• Born date: 1781-12-11
  • Born in: Roxburghshire
  • Death date: 1868-02-10
  • Death in: Roxburghshire
David Brewster

Sir David Brewster KH PRSE FRS FSA(Scot) FSSA MICE (11 December 1781 – 10 February 1868) was a Scottish physicist, mathematician, astronomer, inventor, writer, historian of science and university principal.Most noted for his contributions to the field of optics, he studied the double refraction by compression and discovered the photoelastic effect, which gave birth to the field of optical mineralogy.