Falsity in intellectual action is intellectual immorality. - Thomas Chrowder Chamberlin 1843 to 1928 Geologist
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
Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky (1863–1944) Russia/France – early colour photography method based on three colour channels also colour film slides and colour motion pictures.
Nicholas Callan (1799–1864) Ireland – a.o. Induction coil.
Charles Francis Richter (1900–1985) USA – Richter magnitude scale.
Gunther von Hagens (born 1945) Germany – whole body Plastination.
Eric Tigerstedt (1887–1925) Finland – Sound-on-film triode vacuum tube.
Peter Carl Goldmark (1906–1977) Hungary – vinyl record (LP) CBS color television.
Mikhail Britnev (1822–1889) Russia – first metal-hull icebreaker (Pilot).
Ida Rosenthal (1886–1973) Belarus/Russia/United States – modern bra (Maidenform) the standard of cup sizes nursing bra full-figured bra the first seamed uplift bra (all with her husband William).
Alexander Prokhorov (1916–2002) Russia – co-inventor of laser and maser.
Charles Thomson Rees Wilson (1869–1959) UK – Cloud chamber.
Johann Maria Farina (1685–1766) Germany; Eau de Cologne.
Gilles de Roberval (1602–1675) France – Roberval balance.
Hugo Schiff (1834–1915) Germany – Schiff test (histology).
Antonio Pacinotti (1841–1912) Italy – Pacinotti dynamo.
George Stephenson (1781–1848) UK – steam railway.
Elihu Thomson (1853–1937) UK USA – Prolific inventor Arc lamp and many others.
Charles Chamberland (1851–1908) France – Chamberland filter.
Walter Frederick Morrison (1920–2010) USA – Flying disc.
Olivia Poole (1889–1975) USA – the Jolly Jumper baby harness.
Joseph Priestley (1733–1804) UK – soda water.
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 Mathematician and Astronomer
What exactly is mathematics? Many have tried but nobody has really succeeded in defining mathematics; it is always something else. Roughly speaking people know that it deals with numbers figures with relations operations and that its formal procedures involving axioms proofs lemmas theorems have not changed since the time of Archimedes. ~ Stan Ulam 1909 – 1984 - Mathematician
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
Chemistry begins in the stars. The stars are the source of the chemical elements which are the building blocks of matter and the core of our subject. ~ Peter Atkins - 1940 to present
Benjamin Franklin performed a beautiful experiment using surfactants; on a pond at Clapham Common he poured a small amount of oleic acid a natural surfactant which tends to form a dense film at the water-air interface. He measured the volume required to cover all the pond. Knowing the area he then knew the height of the film something like three nanometers in our current units. ~ Pierre-Gilles de Gennes 1932 to 2007
I have eaten 2/3 of 1/3 of my food ration. 7 remains. How much food did I start with? ~ Cuneiform Babylonian mathematics exercise 1900 – 1600 BC
Nearly 2.5 billion years of prokaryotic cells and nothing else – two-thirds of life’s history in stasis at the lowest level of recorded complexity… Why did life remain at stage 1 for two-thirds of its history if complexity offers such benefits? ~ Stephen Jay Gould 1941 to 2002 - Paleontologist
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