Over the course of IV Lab’s blogs we’ve profiled some incredible inventors, scientists and thinkers, and mused about big ideas in the intellectual property landscape. Check out some of the scientists we believe shaped history and continue to inspire us every day!
One of our era’s most brilliant scientists, Stephen Hawking is the former Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge, with the likes of Isaac Newton and Charles Babbage and author of the international best seller A Brief History of Time.
Persistent in his pursuit of knowledge, Hawking has dedicated his life to exploring the fundamental laws that govern the universe. He has done ground-breaking work in physics and cosmology, and contributed to some of the greatest scientific discoveries of our time. All this despite being diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, better known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, 50 years ago.
Millie Dresselhaus is one of the most prominent physicists, material scientists, and electrical engineers of her generation. Her life’s work has focused on deepening the understanding of condensed matter systems and the atomic properties of carbon. She has laid the foundation for the discovery and exploitation of nanotechnical material such as buckminsterfullerenes (buckyballs), tiny carbon spheres; nanotubes, cylindrical carbon pipes; and graphene, carbon sheets only a single atom thick.
Nicolaus Copernicus is largely believed to be the founder of modern astronomy and the initiator of the Scientific Revolution. He was a Renaissance mathematician and astronomer who created the heliocentric model of the universe that placed the Sun, instead of the earth, at the center. Copernicus also held a doctorate in law, served as a physician, translator (German, Polish, Latin, Greek, Italian), economist, and classics scholar.