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:
- Stephen Hawking (physicist)
- Brian Greene (astrophysicist)
- Neil deGrasse Tyson (astrophysicist)
- France Cordova (director of the NSF)
- Marcia McNutt (former editor-in-chief of Science, President of NAS)
- Bill Nye (science celebrity)
- Kip Thorne (astrophysicist & Nobel Laureate)
- Terence Tao (mathematician and Fields medalist)
- Ingrid Daubechies (mathematician)
- 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.