• Douglas Kenney

    1946 - 1980

    Douglas Kenney (1946 - 1980)

    Kenney was born in West Palm Beach, Florida, and attended Gilmour Academy, near Cleveland, Ohio, for high school.  While at Harvard University, Kenney was a member of the Signet society and editor of The Harvard Lampoon. There he was part of the first group of newcomers who restyled the college humor magazine. Another of these […]

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  • Doyle Wilburn

    1930 - 1982

    Doyle Wilburn (1930 - 1982)

    Doyle Wilburn Along with brother Teddy, the Wilburn Brothers were one of the most popular country music duos of all time. Beginning their careers as children, along with two older brothers, Leslie and Lester and sister, Geraldine, singing on street corners for tips, the Wilburn Family was discovered by Roy Acuff who brought them to […]

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  • Dr Franz Carl Achard

    1753 - 1821

    Dr Franz Carl Achard (1753 - 1821)

    Achard was born in Berlin, the son of preacher Max Guillaume Achard, descendant of Huguenot refugees and his wife Marguerite Elisabeth (Rouppert). He studied physics and chemistry in Berlin. He became interested in sugar refining through his stepfather. At the age of 20, Achard entered the “Circle of Friends of Natural Sciences” and met Andreas […]

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  • Dr Patricia Hilliard Robertson

    1963 - 2001

    Dr Patricia Hilliard Robertson (1963 - 2001)

    Astronaut. Selected by NASA in June 1998, Dr. Robertson reported for training in August 1998. Astronaut Candidate Training included orientation briefings and tours, numerous scientific and technical briefings, intensive instruction in Shuttle and International Space Station systems, physiological training and ground school to prepare for T-38 flight training, as well as learning water and wilderness […]

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  • Dr. Baruch Blumberg

    1925 - 2011

    Dr. Baruch Blumberg (1925 - 2011)

    Blumberg was born in Brooklyn, New York, the son of Ida (Simonoff) and Meyer Blumberg, a lawyer. He first attended the Orthodox Yeshivah of Flatbush for elementary school, where he learned to read and write in Hebrew and to study the Bible and Jewish texts in their original language. (That school also had among its […]

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  • Dr. Ernest Beutler

    1928 - 2008

    Dr. Ernest Beutler (1928 - 2008)

    Born in Berlin, to a Jewish family, his family home was located on Reichskanzlerplatz, renamed “Adolf Hitler Platz” after Hitler’s ascent to power, and then Theodor Heuss Platz after the Second World War. Both of his parents (Alfred and Kaethe, née Italiener) were physicians. His mother, a pediatrician, was in pre-war times the physician to […]

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  • Dr. Ernst F.W. Alexanderson

    1878 - 1975

    Dr. Ernst F.W. Alexanderson (1878 - 1975)

    Alexanderson was born at Uppsala, Sweden, and educated at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm and the Technische Hochschule (Technical University) in Berlin, Germany. He emigrated to the U.S. in 1902 and spent much of his life working for the General Electric company. Alexanderson designed the Alexanderson alternator, an early longwave radio transmitter, one […]

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  • Dr. John Badley

    1783 - 1870

    Dr. John Badley (1783 - 1870)

    Born in Dudley, Worcestershire, England to a surgeon father, William Badley, of Dudley and Sarah Cox his wife. He studied medicine at Saint Bartholomew’s Hospital in London where he was a favorite pupil of John Abernethy a leading surgeon at the turn of the 18th century and himself a student of Hunter. He was elected […]

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  • Dr. Jose Celso Barbosa

    1857 - 1921

    Dr. Jose Celso Barbosa (1857 - 1921)

    Barbosa (birth name: José Celso Barbosa Alcala) was born in the city of Bayamón, Puerto Rico to parents of African and European ancestry. He received both his primary and secondary education in Puerto Rico. He was the first person of mixed-ethnic ancestry to attend Puerto Rico’s prestigious Jesuit Seminary. After graduating from the Seminary, Barbosa […]

