2001 in science
The year 2001 in science and technology involved many events, some of which are included below.
Astronomy and space explorationEdit
- February 12 – The NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft lands in the "saddle" region of 433 Eros, becoming the first spacecraft to land on an asteroid.
- June 21 – Solar eclipse of June 21, 2001, a total eclipse.
- August 8 – NASA's Genesis spacecraft is launched.
- October 15 – NASA's Galileo spacecraft passes within 112 miles (180 km) of Jupiter's moon Io.
- November 27 – The Hubble Space Telescope detects sodium in the atmosphere of HD 209458 b, the first exoplanet atmosphere to be measured.
- December 14 – Solar eclipse of December 14, 2001, an annular eclipse.
- January 8 – The first animal from an endangered species produced by cloning, a gaur named Noah, is born at Trans Ova Genetics in Sioux Center, Iowa. He dies within 48 hours of a common dysentery.
- January – The second animal from an endangered species produced by cloning, a European mouflon lamb, is born in Italy.
- February – The publicly funded Human Genome Project, led by Francis Collins and the privately funded Celera effort, led by Craig Venter simultaneously publish their decoding of the human genome (in Nature and Science, respectively).
- April 6 – Linda Partridge and colleagues publish their identification of the role of a specific gene in animal ageing.
- April 19 – Pygmy three-toed sloth first described.
- Craig Venter and Mark Adams complete the genetic map of the laboratory mouse.
- Fossil remains of the whale Rodhocetus balochistanensis found in Balochistan Province, Pakistan, by Philip D. Gingerich.
- January 9 – Apple Inc. releases the iTunes media player (modified from SoundJam MP).
- January 15 – Wikipedia launches on the internet.
- May – Tim Berners-Lee and colleagues name the Semantic Web.
- August 24 – Windows XP personal computer operating system released by Microsoft.
- October 23 – Apple Inc. unveil the first generation iPod portable media player.
- December 1–2 – The Budapest Open Access Initiative, a public statement of principles promoting open access to research literature, is launched at a conference convened in Budapest by the Open Society Institute.
- December – The C# programming language specification is released.
- In quantum computing, the first working 7-qubit NMR computer is demonstrated at IBM's Almaden Research Center, demonstrating Shor's algorithm.
- Chatterbot Eugene Goostman is developed.
- The Walkman Circ is released.
- Nobel Prizes
- Turing Award: Ole-Johan Dahl, Kristen Nygaard
- Wollaston Medal for Geology: Harry Blackmore Whittington
- February 9 – Herbert A. Simon (b. 1916), American polymath, recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences.
- February 24 – Claude Shannon (b. 1916), American mathematician.
- May 5 – Wang Yinglai (b. 1907), Chinese biochemist.
- May 8 – William T. Stearn (b. 1911), English botanist.
- May 28 – Francisco Varela (b. 1946), Chilean biologist and philosopher.
- June 4 – Lu Jiaxi (b. 1915), Chinese physical chemist.
- June 18 – René Dumont (b. 1904), French agronomist.
- August 9 – Sir Alec Skempton (b. 1914), English pioneer of soil science and engineering historian.
- August 20 – Sir Fred Hoyle (b. 1915), English astronomer and science fiction writer.
- August 31 – Doris Calloway (Nesheim) (b. 1923), American nutritionist.
- September 2 – Christiaan Barnard (b. 1922), South African cardiac surgeon.
- October 31 – Warren Elliot Henry (b. 1909), African American physicist.
- November 30 – Robert Tools (b. 1942), American first recipient of a self-contained artificial heart, after 151 days without a living heart.
- December 5 – Franco Rasetti (b. 1901), Italian American nuclear physicist.
- December 12 – Robert Schommer (b. 1946), American astronomer.
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- Clancy, David J.; et al. (April 6, 2001). "Extension of Life-Span by Loss of CHICO, a Drosophila Insulin Receptor Substrate Protein". Science. 292 (5514): 104–106. Bibcode:2001Sci...292..104C. doi:10.1126/science.1057991. PMID 11292874. Retrieved May 30, 2013.
- Anderson, R. P.; Handley Jr., C. O. (2001). "A new species of three-toed sloth (Mammalia: Xenarthra) from Panama, with a review of the genus Bradypus". Proceedings of the Biological Society of Washington. 114 (1): 1–33. Retrieved June 13, 2016.
- "Philip D. Gingerich Ph.D." Expert List. University of Michigan. Archived from the original on July 14, 2009. Retrieved November 2, 2011.
- White, Scott R.; Sottos, Nancy R.; Geubelle, P. H.; Moore, J. S.; Kessler, M. R.; Sriram, S. R.; Brown, E. N.; Viswanathan, S. (February 15, 2001). "Autonomic healing of polymer composites". Nature. 409 (6822): 794–797. doi:10.1038/35057232. PMID 11236987.
- Berners-Lee, Tim; Hendler, James; Lassila, Ora (May 17, 2001). "The Semantic Web". Scientific American. Archived from the original on November 14, 2008. Retrieved August 23, 2012.
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