• Question: What is your favourite scientist

    Asked by nachochickenman on 8 Jan 2018. This question was also asked by leilapops06, meekymouse06, IzzyandIndiandEllen.
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      Sophie Scott answered on 8 Jan 2018:

      It’s very hard to choose one, but Prof Dorothy Bishop at Oxford University is an amazing scientist – and incredibly unafraid of asking very difficult questions!

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      Alyssa Alcorn answered on 8 Jan 2018:

      Jane Goodall! She did fieldwork in Africa at a time when that was not particularly acceptable for a young woman to do. I have such huge admiration for all that she has accomplished, both to understand chimpanzee behaviour and as an ambassador for environmental causes. I was lucky to hear her speak in Edinburgh several years ago, and it was very memorable both for her incredible stories as for her confidence and serenity.

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      Freya Wilson answered on 9 Jan 2018:

      I am a fan of Richard Feynmann. He was an excellent communicator and had some really visionary thoughts on physics. He gave a series of lectures which became extremely popular, he then wrote them into some books and they were responsible for getting a lot of people interested in physics.

      He was witty, clever, engaging and had a huge influence.

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      Daniel Mills answered on 10 Jan 2018:

      I was going to write Jane Goodall as well. She is a wonderful person as well as someone who successfully challenged the establishment by persisting and gathering the data till people had to listen. An early inspiration to me was the late Sir Robert Hinde, who also was such a kind individual and great thought provoker, not afraid to take science into areas not thought possible, such as the evolution of morality and concepts of God