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Name 3 famous living scientists (no cheating!) ;)

Postby . . » Mon Oct 01, 2012 8:36 pm UTC

Just list the first 3 that pop into your head without looking it up. It's okay if you're wrong about whether they are alive or not. I didn't realize how hard this was until I tried it myself. I'm curious to see who we come up with!

I put some blank space so you don't see my 3 by accident. =)













































Stephen Hawking
Jane Goodall
Richard Dawkins

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Re: Name 3 famous living scientists (no cheating!) ;)

Postby EdgarJPublius » Mon Oct 01, 2012 8:57 pm UTC

My Three are:
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Stephen Hawking, Neil deGrasse Tyson and Richard Feynman


I imagine Stephen Hawkng and Neil deGrasse Tyson would be the two most popular choices with Dawkins being a very close third. Jane Goodall is a good one too.

Personally, I couldn't remember which of Richard Feynman and Freeman Dyson are still alive, I knew it was one of those but I see now (with a quick wiki-ing) that I got it wrong.

Would you count social-sciences/economics? Because that's more my field and I could name a bunch of people off the top of my head (though I would only qualify a few of them as 'scientists').
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Postby Thesh » Mon Oct 01, 2012 10:33 pm UTC

Lawrence Krauss
Neil deGrasse Tyson
Stephen Hawking

Krauss and Tyson popped right up, for some reason I had to think for a minute to come up with Hawking :|
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Re: Name 3 famous living scientists (no cheating!) ;)

Postby Sleeper » Mon Oct 01, 2012 10:43 pm UTC

Jane Goodall
Brian Green
Stephen Hawking

Goodall's my favorite of the three.

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Re: Name 3 famous living scientists (no cheating!) ;)

Postby yurell » Mon Oct 01, 2012 10:59 pm UTC

Stephen hawking
Neill deGrasse Tyson
Michio Kaku (although it took me a bit to recall his name, his face popped up pretty quickly)
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Postby bigglesworth » Mon Oct 01, 2012 11:02 pm UTC

Craig Venter,
Roger Penrose,
Stephen Hawking.
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Postby Tass » Mon Oct 01, 2012 11:35 pm UTC

Penrose (crackpot but living)
Weinberg
Goodall

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Re: Name 3 famous living scientists (no cheating!) ;)

Postby dudiobugtron » Tue Oct 02, 2012 12:42 am UTC

What counts as 'famous'? Do they just need to have a Wikipedia page?*

If they have to be *actually* famous, even amongst non-scientists, then sadly almost no scientists fit that bill any more (other than the three the OP mentioned).
Maybe Andrew Wiles? Or Al Gore. ;)

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PS: After writing that, I found this on the web:
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http://blog.chron.com/sciguy/2009/10/the-top-five-most-famous-living-scientists/
And yip, Al Gore does get a mention! :o



*PPS: (eg: I could name all of the academics in my local University's math department - Matt Visser, Robert Goldblatt and Estate Khmaladze all have wikipedia pages that I know about without checking, I'm sure Geoffrey Whittle does too.)
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Postby Izawwlgood » Tue Oct 02, 2012 12:52 am UTC

Yeah, define famous?
Tom Pollard, Vermai (not sure I spelled that right, blind marine biologist), annnnnnnd Okazaki (I dunno what his first name is, but I know he really digs leading fragments)
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Postby AvatarIII » Tue Oct 02, 2012 8:32 am UTC

Stephen Hawking
Alastair Reynolds
Brian Cox

You didn't say they had to be famous for being scientists. :lol:

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Postby ElWanderer » Tue Oct 02, 2012 9:51 am UTC

My three off the top of my head:
João Magueijo (okay, I had to check the spelling before posting. I finished re-reading one of his books last week)
Lee Smolin
The Mighty Stephen Hawking
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Postby Sizik » Tue Oct 02, 2012 4:40 pm UTC

Michio Kaku
Bill Nye
Neil deGrasse Tyson
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Postby Giallo » Tue Oct 02, 2012 5:45 pm UTC

Kip Thorne, Stephen Hawking and Peter Higgs are the first 3 I thought of that are surely still alive.
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Postby nitePhyyre » Tue Oct 02, 2012 6:29 pm UTC

No love here for Bill Nye? Sure he's just an engineer, but he can still do maths. And he is the Science Guy after all.
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Postby tesseraktik » Sat Oct 06, 2012 4:46 pm UTC

Albert Fert
Peter(?) Grüneberg
Stephen Hawking

I'm guessing Albert Fert and Peter Grüneberg came up first in my head because they were the first two famous physicists that I met in person (they did a lecture at my high school while they were in Stockholm getting their Nobel prizes for giant magnetoresistance).

