The baby name Norman is based on two Germanic elements, the first meaning “north,” the second meaning “man.”
Here are more than a dozen impressive people named Norman:
- Norman H. Anning (1883-1963), Canadian mathematician.
- Norman E. Borlaug, (1914-2009), American biologist and scientist. Led the Green Revolution, which increased agricultural production worldwide and alleviated world hunger.
- Norman L. Bowen (1887-1956), Canadian petrologist.
- Norman J. Breakey (b. 1891), Canadian inventor. Invented the paint roller c. 1940.
- Norman R. Davidson (1916-2002), American biochemist.
- Norman Hackerman (1912-2007), American chemist.
- W. Norman Haworth (1883-1950), British chemist. Determined the chemical structures of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) and various carbohydrates.
- Norman G. Heatley (1911-2004), British biochemist. Instrumental in the isolation, purification, and testing of penicillin in the late ’30s and early ’40s.
- Norman B. Larsen (1923–1970), American industrial chemist. Invented WD-40 in 1953.
- J. Norman Lockyer (1836-1920), British astronomer and scientist. Co-discovered and named the element helium in 1868.
- Robert Norman (16th century), English mariner and compass builder. Invented the dip circle (for measuring magnetic dip) in 1581.
- Norman W. Pirie (1907-1997), British biochemist and virologist. Co-discovered RNA in viruses in 1936.
- Norman R. Pogson (1829-1891), English astronomer.
- Norman F. Ramsey (1915-2011), American physicist. Invented the separated oscillatory fields method (used to create atomic clocks) in 1949.
- Norman E. Shumway (1923-2006), American surgeon. Performed the first successful adult heart transplant in the U.S. in 1968.
- Norman Stingley (20th century), American chemist. Invented the Super Ball in 1964.
- Norman J. Woodland (1921-2012), American inventor. Co-invented bar codes in 1949.
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