Abel, Sir Frederick Augustus (1827-1902), a British chemist. He was an authority on explosives. With Sir James Dewar, Abel invented cordite, a smokeless gunpowder, in 1889. From 1854 to 1888, Abel was chemist to the British War Department. He was created a baronet in 1893.
He may have been born in Brooklyn, but Carl Sagan was gunning for the stars as soon as he arrived in this world. Get to know the scientist whose infectious delight in the universe still holds us spellbound.
One was a celebrated author, the other a famed physicist. What the two shared was a public exposure of their religious beliefs. Big E had an on-again, off-again relationship with God, while C.S. was an avowed atheist during his early years.