Stephen Hawking because he's Stephen Hawking. I once dreamt that he had died. Went on believing it after I woke up, and was very saddened by it.
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Re: Name 3 famous living scientists (no cheating!) ;)

Postby vainshtein » Mon Oct 08, 2012 6:42 pm UTC

The three most recent nobel prize winners in physics are Perlmutter, Riese, and Schmidt.

Also my personal favorite physicist (defined by having completed a phd) not yet mentioned is Brian May :)

I don't know the names of any alive scientists who aren't physicists though. Tunnel vision I guess.

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Postby HungryHobo » Tue Oct 09, 2012 9:41 am UTC

Sanger
Hawking
Tyson

Sanger is the only living person who's recieved 2 nobel prizes.


only 3 other people have ever done the same:
Curie
Linus Pauling
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Postby AvatarIII » Tue Oct 09, 2012 12:10 pm UTC

vainshtein wrote:The three most recent nobel prize winners in physics are Perlmutter, Riese, and Schmidt.

Also my personal favorite physicist (defined by having completed a phd) not yet mentioned is Brian May :)

I don't know the names of any alive scientists who aren't physicists though. Tunnel vision I guess.


I would define scientist is someone who has ever practised science as a career.

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Postby ElWanderer » Tue Oct 09, 2012 1:23 pm UTC

vainshtein wrote:The three most recent nobel prize winners in physics are Perlmutter, Riese, and Schmidt.

A day later, that list is out of date ;)
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Postby vainshtein » Wed Oct 10, 2012 3:44 am UTC

I would define scientist is someone who has ever practised science as a career.


I was just trying to find a definition that would allow Brian May to be classified as a scientist, I wasn't really trying to propose a fair definition. Though I would consider grad students scientists, just not usually famous.

A day later, that list is out of date


What are the chances? But there you go, two more living scientists, Haroche and Wineland.

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Postby Aelfyre » Wed Oct 10, 2012 2:47 pm UTC

yurell wrote:Stephen hawking
Neill deGrasse Tyson
Michio Kaku (although it took me a bit to recall his name, his face popped up pretty quickly)


took my 3. :D
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Postby Bears! » Thu Oct 11, 2012 4:05 am UTC

The first three that came to mind:

Yoichiro Nambu
Peter Higgs
Neil deGrasse Tyson
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Postby PM 2Ring » Thu Oct 11, 2012 5:45 am UTC

What about Frank Wilczek and Gerard 't Hooft.
Or Russell Alan Hulse and Joseph Hooton Taylor Jr.
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Postby screen317 » Fri Oct 12, 2012 6:42 pm UTC

"Famous" is relative, but some of the faculty in my department at Yale (immunology) have made well renowned discoveries..

Medzhitov, Cresswell, Schatz..

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Re: Name 3 famous living scientists (no cheating!) ;)

Postby SlyReaper » Fri Oct 12, 2012 6:52 pm UTC

Steven Hawking
Brian Cox
Neil deGrasse Tyson

Honourable mentions:

Peter Higgs
Michio Kaku
Richard Feynmann (he's still alive, right?)
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Postby yurell » Sat Oct 13, 2012 12:43 am UTC

How about three living female scientists? I'm ashamed to admit that I can't name three (famous ones, at any rate) off the top of my head without looking them up.
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Postby obfpen » Sat Oct 13, 2012 7:23 am UTC

yurell wrote:How about three living female scientists? I'm ashamed to admit that I can't name three (famous ones, at any rate) off the top of my head without looking them up.


If appearances on British TV count as famous:
Helen Sharman
Kathy Sykes
Lucie Green

As a scientist acting in the role of a scientist, can we count Mayim Bialik/Amy Farrah Fowler as two?

