Posts Tagged ‘United States

25
Nov
10

Wanda (Louise) Landowska ~ Harpsichordist

Harpsichordist

A Polish-born harpsichordist who initiated the revival of the harpsichord in the 20th century.  She was born on July 5, 1879 in Warsaw and died on August 16, 1959 in Lakeville, Connecticut.  She studied composition in Berlin in 1896, and in 1900 went to Paris where, influenced by her husband, Henry Lew, an authority on folklore, she made researches into old music and keyboard instruments.  She taught at the Schola Cantorum, first played the harpsichord in public in 1903, and in 1909 published, with her husband, Musique ancienne, a study of 17th– and 18th-century music.  She remained until the beginning of World War II the principal exponent of 17th– and 18th-century harpsichord music, particularly that of Bach and Couperin, on whose works she wrote several studies.  In 1925 she founded a school for the study of old music at Saint-Leu-La-Forêt, near Paris, and in 1941 settled in the United States.  Among the modern works she inspired were the harpsichord concerti of Manuel de Falla and Francis Poulenc.  Early in the 20th century her theories of technique were the basis of contemporary harpsichord playing.

Reference:  The New Encyclopedia Britannica (Micropaedia) 
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11
Nov
10

Alfred M(ossman) Landon ~ Unsuccessful Republican Candidate for President

Gorvernor of Kansas (1933-37)

He was called “ALF” Landon.  Born on September 9, 1887 in West Middlesex, Pa.  Was once a governor of Kansas (1933-37) and unsuccessful Republican candidate for president of the United States in 1936.  Landon went with his parents to Independence, Kan., in 1904.  After receiving a law degree from the University of Kansas (1908), he entered the oil business.  In 1912 he attended the Bull Moose Convention and campaigned in Kansas for the Progressive Party presidential candidate, Theodore Roosevelt.  Thereafter his political affiliation remained with Kansas progressivism.  In World War I he served in the U.S. Army chemical warfare service.

After the war Landon returned to his oil business and Kansas politics.  He was elected governor in 1932 despite a bitter interparty struggle; his re-election in 1934 aroused widespread interest because he was the only Republican gubernatorial incumbent to win that year.  His victory led to the “Landon Boom” and to his presidential candidacy of 1936.  Although nearly 17,000,000 Americans voted the Republican ticket throughout the country, the final tally showed that Landon had won the electoral votes of only Maine and Vermont.  After the election he continued to take part in Kansas politics but did not again play in important role in national affairs.

Reference:  The New Encyclopedia Britannica (Micropaedia) 
10
Sep
09

The Buggyman

Eduardo C. San Juan

Eduardo C. San Juan

Neil Armstrong, the first man to walk on the Moon, and his company learned a great deal about the Moon when they used the moon buggy, a four-wheeled exploration vehicle technically known as the Lunar Rover.  The conceptual design of this ingenious vehicle was by a Filipino named Eduardo C. San Juan. 

San Juan, a Mapua Institute of Technology graduate who studied nuclear engineering at the University of Washington in the United States, started as troubleshooter for US-based Inter-continental Ballistic Missiles in the 1960s.  When he learned of a national invitation by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to design a space exploration vehicle, he submitted his design.  His design bested other entries up to the final tests so that it was the one fabricated for subsequent use by the Apollo series. 

Not only that, the very creative San Juan also conceptualized other designs for NASA like that of space shelters as well as jet propulsion and missile trajectory control systems, ground lasers, and space-based platforms for private firms.  Despite what was definitely a very good life abroad, he thought that our country has a greater need for his talent so that he decided to go back here in the late 1970s where he worked as a university professor and spoke at school science fairs and to children in economically challenged areas.  He always told his audience to reach for the stars like he did.  He passed away in 1988, but his legacy of exemplary scientific innovation and unquestionable love for country will never wane. 

