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Today is Tuesday, June 27, the 178th day of 2006 with 187 to follow.
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Today is Monday, June 27, the 178th day of 2005 with 187 to follow.
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In the Stars: Hawking's beautiful mind

WASHINGTON, Feb. 15 (UPI) -- There are very few people on this planet who would qualify as living legends, and fewer still who can live up to expectations, but Stephen Hawking sits at or near the top in that rarified company, propelled to prominence by the incredible power of his min
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Stephen Hawking receives Smithsonian medal

WASHINGTON, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- Theoretical physicist Stephen Hawking received the James Smithson Bicentennial Medal in a ceremony Monday.

Skitch Henderson gets Smithsonian honor

WASHINGTON, Jan. 6 (UPI) -- Skitch Henderson, founder and director of the New York Pops orchestra, has been named winner of the Smithsonian's 2005 James Smithson Bicentennial Medal. The honor will be bestowed on Henderson, 86, on Jan. 29 at a ceremony at the National Museum of Natur

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Today is Sunday, June 27, the 179th day of 2004 with 187 to follow.
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Today is Friday, June 27, the 178th day of 2003 with 187 to follow.
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Today is Thursday, June 27, the 178th day of 2002 with 187 to follow.
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Professor Stephen Hawking smiles after receiving the James Smithson Bicentennial Medal at The George Washington University in Washington February 14, 2005. Hawking is the best known for his groundbreaking research in theoretical physics. (UPI Photo/Yuri Gripas)
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James Smithson, F.R.S., M.A. (1764 – 27 June 1829) was a British mineralogist and chemist noted for having left a bequest in his will to the United States of America, to create "an establishment for the increase and diffusion of knowledge among men" to be called the Smithsonian Institution.

Not much is known about Smithson's life: his scientific collections, notebooks, diaries, and correspondence were lost in a fire that destroyed the Smithsonian Institution Building in 1865; only the 213 volumes of his personal library and some personal writings survived. Smithson was born Jacques Louis Macie on an unknown date early in 1764, in Paris, France, an illegitimate, unacknowledged son of an English landowner, the highly regarded and accomplished Sir Hugh Smithson, 4th Baronet of Stanwick, north Yorkshire, who had married into the Percy family. In 1766 he became 1st Duke of Northumberland, K.G.

James Smithson's mother was his father's mistress, Elizabeth Hungerford Keate, the daughter of John Keate, an uncle of George Keate (1729–1797) who was elected to the Royal Society in 1766. Elizabeth was an heiress of the Hungerfords of Studley. She was also the widow of John Macie, of Weston, near Bath, Somerset; so the young Smithson originally was called Jacques Louis Macie. His mother later married John Marshe Dickinson, a troubled son of Marshe Dickinson who was Lord Mayor of the City of London in 1757 and Member of Parliament. During this marriage, she had another son; but the 1st Duke of Northumberland, rather than Dickinson, is thought to have been the father of this second son also.

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