The first computer programmer

Born in England as the daughter of the poet Lord Byron and the mathematician Annabella Milbanke, Ada Lovelace (1815-1852) was tutored in math and science from an early age.

Discoveries of the Galileo

The Galileo was launched towards Jupiter in 1989, beginning a 14 year life of scientific discoveries. The spacecraft took the first close up image of an asteroid, discovered the first moon orbiting an asteroid, was the first to witness a comet plummet into a planet, and sent scientists many measurements and studies of Jupiter.

The Drunken Astronomer

Tycho Brahe was a genius astronomer and a bizarre man. Credited with painstakingly creating the measurements that would later lead to Johannes Kepler’s realization that the planets orbited the sun in ellipses rather than circles, Brahe was also known for his wild personality.

Heron of Alexandria

Heron of Alexandria was a Greek mathematician, engineer, scientist, and inventor born in 20 A.D. Among his inventions was the first steam engine, the vending machine, a water organ, theatrical sound effects, and the odometer. He also designed mechanical toys and wrote books on subjects ranging from geometry to mechanics. Known for his work in geometry, he even has a …