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    Name 3 famous living scientists without looking it up

    Just want to see who we come up with. I didn't realize how hard this is until I tried it. Just list the first 3 famous scientists you can think of that are still alive without looking it up. If you can't think of 3 or not sure if they are alive just guess or post as many as you can think of. Use whatever definition of "famous" or "scientist" you want.

    Leaving a space to not reveal my own 3 before you try...






































    Stephen Hawking
    Jane Goodall
    Richard Dawkins

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    Stephen Hawking
    Richard Dawkins
    Neil DeGrasse Tyson
    Last edited by Cattaclysmic; 2012-10-10 at 08:54 PM.

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    Stephen Hawking
    Niels Bohr
    Isaac Newton
    Last edited by Frozen Death Knight; 2012-10-10 at 08:50 PM.

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    The keyword is "living"

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    Stephen Hawking (c'mon people, spell it right!)
    Peter Higgs
    Sheldon Glashow

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    Quote Originally Posted by TradewindNQ View Post
    Sheldon Cooper
    Fixed. /10char
    Right, as the world goes, is only in question between equals in power, while the strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must.
    - Thucydides

    There is a modern myth that people have always tended towards democracy, constitutions, electoral rights; but in truth, love of freedom has never been the predominant note of popular politics. At most times, popular demand has been for a strong government.
    - Eugen Weber

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    It's hard because these days research is done by teams and multiple collaborating teams, and so there is very little individual celebrity amongst scientists because there are so few transformational "Eureka!" moments anymore.

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    Still alive? Well, all right.

    Stephen Hawkins
    Richard Dawkins
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    Sorry, but I am not good at names, especially not ones that are so current. ^^

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    Stephen Hawking
    Michio Kaku
    Neil De Grasse Tyson
    Richard Dawkins

    There's 4.

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    Michio Kaku
    Stephen Hawking
    Brian Cox

    My favourite fictional scientist would have to be Dr Sheldon Cooper.

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    Rolf-Dieter Heuer, as a bonus since Hawking was mentioned already x3.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ptwonline View Post
    It's hard because these days research is done by teams and multiple collaborating teams, and so there is very little individual celebrity amongst scientists because there are so few transformational "Eureka!" moments anymore.
    I dunno, those two guys who debunked the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle seem to have done a Eureka-worthy moment.
    Right, as the world goes, is only in question between equals in power, while the strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must.
    - Thucydides

    There is a modern myth that people have always tended towards democracy, constitutions, electoral rights; but in truth, love of freedom has never been the predominant note of popular politics. At most times, popular demand has been for a strong government.
    - Eugen Weber

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    I expect Neil Tyson to be a common mention along with Stephen Hawking. I half-expect people to mention people from The Big Bang Theory.

    Edit: It seems people missed the word 'living' a lot.
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    Prof Brian Cox.

    That is all.

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    Albert Einstein
    Galileo Galilei
    Nikola Tesla

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    I'd mention my friend's fiancee but she's not famous, though she was working at CERN during the, more recent, Higgs happenings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TradewindNQ View Post
    I'd mention my friend's fiancee but she's not famous, though she was working at CERN during the, more recent, Higgs happenings.
    Envy. I has it.
    Right, as the world goes, is only in question between equals in power, while the strong do what they can and the weak suffer what they must.
    - Thucydides

    There is a modern myth that people have always tended towards democracy, constitutions, electoral rights; but in truth, love of freedom has never been the predominant note of popular politics. At most times, popular demand has been for a strong government.
    - Eugen Weber

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    Quote Originally Posted by Didactic View Post
    I dunno, those two guys who debunked the Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle seem to have done a Eureka-worthy moment.
    And are they famous for it? I didn't even know it was debunked.

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    Quote Originally Posted by superstarz View Post
    Albert Einstein
    Galileo Galilei
    Nikola Tesla
    Someone missed the "living" memo lol.

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    Stephen Hawking
    Neil deGrasse Tyson
    Bill Nye

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