Like Richard feynman, einstein, and michio kaku?
I know that is rhetorical, but it is worth considering how old/far along in their careers they were when they became famous for being a public face (if not for a discovery, like Einstein).I wonder how many famous scientists actually set out to become famous scientists, as opposed to simply doing their thing well, and enjoying it, and happening to become famous because of it?
Michio Kaku is not in the same league as Feynman or Einstein.Like Richard feynman, einstein, and michio kaku?
I believe that to be a common neurosis of the current age.... but i think everyone wants to be famous or known for something...
I dislike fame on a personal level, but don't have a problem with those who seek it. Good luck.
There are many ways to become famous as a scientist.
Bill Nye, Neil Tyson, Carl Sagan, Michio Kaku, Brian Green all have done real science... but nothing paradigm shifting. They're as much educators as they are scientists. These people come around several to a generation and probably famous due to marketing more than anything else. The problem is that their fame is shorter lived. Most of these men will be famous for their entire life and probably for many years after (Sagan is still very popular among young people,) but in a century or so, people will still be talking about Einstein, but Bill Nye the Science Guy will be a footnote in your history books.
Einstein, Tesla, Newton all made paradigm shifting revelations. These people come about very rarely. Still, it always helps to have a hook. Einstein would probably be long forgotten by now if he didn't have that mad scientist look to him (not his ideas, but the man himself.) Tesla also had a mad scientist feel to him, and like Einstein, almost everyone knows what he looks like. Maxwell is just as famous to scientists, but honestly, I couldn't describe his appearance like I could the other two.
I haven't even mentioned one of my favorite "famous scientists:" David Attenborough. Unlike most other science educators who made real contributions to science first, then later became famous, he was always a journalist. But he was extremely passionate and got the world interested in science.
If you want to be famous without doing all the back-breaking science, there are other possibilities. One of my favorite men ever was David Attenborough. He wasn't a scientist, but every scientist in the world knew who is was and respected him as a man of science.