Archive Gallery: Popular Science Admires the Presidents

Including Washington, Jefferson, Kennedy and more

Popular Science has seen 28 presidents (Grover Cleveland twice) since its founding in 1872. Though the magazine tries to stay out of politics, there were two presidents whose contributions to science earned them our special admiration: inventor Thomas Jefferson and space-age champion John F. Kennedy.

Other commanders-in-chief, including Abraham Lincoln and George Washington, have also appeared in PopSci, but for less illustrious reasons (in 1929, we centered a whole article around Charles Hotz, a waiter who happened to look exactly like Calvin Coolidge.) Here is a gallery of our presidential coverage, from 1927 to 1989.

See the gallery.

This article originally appeared on PopularScience.com September 7, 2012.