On This Day

Birthdays in History in May 1788

  • May 10 Augustin-Jean Fresnel, optics pioneer/physicist
  • May 10 Catherine Pavlovna of Russia, German queen (d. 1819)
  • May 10 Augustin Fresnel, French civil engineer & physicist, born in Broglie, France (d. 1827)
  • May 16 Friedrich Rückert, German Poet, Translator and Orientalist (d. 1866)
  • May 18 Hugh Clapperton, Scottish explorer of Africa, born in Annan, Scotland (d. 1827)