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
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
John Vincent Atanasoff (1903–1995) Bulgaria/USA – modern digital computer.
Yulii Khariton (1904–1996) Russia – chief designer of the Soviet atomic bomb co-developer of the Tsar Bomb.
Robert Moog (1934–2005) USA – the Moog synthesizer.
Nikolai Polikarpov (1892–1944) Russia – Po-series aircraft including Polikarpov Po-2 Kukuruznik (world's most produced biplane).
Lisitsyn brothers Ivan Fyodorovich and Nazar Fyodorovich Russia – samovar (the first documented makers).
Wayne Pierce (inv. 1950) USA – Snow cannon.
Sharaf al-Dīn al-Tūsī (1135–1213) Persia/Iran – linear astrolabe.
George H. Heilmeier (born 1936) USA – liquid crystal display (LCD).
Tommy Flowers (1905–1998) UK – Colossus an early electronic computer..
Richard James Burgess (born 1949) UK – Simmons (electronic drum company) co-inventor of SDS5 drum synthesizer.
Willard Frank Libby (1908–1980) USA – radiocarbon dating.
James Clerk Maxwell (1831–1879) and Thomas Sutton Scotland – color photography.
Valdemar Poulsen (1869–1942) Denmark – magnetic wire recorder arc converter.
Gavriil Adrianovich Tikhov (1875–1960) Russia – feathering spectrograph.
Peter Carl Goldmark (1906–1977) Hungary – vinyl record (LP) CBS color television.
Charles Fabry (1867–1945) together with Alfred Perot (1863–1925) France – Fabry–Pérot interferometer (physics).
Vladimir Shukhov (1853–1939) Russia – thermal cracking (Shukhov cracking process) thin-shell structure tensile structure hyperboloid structure gridshell modern oil pipeline cylindric oil depot.
Karl-Hermann Geib (1908–1949) Germany / USSR – Girdler sulfide process.
Jacob Christoph Le Blon (1667–1741) Germany/UK – three and four color Color printing.
Charles Wheatstone (1802–1875) UK – a.o. concertina stereoscope microphone Playfair cipher pseudoscope dynamo.
There may be babblers wholly ignorant of mathematics who dare to condemn my hypothesis upon the authority of some part of the Bible twisted to suit their purpose. I value them not and scorn their unfounded judgment. - Nicolaus Copernicus 1473 – 1543 Astronomer Mathematician
Mathematics is the language in which the gods speak to people. ~ Plato c. 427 BC – c. 347 BC - Mathematician and Philosopher
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
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 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
Science is vastly more stimulating to the imagination than the classics. - J. B. S. Haldane 1892 to 1964 Biologist
I saw that people trying to synthesize gold and silver were working in ignorance and by false methods; I then perceived that they belonged to two classes the dupers and the duped. I pitied both of them. ~ Geber c. 712 – c. 815 AD
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