Question: Who is your favourite scientist, why?


  1. Dear Bobstanley ; As I have already said in my profile, our mothers are the most wonderful scientist we will come to meet in everyday life. And why? Mothers are the most dedicated scientist through out all their lives, they don’t ask to raise their salary, they work out of love and willingness. And they make the best results out of their works- ; healthy and delicious foods and all the good thing. Therefore you should volunteer to assist her as much as possible.

    Beside mom, my another favorite scientist is Madam Curie(Marie Curie, 1867-1934). She did the pioneering research on radioactivity(the term was coined by her) and established isolation technique, applied isotope to cancer treatment. She also discoveed two elements, polonium and radium.

    She won the Nobel Prize twice(1903 in physics, 1911 in chemistry). She shared the first Nobel Prize with her husband Pierre Curie but she was the sole winner of the 2nd one.

    She founded the Curie Institutes in Paris and in Warsaw, which remain as the major medical research centers until today. Century ago in that time of her work, it was very much male-dominant society but the environment could not be any barrier for her.


  2. I have lots of favourite scientists. Many of them aren’t famous, but are very passionate about their jobs.

    I really like Professor Peter Doherty, who is an Australian scientist who won the 1996 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine, along with Rolf Zinkernagel, for the work they did on how the immune system recognises viruses and protects the body from them. Aside from doing really interesting science, Prof. Doherty is really passionate about talking to people about science, and encouraging scientists to talk to people outside of the lab about the work they are doing, something that I am very interested in doing. I actually got to meet him on Saturday, which was a very exciting moment for me, especially when he signed his book for me!

    I also like Sir David Attenborough, Dr. Karl Kruszelnicki, and Dame Jane Goodall.


  3. I admire many scientists – and I had to think a long time to come up with an answer for you Bobstanley.

    I think my favourite modern “famous” scientist would be Professor Barry Marshall, who along with Dr Robin Warren did some research at the Universoty of Western Australia and proved that stomach ulcers are caused by the bacteria Helicobacter pylori. This discovery lead to an effective treatment protocol, and Prof. Marshall and Dr Warren recieving the Nobel Prize for Medicine. I really admire the perserverence of these men, their hypothesis was ridiculed for a long time becaue H. pylori is a difficult bacteria to isolate from stomach biopsy samples. Eventually Prof Marshall proved the bacteria was a cause of stomach ulcers by drinking a H. pylori bacteria culture and deliberately infecting himself and giving himself a stomach ulcer!


  4. mmmm, I don’t really have one. To be honest, I don’t remember all of the scientists we were told about high school. I like Sheldon from big bang theory, but he’s very arrogant.
    But if I had to pick a scientist from the past, I’d go for Leonardo da Vinci. He was ‘a freak of nature’, a genius! He was not only a scientist, but also a painter, sculptor, architect, musician, mathematician, engineer, inventor, anatomist, geologist, cartographer, botanist, and writer. He made a huge impact on the world of today.

    Although not a scientist, I like the story of Henrietta Lacks. She died in 1951 from cancer in the USA. But just before she died, her docter took some of her cancer cells out of her body and grew them in a dish. Her cells, which we call HeLa cells (first 2 letters of her first and last name), STILL EXIST TODAY!. I’ve used those cells for some experiments and they are great because they a human cells that keep living and deviding in a dish! So her cells are still alive and being used for ground breaking research around the world 61 years after she died. Pretty amazing I’d say.


  5. I admire a lot of scientists, but for this question, I’ll say Charles Darwin. Darwin wasn’t just a really smart guy (though, of course, he was), but he embodied all of the best qualities of a scientist. He was careful, thoughtful, thorough, and open-minded. He spent a good part of his life gathering evidence for evolution by natural (and sexual) selection, and he collected so much of it that the case for evolution was already extremely strong when he put it forward. He also managed to do most of this while suffering from a bunch of illnesses (including crippling stomach pains) and raising a large family of his own with the help of his long-suffering and under-appreciated wife Emma.

    Other people had thought about evolution before Darwin, but nobody did as much hard and thorough work on it as he did. And it took courage to publish his book; he was so afraid of the response to it, especially from the religious, that he worked on it for 20 years!