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
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
Charles Algernon Parsons (1854–1931) British – steam turbine.
Bette Nesmith Graham (1924–1980) USA – Correction fluid Liquid Paper.
Hugh Bradner (1915–2008) USA – Wetsuit.
Gilles Saint-Hilaire (born 1948) Canada – Quasiturbine Qurbine.
Otto Wichterle (1913–1989) Czechoslovakia – soft contact lens.
Fyodor Blinov (1827–1902) Russia – first tracked vehicle steam-powered continuous track tractor.
Nicolas-Joseph Cugnot (1725–1804) France – first steam-powered road vehicle.
Vladimir Chelomey (1914–1984) Russia – first space station (Salyut) Proton rocket (the most used heavy lift launch system).
Edwin H. Land (1909–1991) USA – Polaroid polarizing filters and the Land Camera.
Daniel Axelrod (inv. 1980) USA – Total internal reflection fluorescence microscope.
Nick Holonyak (born 1928) USA – LED (Light Emitting Diode).
Miller Reese Hutchison (1876–1944) USA – a.o. Klaxon electric hearing aid.
Kotaro Honda (1870–1954) Japan – KS steel.
Leonard Bocour (1910–1993) together with Sam Golden (1915–1997) USA – Acrylic paint.
Guido van Rossum (born 1956) The Netherlands – Python (programming language).
Goldsworthy Gurney (1793–1875) England - Gurney Stove.
Nikolay Basov (1922–2001) Russia – co-inventor of laser and maser.
Vladimir Fyodorov (1874–1966) Russia – Fedorov Avtomat (first self-loading battle rifle arguably the first assault rifle).
Floyd Paxton (1918–1975) USA – a.o. Bread clip.
Sergey Prokudin-Gorsky (1863–1944) Russia/France – early colour photography method based on three colour channels also colour film slides and colour motion pictures.
We think there is color we think there is sweet we think there is bitter but in reality there are atoms and a void. ~ Democritus c. 460 – c. 370 BC
A cylinder of air reaching to the top of the atmosphere is of equal weight with a cylinder of water about 33 feet high. ~ Isaac Newton 1642 to 1727
Pure mathematics exist by themselves; no will produces them no power can limit them. They are eternal laws that no man can infringe and from which it is impossible to escape. ~ S. Sandaram Iyer 1883 - Philosopher
It is thus probable that germs of the lowest organisms known to us are continually being carried away from the earth and the other planets upon which they exist. As seeds in general so most of these spores thus carried away will no doubt meet death in the cold infinite space of the universe. Yet a small number of spores will fall on some other world and may there be able to spread life if conditions be suitable. ~ Svante Arrhenius 1859 to 1927 - Physical Chemist
A physicist is an atom’s way of knowing about atoms. - George Wald 1906 to 1997 Neurobiologist
Trial by combat of wits in disputations has no attraction for the seeker after truth; to him the appeal to experiment is the last and only test of the merit of an opinion conjecture or hypotheses. ~ Joseph Mellor - 1869 to 1938
Simple laws can very well describe complex structures. The miracle is not the complexity of our world but the simplicity of the equations describing that complexity. ~ Sander Bais b. 1945 - Theoretical Physicist
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