• Question: How many scientists do you know ar have met can you please tell if you can goodbye

    Asked by whew492ten on 16 Nov 2023. This question was also asked by :-P a kid.
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      Octavia Brayley answered on 16 Nov 2023:

      I have met lots and lots of scientists at different universities and at conferences where scientists present their research! My supervisor/boss is Peter Convey and he’s one of the world leaders in Antarctic research. He’s done SO MUCH research on the wildlife in Antarctica and he’s probably one of the most inspiring scientists I’ve met. Here’s his information on the British Antarctic Survey website:


      I was also lucky enough to meet Alastair Fothergill a couple of years ago and he produces a lot of the BBC natural history documentaries like The Blue Planet and Frozen Planet. Here’s an article about him:

      Our most valuable ally

      David Attenborough also recently signed a picture for me! But not in person sadly 🙁

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      Amy Stockwell answered on 16 Nov 2023:

      No famous ones. Though I did nearly trip over Stephen Hawking once, when I was running through Cambridge.

      A lot of my university friends are scientists. We have a range of jobs. One friend teaches geology at a university in the Netherlands. Another works as a particle physicist on an accelerator in California. Several friends did science degrees and now work in IT jobs for companies like Microsoft.
      And many of my colleagues have science backgrounds.

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      Jonathan Allen answered on 17 Nov 2023:

      I’ve met more scientists than I can count! I worked with 100s at university doing research before starting my job and now work in a company with 1000s of other scientists – I haven’t met them all and I don’t think any are famous, but they are all very good at their jobs!

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      Shanine Smith answered on 17 Nov 2023:

      Hi, I have met, worked with and know many scientists. A lot of my friends work in science. I have worked in many fields of science too, before I graduated I did research on stress levles in trout and even though I didnt yet have my degree, I would still count myself a scientist back then. I followed a systematic experiment in order to come to a conclusion and learn something new about their behaviour. I think a scientist is anyone that gathers data and uses this as evidence for any hypotheses and is wanting to learn and share knowledge.

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      Paula McMahon answered on 17 Nov 2023:

      I know lots of different types of people as I work in teams that require them

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      Hazel Jeffery answered on 17 Nov 2023:

      In the climate change projects that we work in, there are usually about 80-100 scientists working across the project. I work in 5 different projects now, two are UK based and 3 are European funded, so it is a very international community and I’ve made some great friends through this.

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      Andrew Lyon answered on 17 Nov 2023:

      I know a lot of scientists and have met and worked with many more during my career. So many that I can’t say how many! They have worked in and studied a huge range of subjects such as chemistry, biology, microbiology, food science, metallurgy, fisheries science, nuclear science and chemical engineering.

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      Ian McKinley answered on 21 Nov 2023:

      Because I have worked for so long – almost 50 years – I have met thousands of scientists. However, the main area that I worked in was so small when I started, that I knew well almost everyone who was active in this area around the world. Over the years many of them have become very close friends – which makes collaboration much more fun.