Birthdays in History in May 1872

  • May 1 Sidónio Pais, Portuguese military and politician (d. 1918)
  • May 2 G. G. van der Hoeven, Dutch editor-in-chief (NRC newspaper)
  • May 6 Willem de Sitter, Dutch scientist (d. 1934)
  • May 10 Marcel Mauss, French sociologist (d. 1950)
  • May 14 Elia Dalla Costa, Italian cardinals (d. 1961)

Person of interestBertrand Russell

May 18 Bertrand Russell, English mathematician and philosopher (Nobel 1950), born in Trellech, England (d. 1970)

Philosopher Bertrand Russell
Philosopher
Bertrand Russell
  • May 21 Henry Warren, inventor (Telechon electric clock), born in Boston, Massachusetts
  • May 28 Marian Smoluchowski, Polish physicist (d. 1917)
  • May 31 Charles G Abbot, American astronomer (Constant Sun)
  • May 31 William Heath Robinson, England, illustrator/cartoonist (Don Quixote)