Dutch-German-Polish physicist and engineer who, using his glass-blowing skills, created the first mercury filled thermometer. He also developed a temperature scale which carries his name.
Digital Equipment Corporation (DEC) created the once popular Altavista Internet search engine. They were also the first computer vendor to launch a public web site at dec.com. Their domain name is the fifth oldest in the world and, at one time, hosted a popular software repository. [more...]