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Asked by amberhassett to DJ, Kyler, Mia, Mick, Peter on 25 Aug 2013.
Keywords: favourite, scientist
@amberhassett There are too many to pick just one! My favourites that come to mind right now all studied animals, like me – Charles Darwin, Jane Goodall, David Attenborough, Paul McGreevy – they are (or have) all been good communicators of science. They didn’t just discover something amazing and publish it in a scientific journal, they also got out and made an effort to tell people about what they did – whether it was through books, being on television, talking to groups of people. They made an effort to help other people understand science and why it’s important. I think that’s why I really admire them.
Great question, hard to answer. There are so many who have made important contributions to science. To pick one, I’d have to say Albert Einstein, for his important contributions to physics which help us understand how the universe works.
Isaac Newton would be a favourite – he discovered so many things and invented new ways to do maths so he could describe them.
Albert Einstein – I think it is really cool the way he used “thought experiments” to explain some very difficult ideas – like if you were inside a lift how would you tell the difference between someone cutting the cable and bing in outer space with no gravity (his answer was that you can’t tell).
My favorite modern scientist is probably Richard Feynman. He was an American physicist who was a brilliant researcher and an engaging teacher. He wrote several autobiographies that a lot of physicists love to read. He was quite a colorful character (in both good and bad ways).
My favorite ancient scientist (though he wouldn’t use that term) is probably Aristotle. He made a lot of very interesting observations about the world around him, including about animals and people. Many of the conclusions he drew from his observations were dead wrong, but he was a very insightful person, and that makes his ideas worth thinking about.
My fav scientist at the moment is an Australian scientist called William Lawrence Bragg. Together with his dad who was also a famous scientist, he won a Nobel Prize for Physics. He is still the youngest person to win a Nobel Prize when he was just 25.
He may not have discovered the structure of DNA, but he allowed that work to be done by working out the difficult mathematics that help us figure out the shapes and make up of crystal structures.
My fav quote from him is “The important thing in science is not so much to obtain new facts as to discover new ways of thinking about them.”
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