Fritz Zwicky. If ever a competition were held for the most unrecognized genius of twentieth century astronomy, the winner surely would be Fritz Zwicky (1898–1974). A bold and visionary scientist, Zwicky was far ahead of his time in conceiving of supernovas, neutron stars, dark matter, and gravitational lenses. His innovative work in any one of these areas would have brought fame and honors to a scientist with a more conventional personality. But Zwicky was anything but conventional.
Big Ideas in Social Science: An Interview With Steven Pinker on Violence and Human Nature The latest in a series of conversations with leading intellectuals in collaboration with the Social Science Bites podcast and the Social Science Space website.
George Washington Carver (1864– 1943) American scientist, botanist, educator, and inventor. Carver spent much time in prayer –and his faith & prayer, rather than his microscope, made him a success. For each problem & each discovery he spent much time praying & waiting on the Lord for results. When friends & other great men of the World came to visit, he would explain to them the Scriptures & give his own testimony of his love for the Lord.
Lise Meitner was an Austrian physicist who was part of the Hahn-Meitner-Strassmann-team that worked on "transuranium-elements" since 1935, which led to the radiochemical discovery of the nuclear fission of uranium and thorium, an achievement for which Otto Hahn was awarded the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1944. Meitner is often mentioned as one of the most glaring examples of women's scientific achievement overlooked by the Nobel committee.