Sunday, 15 November 2015

Famous People - Sunday Stamps II

In view of the tragic events in Paris I tried to find a French connection. 

All I could find was two Frenchmen who shared the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1912.

Sweden - Nobel Prize winners
Victor Grignard and Paul Sabatier shared the 2012 Nobel Prize for Chemistry for different work that greatly advanced the progress of organic chemistry.

In 1917 Karl Adolph Gjellerup and Henrik Pontoppidan from Denmark shared the Literature Prize, Gjellerup for his poetry and Pontoppidan for his descriptions of everyday life in Denmark.

One of the Founding Fathers of the United States was commemorated in 2006 on a set of stamps which show his versatility.

USA - Benjamin Franklin
To me he will always be the man who invented the lightning conductor (rod).

For other famous people you should cross over to Sunday-Stamps-II-48.

6 comments:

FinnBadger said...

If I had thought about it, I could have featured the US Edith Piaf stamp, which was a joint issue with France.
Nice idea to have a French connection this morning.
The Franklin set is very interesting. I didn't know he was a printer.

Hilary Melton-Butcher said...

Hi Bob - that was good to see ... we so easily forget the Nobel Prize winners. I had only recently noticed Franklin's abilities ... so these stamps certainly resonated and showed his strengths. He invented lots of interesting things too ...

France was terrible ... so sad for so many ... Hilary

Joy said...

The 'join or die'' snake bemused me on the Franklin stamp, I had to google it, I had no idea he was a political cartoonist as well as his other talents. Nice set.

VioletSky said...

Franklin was a fascinating man. I have a couple of his biographies that I frequently reread bits of.
And yes, many Nobel laureates are forgotten by those not immersed in their field.

Author R. Mac Wheeler said...

just thought I'd say hi :O)

Heleen said...

Interesting information on interesting famous men I didn't know before (or in case of Franklin, I didn't know him that well, as 'statesman' was the only job I have been connecting him with until now...).