|Born||April 5, 1921|
Every scientist, alternative or mainstream, should read a biography of Nikolai Tesla, arguably the greatest inventor of all time, especially including Thomas Edison and Guglielmo Marconi. Margaret Cheny's very readable biography of the underappreciated Tesla, though not the first or the last, may be the best.
From her hompage:
"Margaret Cheney was born on April 5, 1921 in Eugene, Oregon, and moved at the age of two with her family to a small farm town in western Washington. Her mother, Josie Swisher, a school teacher, taught the five children to read before they entered public school. Her father George Swisher, a racer and trainer of horses, departed each spring with his sulky and Dr. Bob, a black pacer, for county fairs in the Pacific Northwest and California. Margaret entered first grade at age five, the only student in her class in a one-room schoolhouse, was promptly promoted and began to foreshadow her career in journalism by publishing these and other events in hand-printed newspapers."