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
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
Al-Ma'mun (786–833) Iraq – singing bird automata terrestrial globe.
Evgeniy Chertovsky (born 1902) Russia – pressure suit.
Virginia Apgar (1909–1974) USA – Apgar score (for newborn babies).
Jack Kilby (1923–2005) USA – patented the first integrated circuit.
Bela Schick (1877–1967) Hungary – diphtheria test.
Nasīr al-Dīn al-Tūsī (1201–1274) Persia/Iran – observatory Tusi-couple.
Ed Lowe (1920–1995) USA – Cat litter.
Aurel Stodola (1859–1942) Slovakia – gas turbines.
Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier (1754–1785) France – Rozière balloon.
Ri Sung-gi (1905–1996) North Korea – Vinylon.
Adolphe Kégresse (1879–1943) France/Russia – Kégresse track (first half-track and first off-road vehicle with continuous track) dual clutch transmission.
Alberto Gianni (1891–1930) Italy – Torretta butoscopica.
Aldred Scott Warthin (1866–1931) together with Allen Chronister Starry (1890–1973) USA – Warthin–Starry stain (histology).
Jean Bernard Léon Foucault (1819–1868) France – Foucault pendulum gyroscope eddy current.
Nikolay Basov (1922–2001) Russia – co-inventor of laser and maser.
Eric Fossum (born 1957) USA – intra-pixel charge transfer in CMOS image sensors.
Yoshiyuki Sankai (c. 1957–) Japan – Robotic exoskeleton for motion support (medicine).
Benoît Fourneyron (1802–1867) France – water turbine.
Jonas Edward Salk (1914–1995) USA – injection Polio vaccine.
Alexey Pajitnov (born 1956) Russia/USA – Tetris.
The physical chemists never use their eyes and are most lamentably lacking in chemical culture. It is essential to cast out from our midst root and branch this physical element and return to our laboratories. ~ Henry Edward Armstrong 1848 to 1937
Valid criticism does you a favor. - Carl Sagan 1934 to 1996 Astronomer
The invention of logarithms came to the world as a bolt from the blue. No previous work had led up to it… It stands isolated breaking in upon human thought abruptly without borrowing from the work of other intellects or following known lines of mathematical thought. ~ John Moulton 1844 – 1921 - Mathematician
Actually everything that can be known has a number; for it is impossible to grasp anything with the mind or to recognize it without this. ~ Philolaus c. 470 – c. 385 BC - Scientist and Philosopher
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
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
Falsity in intellectual action is intellectual immorality. - Thomas Chrowder Chamberlin 1843 to 1928 Geologist
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