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.
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.

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