Thursday, March 14, 2024

Happy Birthday to…An Astronaut & Nobel Prize Winners


Happy 96th Birthday to Frank Borman II

NASA Astronaut ~ Apollo 8 Mission


Born: March 14, 1928

Birthplace: Gary, Indiana

Died: November 7, 2023 (95 years old)

Frank Borman’s historic trip into space occurred in December 1968. He joined astronauts James Lovell, renown for his heroic command of the ill-fated Apollo 13 mission, and William Anders on Apollo 8. 


The men were the first to leave what’s known as low Earth orbit and the first to photograph the far side of the moon. Their Saturn V rocket was also the first crewed spaceflight from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center.


Commander Borman was inducted into the International Space Hall of Fame in 1982.


Happy 145th Birthday to Albert Einstein

Physicist ~ Nobel Prize Winner


Born: March 14, 1879

Birthplace: Ulm, Germany

Died: April 18, 1955 (76 years old)



Who else memorized this famous equation in junior high? Off the top of my head, I only know that it means energy equals matter times whatever the C stands for and that the numerical value of C needs to be squared. 


I confess that this is an equation I’ve never needed to know, but then again, I’m not a physicist.


Albert Einstein, the genius known as the Father of Modern Physics, “discovered” the equation along with other groundbreaking theories. He was ranked the greatest physicist of all time by other leading physicists (Physics World).


Happy 170th Birthday to Paul Ehrlich

Scientist ~ Nobel Prize Winner


Born: March 14, 1854

Birthplace: Strzelin, Poland

Died: August 20, 1915 (61 years old)

The “Father of Immunology,” Paul Ehrlich, won the Nobel Prize in Physiology/Medicine in 1908. His contributions to the field include an antiserum to combat diphtheria and the standardization of therapeutic serums. 


Perhaps you’re familiar with the scientific concept of a “magic bullet”—a “reference to an old German myth about a bullet that cannot miss its target” (Wiki). 


Ehrlich coined the phrase, which is Zauberkugel in German, for an agent that kills specific, disease-causing microbes but doesn’t harm the body.


Other claims to fame:

  •  He founded a German research institution for vaccines and biomedicines that is now known as the Paul Ehrlich Institute.
  • Ehrlichia is a bacteria named for him that causes diseases in livestock.

Happy birthday to all of our March "babies"!

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Photos ~ all photos in public domain & modified with Canva.


Frank Borman ~ “Borman prepares for Apollo 8 on launch day.” NASA—Apollo Image Gallery. File:Frank Borman suiting up on launch day.jpg


Albert Einstein ~ “Einstein’s official portrait after receiving the 1921 Nobel Prize for Physics; possibly Herman Mishkin.” File: Albert Einstein (Nobel).png.” 


Paul Ehrlich ~ “Harris & Ewing—This image is available from the United States Library of Congress’s Prints and Photographs division under the digital ID hec.04709.” 


Sources ~ both sources accessed 6 March 2024.


Physics World“Physics: past, present future.” 6 December 1999. Retrieved 1 August 2023 for Wikipedia article on Albert Einstein


Wiki ~ Paul Ehrlich article.


  1. I love your "birthday" posts! Very informative. I was unfamiliar with Paul Ehrlich. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Thank you for posting today. These are fun and always give something to learn.