This Day in Jewish History A Man Who Studied the Being of Rock Is Born

Auguste Michel-Levy climbed mountains and created rock in the lab, furthering our understanding of the planet at the microscopic level.

On this day in 1844, the French geologist Auguste Michel-Lévy, who would revolutionize the study of our planet, was born. He would also be the first person to synthesize igneous rocks in the laboratory to learn more about how they were created. To boot, he pioneered the study of stone at the microscopic level.