Although Nature needs thousands or millions of years to create a new species man needs only a few dozen years to destroy one. ~ Victor Scheffer 1906 to 2011 - 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
Boris Rosing (1869–1933) Russia – CRT television (first television system using CRT on the receiving side).
Boris Mamyrin (1919–2007) Russia – reflectron (ion mirror).
Alexander Smakula (1900–1983) Ukraine/Russia/USA – anti-reflective coating.
Mark Serrurier (1904–1988) USA – Serrurier truss for Optical telescopes.
Peter Petroff (1919–2004) Bulgaria – digital wrist watch heart monitor weather instruments.
Richard T. Whitcomb (1921–2009) USA – Supercritical airfoil Winglet.
Henry John Horstman Fenton (1854–1929) UK – Fenton's reagent (chemistry).
Robert Feulgen (1884–1955) Germany – Feulgen stain (histology).
Mstislav Keldysh (1911–1978) Latvia/Russia – co-developer of Sputnik 1 (the first artificial satellite) together with Korolyov and Tikhonravov.
Boris Borisovich Galitzine (1862–1916) Russia – electromagnetic seismograph.
Almon Strowger (1839–1902) USA – automatic telephone exchange.
Alfred Perot (1863–1925) together with Charles Fabry (1867–1945) France – Fabry–Pérot interferometer (physics).
Jean-François Pilâtre de Rozier (1754–1785) France – Rozière balloon.
Marvin Camras (1916–1995) USA – magnetic recording.
Albert Coons (1912–1978) USA – Immunofluorescence (microscopy).
Goldsworthy Gurney (1793–1875) England - Gurney Stove.
Franz Joseph Emil Fischer (1877–1947) together with Hans Schrader (1921–2012) Germany – Fischer assay (oil yield test).
William Robert Grove (1811–1896) Wales – fuel cell.
Paul Berg (born 1926) USA – created the first Recombinant DNA molecules.
Robert Hooke (1635–1703) UK – balance wheel iris diaphragm acoustic telephone.
Outstanding examples of genius – a Mozart a Shakespeare or a Carl Friedrich Gauss – are markers on the path along which our species appears destined to tread. - Fred Hoyle 1915 to 2001 Astrophysicist
Although the alternate ‘wax and wane’ cycles are the rule rather than the exception in all fields of human endeavor in that of biological sciences the ‘wane’ is all too often indicative of a justified loss of faith in the rational and methodical approach that had at first raised so much hope. ~ Rita Levi-Montalcini 1909 to 2012 Neurobiologist
But though the professed aim of all scientific work is to unravel the secrets of nature it has another effect not less valuable on the mind of the worker. It leaves him in possession of methods which nothing but scientific work could have led him to invent. ~ James Clerk Maxwell 1831 to 1879
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
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
Progress is made by trial and failure; the failures are generally a hundred times more numerous than the successes ; yet they are usually left unchronicled. - William Ramsay 1852 to 1916 Chemist
In my experience most mathematicians are intellectually lazy and especially dislike reading experimental papers. ~ Francis Crick 1916 – 2004 - Molecular Biologist
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