Sources: 

► The Lunar rover and Eduardo San Juan.  25 February 2007.  http://hownow.brownpau.com/arcchieves/2007/02/the _lunar_rover_and_eduardo_san_juan/

►  Who are the famous scientists?  http://ph.answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20070616015024AAJ5fZv

06
Aug
09

Medicative Maven

fb06483015ead80aA pharmacist is more that a sellet of drugs.  A pharmacist is “a health professional trained in the science of preparing and dispensing drugs.”  So if you are a bit hesitant to consider pharmacy as a career option, you may want to know Dr. Luz Oliveros-Belardo, a genius in pharmaceutical chemistry.

Dr. Oliveros-Belardo spent five decades “studying the chemistry of natural products and essential oils from the Philippine plants.” Specifically, she studied the physical and chemical properties of 33 unique Philippine essential oils, and this resulted in the creation of new flavors and herbal medicines.

Dr. Oliveros-Belardo received 32 awards, all of which are dedicated to her expertise in the field of chemical research.  She was conferred the National Scientist designation in 1987.  Some of her most notable awards include the Philippine Pharmaceutical Association Outstanding Pharmacist Award (1963); THE National Research Council of the Philippines Award in Phytochemistry (1984); the Distinguished Leadership Award in Chemistry, (awarded in the United States in 1985); and the El Consejo Cultural Mundial Award in Mexico in 1988.

Dr. Luz Oliveros-Belardo rightly deserves to be recognized all over the world, Filipino scientists—budding or otherwise—stand to learn a lot from Dr. Oliveros-Belardo’s example.  Dedication, painstaking efforts to hone one’s skills, and yes, pride in one’s country—these are just some of the traits that make Dr. Oliveros-Belardo truly one of the greatest Filipino scientists the Philippine has ever produced.

Sources

►Pinoy Scientist on the Rise.  http://agham.asti. Dost.gov.ph/1998/9th/inteli/intel.htm

►Luz Oliveros Belardo.  http://en.wikipilipinas.org/index.php?title=Luz_Oliveros_Belardo

►Luz Oliveros-Belardo.  http://www.nast.dost.gov.ph/pro_oliveros_belardo.htm

►www.nast.dost.gov.ph/profile%20pictures/oliveros-belardo.jpg

Visual courtesy:  123people

11
Jul
09

Dr. Michael D. Purugganan

michaelDr. Michael D. Purugganan, a man described by his peers as one who is “distressingly fond of black clothing,” is a principal investigator for plant genome diversity

Have you seen mangoes or papaya with (really) flawless skins, not to mention pest-resistant?  Or maybe big gumamela flowers in varying colors?  Well, these are just examples of what plant geneticists achieve in their work.

Dr. Michael D. Purugganan is one such scientist who goes deeper into probing plants by studying the genes involved in controlling plant shoot formation and flower development.  He specializes in evolutionary genetics of plants.

Dr. Purugganan is currently an associate professor of genetics at the north Carolina State University in the United States.  He heads a laboratory in the Department of Genetics at NCSU, which engages in assessing the factors involved in the development of plants of the same species on the molecular level.

His team looks into the specific plant development pathways then maps and isolates the genes responsible for the plant’s form the intricate floral patterns and variations—a glimpse into a plant’s evolutionary adaptation and diversity.

A prolific researcher who has published papers in the fields of molecular population genetics, quantitative genetics, developmental biology and evolutionary ecology.  Dr. Purugganan was named William Neal Reynolds Professor of Genetics (2005). 

Dr. Parugganan obtained his undergraduate degree in chemistry from the University of the Philippines Diliman (1985), his master’s degree in empirical and theoretical biophysical chemistry from Columbia University, and his Ph.D in botany from the University of Georgia in 1993.

Sources

Michael D. Purugganan Personal Homepage. http://www.cals.ncsu.edu/genetics/purugganan/purugganan.html

Department of Genetics Laboratory Homepage, NCSU. http://purugganan.gnets.ncsu.edj/

 

Photo courtesy:  puruggananlab




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