There is no doubt that scientist have contributed greatly to the continued development of the present society. Some of the things that we enjoy today such as electricity are innovations of someone who dedicated his life. Unlike other professions, scientists are well known for giving up everything else to research as well as innovation. Persecution and death threats could not stop them from making the breakthroughs they made. In a bid to celebrate breakthroughs in technology and research, this article aims to highlight some of the most influential scientists of all times.
Aristotle is well known as the greatest philosopher of his time. He had wide knowledge regarding different disciplines something that has been managed only by a few scientists. His contribution ranges from physics, zoology, biology, politics, ethics and logic amongst others. Contributions made by Aristotle can still be felt in the present age despite having lived hundreds of years ago. It was because of him that we now understand science and matter applicably.
2. Isaac Newton
Probably considered as one of the greatest scientist of his time. Just like Aristotle, Isaac Newton was well versed in different subject areas such as mathematics, physics and natural philosophy amongst others. Isaac Newton is best known for his contribution in attempting and managing to explain gravitational law as well as the three laws of motion. High school math and science courses still use his cradle to explain motions and movements.
3. Galileo Galilei
Up-to-date, Galileo Galilei is still considered as having made the greatest contribution to science. He continued to make discoveries that are still being used in the present age, despite being persecuted by the church for what he believed in. Not only was he a physicist but also an astronomer as well as a philosopher. His contributions to science include creation of telescope and first two laws of motions. It was only in the early 2000s that Pope John Paul II recognized Galilei’s work as legit, after approximately 400 years of denial by the Roman Catholic Church.
4. Charles Robert Darwin
Coming in at number four is Charles Darwin even though there are those who dispute to him having been a scientist in the first place. His contributions were major on origin of man. He is also known to have traveled extensively around the world so as to prove his theories. His work on the survival of fittest has sparked eugenics movements as well as Social Darwinist research. It now helps explain convergent and divergent evolution.
5. Albert Einstein
Looking at the past of Albert Einstein nobody would not have thought that a boy who could not talk till he attained the age of three and had to wait till he was eight years of age to read could be one of the greatest scientists of all time. In spite of all the hurdles that faced him, he managed to win noble peace prize for the contributions he made in physics.