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Postby SlyReaper » Sat Oct 13, 2012 7:28 am UTC

yurell wrote:How about three living female scientists? I'm ashamed to admit that I can't name three (famous ones, at any rate) off the top of my head without looking them up.

I'm ashamed to admit I can't even name one. I've never heard of the three obfpen mentioned.
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Postby EdgarJPublius » Sat Oct 13, 2012 9:22 am UTC

yurell wrote:How about three living female scientists? I'm ashamed to admit that I can't name three (famous ones, at any rate) off the top of my head without looking them up.


Damn, that's kind of depressing. There's Jane Goodall of course, a few months ago I would have said Sally Ride, and... I keep wanting to say Sam Carter. I guess I'll throw Limor Fried out there as well, at least she's a real person.

It seems like there's another name (a real one) on the tip of my tongue, someone who was involved with the space program or maybe the LHC. I'll probably kick myself when someone else mentions her name, but I can't think of it right now.


I did a little looking around, and apparently Valentina Tereshkova is still alive, another good one I completely didn't think of would be Mae Jemison.
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Postby obfpen » Sat Oct 13, 2012 10:35 am UTC

I actually thought of Susan Blackmore and Susan Greenfield—who can go two-thirds the way to three living scientists who've married a still-living scientist—first of all, but wanted to think of (or at least find) a third before mentioning them. (I found Meave Leakey, who also has a scientist daughter in Wikipedia, who could be a contender, although a third Susan would be better, I think.)

Anyway, Maggie Aderin-Pocock reminded me of the definitely famous (though not as a scientist, and should that really be infamous?) Maggie [insert expletive of your choice here] Thatcher.

EdgarJPublius wrote:I did a little looking around, and apparently Valentina Tereshkova is still alive

I'm kicking myself now for remembering the first Briton in space but not thinking of Valentina Tereshkova, even though she was probably the coolest person in my favourite book as a child.

EdgarJPublius wrote:I keep wanting to say Sam Carter. I guess I'll throw Limor Fried out there as well, at least she's a real person.

My brain kept telling me Leslie Winkle. I wonder why fictional characters would be so much easier to recall.

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Postby Giallo » Sat Oct 13, 2012 5:33 pm UTC

yurell wrote:How about three living female scientists? I'm ashamed to admit that I can't name three (famous ones, at any rate) off the top of my head without looking them up.


"Living" is the hard part... There's Margherita Hack and then I'm stuck :oops: I'll edit if more come in mind.
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Postby SlyReaper » Sat Oct 13, 2012 9:59 pm UTC

Marie Curie was the first one that popped into my mind.
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Postby tooyoo » Sun Oct 14, 2012 3:21 am UTC

Ed Witten, Joe Polchinski, Steve Weinberg.

SlyReaper wrote:Richard Feynmann (he's still alive, right?)


Nope. Feynman died in '88.

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Postby Giallo » Sun Oct 14, 2012 1:21 pm UTC

SlyReaper wrote:Marie Curie was the first one that popped into my mind.


She was the second for me (first was Emmy Noether), but she's kinda dead...
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Postby jaap » Sun Oct 14, 2012 3:18 pm UTC

Giallo wrote:
SlyReaper wrote:Marie Curie was the first one that popped into my mind.


She was the second for me (first was Emmy Noether), but she's kinda dead...

Quite.

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Postby Darvince » Mon Oct 15, 2012 5:47 am UTC

Neil deGrasse Tyson
Stephen Hawking
Jane Goodall
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Postby Starlight » Fri Nov 02, 2012 2:14 am UTC

Neil DeGrasse Tyson, Stephen Hawking, and Francis Crick.

Bah. I got which one was alive wrong, it's James Watson.

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Postby SuperTD » Tue Nov 13, 2012 1:19 pm UTC

Stephen Hawking, Brian Cox and Jim Al-Khalili.
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Postby Mavrisa » Wed Nov 14, 2012 3:55 pm UTC

Neil deGrasse Tyson, Brian Cox, Craig Venter
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Postby omni314 » Wed Nov 14, 2012 9:25 pm UTC

Stephen Hawking
Neil Tyson deGrasse
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