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
We must reason in natural philosophy not from what we hope or even expect but from what we perceive. ~ Humphry Davy - 1778 to 1829
Al-Ma'mun (786–833) Iraq – singing bird automata terrestrial globe.
E. K. Gauzen Russia – three bolt equipment (early diving costume).
Dennis Gabor (1900–1979) Hungarian-British – holography.
Semen Korsakov (1787–1853) Russia – punched card for information storage.
Jean Bernard Léon Foucault (1819–1868) France – Foucault pendulum gyroscope eddy current.
Bryan Donkin (1768–1855) UK – print industry composition roller.
Julio Palmaz (born 1945) Argentina – balloon-expandable stent.
Evgeniy Chertovsky (born 1902) Russia – pressure suit.
David Strang (inv. 1890) New Zealand – first Instant coffee.
David Chaum (born 1955) USA – a.o. Digital signatures ecash.
Frank Hornby (1863–1936) UK – invented Meccano.
Eduard Locher (1840–1910) Switzerland – Locher rack railway system.
Gordon Gould (1920–2005) USA – Laser see also Theodore Maiman.
Ibn al-Shatir (1304–1375) Syria – "jewel box" device which combined a compass with a universal sundial.
George de Hevesy (1885–1966) Hungary – radioactive tracer.
Laszlo Biro (1899–1985) Hungary – modern ballpoint pen.
Nikolay Brusentsov (born 1925) Russia – ternary computer (Setun).
Ugo Cerletti (1877–1963) together with Lucio Bini (1908–1964) Italy – Electroconvulsive therapy.
Samuel P. Langley (1834–1906) USA – bolometer.
Jozef Murgas (1864–1929) Slovakia – inventor of the wireless telegraph (forerunner of the radio).
If physics and biology one day meet and one of the two is swallowed up that one will be biology. ~ J. B. S. Haldane 1892 to 1964 - Biologist
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
It is thus probable that germs of the lowest organisms known to us are continually being carried away from the earth and the other planets upon which they exist. As seeds in general so most of these spores thus carried away will no doubt meet death in the cold infinite space of the universe. Yet a small number of spores will fall on some other world and may there be able to spread life if conditions be suitable. ~ Svante Arrhenius 1859 to 1927 - Physical Chemist
The time however has arrived when biology must like the other sciences make a fresh start in a purely speculative direction free from all entanglement with medical or any other art. ~ Auguste Compte 1798 to 1857 - Philosopher of Science
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 development of biology is going to destroy to some extent our traditional grounds for ethical belief and it is not easy to see what to put in their place. ~ Francis Crick 1916 – 2004 Molecular Biologist
Mathematics is the language in which the gods speak to people. ~ Plato c. 427 BC – c. 347 BC - Mathematician and Philosopher
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