No, it’s not my birthday. But on days when nothing profound springs to mind to blog about during this challenge, I’ve decided to make my inspiration as random as possible.
So today I thought I’d look around the study for things that began with B, and take whatever it was as my starter. Bingo! Within seconds I had spotted a birthday card, so birthdays it is.
I wondered if there were any interesting people with birthdays today. There were! Here’s a whistlestop tour of a few of them,
Shing-Tung Yau – astronomer & mathmetician
“With Richard Schoen, Yau solved a longstanding question in Albert Einstein’s theory of relativity by proving that the sum of the energy in the universe is positive; their proof has provided an important tool for understanding how black holes form.”
read the rest of the article here
“(April 4, 1646 – February 17, 1715) was a French orientalist and archaeologist, most famous as the first European translator of The Thousand and One Nights (also known as The Arabian Nights in English). His version of the tales appeared in twelve volumes between 1704 and 1717 and exerted a huge influence on subsequent European literature and attitudes to the Islamic world.”
read the rest of this Wikipedia article here (and consider making a donation 🙂 )
“Isoroku Yamamoto (4 April 1884 – 18 April 1943) was a Japanese Naval Marshal General and the commander-in-chief of the Combined Fleet during World War II, a graduate of the Imperial Japanese Naval Academy and a student of Harvard University (1919–1921). Yamamoto held several important posts in the Imperial Japanese Navy, and undertook many of its changes and reorganizations, especially its development of naval aviation. He was the commander-in-chief during the decisive early years the Pacific War and so was responsible for major battles such as Pearl Harbor and Midway.”
Read more about him on Wikipedia here, and more about the U.S op ‘Vengeance’, which ended his life, here.