In my previous post I described a way of doing web scraping using XPath and VB. I showed how to get stock quotes from the web into Excel using this method. Recently I used the same method to get a list of birthdays of mathematicians. The data was scraped from Wikipedia lemmas like January_1, January_2, etc. looking for lines containing the word “mathematician”. If you’re a math enthusiast you can get the calendar from here. Check out the code if you want to make a similar thing for physicists.