Every Father’s Day we celebrate the dads in our lives and the love and support they’ve shown us throughout our lives. However, seeing as Father’s Day was only invented in 1909, whole generations of great fathers haven’t been celebrated. In this guide we aim to celebrate 3 great ‘fathers’ who never got to experience their own Father’s Day.

William Osler (1849 – 1919) – ‘The Father of Modern Medicine’


Admittedly, Osler lived past the invention of Father’s Day. However, the celebration didn’t become widespread in the United States until the mid-20s, so we feel the inclusion of William Osler, ‘the father of modern medicine’, is a justified one.

Ol’ WIll was a Canadian physician and one of the founding professors of the famous Johns Hopkins Hospital. He created the first residency program for the specific training of physicians, and was one of the first to take medical students out of the lecture hall and instead into bedside medical care.

Osler’s pedagogical techniques remain the primary way to train doctors in the modern world. He was often quoted as saying: “He who studies medicine without books sails an uncharted sea, but he who studies medicine without patients does not go to sea at all.”

Galileo Galilei (1564 – 1642) – ‘The Father of Science’


Like all the best Brazilian footballers, Italian polymath Galileo Galilei is commonly refereed to as simply, mononymously: Galileo. A brilliant physicist, mathematician, engineer astronomer and philosopher, Galileo played a major role in both the so-called scientific revolution and the Renaissance in general.

His major contributions to the world were his confirmation of the phases of Jupiter, and his observation of sunspots. It is, however, Galileo’s championing of heliocentrism (the theory that the Earth orbits the Sun, and not the other way around) that made him controversial in his own time and what he is now best known for.

Miguel de Cervantes (1547 – 1616) – ‘Father of the Modern European Novel’


Author of the brilliantly witty and still deliriously funny Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra was a Spanish novelist, poet and playwright. His influence on the Spanish language has been so considerable that it is often called ‘la lengua de Cervantes’ (the language of Cervantes).

Don Quixote is often considered the original European novel, and is still put forward as one of the greatest. Without it, who knows where the history of literature would have gone?

Do you have any suggestions for amazing, famous fathers who never experienced Father’s Day? Let us know in the comments below!

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