Today is a day of reflection - the day when we remember the anniversary of the death of Chile’s greatest national hero, Arturo Prat. He was killed in 1879 at the Naval Battle of Iquique after jumping on board the Peruvian armored monitor Huascar.
A first class commander, his name became a rallying cry for Chilean forces, and Captain Prat is still considered a hero by residents of the width-challenged nation. Captain Prat was survived by his wife and three little Prats.
Tragically, exactly 15 years later, German physicist, August Kundt also passed away. In 1866, he developed a valuable method for the investigation of aerial waves within pipes with an experimental apparatus called a Kundt's tube. Wiki does not record whether he was survived by a wife or any little children.
A question for readers: who do you think led a more valuable life? The brave Chilean Prat or the brilliant German Kundt?
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