Saturday, May 26, 2007

Victorian Personalities....

I have been once again remiss on my journal entries, so I shall make mention of a few notables who often are unrecognized in common society...

Doctor Edward Drinker Cope (1840 - 1897) &
Doctor Othniel Charles Marsh (1831 - 1899)

The leading American palentologists of the century, and bitter rivals in search of new dinosaurs.

Cope was a child prodogy who became a Havard professor at age 24.

Marsh was a scion of wealth, whose family bought him a chair at Yale to support his interest in fossils.

Originally friendly, they gradually became rivals and then (when Marsh pointed out that Cope had restord a skeleton with the head on the wrong end) bitter foes. At the peak of their careers, they tried to bribe each other's workers, steal each other's fossils, and wreck each other's reputations. The stories of violence betweeen the collecting parties seem to have only been rumors...

Michael Faraday (1791 - 1867)

Originaly trained as a chemist, he turned in 1831 to the investagation of electricty and magnetism. He developed the concepts of the fields of force (the basis for James Maxwell's theoritical work), demonstrated electromagnetic induction, and invented the electric motor and generator.

- Stoddard, W, (2000). "GURPS Steampunk", pg5, SJGames:Austin

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