Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Preemies of Note ... Hmmm

"PMA = Preemie Mental Attitude"
From the Things That Make You Go Hmmm Department: While reading about Chuck Darwin the other day I found out why I am of just average intelligence; "preemies" are the real movers and shakers in the world!  To wit: Johannes Kepler: German astronomer and mathematician. Born 1571. Lived 59 years. Estimated I.Q. 160. He was a seven month baby. A founder of modern astronomy and physics. Sir Isaac Newton: British mathematician, astronomer, and physicist. Born 1642. Lived 85 years. Estimated I.Q. 170. Born on Christmas Day, a three pound baby. Sir Winston Churchill: British statesman. Born 1874. Lived 91 years. Not expected until January, he arrived on November 30. Anna Pavlova: Ballerina. Born 1885. Lived 46 years. Albert Einstein: Physicist, Nobel Prize Winner. Born in Ulm, Germany, 1879. Died Princeton, N.J., 1955. His parents worried about his initial language delay. Charles Darwin: British Naturalist. Born 1809 in Shrewsbury, England. Died 1882. John Keats: English poet. Born 1795. Died 1821. He wrote a series of odes that remain among the most popular poems in English. Mark Twain: Writer. Born 1835. Died 1910. Entered the world 2 months early, weighing only 5 lbs. One of the most famous personalities in American literature. Victor Hugo: French poet and novelist. Born 1802. Died 1885. He told Alexandre Dumas that even at 15 months he could not hold his head erect. He went on to become one of the greatest writers of all time as well as a major figure in French politics. His best-known works are Les Misérables and The Hunchback of Notre-Dame.  Jean-Jacques Rousseau: French writer and philosopher. Born 1712. Died 1778. Rousseau's political ideas greatly influenced the French Revolution, socialist theory and growth of nationalism.  Sidney Poitier: Award winning actor, film director and activist. Born 1927. First male black actor to be nominated for an Academy Award and first to have won Best Actor.  Other famous preemies include Napolean Bonaparte (French Emperor), Voltaire (French writer and philosopher), Renoir (Impressionist painter), Johann Wolfgang von Goethe (German poet, dramatist and novelist), Thomas Hobbes (English philosopher), and Michael J. Fox (American actor), among many others.