1929 in science
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Astronomy and space exploration
- July 17 – Robert H. Goddard tests the first rocket to carry scientific instruments (a barometer and a camera).
- Clyde Tombaugh discovers several asteroids: 2839 Annette, 3583 Burdett, 3824 Brendalee, 1929 VS, 1929 VD1.
- Edwin Hubble publishes his discovery that the speed at which galaxies recede positively correlates with their distance, which becomes known as Hubble's law, the basis for understanding that the universe is expanding.
- George Gamow proposes hydrogen fusion as the energy source for stars.
- Konstantin Tsiolkovsky proposes the construction of staged rockets in his book Космические поезда (Cosmic Trains).
- July 5 – The Curtiss-Wright corporation is founded.
- August 8–29 – The German airship Graf Zeppelin makes a round-the-world flight.
- September 24 – Jimmy Doolittle takes off, flies over a set course, and lands by flight instruments alone.
- November 29 – US Admiral Richard Byrd becomes the first person to fly over the South Pole.
- December 16 – The British airship R100 makes its maiden flight, incorporating Barnes Wallis' pioneering use of a geodetic airframe.
- December 5 – Grumman Aircraft Engineering Corporation is founded.
- Carl and Gerty Cori propose the Cori cycle, describing how the human body processes carbohydrates.
- C. B. van Niel makes the first announcement of his discovery that photosynthesis is a light-dependent redox reaction.
- Professor Frederick Gericke of the University of California, Los Angeles, demonstrates that plants can be grown soil-free all the way to maturity, the basis of hydroponics.
- Sir John Lennard-Jones introduces his linear combination of atomic orbitals molecular orbital method for approximation of molecular orbitals.
- Lars Onsager publishes his reciprocal relations equations in thermodynamics, for which he will receive the 1968 Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
- Linus Pauling publishes Pauling's rules, key principles for the use of X-ray crystallography to deduce molecular structure.
- June 27 – The first public demonstration of color television is held by Herbert E. Ives and colleagues at AT&T's Bell Telephone Laboratories in New York. The first images are a bouquet of roses and an American flag. A mechanical system is used to transmit 50-line images to Washington.
- August 20 – First transmissions of John Logie Baird's experimental 30-line television system by the British Broadcasting Corporation.
- November – Vladimir Zworykin takes out a patent for color television.
- First practical coaxial cable patented by Lloyd Espenschied and Herman Affel of Bell Labs.
- Rudolf Hell receives a patent for the Hellschreiber, an early fax machine.
- November 18 – Grand Banks earthquake: Off the south coast of Newfoundland in the Atlantic Ocean, a Richter magnitude 7.2 submarine earthquake centered on Grand Banks, breaks 12 submarine transatlantic telegraph cables and triggers a tsunami that destroys many south coast communities in the Burin Peninsula area.
History of science
- October 21 – Henry Ford's Edison Institute is inaugurated at Dearborn, Michigan on the 50th anniversary of the invention of the incandescent light bulb, in the presence of President of the United States Herbert Hoover, Thomas Edison, Walter Chrysler, Marie Curie, George Eastman and Orville Wright (among others).
- Edwin Boring publishes A History of Experimental Psychology.
- Alexander Fleming publishes an article about penicillin in the British Journal of Experimental Pathology, for which he will receive the 1945 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
- Hans Berger discovers human electroencephalography
- Robert J. Van de Graaff develops the Van de Graaff generator.
- Oskar Klein discovers the Klein paradox.
- Oskar Klein and Y. Nishina derive the Klein–Nishina cross section for high energy photon scattering by electrons.
- Sir Nevill Francis Mott derives the Mott cross section for the Coulomb scattering of relativistic electrons.
- Paul Dirac and Werner Heisenberg develop the quantum theory of ferromagnetism.
- Ernest Lawrence invents the cyclotron, for which he will receive the 1939 Nobel Prize in Physics.
- Edwin H. Land patents Polaroid polarizing film.
- Nobel Prize
- January 3 – Gordon Moore, American computing entrepreneur and scientific benefactor.
- January 29 – John Polanyi, German-born Canadian winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
- January 31 – Rudolf Mössbauer (died 2011), German winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics.
- April 5 – Ivar Giaever, Norwegian winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics.
- April 8 – Morton B. Panish, American physical chemist
- April 16 – Ralph Slatyer (died 2012), Australian ecologist, and the first Chief Scientist of Australia.
- April 22 – Michael Atiyah, British mathematician.
- May 6 – Paul Lauterbur (died 2007), American chemist, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
- May 29 – Peter Higgs, British winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics.
- June 3 – Werner Arber, Swiss microbiologist, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
- June 10 – E. O. Wilson, American entomologist.
- July 1 – Gerald Edelman, American microbiologist, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
- August 4 – Raymond Smallman, British metallurgist and academic (died 2015).
- September 5 – Andrian Nikolayev (died 2004), Chuvash cosmonaut.
- September 15 – Murray Gell-Mann, American winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics.
- October 19 – Lewis Wolpert, British developmental biologist, author, and broadcaster.
- November 2 – Richard E. Taylor, Canadian American winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics.
- November 7 – Eric R. Kandel, Austrian-born neuropsychiatrist, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine.
- November 24 – Franciszek Kokot, Polish nephrologist.
- February 3 – A. K. Erlang (born 1878), Danish mathematician.
- March 6 – David Dunbar Buick (born 1854), Scottish American automobile pioneer.
- April 4 – Karl Benz (born 1844), German automotive pioneer and mechanical engineer.
- August 10 – Pierre Fatou (born 1878), French mathematician.
- August 27 – Herman Potočnik Noordung (born 1892), Slovene pioneer of astronautics and cosmonautics.
- November 17 – Herman Hollerith (born 1860), American statistician, punched card data processing inventor.
- December 13 – Rosina Heikel (born 1842), Finnish physician.
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- Barker, H. A.; Hungate, Robert E. (1990). "Cornelius Bernardus van Niel, 1897-1985: a biographical memoir" (PDF). Biographical Memoirs of the National Academy of Sciences (Washington, D.C.): 395–7. Archived (PDF) from the original on 7 June 2011. Retrieved 10 June 2011.
- Pauling, Linus (1929-04-05). "The Principles Determining the Structure of Complex Ionic Crystals". Journal of the American Chemical Society 51 (4): 1010–1026. doi:10.1021/ja01379a006. Retrieved 2012-10-29.
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- "Le radiosondage". Découvrir – Mesurer l’atmosphère. Météo-France. Retrieved 2011-11-30.
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- U.S. Patent 1,918,848.