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Irving B. Kahn
-- b.9/30/1917 d.1/22/1994 (76)InventorMisc: the Teleprompter
-- b.1/24/1947 N.S.Scientist, PhysicistMisc: appearred in numerous television shows discussing physicsBook Titles: Physics of the Impossible, Physics of the Future
-- b.11/10/1919 d.12/23/2013 (94)Inventor, RussianMisc: of The AK-47, AKM, and AK-74 assault rifles
-- b.11/9/1881 d.7/11/1963 (81)Engraver, Scientist, InventorMisc: played a key role in developing technicolor film
Martin David Kamen
-- b.8/27/1913 d.8/31/2002 (89)Biochemist, Physicist, Canadian
-- b.8/17/1880 d.9/23/1926 (46)Biologist, AustrianMisc: claimed to have produced experimental evidence that acquired traits could be inherited.
Elisha Kent Kane
-- b.2/3/1820 d.2/16/1857 (37)ExplorerMisc: Arctic explorer (Kane Basin off NW Greenland)
-- b.10/4/1918 d.11/14/2008 (90)SurgeonMisc: Heart Surgeon
Pyotr Leonidovich Kapitsa
-- b.6/26/1894 Ju-1 or 7/8/1894 N.S. d.4/8/1984 N.S. (89)Physicist, Russian
-- b.4/24/1918 d.2/4/1984 (65)Scientist, Inventor
-- b.9/13/1931 d.5/18/1993 (61)Scientist, Microbiologist
-- b.8/17/1891 d.7/20/1981 (89)Scientist, Psychoanalyst
-- b.6/18/1918 d.6/6/2013 (94)Chemist, Physicist
-- b.4/21/1889 d.6/18/1971 (82)Chemist, Russian, Swiss
-- b.4/16/1777 d.4/26/1835 (58)Physicist, English
Sir Bernard Katz
-- b.3/26/1911 d.4/20/2003 (92)Scientist, Physician, Biophysicist, GermanMisc: noted for his work on nerve biochemistry
Dr. Jonathan Katz
-- b.12/1/1947Psychiatrist, Actor, Comedian, Cartoon Voice ActorTV Shows: Dr. Katz: Professional Therapist (star), Home Movies
-- b.7/16/1704 d.??/??/1764 or ??/??/1780Inventor, EnglishMisc: machinist; Power Loom
-- b.3/16/1853 d.10/14/1940 (87)Physicist, GermanMisc: discovered the presence of helium in the Earth's atmosphere; people later discovered how to get a high-pitched voice by inhailing it.; Perhaps that's where "Getting High" originated?
-- b.1/20/1811 d.1/7/1890 (78)Engineer, CanadianMisc: created Niagra Falls suspension bridge
-- b.9/10/1857 d.8/12/1900 (42)AstronomerMisc: Rings of Saturn discoverer; who confirmed that Saturn's ring system is not a solid unit but is composed of a vast swarm of tiny particles.
William Williams Keen
-- b.1/19/1837 d.6/7/1932 (95)DoctorMisc: the first brain surgeon of the U.S.
-- b.9/7/1820 N.S. d.7/13/1896 N.S. (75)Scientist, Chemist, GermanMisc: introduced the chemical structure theory in 1857; noted for his work on the structure of benzene.
-- b.8/21/1979Chef, Songwriter, Rhythm and Blues Singer, Hip Hop PerformerNames/Places: RN: Kelis Rogers, aka: Kelis Rogers-JonesSong Titles: MilkshakeAlbum Titles: Kaleidoscope
Arthur C. Keller
-- b.8/18/1901 d.8/25/1983 (82)InventorMisc: moving-coil playback stylus; a pioneer of high fidelity and stereophonic recording techniques
John Harvey Kellogg
-- b.2/26/1852 d.12/14/1943 (91)Inventor, Surgeon, FounderNames/Places: b. in Tyrone, MIMisc: accidentally invented dry cereal when they were seeking a more digestable bread for their sanitarium patients in Battle Creek, and found the principle of tempering grains, Kellogg Co. founder
-- b.7/11/1915 d.12/10/1941 (26)AviatorMisc: Army captain; the first WW2 hero
-- b.2/20/1858 d.1/12/1943 (84)Surgeon
-- b.8/21/1811 d.2/11/1888 (76)InventorMisc: ironmaster who invented the pneumatic process of steelmaking, in which air is blown through molten pig iron to oxidize and remove unwanted impurities.
