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- 1997 A solar eclipse allows the comet Hale-Bopp to be seen during the day from China, Mongolia and eastern Siberia
- 1923 Birth of Walter Kohn, who was jointly awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1998 along with John Pople for contributions to the understanding of the electronic properties of materials
- 1928 Birth of Gerald Bull, the engineer who developed long-range artillery and who wished to use artillery to launch a satellite into space; he was killed by an anonymous assassin in 1990
- 1934 Birth of Yuri Gagarin, the first human in space
Impact Factor success
The 2012 Impact Factors once again show significant growth for many of the journals published by IOP Publishing.
New physicsworld.com service helps to connect research with industry
Physics Connect, an online innovation service that aims to bridge the gap between academia and industry, has been launched on physicsworld.com.