January 30 – Comet Hyakutake is discovered.
February 17 – NEAR Shoemaker spacecraft launched. The craft will land on asteroid 433 Eros in 2001.
May 20 – First naked-eye observation of Comet Hale-Bopp.
June 4 – The European Space Agency's Cluster is lost when the maiden flight of the Ariane 5 rocket fails, self-destructing 37 seconds after launch from the Guiana Space Centre because of a software bug in the computer control system.
November 7 – NASA launches the Mars Global Surveyor.
The second 9.8 m reflecting telescope opens at Keck Observatory, Mauna Kea, Hawaii.
July 5 – Dolly the sheep, the first mammal to be successfully cloned from an adult cell, is born at The Roslin Institute in Scotland.
August 6 – NASA announces that the Allan Hills 84001 meteorite thought to originate from Mars, contains evidence of primitive life-forms.
The yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae's genome is sequenced, the first eukaryotic genome to be fully sequenced.
February 9 – Copernicium first created at the Gesellschaft für Schwerionenforschung in Darmstadt, Germany, by Sigurd Hofmann, Victor Ninov and others.
January – The Google web search engine originates as "BackRub", a research project using PageRank by Larry Page and Sergey Brin, PhD students at Stanford University, California.
January 23 – The first version of the Java programming language is released.
February 10 – Deep Blue defeats chess grand-master Garry Kasparov for the first time.
February 27 – Pokémon Red and Blue are released by Nintendo in Japan as Pocket Monsters: Red and Green, developed by Game Freak as the first role-playing video game in the Pokémon series.
April 3 – Jennifer Ringley becomes an early practitioner of lifecasting (video stream), from her dorm room at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania.
October – The Shetland Times and The Shetland News become involved in a landmark legal case over alleged copyright infringement and deep linking in their websites.
The page ranking web search engine RankDex is originated by Robin Li.
Brewster Kahle, with Bruce Gilliat, develops the Wayback Machine software to crawl and archive World Wide Web pages.
Lov Grover, at Bell Labs, publishes the quantum database search algorithm.
IRCnet is founded.
May 23 – Swede Göran Kropp reaches Mount Everest summit alone without oxygen after having bicycled there from Sweden.
March – The Cochrane Library launched.
New variant Creutzfeldt–Jakob disease first identified in humans, in the United Kingdom.
Donepezil (Aricept), a palliative treatment for moderate Alzheimer's disease, is approved in the United States.
Sildenafil (Viagra), a treatment for erectile dysfunction, is patented by Pfizer.
January 7 – A large blizzard hits the Eastern United States, killing more than 100.
May 13 – Severe thunderstorms and a tornado in Bangladesh kills 600.
July 18–21 – Storms provoke severe flooding on the Saguenay River in Quebec, in one of Canada's most costly natural disasters.
August 2 – The first blizzard of snow in Texas.
Australian philosopher David Chalmers publishes The Conscious Mind: in search of a fundamental theory.
Zenith introduces the first HDTV-compatible front projection television in the United States. Broadcasters, TV & PC manufacturers set industry standards for digital HDTV.
APS film format is introduced.
Successful demonstration of magnetic refrigeration.
Belgian physical chemist Ilya Prigogine publishes La Fin des certitudes (translated as The End of Certainty: time, chaos, and the new laws of nature).
May - Sokal affair: American mathematical physicist Alan Sokal hoaxes the editors into publishing a deliberately nonsensical paper, "Transgressing the Boundaries: Toward a Transformative Hermeneutics of Quantum Gravity", in a "science wars" issue of the journal Social Text (Duke University Press) as a critique of the intellectual rigor of postmodernism in academic cultural studies.
Physics: David M. Lee, Douglas D. Osheroff, Robert C. Richardson
Chemistry: Robert Curl, Sir Harold Kroto, Richard Smalley
Medicine: Peter C. Doherty, Rolf M. Zinkernagel
Willard Van Orman Quine is awarded the Kyoto Prize in Arts and Philosophy for his "outstanding contributions to the progress of philosophy in the 20th century by proposing numerous theories based on keen insights in logic, epistemology, philosophy of science and philosophy of language."
Turing Award for Computing: Amir Pnueli
Wollaston Medal for Geology: Nicholas John Shackleton
July 5 – Dolly (d. 2003), Scottish sheep, the world's first cloned mammal.
January 12 – Bartel Leendert van der Waerden (b. 1903), Dutch mathematician.
February 20 – Solomon Asch (b. 1907), Polish American social psychologist.
March 26 – David Packard (b. 1912), American electrical engineer.
June 6 – George Davis Snell (b. 1903), American mouse geneticist and basic transplant immunologist.
June 17 – Thomas Kuhn (b. 1922), American philosopher of science.
August 1 – Tadeusz Reichstein (b. 1897), Polish-Swiss winner of the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
August 9 – Sir Frank Whittle (b. 1907), English aeronautical engineer.
August 12 – Victor Ambartsumian (b. 1908), Soviet Armenian theoretical astrophysicist.
September 1 – Brother Adam (b. 1898), British Benedictine monk and beekeeper.
September 20 – Paul Erdős (b. 1913), Hungarian-born mathematician.
October 5 – Seymour Cray (b. 1925), American supercomputer architect.
November 13 – Bobbie Vaile (b. 1959), Australian astrophysicist
November 19 – Grace Bates (b. 1914), American mathematician.
November 21 – Abdus Salam (b. 1926), Punjabi-born winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics.
December 20 – Carl Sagan (b. 1934), American astronomer.
1996 in science Wikipedia
The year 1996 in science and technology involved many significant events, listed below.