Daniel
Bernoulli, born in Groningen, Netherlands January 29, 1700, discovered one
of the basic principles of fluid dynamics. Although he expressed an early
interest in mathematics, Bernoulli earned a degree in medicine in 1721.

His fascination
with mathematics is most likely related to his father and uncle both being
prominent mathematicians. In 1725 Bernoulli gave way to this interest
and became a professor of mathematics at the Russian Academy in St. Petersburg.

Bernoulli
is considered to be one of the earliest proponents of Newtonian mechanics,
and he utilized these concepts in formulating his theories on the flow of
fluids.

He spent the remainder of his life teaching, first at the university of
Groningen and later at Basel, Switzerland where he died on March 17, 1782.