Chemistry unlike other sciences sprang originally from delusions and superstitions and was at its commencement exactly on a par with magic and astrology. ~ Thomas Thomson - 1773 to 1852
Physicists being in no way different from the rest of the population have short memories for what is inconvenient. ~ Anthony Standen 1907 – 1993
Giovanni Battista Amici (1786–1863) Italy – Dipleidoscope Amici prism.
Barnes Wallis (1887–1979) UK – bouncing bomb.
John "Jack" Higson Cover Jr. (1920–2009) USA – Taser.
Wendell Brown (born 1961) USA – ADAP sound editor eVoice voicemail Teleo VoIP virtual workforce and energy efficiency technologies.
George de Hevesy (1885–1966) Hungary – radioactive tracer.
Anastase Dragomir (1896–1966) Romania – Ejection seat.
Alexander Smakula (1900–1983) Ukraine/Russia/USA – anti-reflective coating.
Yefim Smolin Russia – table-glass (stakan granyonyi).
Eli Whitney (1765–1825) USA – the cotton gin.
Arturo Caprotti (1881–1938) Italy – Caprotti valve gear.
John Pemberton (1831–1888) USA – Coca-Cola.
William H. Dobelle (1943–2004) United States – first functioning artificial eye.
John Vincent Atanasoff (1903–1995) Bulgaria/USA – modern digital computer.
Nicolas Appert (1749–1841) France – canning (food preservation) using glass bottles see also Peter Durand.
Michael Grätzel (born 1944) Germany/Switzerland– a.o. Dye-sensitized solar cell.
Ibn Sina (Avicenna) (973–1037) Persia/Iran – steam distillation essential oil pharmacopoeia clinical pharmacology clinical trial randomized controlled trial quarantine cancer surgery cancer therapy pharmacotherapy phytotherapy Hindiba Taxus baccata L calcium channel blocker.
Boris Borisovich Galitzine (1862–1916) Russia – electromagnetic seismograph.
Robert Moog (1934–2005) USA – the Moog synthesizer.
Al-Ma'mun (786–833) Iraq – singing bird automata terrestrial globe.
Gheorghe Marinescu (1863–1938) Romania – the first science films in the world in the neurology clinic in Bucharest (1898–1901).
Science is the acceptance of what works and the rejection of what does not. That needs more courage than we might think. - Jacob Bronowski 1908 to 1974 Mathematician Biologist
The literary convention that numbers less than 10 should be given in words is often highly unsuitable in mathematics… The excessive use of the word forms is regrettably spreading at the present time. ~ J.E. Littlewood 1885 – 1977 - Mathematician
Before the Copernican revolution it was natural to suppose that God’s purposes were specifically concerned with the earth but now this has become an unplausible hypothesis. If it is the purpose of the Cosmos to evolve mind we must regard it as rather incompetent in having produced so little in such a long time. ~ Bertrand Russell 1872 – 1970 - Mathematician and Philosopher
On the principle of successive variations not always supervening at an early age and being inherited at a corresponding not early period of life we can clearly see why the embryos of mammals birds reptiles and fishes should be so closely alike and should be so unlike the adult forms. ~ Charles Darwin 1809 to 1882 - Naturalist Evolutionary Biologist
A detective with his murder mystery a chemist seeking the structure of a new compound use little of the formal and logical modes of reasoning. Through a series of intuitions surmises fancies they stumble upon the right explanation and have a knack of seizing it when it once comes within reach. ~ Gilbert Lewis 1875 – 1946
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
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
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