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  • Dr. Renato Dulbecco

    1914 - 2012

    Dr. Renato Dulbecco (1914 - 2012)

    Dulbecco was born in Catanzaro (Southern Italy) to a Calabrese mother and a Ligurian father. He graduated from high school at 16, then moved to the University of Turin. Despite a strong interest for mathematics and physics, he decided to study medicine. At only 22, he graduated in morbid anatomy and pathology under the supervision […]

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  • Dr. Virginia Apgar

    1909 - 1974

    Dr. Virginia Apgar (1909 - 1974)

    The youngest of three children, Apgar was born and raised in Westfield, New Jersey, graduating from Westfield High School in 1925. She graduated from Mount Holyoke College in 1929, where she studied zoology with minors in physiology and chemistry, and from the Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons (CUCPS) in 1933. She completed a […]

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  • Duane Allman

    1946 - 1971

    Duane Allman (1946 - 1971)

    Duane Allman Howard Duane Allman (November 20, 1946 – October 29, 1971) was an American guitarist, session musician, co-founder and leader of the The Allman Brothers Band until his death in a motorcycle accident in 1971 at the age of 24. The Allman Brothers Band was formed in 1969 and based in the Southeastern United […]

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  • Dub Taylor

    1907 - 1994

    Dub Taylor (1907 - 1994)

    Taylor was born in Richmond, Virginia. The name Walter was shortened to “W” (double-u) by his friends and then “Dub.” His family moved to Augusta, Georgia, when he was five years old and lived in that city until he was thirteen. During that time he befriended Ty Cobb’s son and namesake, Ty Cobb, Jr. He […]

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  • Dudley Moore

    1935 - 2002

    Dudley Moore (1935 - 2002)

    Dudley Moore He is most remembered for his roles in the films “10” and “Arthur.” In June 2001, he was made a Commander of the British Empire (CBE). Born in Dagenham, east London, England, he became a comedian because of his short height (5 feet, 2 inches) and a defective left foot (a birth defect, […]

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  • Duncan Hines

    1880 - 1959

    Duncan Hines (1880 - 1959)

    Hines was born in Bowling Green, Kentucky, the son of a Confederate soldier. His mother died when he was four and he was raised by his grandmother. Hines attended Bowling Green Business University, which later merged with what is now Western Kentucky University and worked in the American West for Wells Fargo and other companies […]

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  • Duncan Renaldo

    1904 - 1980

    Duncan Renaldo (1904 - 1980)

    Renaldo told some interviewers that he actually did not know where he was born. Various sources claim that he was born in Oancea, Galați County, Romania as Vasile Dumitru V. Couyanos or Basil Couyanos. Renaldo apparently never knew his biological parents and was raised in several European countries. His birthplace has been generally stated as […]

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  • Dusty Rhodes

    1945 - 2015

    Dusty Rhodes (1945 - 2015)

    Dusty Rhodes Known worldwide as “The American Dream,” Rhodes (real name Virgil Runnels Jr.) spent several decades as a main-event attraction in pro wrestling, becoming a major influence in terms of his charisma and his ability to give captivating and entertaining interviews. Rhodes was also a major influence as a booker and had recently spent […]

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  • Dusty Springfield

    1939 - 1999

    Dusty Springfield (1939 - 1999)

    Dusty Springfield Call me a crazy old physiognomist, but my theory is that you can always spot a lesbian by her big thrusting chin. Celebrity Eskimo Sandi Toksvig, Ellen DeGeneres, Jodie Foster, Clare Balding, Vita Sackville-West, God love them: there’s a touch of Desperate Dan in the jaw-bone area, no doubt the better to go […]

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  • Dwight Eisenhower

    1890 - 1969

    Dwight Eisenhower (1890 - 1969)

    Dwight Eisenhower 34th United States President, United States General of the Army. One of seven sons of a poor Kansas family, he discovered he could receive an education for free if he was accepted at the United States Military Academy at West Point. He passed the 1911 entry exam and graduated in the top half […]

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