1976 in science
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The year 1976 in science and technology involved some significant events, listed below.
Astronomy and space explorationEdit
- June 18 – Gravity Probe A, a satellite-based experiment to test Albert Einstein's theory of general relativity, is launched.
- July 20 – Viking program: The Viking 1 lander successfully lands on Mars.
- July 31 – NASA releases the famous 'Face on Mars' photograph, taken by Viking 1
- August 7 – Viking program: Viking 2 enters into orbit around Mars.
- August 22 – Luna program: Luna 24 successfully makes an unmanned landing on the Moon, the last for 37 years.
- September 3 – Viking program: The Viking 2 spacecraft lands at Utopia Planitia on Mars and takes the first close-up color photographs of the planet's surface.
- September 17 – Space Shuttle Enterprise rolled out.
- January – The Cray-1, the first commercially developed supercomputer, is released by Seymour Cray's Cray Research. Model 001 is installed at Los Alamos National Laboratory in the United States.
- March – Peter Chen's key paper on the entity–relationship model is published, having first been presented at a conference in September 1975.
- April 1 – Apple Computer Company is formed by Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak and the latter begins assembling its first personal computer hobbyists kits for sale later in the year in the U.S.
- November 26 – Little-known company Microsoft is officially registered with the Office of the Secretary of State of New Mexico.
- December – Release of Electric Pencil (originated by Michael Shrayer), the first word processor for home computers.
History of science and technologyEdit
- July 11 – Keuffel and Esser manufacture the last slide rule in the United States.
- Imre Lakatos' Proofs and Refutations: the Logic of Mathematical Discovery is published posthumously.
- The four color theorem is proved by Kenneth Appel and Wolfgang Haken, the first major theorem to be proved using a computer.
- Andrei Suslin and Daniel Quillen independently prove the Quillen–Suslin theorem ("Serre's conjecture") about the triviality of algebraic vector bundles on affine space.
Physiology, medicine and psychologyEdit
- The Ebola virus first emerges in outbreaks of Ebola hemorrhagic fever in Zaire and Sudan.
- Dementia with Lewy bodies is first described by Japanese psychiatrist and neuropathologist Kenji Kosaka.
- The term Münchausen syndrome by proxy is first coined by John Money and June Faith Werlwas.
- Norman F. Dixon publishes On the Psychology of Military Incompetence.
- January 19 – Hidetsugu Yagi (b. 1886), Japanese electrical engineer
- February 1
- April 21 – Carl Benjamin Boyer (b. 1906), American historian of mathematics.
- May 31 – Jacques Monod (b. 1910), French biochemist, winner of the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1965.
- August 18 – Shintaro Uda (b. 1886), Japanese electrical engineer.
- October 5 – Lars Onsager (b. 1903), Norwegian American chemist.
- September 16 – Bertha Lutz (b. 1894), Brazilian herpetologist and women's rights campaigner.
- September 26 – Pál Turán (b. 1910), Hungarian mathematician.
- November 5 – Willi Hennig (b. 1913), German entomologist and pioneer of cladistics.
- Bradford, Marion (1976). "A Rapid and Sensitive Method for the Quantification of Microgram Quantities of Protein Utilizing the Principle of Protein-Dye Binding" (PDF). Analytical Biochemistry. 72 (1–2): 248–254. doi:10.1006/abio.1976.9999. PMID 942051 – via Google Scholar.
- Oberlin, A.; Endo, M.; Koyama, T. (March 1976). "Filamentous growth of carbon through benzene decomposition" (PDF). Journal of Crystal Growth. 32 (3): 335–349. Bibcode:1976JCrGr..32..335O. doi:10.1016/0022-0248(76)90115-9. Retrieved 2012-02-03.
- Endo, Morinobu; Dresselhaus, M. S. (2002). "Carbon Fibers and Carbon Nanotubes" (PDF). Retrieved 2012-02-03.
- Chen, Peter Pin-Shan (March 1976). "The Entity–Relationship Model – Toward A Unified View of Data". ACM Transactions on Database Systems. 1 (1): 9–36. CiteSeerX 10.1.1.523.6679. doi:10.1145/320434.320440.
- "History of the Dibner Library". Washington, D.C.: Smithsonian Libraries. Retrieved 2014-01-08.
- "11th July 1976 – Last slide rule manufactured today". Computing History. The Centre for Computing History. Retrieved 2012-01-01.
- Crilly, Tony (2007). 50 Mathematical Ideas you really need to know. London: Quercus. ISBN 978-1-84724-008-8.
- "A Yale Tale: Fossil Footprints". Fossil Footprints. Yale University: Peabody Museum of Natural History. 2005. Retrieved 2019-08-31.
- Bennett, D.; Brown, D. (May 1995). "Ebola virus". British Medical Journal (Clinical Research Ed.). 310 (6991): 1344–1345. doi:10.1136/bmj.310.6991.1344. ISSN 0959-8138. PMC 2549737. PMID 7787519.
- Kosaka, K.; Oyanagi, S.; Matsushita, M.; Hori, A. (1976). "Presenile dementia with Alzheimer-, Pick- and Lewy-body changes". Acta Neuropathologica. 36 (3): 221–233. doi:10.1007/bf00685366. PMID 188300.
- Money, John; Werlwas, June (1976). "Folie à deux in the parents of psychosocial dwarfs: two cases". Bulletin of the American Academy of Psychiatry and the Law. 4 (4): 351–362.
- Money, John (1986). "Munchausen's Syndrome by Proxy: Update". Journal of Pediatric Psychology. 11 (4): 583–584. doi:10.1093/jpepsy/11.4.583. PMID 3559846. Archived from the original on 2016-01-15. Retrieved 2012-02-17.