Nearly 2.5 billion years of prokaryotic cells and nothing else – two-thirds of life’s history in stasis at the lowest level of recorded complexity… Why did life remain at stage 1 for two-thirds of its history if complexity offers such benefits? ~ Stephen Jay Gould 1941 to 2002 - Paleontologist
We were a polite society and I expected to lead a quiet life teaching mechanics and listening to my senior colleagues gently but obliquely poking fun at one another. This dream of somnolent peace vanished very quickly when (Ernest) Rutherford came to Cambridge. Rutherford was the only person I have met who immediately impressed me as a great man. He was a big man and made a big noise and he seemed to enjoy every minute of his life. I remember that when transatlantic broadcasting first came in Rutherford told us at a dinner in Hall how he had spoken into a microphone to America and had been heard all over the continent. One of the bolder of our Fellows said: “Surely you did not need to use apparatus for that.” ~ Geoffrey Fellows 1871 to 1937
Mark Serrurier (1904–1988) USA – Serrurier truss for Optical telescopes.
Samuel Guthrie (physician) (1782–1848) USA – discovered chloroform.
James Clerk Maxwell (1831–1879) and Thomas Sutton Scotland – color photography.
Boris Borisovich Galitzine (1862–1916) Russia – electromagnetic seismograph.
James Dyson (born 1947) UK – Dual Cyclone bagless vacuum cleaner incorporating the principles of cyclonic separation..
Joseph Priestley (1733–1804) UK – soda water.
Konosuke Matsushita (1894–1989) Japan – a.o. battery-powered Bicycle lighting.
Hans Lippershey (1570–1619) The Netherlands – telescope.
Wilhelm Conrad Röntgen (1845–1923) Germany – the X-ray machine.
Erna Schneider Hoover (born 1926) USA – computerized telephone switching system.
Kerim Kerimov (1917–2003) Azerbaijan and Russia – co-developer of human spaceflight space dock space station.
Kotaro Honda (1870–1954) Japan – KS steel.
Chuck Hull (born 1939) USA – 3D printer.
David Schwarz (1852–1897) Croatia – rigid ship later called Zeppelin.
Samuel Colt (1814–1862) USA – Revolver.
Edmund Davy (1785–1857) Ireland – acetylene.
William Friese-Greene (1855–1921) UK – cinematography.
Petrache Poenaru (1799–1875) Romania – fountain pen.
Justus von Liebig (1803–1873) Germany – nitrogen-based fertilizer.
Sergey Brin (born 1973) Russia/USA – with Larry Page invented Google web search engine.
Botany consists in the gathering of plants and the dismembering of them in connection with the use of a complicated terminology. That is the beginning and end of botany as it is understood by the majority. ~ Herbert Maule Richards 1871 to 1928 - Botanist
This most beautiful system of the sun planets and comets could only proceed from the counsel and dominion of an intelligent and powerful Being. And if the fixed stars are the centres of other like systems these being formed by the like wise counsel must be all subject to the dominion of One; especially since the light of the fixed stars is of the same nature with the light of the sun. ~ Isaac Newton 1642 to 1727
It does not help that some politicians and journalists assume the public is interested only in those aspects of science that promise immediate practical applications to technology or medicine. - Steven Weinberg 1933 to present Theoretical Physicist
Surely it is not knowledge but learning; not owning but earning; not being there but getting there; that gives us the greatest pleasure. ~ Carl Friedrich Gauss 1777 – 1855 - Mathematician and Physicist
God created two acts of folly. First He created the Universe in a Big Bang. Second He was negligent enough to leave behind evidence for this act in the form of microwave radiation. - Paul Erdős 1913 to 1996 Mathematician
Everything that human beings or living animals do is done by protein molecules. And therefore the kind of proteins that one has and therefore the ability one has is determined by the genes that one has. ~ Har Gobind Khorana 1922 – 2011 - Molecular Biologist
This is an era of specialists each of whom sees his own problem and is unaware of or intolerant of the larger frame into which it fits. ~ Rachel Carson 1907 to 1964 - Marine Biologist
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