February 22 – Adolphe Quetelet

Today we wish a happy birthday to Lambert Adolphe Jacques Quetelet, born February 22nd 1796.  Quetelet was many things: mathematician, statistician, sociologist, criminologist, meteorologist, and the man who persuaded King William I to found the Royal Observatory of Belgium at Saint-Josse-ten-Noode (a region of Brussels).

Adolphe Quetelet: famous Belgian.

Adolphe Quetelet: famous Belgian.

Quetelet was also the man who gave us the concept of the Body Mass Index (BMI), or Quetelet Index, as it was known until the 1970s.

1900   ⇒   Main belt asteroid 453 Tea discovered by Auguste Charlois.  The reason behind the choice of name remains a mystery.  Tea is a member of the Flora family of S-type asteroids, from where the Chicxulub impactor (the big one that probably caused the extinction of the dinosaurs) is thought to have originated.

1966   ⇒   Launch of Cosmos 110.



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