1957 in science
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Astronomy and space exploration
- October 4 – Launch of Sputnik 1, the first artificial satellite.
- November 3 – Launch of Sputnik 2, with a dog called Laika on board, the first animal sent into orbit. There is no technology available to return it to earth.
- December 6 – United States attempts launch of Vanguard TV3 which fails after just two seconds in the air.
- Project Orion begins, a U.S. program to build a spacecraft powered by nuclear explosions.
- Wilhelm Gliese publishes the first Gliese Catalogue of Nearby Stars.
- The structure of myoglobin is determined (using x-ray crystallography) by John Kendrew and colleagues in England.
- The discovery of Na+/K+-ATPase, the first antiporter enzyme identified, is published by Jens Christian Skou of Aarhus University.
- The Chlamydia trachomatis bacterium is first cultured (in the yolk sacs of eggs) by Feifan Tang and colleagues.
- April – IBM delivers the first compiler for the FORTRAN scientific programming language. It becomes the most widely used computer language for technical work.
- Robert C. Prim independently rediscovers Prim's algorithm. It was first discovered in 1930 by Vojtěch Jarník and independently rediscovered again by Edsger Dijkstra in 1959.
- Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station established.
- June 27 – A report by the Medical Research Council (UK) reveals evidence to support a link between tobacco smoking and lung cancer.
- October 1 – The drug Thalidomide is launched as a sedative by Grünenthal GmbH.
- Charnia is first described following its discovery by schoolboy Roger Mason at a site in the Charnwood Forest of England; it is the first definitely Precambrian fossil known.
- BCS theory of superconductivity developed by John Bardeen, Leon Cooper, and Robert Schrieffer.
- B²FH, an astrophysics paper by the British astronomers Geoffrey Burbidge, Margaret Burbidge and Fred Hoyle and the American astronomer William Fowler, describes the synthesis of the lightest elements through nuclear processes in stars.
- Rudolf Mössbauer discovers the Mössbauer effect.
- University of Liverpool cyclotron produces violation of charge conjugation symmetry.
- August – ZETA fusion reactor begins operation at the Atomic Energy Research Establishment, Harwell, Oxfordshire.
- December 2 – Reactor goes critical in Shippingport Atomic Power Station, Pennsylvania, the first commercial pressurized water reactor.
- First working prototype Wankel engine.
- First Conference on Science and World Affairs held at Pugwash, Nova Scotia, organized by Joseph Rotblat.
- Nobel Prizes:
- May 11 – Lynn J. Rothschild, American evolutionary biologist, astrobiologist and synthetic biologist at NASA's Ames Research Center.
- July 12 – Rick Husband (died 2003), American astronaut.
- October 21 – Wolfgang Ketterle, German winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics (2001).
- December 29 – Bruce Beutler, American winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (2011).
- February 8
- February 18 – Henry Norris Russell (born 1877), astronomer.
- May 7 – Wilhelm Filchner (born 1877), explorer.
- July 3 – Frederick Lindemann, 1st Viscount Cherwell (born 1886), physicist.
- August 16 – Irving Langmuir (born 1881), chemist and physicist, Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1932.
- August 21 – Harald Ulrik Sverdrup (born 1888), meteorologist and oceanographer.
- October 26 – Gerty Cori (born 1896), biochemist, Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine 1947.
- November 3 – Wilhelm Reich (born 1897), psychoanalyst.
- Gliese, W. (1957). Katalog der Sterne näher ALS 20 Parsek für 1950.0. Heidelberg: Astronomischen Rechen-Institut. Bibcode:1957MiABA...8....1G.
- Kendrew, J. C.; Bodo, G.; Dintzis, H. M.; Parrish, R. G.; Wyckoff, H.; Phillips, D. C. (March 1958). "A Three-Dimensional Model of the Myoglobin Molecule Obtained by X-Ray Analysis" (PDF). Nature 181 (4610): 662–6. Bibcode:1958Natur.181..662K. doi:10.1038/181662a0. PMID 13517261. Retrieved 2012-02-29.
- Skou, J. Chr. (February 1957). "The Influence of Some Cations on an Adenosine Triphosphatase from Peripheral Nerves". Biochimica et Biophysica Acta 23 (2): 394–401. doi:10.1016/0006-3002(57)90343-8. PMID 13412736. Retrieved 2012-10-29.
- Clausen, Torben (August 2007). "J.C. Skou identified Na+/K+-ATPase pump – a breakthrough and its significance". Ugeskrift for Læger (in Danish) 169 (35): 2897. PMID 17878005.
- Darougar, S.; Jones, B. R.; Kinnison, J. R.; Vaughan-Jackson, J. D.; Dunlop, E. M. (December 1972). "Chlamydial infection: advances in the diagnostic isolation of Chlamydia, including TRIC agent, from the eye, genital tract, and rectum". British Journal of Venereal Diseases 48 (6): 416–420. Tang, F. F.; Chang, H. L.; Huang, Y. T.; Wang, K. C. (June 1957). "Studies on the etiology of trachoma with special reference to isolation of the virus in chick embryo". Chinese Medical Journal (Beijing) 75 (6): 429–47. Tang, F. F.; Huang, Y. T.; Chang, H. L.; Wong, K. C. (1957). "Isolation of trachoma virus in chick embryo". Journal of hygiene, epidemiology, microbiology, and immunology (Prague) 1 (2): 109–20.
- "Smoking 'causes lung cancer'". BBC News. 1957-06-27. Archived from the original on 10 November 2007. Retrieved 2007-12-04.
- Moghe, Vijay V. et al. (2008). "Thalidomide" (PDF). Bombay Hospital Journal 50 (3): 446. Retrieved 25 October 2009.
- Ford, T. D. (1958). "Precambrian fossils from Charnwood Forest". Yorkshire Geological Society Proceedings 31 (3): 211–217. doi:10.1144/pygs.31.3.211.
- Parak, Fritz (20 October 2011). "Rudolf L. Mössbauer (1929–2011)". Nature 478 (7369): 325. Bibcode:2011Natur.478..325P. doi:10.1038/478325a. PMID 22012384. Retrieved 2012-01-20.
- "Science Places Liverpool". 2008. Retrieved 2011-03-20.
- Sherman, Don (February 2008). "The Rotary Club". Automobile Magazine: 76–79.
- "Националният политехнически музей празнува рожден ден в нощта на петък, 13-и". Vesti. 13 May 2005. Retrieved 9 March 2013.