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Chemical Compound (RPI-069)

Once Canada-born Eva Vertes got hooked at science at the tender age of 10, she wasted no time in setting out to make a difference in the very adult world of medicine. By age 15, she had uncovered properties of a chemical compound called RPI-069 that could lead to a groundbreaking new treatment for patients afflicted with Alzheimer’s disease.

Artist, inventor, musician, engineer and philosopher Leonardo da Vinci was born in the small Italian village of Vinci, outside Florence, on April 15, 1452. His parents were not married, though they later married different people and had 17 other children between them. Da Vinci lived with his father, and his surroundings were rich with the arts tradition of this area of Italy.

Electric Battery

Italian physicist Alessandro Volta made a number of discoveries in the late 18th and early 19th century critical to the then all-new and growing field of electricity. His development of the first electric pile preceded the modern battery and this, among many other accomplishments, led fellow scientists to immortalize him by naming the unit for electromagnetic force, the volt, in his honor.

Plastination

Physician and inventor Gunther von Hagens created a remarkable technique for preserving human tissue after death. The technique, known as plastination, has been introduced worldwide through his “Body Worlds” public exhibitions, where people of all ages have been able to view the internal organs and muscles of the human body in spectacularly presented and pristine form.