Friday, March 09, 2018

CELEBRITY FRIDAY: 4 Out Of 5 Americans Can't Name A Living Scientist

Hmmm! A recent poll suggests that Americans are pretty clueless about famous living scientists. According to Science AF:

Of the paltry 19 percent who can actually recall a living scientist, 27 percent named Stephen Hawking, 19 percent named Neil deGrasse Tyson and 5 percent named Bill Nye.
Jane Goodall — apparently the only living female scientist the American public can remember — was mentioned by 2 percent of those surveyed.
So, for today's Celebrity Friday, I will name TEN famous living scientists:
  1. Stephen Hawking (physicist)
  2. Brian Greene (astrophysicist)
  3. Neil deGrasse Tyson (astrophysicist)
  4. France Cordova (director of the NSF)
  5. Marcia McNutt (former editor-in-chief of Science, President of NAS)
  6. Bill Nye (science celebrity)
  7. Kip Thorne (astrophysicist & Nobel Laureate)
  8. Terence Tao (mathematician and Fields medalist)
  9. Ingrid Daubechies (mathematician)
  10. Jane Goodall (primatologist)

In the comments, feel free to add the names of other famous scientists a well-read person should be aware of.

Hat/tip to Research America.

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