June 30th, 2011
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Here's some mostly historical mostly physicists. Tesla is here because, well, look at the picture. And my favorite awesome modern astrophysicist, because she's awesome. And hot. And Ira Flatow, because I'd already mentioned him in the suggestion post and had pics lying around. And, also, hot.
Here is Dr. Pamela Gay with her telescope. She is the co-host of the really terrific podcast Astronomy Cast
. Also, when you Google Image search "Pamela Gay," you don't only get pictures of astrophysicists. Just sayin'
Another picture of the lovely Dr. Gay.
There are a couple more pictures of Dr. Gay in my Hot Scientists folder
on Photobucket. All the pictures linked here are also gathered there for your picspamming convenience.
Ira Flatow hosts Science Friday
Nikola Tesla. Yeah.
Nikola Tesla again. Sigh. There's also a black and white, wider scope version of this picture
I've always thought Marie Curie was beautiful. I think this is one of the few pictures I've found with her smiling even a bit.
Another picture of Marie a little younger.
As if I could make a post of hot scientists and not go with Albert Einstein somewhere. I wanted to find something a little different from all his iconic long hair pictures, though, and thought this one was pretty cool. It's the teeny little smirk that does it for me.
There's a color version of this portrait of Johannes Kepler, but the black and white is hotter. He looks all dashing and kind of bad boy physicist.
Alhazen (Ibn al-Haytham) was one of the world's earliest physicists. Obviously, though, the true tragedy is that this woodcut appears to be the only surviving portrait of this very hot scientist.
Isaac Newton had a lot of portraits made. I can't say I blame him. There are three more portraits in my aformentioned Hot Scientists folder
. I didn't want to overload the post with Sir Isaac's smokin' bod.
Last but not least, we have Enrico Fermi, smoldering off the screen at you.
The Curies: Nobels in Hotness
When I realized I'd neglected to include Pierre Curie in the previous post
I discovered that the Curie genes not only produced brains (at five, they have the most Nobel prizes within a family), they produced hotness.
Marie and Pierre's daughter, Irene, followed in her mother's footsteps and studied chemistry.
This is Irene and her husband Frederic Joliot. Like Irene's parents, they also won a joint Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
Irene and Frederic in more detail, because they deserve it.
And Irene with some other Nobel prize guy.
Irene's sister Eve wasn't a scientist, but she was a kick-ass journalist and hot. So there.
Also, on the cover of Time with a great picture.
From left to right: Marie Mattlingly Meloney, Irene Curie, Marie Curie, Eve Curie. I had no idea who Marie Meloney was until I found this picture, but apparently she was a journalist and editor who raised money to buy Marie Curie radium for her research.
Irene and Frederic's daughter, Helene Langevin-Joliet, is a nuclear physicist who spends a lot of time encouraging women to pursue careers in science. If that's not hot, I don't know what hotness it.
Helene's brother, Pierre Joliot-Curie, is a biochemist. I just want to snuggle him up and take him home.
As before, there are some extra pictures in my Hot Scientists folder
. The pictures of members of the Curie family can be found under the Curie Family tag
I Can Stop Anytime I Want
Keeping with the family theme of my previous post, my first scientist submissions are a brother and sister. Meet...the Brahes!
Tycho, on the left, was an astronomer who was credited with producing some of the most accurate astronomical observations of his time. (He's also well-known for having a prosthetic metal nose [you can just see it in the picture if you look closely], but that's neither here nor there.) He was the last of the great astronomers to observe the heavens without a telescope. And, okay, he was a bit of a jerk, too. But he encouraged his sister and bonded with her over science.
Sophia, on the right, was Tycho's sister. She mostly studied horticulture, along with chemistry and medicine. She helped her brother with his astronomical observations, that is when she wasn't off publishing her own stuff and busy with her other studies.
It's worth noting that Johannes Kepler, of the previous post, was Tycho's assistant and eventually his successor. Once he allowed Kepler to lay eyes on his data, that is. And they quit fighting. (I did mention the jerk part.)
Anyway, moving on....
Okay, moving backward. A bit. The very handsome Nicholas Copernicus actually came up with a heliocentric view of the universe/solar system way before anyone else, including Tycho-Empirical-Evidence-Brahe. And looked pretty good while doing it.
While we're sloshing around in the splash radius of the Renaissance, let's not forget the Renaissance man himself, Leonardo da Vinci.
The slightly earlier (by a mere few hundred years) Hildegard von Bingen. Philosophy, theology, medicine, botany, music, literature, art...not much she couldn't do, either.
There is no graceful way to segue into Johannes van der Waals. I admit, the main reason I know him is because I completely blew a question on Van der Waals forces in high school chemistry. But he's a hot thermodynamicist and physicist, and here he is.
Again with the families. Meet Elizabeth and Emily Blackwell, physicians, suffragists and abolitionists. I tried to find a picture of Emily's partner, Elizabeth Cushier, but couldn't. I'm embarrassed that I didn't know they were doctors. I just knew them from reading about the suffrage movement.
I had to put the paleoanthropologists, ie the Leakeys (and Donald Johanson, because it would Be Wrong to post pics of Richard Leakey and not post pics of him), in a separate comment. Their hotness could not be contained.
This is it. I will stop spamming this post with pictures now. I may put up more in the Hot Scientists
folder, but I think I've already worn out my spamming welcome here.
One last family. The Leakeys. They are archeologists, anthropologists, and paleoanthropologists, sometimes all three. To the right are Louis and Mary, and to the left is their son, Richard. There are more family members in the field, but you can't make me look them up.
Louis and the rest of the Leakeys spent their lives studying the origins of the human species through excavating fossils in Kenya. Louis was interested in studying primates and their relationship to early humans, and mentored Jane Goodall, Dian Fossey, and Birute Galdikas.
(Dian Fossey and Birute Galdikas, for reference purposes, you understand. Someone's already taken care of Jane Goodall)
After Louis died in 1972, Mary carried on for another twenty years, excavating and discovering unique and wonderful things (such as as set of fossillized footprints that were the earliest evidence of bipedalism) and generally being a kick-ass scientist.
Richard Leakey didn't disappoint as a Leakey successor. He found what was, at the time, the oldest species homo fossil (1.6 million years old! Wow! Okay, so he thought it was 3 million years old at the time. Details.) and several other important fossils.
Then Donald Johanson came along.
They used to be buds.
Until an older woman came between them. Two million years older than Leakey thought, anyway. And 1.6 million years older than his new boy-toy turned out to be. Oops. So they fought. On national television.Then thirty years later, they made up again
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Am I the only one looking at those Tesla pics and thinking of Ralph Fiennes?
I knew Tesla was hot (I mean, who doesn't know that Tesla was hot ;)), but Fermi was a pleasant surprise. My high school science teachers were very lax about rating the hotness of physicists.