William Thomson Kelvin
-- b.6/26/1824 d.12/17/1907 (83)Engineer, Inventor, Mathematician, Physicist, IrishMisc: 1st Baron Kelvin; Absolute temperature scale
-- b.3/8/1886 d.5/4/1972 (86)BiochemistMisc: isolated cortisone (Nobel 1950)
Henry Way Kendall
-- b.12/9/1926 d.2/15/1999 (72)Physicist
Sir John Kendrew
-- b.3/24/1917 d.8/23/1997 (80)Scientist, Biologist, English
-- b.8/24/1890 d.10/8/1980 (90)Scientist, MicrobiologistMisc: known for co-developing the first vaccine for whooping cough
Dr. Joseph William Kennedy
-- b.5/30/1916 d.5/5/1957 (40)ScientistMisc: one of four co-discoverers of Plutonium
Arthur Edwin Kennelly
-- b.12/17/1861 d.6/18/1939 (77)Engineer, IndiaMisc: electircal; Edison's assistant
-- b.11/13/1835 d.5/13/1866 (30)Explorer, Naturalist
-- b.11/27/1969Physician, ActorTV Shows: Survivor
Sister Elizabeth Kenny
-- b.9/20/1880 d.11/30/1952 (72)Scientist, Nurse, AustralianMisc: pioneered the care of polio victims
-- b.12/3/1873 d.3/4/1949 (75)Inventor, IndustrialistMisc: a prominent manufacturer and the first radio mass-producer
-- b.4/3/1755 d.4/29/1836 (81)Explorer, PioneerMisc: Daniel Boone scout
-- b.12/27/1571 d.11/15/1630 (58)Astronomer, Mathematician, GermanMisc: Father of Modern Astronomy; planetary motion laws, discovered planets travel in eliptical orbits.
-- b.1/22/1934Chef, TV Host, EnglishTV Shows: Galloping Gourmet
-- b.2/19/1932Astronaut, Physician
Charles F. Kettering
-- b.8/29/1876 d.11/25/1958 (82)Engineer, InventorMisc: automobile self-starter
Dr. Jack Kevorkian
-- b.5/26/1928 d.6/3/2011 (83)Doctor, InventorMisc: self-suicide machine
John Maynard Keynes
-- b.6/5/1883 d.4/21/1946 (62)Mathematician, Journalist, Economist, English, GayNames/Places: b. in Cambridge; 1st Baron of Tilton
Richard Darwin Keynes
-- b.8/14/1919 d.6/12/2010 (90)Physiologist, BritishMisc: first to trace the movements of sodium and potassium during the transmission of a nerve impulse by using radioactive sodium and potassium.
-- b.5/18/1048 d.12/4/1131 (83)Poet, Philosopher, Astronomer, MathematicianMisc: Persian
-- b.10/29/1885 d.6/11/1963 (77)Archaeologist
-- b.6/27/1918 N.S. d.5/5/2017 N.S. (98)Inventor, Swimmer, Olympic AthleteMisc: 100m backstroke swimmer (Olympic-gold-1936); inventor of competetive swim equipment and water safety gear.
William H. Kilpatrick
-- b.11/20/1871 d.2/13/1965 (93)Philosopher, Mathematician, EducatorMisc: father of progressive education
Jim Yong Kim
-- b.12/8/1959Anthropologist, Physician, BusinesspersonMisc: World Bank President
Charles Glenn King
-- b.10/22/1896 d.1/23/1988 (91)BiochemistMisc: well known for his isolation of vitamin C.
Samuel Archer King
-- b.4/9/1828 d.11/3/1914 (86)Scientist, Aeronautical, Balloonist
Alfred C. Kinsey
-- b.6/23/1894 d.8/25/1956 (62)Author, Scientist, SexologistBook Titles: The Sexual Behavior of the Human Male
-- b.12/3/1763 d.1/6/1828 (64)Pioneer
Frederic Stanley Kipping
-- b.8/16/1863 d.5/1/1949 (85)Chemist, BritishMisc: pioneered in the chemistry of silicones, organic derivatives of silicon.
-- b.1/2/1973 N.S.Doctor, Italian
-- b.12/19/1832 d.1/15/1922 (89)Naturalist, ScotishMisc: David Livingston companion
Dr. Jared Kirtland
-- b.11/10/1793 d.12/10/1877 (84)Naturalist, PhysicianMisc: co-founder of the Cleveland Academy of Natural Sciences (later the National History Museum), prominent Lakewood settler.
-- b.8/1/1733 d.6/22/1812 (78)Chemist, Geologist, IrishMisc: known for his contributions in several areas of science.
-- b.1/29/1853 N.S. d.6/13/1931 N.S. (78)Scientist, Bacteriologist, Japanese
-- b.9/9/1910 N.S. d.8/26/1995 N.S. (84)Inventor, SwedishMisc: inventor of the Compass
-- b.12/1/1743 d.1/1/1817 (73)Chemist, GermanNames/Places: b. Wernigerode, Brandenburg; d. BerlinMisc: German chemist who discovered uranium (1789), zirconium (1789), and cerium (1803). He described them as distinct elements, though he did not obtain them in the pure metallic state.
-- b.2/6/1834 d.10/23/1913 (79)Pathologist, German, Swiss
-- b.3/30/1882 d.9/22/1960 (78)Scientist, Psychoanalyst, British
-- b.3/22/1916 d.2/11/1983 (66)Psychiatrist
Thomas Andrew Knight
-- b.8/12/1759 N.S. d.5/11/1838 N.S. (78)Scientist, Horticulturist, English
William (Pete) Knight
-- b.11/18/1929 d.5/7/2004 (74)Astronaut, Aviator, PoliticianMisc: X-15 pilot
-- b.5/10/1800 d.2/20/1850 (49)PhysicianMisc: whose popular treatise on birth control, the object of celebrated court actions in the United States and England, initiated the widespread use of contraceptives.
