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  1. #1 Most Influential Living Scientist 
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    I came across an interesting comment/question posed in the "Humans In Science" blog (, which I've reproduced below. I thought it might be interesting to see peoples' reactions.

    Influential scientists

    When my mom’s cousin’s husband saw me recently, he mentioned how he was positively in love with Lisa Randall, physicist extraordinaire, on the basis of a complimentary article that had appeared about her in the Guardian.

    What makes me smile is that this article styles her as “one of the most influential living scientists.” Well, that’s debatable, isn’t it? She seems like a fantastic person and brilliant and all that, but can I entice y’all out of the lurker’s woodwork to cite some of your “most influential living scientists"? (Besides, what does that word influential mean? Influencing whom? Colleagues in the field? Lay people?)

    Here’s a few of mine (in biology): Rita Levi-Montalcini. Doug Melton. Bob Horvitz. Jim Watson.
    Also, there’s definitely some national bias; in France, it would be Axel Kahn for sure.

    If it’s influencing me, personally, as well as scores of other young women, let me cite Nicole Le Douarin, Jane Barker and Barbara Beltz.

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    There's actually allot of great scientists in the world today and I can't give you all their names for I don't know them all.

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    Sad to say but probably the most influential living scientist is the scientist who sent anthrax through the mail in 2001 - a huge amount of money has since gone into bioterroism defence research


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