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
Still I had a lurking question. Would it not be better if one could really ‘see’ whether molecules as complicated as the sterols or strychnine were just as experiment suggested? ~ Dorothy Hodgkin - 1910 to 1984
Shen Kuo (1031–1095) China – improved gnomon armillary sphere clepsydra and sighting tube.
Corliss Orville Burandt USA – Variable valve timing.
E. K. Gauzen Russia – three bolt equipment (early diving costume).
Ignacy Łukasiewicz (1822–1882) Poland – modern kerosene lamp.
John Bennett Fenn (1917–2010) USA – Electrospray ionization.
William Crookes (1832–1919) UK – Crookes radiometer Crookes tube.
Andreas Stihl (1896–1973) Switzerland/Germany – Electric chain saw.
Helge Palmcrantz (1842–1880) Sweden – the multi-barrel lever-actuated machine gun.
Nikolay Slavyanov (1854–1897) Russia – shielded metal arc welding.
Sergei Winogradsky (1856–1953) Russia / USSR – Winogradsky column for culturing microorganisms.
Paul Walden (1863–1957) Latvia/Russia/Germany – Walden inversion Ethylammonium nitrate (the first room temperature ionic liquid).
Gustav de Laval (1845–1913) Sweden – invented the milk separator and the milking machine.
Hippolyte Mège-Mouriès (1817–1880) France – margarine.
Forrest Parry (1921–2005) USA – Magnetic stripe card.
Elias Howe (1819–1867) USA – sewing machine.
William George Armstrong (1810–1900) UK – hydraulic accumulator.
Samuel W. Alderson (1914–2005) USA – Crash test dummy.
Cyril Duquet (1841–1922) Canada – Telephone handset.
Aleksandr Loran (1849 – after 1911) Russia – fire fighting foam foam extinguisher.
Charles Mantoux (1877–1947) France – Mantoux test (tuberculosis).
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
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 Chemist
An experiment is a question which science poses to Nature and a measurement is the recording of Nature’s answer. - Max Planck 1858 to 1947 Theoretical Physicist
I believe there are 15 747 724 136 275 002 577 605 653 961 181 555 468 044 717 914 527 116 709 366 231 425 076 185 631 031 296 protons in the universe and the same number of electrons. - Sir Arthur Eddington 1882 to 1944 Astronomer Physicist Mathematician
Chemistry is necessarily an experimental science: its conclusions are drawn from data and its principles supported by evidence from facts. ~ Michael Faraday - 1791 to 1867
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
Physics is very muddled again at the moment; it is much too hard for me anyway and I wish I were a movie comedian or something like that and had never heard anything about physics! ~ Wolfgang Pauli 1900 – 1958
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