Pierre Curie voluntarily exposed his arm to the action of radium for several hours. This resulted in damage resembling a burn that developed progressively and required several months to heal. Henri Becquerel had by accident a similar burn as a result of carrying in his vest pocket a glass tube containing radium salt. He came to tell us of this evil effect of radium exclaiming in a manner at once delighted and annoyed: “I love it but I owe it a grudge.” - Marie Curie 1867 to 1934 Chemist Physicist
The chemists are a strange class of mortals impelled by an almost insane impulse to seek their pleasures amid smoke and vapor soot and flame poisons and poverty; yet among all these evils I seem to live so sweetly that may I die if I were to change places with the Persian king. ~ Johann Joachim Becher - 1635 to 1682
Francis Rogallo (1912–2009) USA – Rogallo wing.
Bruce Ames (born 1928) USA – Ames test (cell biology).
Kalman Tihanyi (1897–1947) Hungary – co-inventor of cathode ray tube and iconoscope.
Georges Claude (1870–1960) France – neon lamp.
Ernest Beaux (1881–1961) Russia/France – Chanel No. 5.
Auguste Piccard (1884–1962) Switzerland – Bathyscaphe.
Olivia Poole (1889–1975) USA – the Jolly Jumper baby harness.
Arkhip Lyulka (1908–1984) Russia – first double jet turbofan engine other Soviet aircraft engines.
Wilhelm Schlenk (1879–1943) Germany – Schlenk flask (chemistry).
Motorins Ivan Feodorovich (1660s–1735) and his son Mikhail Ivanovich (?–1750) Russia – Tsar Bell.
Les Paul (1915–2009) USA – multitrack recording.
Earl W. Bascom (1906–1995) Canada/USA – side-delivery rodeo chute hornless rodeo saddle rodeo bareback rigging rodeo chaps.
William Painter (1838–1906) UK/USA – a.o. Crown cork Bottle opener.
Charles F. Brush (1849–1929) USA – a.o. Brush dynamo.
Herman Hollerith (1860–1929) USA – recording data on a machine readable medium tabulator punched cards.
Aaron D. O'Connell (born 1981) USA – first Quantum machine.
George Westinghouse (1846–1914) USA – Air brake (rail).
Moritz von Jacobi (1801–1874) Germany/Russia – electrotyping electric boat.
Henry John Horstman Fenton (1854–1929) UK – Fenton's reagent (chemistry).
Arogyaswami Paulraj (born 1944) India/USA – MIMO.
All of physics is either impossible or trivial. It is impossible until you understand it and then it becomes trivial. ~ Ernest Rutherford 1871 to 1937
Trial by combat of wits in disputations has no attraction for the seeker after truth; to him the appeal to experiment is the last and only test of the merit of an opinion conjecture or hypotheses. - Joseph Mellor 1869 to 1938 Chemist
If your experiment needs statistics you ought to have done a better experiment. - Ernest Rutherford 1871 to 1937 Physicist
We think there is color we think there is sweet we think there is bitter but in reality there are atoms and a void. ~ Democritus c. 460 – c. 370 BC
Outstanding examples of genius – a Mozart a Shakespeare or a Carl Friedrich Gauss – are markers on the path along which our species appears destined to tread. - Fred Hoyle 1915 to 2001 Astrophysicist
Euclid’s work ought to have been any educationist’s nightmare… it never offers any “motivations ” it has no illuminating “asides ” it does not attempt to make anything “intuitive ” and it avoids “applications” to a fault. It is so “humorless” in its mathematical purism that… …it should have been spurned by students and “progressive” teachers in every generation. But it nevertheless survived intact all the turmoils ravages and illiteracies of the dissolving Roman Empire of the early Dark Ages of the Crusades and of the plagues and famines of the later Middle Ages. ~ Salomon Bochner 1899 – 1982 - Mathematician
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
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