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Who has been the least recognized, most deserving scientist?
Stupid mistake. I meanthttp://www.physics.ucla.edu/~moszkows/quarchem/nambu.htm.Gokul43201 said:SA, you've given Tomanaga's name to Nambu ! Who did you mean ?
And let me throw in Faraday and Ne'eman.
Seems to me that although we don't know the names of the folks who invented fire and the wheel, they get plenty of kudos from popular culture.mathwonk said:the guy or woman who tamed fire? or constructed the wheel? or invented the zipper? or the fork? writing seems useful too. and language.
matt grime said:have any of you heard of Adam Hart Davis? He isn't a famous scientist, or one desrving of fame but cruelly overlooked. No. He (and Fred Dibnah) are advocates of the engineers and scientists we often forget. There are many cases of misapplied fame: Florence Nightingale over MAry Seacroft. Stephenson being wrongly misrepresented as the inventor of steam power (steam engines were powering the mines for yewars before stephenson thanks to James Watt) or Hippocrates over Galen perhaps. Then there is Rosalind Franklin whose name we forget when thinking about DNA.
Are you saying Marconi was given credit for inventing radio when Tesla should have been given credit, or vice versa?Cyclovenom said:Marconi over Tesla with respect to the radio.
Rosalind Franklin took some famous X-ray diffraction photos of DNA molecules, that clearly indicated a helical structure. But everybody* already expected a helix; the point was a DOUBLE helix, the complementarity of the bases, the role of the sugars, and the detail working out of the bonds. That is what solving the structure of the molecule means and that is what Watson and Crick did, and what Franklin didn't do.reasonmclucus said:I don't have time to look up the names right now, but the woman who discovered the structure of DNA first and the 19th Century Englishman who designed the first computer, but couldn't raise the funds to build one.
Yes, that's what i'm saying (most importantly Marconi won a Nobel Prize for it!).TOKAMAK said:Are you saying Marconi was given credit for inventing radio when Tesla should have been given credit, or vice versa?
Tesla definitely deserved a Nobel prize - he was a pioneer in many things (research of X-rays, radiation, radio) and one of the greatest electromechanical engineers of all times (700 worldwide patents including induction motors, bladeless turbines, uses of rotating magnetic fields and AC long-distance transmission system which remained the base principle of electrical energy distribution)... And there are still many inventions and researches under the ''FBI top-secret''...Cyclovenom said:Yes, that's what i'm saying (most importantly Marconi won a Nobel Prize for it!).