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Charles Darwin

Charles Darwin – English Naturalist (1809-1882) Charles Darwin studied classics, medicine, and theology, but it was not until he took a position as a naturalist on the HMS Beagle in 1831 that he found his true calling. During the voyage, Darwin became certain of the gradual evolution of species. After more than 20 years refining his ideas, and by this time battling ill health, he published the controversial On the Origin of Species by Means of Natural Selection, in 1859. This was followed by several other volumes. Darwin was not the first naturalist to propose the idea of evolution, but is probably its best known proponent.   Charles Darwin’s Handwriting Charles Darwin’s Personality overview according to the handwriting analysis report Darwin’s handwriting has the light, airy quality often associated with the scripts of philosophers and other intellectual types. Light pressure and large intervals between words and lines create islands of space that serve to isolate him on a social level, but simultaneously give him room to think. Darwin was clearly a * loner who required a great deal of time and space on his own in which to develop the ideas that proliferated in his cerebral upper zone. Charles Darwin’s Relationships Considering the wide spatial arrangement and small middle zone of the writing sample, anyone in a relationship with Darwin would have had to be highly independent and happy to amuse...

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Marie Curie

Marie Curie – Polish-born French Scientist (1867-1934) Born Marie Sklodowska, Marie Curie is famous for investigating radioactivity and for twice winning the Nobel prize, once (for physics with Henri Becquerel and her husband, Pierre Curie, in 1903, and then .25 the sole winner of the prize for chemistry in 1911. Both physical chemists, the Curies worked together to discover two new elements, polonium and radium, and had two daughters before Pierre’s sudden death in 1906. Marie Curie continued their work, became the first woman to teach at the Sorbonne in Paris, and went on to develop the use of X-radiography. Curie eventually died of leukemia, the result of exposure to radiation. Marie Curie’s Handwriting Marie Curie’s Personality overview according to the handwriting analysis report Curie’s handwriting has a beautifully balanced flow and rhythm—there is neither too much emphasis on contraction nor too much on release. This indicates that she could express her feelings in appropriate ways and at the right time. The slight emphasis on the arcade form in this broad spatial arrangement tells us she was a private, conservative person who respected history and tradition, even while she may have challenged it. Marie Curie’s Relationships There is a good distribution of garland forms among the arcades, which is a sign of receptiveness. The rightward slant blends with a moderately strong degree of connectedness to reveal someone who cared about others, even...

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Thomas Alva Edison

Thomas Alva Edison –  American Inventor (1847-1931) He was born in Milan, Ohio, the youngest of seven children. He was a poor student at school partly due to an undiagnosed hearing problem, yet, as an adult, he became the foremost inventor of his day. Edison was only 10 years old when he set up his first laboratory in his father’s basement. After working as a telegrapher, Edison moved to New York in 1869 to concentrate on inventing. He went on to patent more than 1,000 inventions and is credited with inventing the electric lightbulb, the phonograph, the Edison storage battery, the electric pen, the mimeograph, and the first motion picture projector. Thomas Alva Edison’s Handwriting   Thomas Alva Edison’s Personality overview according to the handwriting analysis report Edison’s handwriting combines strength and flexibility. The chief connective form is the garland, an adaptable, open form that illustrates one who is receptive and willing to listen. He had the capacity to make quick changes of direction and to try new methods when old ones were no longer working. On the other hand, the long, strong f-crosses are made by someone who had no difficulty giving orders, and the upright slant provides additional strength to the garlands. Thomas Alva Edison’s Relationships Some words have many breaks between letters, while others have a greater degree of connection. In some cases one word even connects to...

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Charles Dickens

Charles Dickens – British Author (1812-1870) Emotionally scarred as a child when forced into a workhouse after his father was sent to debtor’s prison, Charles Dickens later used that awful experience in some of his most famous literary works, including David Copperfield (1850) and Great Expectations (1861). He began his writing career as a freelance reporter in 1829 and went on to write the Pickwick Papers (1837), which made him famous. Editor, journalist, and novelist, he produced an impressive body of work including numerous classics. Against doctor’s orders, Dickens continued to travel and do public readings until his death.   Charles Dickens Handwriting Charles Dickens Personality overview according to the handwriting analysis report Dickens’ handwriting has a wonderful, flowing rhythm within a speedy script, which indicates a mature integration of the various aspects of his life experiences. He was a man of grace and style, as well as sensitivity, as seen in the moderate variations of middle-zone size and in the well-developed upper zone. The literary d also appears in his script, a sign of a natural writer. Charles Dickens Relationships The moderate right slant reveals emotional response, but also emotional control. Add to that the wide spaces between words and the de-emphasized lower zone, yet strong degree of connectedness between letters, and we see a conflict. Dickens was someone who needed to feel connected with others, but who could not tolerate...

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Princess Diana

Diana Princess of Wales (1961-1997) Diana Spencer was born into the English aristocracy. She grew up to become a nursery school teacher, and in 1981 married Prince Charles. The older of her two sons, William, will eventually become king of England. As Princess of Wales, Diana found herself in largely unwanted, often intrusive limelight, but also in a position where she could support charities helping the homeless, drug addicts, poor children, and AIDS victims. Her marriage, never the fairytale of popular myth, came to an end in 1992 when she and Prince Charles separated. Diana was killed in a car crash in Paris on August 31, 1997.   Diana’s Handwriting Diana’s Personality overview according to the handwriting analysis report Diana’s handwriting is large and round, with an openness that suggests someone who was always ready for something new and different. While generally friendly, the variable spacing between the words indicates that she was not always consistent socially and could sometimes withdraw unexpectedly. Her emotional nature is seen in the loose rhythm, so she was quick to express how she felt and would laugh or cry quite readily. However, the upright slant, which is taught in British school models, provides some control over her emotions. She was able to wait for the appropriate time, so long as an emotion was not too strong. Diana’s Relationships The soft, released rhythm in rounded handwriting...

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