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One of my favorite scientists

I attended a lecture given by Roald Hoffman, Nobel  Laureate in Chemistry, last month at WFU. In his lecture, Dr. Hoffman displayed the beauty that exists in science and how science can intertwine with the arts.  He is not only a scientist but also a poet and playwright after having survived the Nazi occupation, which has been an inspiration to me.  Although I was a science major, I also studied modern dance, choreography, and music history in college.  Which scientist has inspired you?  Who is your favorite scientist?

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3 Responses to One of my favorite scientists

  1. Mary Beth says:

    My first favorite scientists were Louis B. Leakey and his wife Mary Leakey. Anthropologists, paleontologists, and mutually supportive of each other, I found their story amazing. I read “By the Evidence” when I was in 9th grade, and it fully cemented my desire to study science, travel to exotic places, and find remains of early man.

  2. Bruce King says:

    I’m glad Sarah brought Roald Hoffmann up. My son and I really enjoyed his lecture and how he showed the connections of science, art and philosphy. Barry Sharpless (Nobel Prize in Chemistry) in 2001 is one of my favorite scientists partially because I had the opportunity to work in his lab before he won his prize. He always wanted his chemistry to be useful to people and he’s just a nice down to earth guy. As I read along in the book, the idea of chemistry’s usefulness and how its entwined with the economy and politics of the world keeps coming up.

  3. Hu Womack says:

    My favorite scientist is Madame Curie. I know that sounds trite, but I admire her devotion to science. Heck, it was the exposure to ionizing radiation that killed her. Additionally, she had a personal life, and it was sometimes controversial, but she managed to overcome these issues and after the death of her husband, shine on her own. This couldn’t have been an easy thing for a woman in that period of history.

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