November 1, 2017:
- (1585) Polish polymath Jan Brożek is born. As a mathematician, he wrote about the theory of numbers and researched why bees create hexagonal honeycombs, which he determined was because this was the most efficient way of storing honey.
- (1666) English apothecary and botanist James Sherard is born. As a botanist, he studied and collected rare plants in England.
- (1848) The first US women’s medical school opens in Boston.
- (1993) Spanish physician and biochemist Severo Ochoa passes away. He shared the 1959 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work on the synthesis of RNA.