Brewster, David

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David Brewster
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Brewster, David Gender: M
born on 11 December 1781 at 12:15 (= 12:15 PM )
Place Jedburgh, Scotland, 55n29, 2w34
Timezone LMT m2w34 (is local mean time)
Data source
Rodden Rating B
Collector: Wemyss
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_sagcol.18.gif 19°56' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 28°45 Asc.s_piscol.18.gif 13°28'


Scottish scientist, a famous Victorian who invented various optical instruments and the kaleidoscope while working in the fields of reflection, absorption and polarization of light. A prodigy, he entered the university at 12 to study for the ministry. By the time Brewster completed his studies, he had settled on science as his field. During his distinguished career he received many honors, including knighthood.

Died on 2/10/1868.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Wemyss quotes biographer Gordon, "The Life of Brewster," "born a little after midday"


  • Vocation : Science : Other Science (Optics)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 87)
  • Notable : Awards : Knighted
  • Notable : Awards : Vocational award (Honors in his field)
  • Traits : Mind : Child prodigy (Entered University at age 12)
  • Notable : Famous : Founder/ originator (Kaleidoscope, various optical instruments)