5 Random Scientists

Chosse out of hundered different others


Charles Darwin

February 12, 1809 - April 19, 1882

His studies of specimens around the globe led him to formulate his theory of evolution and his views on the process of natural selection.

Max Planck

April 23, 1858 - October 4, 1947

Planck's earliest work was on the subject of thermodynamics, an interest he acquired from his studies under Kirchhoff

Franz Boas

July 9, 1858 - December 21, 1942

His work culminated with his theory of relativism, which discredited prevailing beliefs that Western civilization is superior to simpler societies.

Ernest Rutherford

August 30,1871 - October 19, 1937

A pioneer of nuclear physics and the first to split the atom, Rutherford was awarded the 1908 Nobel Prize in Chemistry for his theory of atomic structure.

Albert Einstein

March 14, 1879 - April 18, 1955

1921 won the Nobel Prize for physics for his explanation of the photoelectric effect.

5 Significant Events

Earth Like Planets

August 22, 2006

The planet, bigger than earth but not so large as to be a gas giant, seems to orbit in its sun’s “goldilocks zone” (not too hot and not too cold), making it potentially capable of hosting liquid water, considered a prerequisite for life as we know it.

The Higgs Boson

July 2012 - December 2012

The landmark discovery by the European Organisation for Nuclear Research (CERN) of the once-mythical particle might be the most significant scientific discovery of our lifetimes, but it’s also one of the most surprising.

A new way to desalate sea water

July 2012

With world populations expected to keep growing and potable water projected to grow more scarce over the coming century, a practical and cheap means of desalinating sea water is one of materials science’s holy grails.

Curiosity Reaches Mars

August 21, 2012

For decades following the manned Apollo missions of the 1960s and 70s, general enthusiasm for space science had slowly ebbed.

ClimateChange is Even Worse than we Thought

november 2012

After decades of warnings from scientists that our greenhouse gas emissions will soon wreak havoc with the climate, we’re now starting to see the consequences—and they sure aren’t pretty.

5 Medical Scientists

Gene Therapy for Neurodegenerative Diseases


Neurodegenerative diseases are nerve disorders that progressively cause our bodies to lose control of certain functions such as muscle control. Alzheimer's disease, Huntington's disease and Parkinson's disease are all examples of degenerative nerve diseases.

Enzymes Make all blood 'universal'


It's positive or negative for an Rh protein (this is its Rh factor), and it belongs to one of four blood groups: A, B, AB and O. In total, there are eight different combinations of blood types, some more rare than others, which can make blood transfusions tricky -- the blood we have has to match the donated blood type.

Circumcision Can Prevent HIV

December 2006

Early this year, the details of those studies were published in the Lancet: In the two randomized trials, which included 7,780 HIV-negative men in Rakai, Uganda, and Kisumu, Kenya, researchers found that medically circumcised men were at least 51% less likely than uncircumcised men to acquire HIV during sex with women.

Test for Metastatic Breast Cancer

December 2007

Surgeons now have a faster way to assess whether breast cancer has spread, thanks to the FDA's approval of the first molecular test to detect metastatic breast cancer.

C-reactive proteins


The level of a certain protein called C-reactive protein, or CRP, found in our blood clues your doctor in to the level of inflammation you have in your body.