Thomas Wallace Knox
-- b.6/26/1835 d.1/6/1896 (60)Author, Explorer, Journalist
-- b.12/11/1843 d.5/27/1910 (66)Bacteriologist, Physician, GermanMisc: discovered TB bacillis (Nobel-1905)
-- b.8/25/1841 d.7/27/1917 (75)Pioneer, Surgeon, SwissMisc: thyroid gland work (Nobel 1909)
-- b.4/17/1774 d.1/17/1833 (58)Inventor, GermanMisc: the high speed printing press
Georges J. F. Köhler
-- b.4/17/1946 d.3/1/1995 N.S. (48)Scientist, Biologist, GermanMisc: immunology research
-- b.9/27/1818 d.11/25/1884 (66)Chemist, GermanMisc: who accomplished one of the first syntheses of an organic compound from inorganic materials.
-- b.2/14/1911 d.2/11/2009 (97)Physician, Dutch (Netherlands)
-- b.2/22/1900 d.3/17/1982 (82)Engineer, Inventor, GermanMisc: of the altimeter
-- b.4/25/1903 d.10/20/1987 (84)Mathematician, Russian
Josef Gottlieb Kölreuter
-- b.4/27/1733 N.S. d.11/11/1806 N.S. (73)Scientist, Botanist, GermanMisc: who was a pioneer in the study of plant hybrids. He was first to develop a scientific application of the discovery, made in 1694 by the German botanist Rudolph Jacob Camerarius, of sex in plants.
-- b.3/16/1927 d.4/24/1967 (40)Navigator, RussianMisc: is the first to die in space aboard Russian's Soyuz 1.
-- b.4/4/1914 d.6/23/1993 (79)Astronomer, Austrian
-- b.5/20/1870 d.12/22/1945 (75)Physicist, GermanMisc: may have died Dec 21, 1945
-- b.3/3/1918 d.10/26/2007 (89)Scientist, Biochemist, PhysicianMisc: Nobel 1959 Biochemist
-- b.7/3/1879 d.3/1/1950 (70)Linguist, Philosopher, Biochemist, American, Polish
-- b.??/??/???? d.9/27/1935 (72)Archaeologist, Explorer, Russian
-- b.9/16/1853 d.7/5/1927 (73)Biochemist, Physiologist, GermanMisc: understanding the chemistry of nucleic acids and proteins.
-- b.12/30/1787 d.2/15/1846 (58)Explorer, Navigator
-- b.1/15/1850 d.2/10/1891 (41)Mathematician, Russian
-- b.2/28/1924EngineerMisc: NASA spokesman: voice of Mission Control during the Mercury and Gemini space missions
-- b.12/11/1874 d.2/16/1953 (78)Inventor, Manufacturer, CanadianMisc: pasteurizing process for cheese; Kraft Co. founder
-- b.12/8/1938Ecologist, Songwriter, Folk SingerGroup Names: The Weavers
-- b.3/13/1950 N.S. d.6/21/2018 N.S. (68)Author, Physician, Commentator, Columnist
-- b.8/25/1900 d.11/22/1981 (81)Biochemist, British, German
-- b.10/8/1888 d.2/8/1964 (75)Psychiatrist, GermanMisc: attempted to correlate body build and physical constitution with personality characteristics and mental illness.
Dr. Mathilde Krim
-- b.7/9/1926 d.1/15/2018 N.S. (91)Geneticist, Philanthropist, ItalianMisc: the founding chairman of amfAR: the American Foundation of AIDS research
Alfred L. Kroeber
-- b.6/11/1876 d.10/5/1960 (84)AnthropologistMisc: textbook author
-- b.11/15/1874 d.9/13/1949 (74)Physiologist, Danish (Denmark)
-- b.1/7/1935 d.2/19/2014 N.S. (79)Cosmonaut, RussianMisc: performed the first welding experients in space
-- b.9/23/1215 d.2/18/1294 (78)ExplorerMisc: Mongol conqueror and Emperor
-- b.7/8/1926 d.4/24/2004 (77)Psychologist, American, Swiss
Patricia K. Kuhl
-- b.11/5/1946ScientistMisc: speech and hearing
-- b.12/3/1900 d.8/1/1967 (66)Biochemist, Austrian, GermanNames/Places: b. in Vienna, Austria-Hungary, d. Heidelberg, W.GermanyMisc: was awarded the 1938 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for work on carotenoids and vitamins. Forbidden by the Nazis to accept the award, he finally received his diploma and gold medal after World War II.
-- b.12/7/1905 d.12/23/1973 (68)Scientist, Astronomer, Dutch (Netherlands)Misc: discovered the moons of Uranus and Neptune
Fred August Kummerow
-- b.10/4/1914 N.S. d.5/31/2017 N.S. (102)Biochemist, American, GermanMisc: an opponent of articicial trans fats; established the connection between trans fats and heart disease
-- b.1/26/1911 d.3/20/1993 (82)Physicist, German