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
In my experience most mathematicians are intellectually lazy and especially dislike reading experimental papers. ~ Francis Crick 1916 – 2004 - Molecular Biologist
Jan Czochralski (1885–1953) Poland / Germany – Czochralski process (crystal growth).
Harold D. Kraft (c. 1960) together with Jack A. Kraft (c. 1960) USA – Vortex mixer.
Johann Maria Farina (1685–1766) Germany; Eau de Cologne.
Georgy Gause (1910–1986) Russia – gramicidin S neomycin lincomycin and other antibiotics.
Édouard Michelin (1859–1940) France – pneumatic tire.
Muhammad ibn Jābir al-Harrānī al-Battānī (Albatenius) (853-929) Syria/Turkey – observation tube.
Vladimir Barmin (1909–1993) Russia – first rocket launch complex (spaceport).
Richard Hamming (1915–1998) USA – Hamming code.
Huang Weilu China – Anti-ship ballistic missile and series of DF-21 missiles.
Octave Chanute (1832–1910) US – Civil Engineer.
Henry Heimlich (born 1920) USA – Heimlich maneuver.
David Gestetner (1854–1939) Austria-Hungary / UK – a.o. Gestetner copier.
Franz San Galli (1824–1908) Poland/Russia (Italian and German descent) – radiator modern central heating.
Abi Bakr of Isfahan (c. 1235) Persia/Iran – mechanical geared astrolabe with lunisolar calendar.
Yefim Smolin Russia – table-glass (stakan granyonyi).
Joseph Day (1855–1946) UK – the crankcase-compression two-stroke engine.
Su Song (1020–1101) China – first chain drive.
Edward Teller (1908–2003) Hungary – hydrogen bomb.
Alexander Parkes (1831–1890) UK – celluloid.
Harry Houdini (1874-1926) USA Flight Time Illusion.
The country which is in advance of the rest of the world in chemistry will also be foremost in wealth and in general prosperity. ~ William Ramsay - 1852 to 1916
Chemists do not usually stutter. It would be very awkward if they did seeing that they have at times to get out such words as methylethylamylophenylium. ~ Sir William Crookes - 1832 to 1919
God created two acts of folly. First He created the Universe in a Big Bang. Second He was negligent enough to leave behind evidence for this act in the form of microwave radiation. - Paul Erdős 1913 to 1996 Mathematician
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
Suppose we have an unknown number of objects. When counted in threes 2 are left over when counted in fives 3 are left over and when counted in sevens 2 are left over. How many objects are there? ~ Sunzi The Mathematical Classic of Sunzi - Chinese mathematics problem from c. 450 AD
Dr. Ikemoto repeatedly told me that we should not perform research that simply reproduced somebody else’s results. Rather we should do something unique and new. ~ Shinya Yamanaka 1962 to Present - Stem Cell Biologist
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
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