• Question: who is your favourite scientist?

    Asked by meep to Akram, David, Gill, Jack, laurenceharwood on 9 Mar 2012. This question was also asked by floriee100.
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      Akram Alomainy answered on 9 Mar 2012:

      Richard Phillips Feynman 🙂 Not only he revolutionise quantum mechanics and our understanding of it but was a great communicator and scientist who knew how to deliver the message to large audiences without losing their attention and the time entertaining and benefiting them!

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      Jack Snape answered on 9 Mar 2012:

      I’ll go with James Clerk Maxwell .. He doesn’t get as much recognition as Einstein or Newton but I reckon his work has easily had as big an impact on the way we live now. He worked out that electricity and magnetism are part of one phenomenon which he called electromagnetism.

      He then made the crazy leap to work out than light was actually a combination of electric and magnetic fields and he put the whole thing in 4 surprisingly simple equations. Even scientists think its better to have fewer equations!! 🙂

      We use those equations all the time when we’re studying the plasma trapped in the magnetic field of a fusion reactor. Without his ideas we wouldn’t be have mobile phones or the internet.. we wouldn’t have ‘I’m a scientist…’!

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      Laurence Harwood answered on 9 Mar 2012:

      I think Linnaeus as he developed the means to classify and inter-relate all living things. He is known as the Father of Taxonomy and biology just wouldn’t have been the same without him.

      If I had to vote for a chemist I think Faraday would be number one.

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      Gill Menzies answered on 9 Mar 2012:

      Definately Alexander Flemming. He was a Scot who discovered penicillin in 1928. He is renowned as one of the top 100 scientists of the 20th Century. Before his discovery of antibiotics people died from infections caused from a mere scratch, or simple toothache which could develop into an abscess!!! 🙁