5 Photographs of the Most Famous Scientists in Color

5 Photographs of the Most Famous Scientists in Color

Scientists have an extraordinary impact on the way the world works, with many famous ones such as Marie Curie and Louis Pasteur shaping the world of medicine for hundreds of years to come. Without these people, the world would be very different (and more difficult place to live). Thanks to the work of fantastic colorizers, we get to see 5 of the most famous scientists to live in this modern time, in color.

Charles Darwin was an English biologist born in Shrewsbury, England on the 12 February 1809 to Robert Darwin, a medical doctor, and Susannah Darwin. Charles is best known for his theory of evolution through natural selection which he first published in the 1859 book On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, or the Preservation of Favoured Races in the Struggle for Life which he began working on in 1837 at the age of 28. He found much of the evidence he needed on his 5-year trip (1831-1836) on the HMS Beagle which mainly traveled around South America (but also went to places on different continents including Cape Town, Australia and Sydney, Australia. His journals of this trip were published which raised his reputation as a naturalist and biologist. Darwin died on the 19 April 1882  of heart failure at the age of 73.

A photograph of Charles Darwin, who proposed his theory of evolution through natural selection. Photograph taken in c. 1880. Colorization by  Mads Madsen

A photograph of Charles Darwin, who proposed his theory of evolution through natural selection. Photograph taken in c. 1880. Colorization by Mads Madsen

Nikola Tesla was a Austria-born Serbian-American inventor and scientist born on the 10 July 1856 to Milutin and Duka Tesla. He is best known for his work with alternating current electricity creating things such as generators, motors and transformers, but his achievements include the invention of the Tesla Coil, early x-ray imaging and wireless communication. Whilst being a genius, he still had some crazy ideas; for example, he believed that he had made contact with people on mars, he believed that he was going to end night time, and he thought that electric frequencies made people more intelligent. Later on in his life, Tesla began to struggle, being virtually bankrupt in 1915 with many of his patents running out. He died penniless at the age of 86 on 7 January 1943.

Photograph of Nikola Tesla in his office at 8 West 40th Street, New York City in 1916. Colorization by Jecinci

Photograph of Nikola Tesla in his office at 8 West 40th Street, New York City in 1916. Colorization by Jecinci

Marie Curie was a Polish chemist and physicist born on the 7 November 1867 to parents that were teachers. She is best known for her research into the theory of radioactivity as well as discovering two elements, polonium and radium. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person (and only woman) to win it twice, and the only person to win a Nobel Prize in different sciences (Physics in 1906 and Chemistry in 1911). Her death on 4 July 1934 from aplastic anemia was most likely caused by her long-term exposure to radiation without any safety measures. She was 66 years old at the time of her death.

Photograph of Marie Curie in her laboratory in Paris in 1912. Colorization by  Marina Amaral

Photograph of Marie Curie in her laboratory in Paris in 1912. Colorization by Marina Amaral

Louis Pasteur was a French scientist born into a poor family on 27 December 1822 in Dole, France. His work in biology and chemistry changed the lives of many with his work in vaccinations and pasteurization. He was the creator of the first vaccinations for rabies and anthrax and his process of pasteurization prevented the contamination of milk and wine enabling them to last much longer. He is often regarded as one of the founders of bacteriology and is known as the father of microbiology. He died on the 28 September 1895 at the age of 72.

Photograph of French biologist and chemist Louis Pasteur in 1878. Colorization by  Jordan J. Lloyd

Photograph of French biologist and chemist Louis Pasteur in 1878. Colorization by Jordan J. Lloyd

Thomas Edison was born on the 11 February 1847 in Ohio, USA. He is widely known as one of the greatest inventors of all time and was self-educated. Best known for the creation of the light bulb and the phonograph, an instrument used to record sound, Edison held 1,093 US patents and many utilities wouldn’t be the same without him; he made significant strides in sound recording, practical electrical lights and motion pictures. Towards the end of his life Thomas Alva Edison was close friends with Henry Ford (founder of the automobile company, Ford Motor Company), living very close to one another; they went on annual camping trips with him from 1914 until 1924. Edison lived a comfortable life dying at the age of 86 on 18 October 1931 from complications with his diabetes.

Photograph of Thomas Edison with his second phonograph in 1878. Photograph taken by Mathew Brady, famous Civil War photographer. Colorization by  Mads Madsen

Photograph of Thomas Edison with his second phonograph in 1878. Photograph taken by Mathew Brady, famous Civil War photographer. Colorization by Mads Madsen

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