Did the genome of our cave-dwelling predecessors contain a set or sets of genes which enable modern man to compose music of infinite complexity and write novels with profound meaning? …It looks as though the early Homo was already provided with the intellectual potential which was in great excess of what was needed to cope with the environment of his time.” - Susumu Ohno 1928 to 2000 Geneticist
Chemists do not usually stutter. It would be very awkward if they did seeing that they have at times to get out such words as methylethylamylophenylium. ~ Sir William Crookes - 1832 to 1919
Gerolamo Cardano (1501–1576) Italy – a.o. Cardan grille (cryptography).
Kyota Sugimoto (1882–1972) Japan – Japanese language typewriter.
Charles Fabry (1867–1945) together with Alfred Perot (1863–1925) France – Fabry–Pérot interferometer (physics).
Arthur Wynne (1862–1945) UK – creator of crossword puzzle.
Fyodor Pirotsky (1845–1898) Russia – electric tram.
Hans Wilhelm Geiger (1882–1945) Germany – Geiger counter.
Hal Anger (1920–2005) USA – a.o. Well counter (radioactivity measurements) gamma camera.
Ivan Pavlov (1849–1936) Russia – classical conditioning.
Charles Wheatstone (1802–1875) UK – a.o. concertina stereoscope microphone Playfair cipher pseudoscope dynamo.
George Ballas (1925–2011) USA – String trimmer.
Heike Kamerlingh Onnes (1853–1926) Netherlands – liquid helium.
Vint Cerf (born 1943) together with Bob Kahn (1938–) USA – Internet Protocol (IP).
Jonas Ferdinand Gabriel Lippmann (1845–1921) France – Lippmann plate Integral imaging Lippmann electrometer.
Tokushichi Mishima (1893–1975) Japan – MKM magnetic steel.
Yury Lomonosov (1876–1952) Russia/United Kingdom – first successful mainline diesel locomotive.
John Herschel (1792–1871) UK – photographic fixer (hypo) actinometer.
Gary Starkweather (born 1938) USA – laser printer color management.
Alexander Prokhorov (1916–2002) Russia – co-inventor of laser and maser.
Jerome H. Lemelson (1923–1997) USA – Inventions in the fields in which he patented make possible wholly or in part innovations like automated warehouses industrial robots cordless telephones fax machines videocassette recorders camcorders and the magnetic tape drive used in Sony's Walkman tape players..
Teiji Takada Japan – Fire balloon.
Perhaps it is not amiss to remark that the biologist may not hope to solve the ultimate problems of life any more than the chemist and physicist may hope to penetrate the final mysteries of existence in the non-living world. ~ Edmund Beecher Wilson 1856 to 1939 - Geneticist Biologist
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
Although the alternate ‘wax and wane’ cycles are the rule rather than the exception in all fields of human endeavor in that of biological sciences the ‘wane’ is all too often indicative of a justified loss of faith in the rational and methodical approach that had at first raised so much hope. ~ Rita Levi-Montalcini 1909 to 2012 Neurobiologist
Mathematics is the language in which the gods speak to people. ~ Plato c. 427 BC – c. 347 BC - Mathematician and Philosopher
Science is vastly more stimulating to the imagination than the classics. - J. B. S. Haldane 1892 to 1964 Biologist
Archimedes’ finding that the crown was of gold was a discovery; but he invented the method of determining the density of solids. Indeed discoverers must generally be inventors; though inventors are not necessarily discoverers. - William Ramsay 1852 to 1916 Chemist
Physicists being in no way different from the rest of the population have short memories for what is inconvenient. ~ Anthony Standen 1907 – 1993
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