The internet makes numerous videos about famous scientists available to all. I have already recommended some as part of a group of biographical dispatches about the life of several renowned scientists (e.g., see: “Scientists Tell Us About Their Life and Work, Part 8” ). Many good videos showing interviews with awarded researchers are contained in the websites for the Nobel Prize and the Kavli Prize ; these feature both their modern and older prizewinning scientists working in many different fields of science. Here, I recommend a few fascinating videos about research scientists to get you started!
ANCIENT RESEARCH: “How simple ideas lead to scientific discoveries” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8UFGu2M2gM ) is nicely presented by Adam Savage and features several amazing examples of excellent scientific research in ancient times. Very informative and interesting!
RADIOACTIVITY AND FINDING NEW ELEMENTS: “Marie and Pierre Curie (50 – Video special)” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=82Oj5qyY1F0 ) explains how these 2 European research scientists overcame many difficult problems in life and career to conduct investigations about the nature of radioactivity and to discover 2 new elements. Modern scientists clearly are usually less dedicated and determined to working at research than were the Curie’s! A delightful and inspiring video presentation!
DNA: “(RARE) Interview with James Watson and Francis Crick” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NGBDFq5Kaw0 ) shows a 1993 interview with the co-discoverers of DNA structure, Watson and Crick. Both these extremely famous scientists speak with candor about their lives, careers, personalities, and science, including their current views about controversies and misunderstandings of events. Bravo!
MATERIALS SCIENCE: “Being a materials scientist at NASA Ames Research Center – Dr. Bin Chen Interview” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VFOpYnRvsBE ) presents the life and research work of Dr. Bin Chen, a Principal Scientist at a NASA Center in California. She presents very forthright answers about her education and earlier life in China, being a postdoc in the U.S., and finding a good job; her understanding of what it takes to be a research scientist is very similar to mine, and will be valuable watching for youngsters wondering about going into science. Terrific!
NANOTECHNOLOGY AND MOLECULAR ENGINEERING: “Bionanotechnology – New frontiers in molecular engineering: Andreas Mershin at TEDxAthens” (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sjV7NNwm1GU) shows a young research scientist dramatically describing what he does in research and how he does it (2013). This is an excellent exposition for non-scientists and deals with a very current research approach, but unfortunately many slides are not enlarged for the video; viewers might want to interrupt the video to enlarge each of those.
These videos vividly illustrate how: (1) even the most renowned scientists really are just people, (2) ancient scientists successfully conducted important research investigations without having modern instruments and laboratory facilities, (3) all scientists are stimulated by curiosity and imagination, and, (4) persistent determination and dedication are extremely significant to achieve good results with scientific research.
These 5 recommended videos are just a small sample of what is available! Please go ahead and find some other internet videos about scientists that deal with whatever interests you! Have much fun exploring and learning!
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