I was especially attracted to some because of any of a variety of attributes: their commitment, contributions, genius, energy, leadership.
These were individuals who came from a variety of different communities: politics, military, science, conservation.
One thing they had in common was a capability to fly above the fray, to recognize the not-so-obvious connections between society’s needs and scientific opportunities.
They also had an abiding optimism. Most of those who have great influence on science are skeptical optimists. They question everything, but know that in so doing they will seed progress.
Here are images of those who, early in my career, became what I call my Champions of Science.
They have remained so over the years.
I’m wondering if you can identify them. And whether you agree about their standing.
Who are your champions in your field? How have they influenced your work/your life?
I invite you to comment to this blog.
In an upcoming entry, we’ll post the names of those pictured here.
Vice President for Research
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