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Old 27th April 2006, 00:02
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Famous Scottish Scientists

Hello. What famous scientists came from Scotland, and what was their claims to fame?
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Old 27th April 2006, 13:25
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I am not Scottish, but the most prominent one I learned of in my line of work is Alexander Fleming for discovering (at first from accident I believe, then by experiementation) that mold prevented staph growth. He called the newly discovered substance penicillin. There are many famous inventors and scientists, however from Scotland, so perhaps do a Google search to find more.
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Old 27th April 2006, 14:51
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I am not Scottish, but the most prominent one I learned of in my line of work is Alexander Fleming for discovering (at first from accident I believe, then by experiementation) that mold prevented staph growth. He called the newly discovered substance penicillin. There are many famous inventors and scientists, however from Scotland, so perhaps do a Google search to find more.
Googling for the information is what 'normal' people would do, NJDNA.... I don't think that applies in this case!
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Old 27th April 2006, 16:10
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Here is an incomplete Wikipedia list:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of...ish_scientists

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William Aiton (1731-1793), botanist
Alexander Anderson (mathematician), (c. 1582-1620?) mathematician
John Hutton Balfour (1808-1884), botanist
Eric Temple Bell (1883-1960), mathematician
Joseph Black, (1728-1799), discoverer of carbon dioxide
David Brewster, (1781-1868), founder of the Royal Scottish Society of Arts
Thomas Brisbane, (1773-1860), astronomer
Robert Brown, (1773-1858), discoverer of Brownian Motion and botanist
John Craig (1663-1731), mathematician and friend of Newton
Alexander Crum Brown, (1838 - 1922), Organic chemist
William Cullen, (1710-1790), physician and chemist
James Dewar, (1842-1923), low temperature physicist, invented the vacuum flask
James Alfred Ewing, (1855-1935), physicist and engineer
Hugh Falconer, (1808-1865), paleontologist
James Ferguson, (1710–1776), Scottish astronomer and instrument maker
Alexander Fleming, (1881-1955), microbiologist
Williamina Fleming, (1857-1911), astronomer, contributed to the cataloguing of stars
James David Forbes (1809-1868), physicist and geologist
Professor George Forbes, (1849-1936), electrical engineering, hydro-electric power generation
Robert Fortune (1813-1880), botanist
Patrick Geddes, (1854-1932), biologist and urban theorist
Sir David Gill, (1843-1914), pioneer in astrophotography
Thomas Graham, (1805-1869), chemist, discovered dialysis
James Gregory, (1638-1675), first described the Gregorian reflecting telescope eventually built by Robert Hooke
James Hall (geologist), (1761-1832), geologist
Thomas Henderson, (1798–1844), astronomer, first person to measure the distance to Alpha Centauri
James Hutton, (1726-1797), put geology on a scientific basis
Robert T. A. Innes, (1861-1933), astronomer, discovered Proxima Centauri
James Ivory (mathematician) (1765-1842), mathematician
William Jardine (naturalist) (1800-1874), naturalist
Norman Boyd Kinnear (1882-1957), zoologist
Johann von Lamont, (1805-1879), astronomer, calculated the orbits of the moons of Uranus and Saturn
John Leslie (physicist), (1766-1832), mathematician and physicist best remembered for his research into heat
Joseph Lister, (1827-1912), surgeon, pioneered antisepsis techniques and antibiotics
John Macadam (1827-1865), Scottish-born Australian botanist
William MacGillivray (1796-1852), naturalist
Sheila Scott Macintyre (1910-1960), mathematician
Colin Maclaurin (1698-1746), mathematician, developed maclaurin series
William Maclure, (1760-1843), geologist
Francis Masson (1741-1805?), botanist
James Clerk Maxwell, (1831-1879), thermodynamics and electromagnetic theorist
Archibald Menzies, (1754-1852) explorer and botanist
Philip Miller (1691-1771), botanist
Roderick Murchison, (1792-1871), geologist who first described and investigated the Silurian era.
Alexander Murray (geologist),(1810–1884), geologist
John Napier, (1550-1617), mathematician (see logarithms)
William Robert Ogilvie-Grant (1863-1924), ornithologist
Sir William Ramsay, (1852-1916), Nobel prize for Chemistry 1904
John Richardson (naturalist) (1787-1865), naturalist
William Roxburgh (1759-1815), botanist
Andrew Smith (zoologist) (1797-1872), zoologist
Charles Piazzi Smyth, (1819-1900), Astronomer Royal of Scotland
Robert Angus Smith, (1817-1884), environmental chemist, discovered acid rain
Mary Fairfax Sommerville, mathematician and astronomer
Matthew Stewart (1717-1785), mathematician
James Stirling (mathematician), (1692-1770), mathematician
William Thomson, Lord Kelvin (1824-1907), mathematician, physicist, engineer
James Watt, 1736-1819), mathematician and engineer whose improvements to the steam engine contributed to a key stage in the Industrial Revolution.
Robert Watson-Watt, (1892-1973), invented radar
Joseph Wedderburn (1882-1948), mathematician
Alexander Wilson, (1766-1813), arguably the greatest American ornithologist before Audubon
Charles Wilson, (1869-1959), physicist, invented the cloud chamber
James 'Paraffin' Young, (1811-1883), chemist
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James Clerk Maxwell, one of the greatest physicists of all time (In my personal top 3 with Newton and Einstein), was Scottish. The Wikipedia list had him on it, but he's significant enough to point out aside from all the others. Wikipedia has a pretty good bio on him here. Aside from being the first to assemble the (correct) versions of the basic electromagnetic field equations (known as Maxwell's Equations in his honor), he also did much of the foundational work in the Kinetic Gas Theory and Statistical Mechanics.
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was alan turing scotish?

Alexandr Graham bell invented phone
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