John Burdon Sanderson (JBS) Haldane (1892-1964) was a leading science popularizer of the twentieth century. Sir Arthur C. Clarke described him as the most brilliant scientific popularizer of his generation. Haldane was a great scientist and polymath who contributed significantly to several sciences although he did not possess an academic degree in any branch of science. He was also a daring experimenter who was his own guinea pig in painful physiological experiments in diving physiology and in testing the effects of inhaling poisonous gases.
Thursday, January 19, 2017
Amateurs Can Made A Difference Too
While rare, there are examples of individuals without credentials making important contributions to science. J.B.S. Haldane, one of the biggest B-list name in genetics, is one such individual.