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
The ultimate truths of mathematics then cannot be established by any experimental proof that the deductions from them are true; since the supposed experimental proof takes them for granted. ~ Herbert Spencer 1885 – 1977 - Philospher
Pavel Yablochkov (1847–1894) Russia – Yablochkov candle (first commercially viable electric carbon arc lamp).
Sushruta (600 BC) Vedic India – inventor of Plastic Surgery Cataract Surgery Rhinoplasty.
Jacob Christoph Le Blon (1667–1741) Germany/UK – three and four color Color printing.
Ulugh Beg (1394–1449) Persia/Iran – Fakhri sextant mural sextant.
Guido of Arezzo (c. 991 – c. 1033) Italy – Guidonian hand musical notation see also staff (music).
Aurel Persu (1890–1977) Romania – first aerodynamic car aluminum body with wheels included under the body 1922.
Grace Murray Hopper (1906–1992) USA – Compiler.
Hans Wilhelm Geiger (1882–1945) Germany – Geiger counter.
Alfred P. Southwick (1826 – 1898) USA - Electric chair.
Dmitri Mendeleev (1834–1907) Russia – Periodic table pycnometer pyrocollodion.
Norm Larsen (1923–1970) USA – a.o. WD-40.
Samuel Morse (1791–1872) USA – telegraph early Morse code see also Morse Code controversy.
Dudley Allen Buck (1927–1959) USA – a.o. Cryotron content-addressable memory.
Kia Silverbrook (born 1958) Australia – Memjet printer world's most prolific inventor.
Kary Mullis (born 1944) USA – PCR.
Henry Burden (1791–1871) Scotland and USA – Horseshoe machine first usable iron railed road spike.
Roxey Ann Caplin (1793–1888) UK – Corset.
Isaac Singer (1811–1875) USA – sewing machine.
Johann Maria Farina (1685–1766) Germany; Eau de Cologne.
John Blenkinsop (1783–1831) UK – Blenkinsop rack railway system.
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
Biology is the study of the complex things in the Universe. Physics is the study of the simple ones. ~ Richard Dawkins 1941 – present - Evolutionary Biologist
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
Primates are visual animals above all and anatomical work in particular is as much pictorial as verbal. ~ Stephen Jay Gould 1941 to 2002 - Paleontologist
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
In my experience most mathematicians are intellectually lazy and especially dislike reading experimental papers. ~ Francis Crick 1916 – 2004 - Molecular Biologist
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
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