters' ex-wife
Misc: Masters & Johnson; Sex Expert

Alexander Johnston -- b.12/28/1804 d.7/9/1871 (66)
Artist, Geographer, Scottish
Misc: Cartographer

Frédéric Joliot-Curie -- b.3/19/1900 d.8/14/1958 (58)
Physicist, French
Names/Places: Irene's husband
Misc: Nobel 1935

Irene Joliot-Curie -- b.9/12/1897 d.3/17/1956 (58)
Physicist, French
Names/Places: Marie's daughter; Frederic's wife
Misc: The Neutron (Nobel 1935)

Louis Jolliet -- b.9/21/1645 d.5/??/1700 (54)
Explorer, Canadian
Misc: The Mississippi River explorer; The city of Joliet (joh-lee-YET'), Illinois, is named for him; last seen in May 1700, exact date of death unknown.

Allan Jones -- b.10/14/1907 d.6/27/1992 (84)
Dentist, Movie/Stage Actor, Tenor
Names/Places: b. in Old Forge, PA; Jim & Jack's dad; Irene Hervey's hubby
Misc: some say b. 1908
Song Titles: Donkey Serenade
Movie Titles: A Day at the Races, Showboat

"Casey" Jones -- b.3/14/1864 d.4/30/1900 (36)
Names/Places: b. in Chicago; RN:John Luther Jones
Misc: locomotive engineer; rode the Cannonball Express to his death when his brakes failed

Sir Harold Jones -- b.3/29/1890 d.11/3/1960 (70)
Astronomer, British

Henry "Indiana" Jones Jr. -- b.7/1/1899 presumed deceased
Misc: fictional character

Brian David Josephson -- b.1/4/1940
Scientist, Physicist, Educator, Professor, Welsh (Wales)
Misc: he is best known for his pioneering work on superconductivity and quantum tunnelling

James Prescott Joule -- b.12/24/1818 d.10/11/1889 (70)
Inventor, Physicist, English
Misc: Joule's Law; who established that the various forms of energy--mechanical, electrical, and heat--are basically the same and can be changed, one into another. Thus he formed the basis of the law of conservation of energy, the first law of thermodynamics.

Edward Judson -- b.3/20/1823 d.7/16/1886 (63)
Novelist, Adventurer
Misc: Dime novelist; Buffalo Bill creator

Percy Julian -- b.4/11/1899 N.S. d.4/19/1975 N.S. (76)
Chemist, American
Misc: holder of more than 138 chemical patents

Solomon Juneau -- b.8/9/1793 d.11/14/1856 (63)
Pioneer, Mayor, Canadian

Dr. Carl Gustav Jung -- b.7/26/1875 d.6/6/1961 (85)
Psychiatrist, Swiss
Misc: Psychoanalysis father

Hugo Junkers -- b.2/3/1859 d.2/3/1935 (76)
Misc: of Airplanes; Prussian

Ernest Everett Just -- b.8/14/1883 d.10/27/1941 (58)
Author, Biologist
Misc: pioneered cell division

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