Ever since the beginning of our human saga, many people came up with ideas, beliefs, experiments, and inventions to make our lives more exciting and comfortable, and why not, give us a little more sense.

These genius minds and their passion, dedication and immense hard work have reshaped the notions we have about the world around us and have helped us as a community discover some of the laws of reality. And to celebrate that, let’s learn more about the greatest scientists who have ever lived.

Marie Curie is legendary

We’ve all heard the name of this physicist and chemist too, but how many recall Marie Curie’s contributions to the world of science? The Polish genius studied at the Sorbonne, where she immediately became the head of the physics lab, which was a rare thing for a woman to do in the early 1900s.

Sadly, this is true even today. She also holds the record for the first female to receive the Nobel Prize, and she is one of the few to have it awarded for more than one category. This is why she has always remained a source of motivation and inspirations for women of all social backgrounds.

She created the first mobile X-ray machine, a fantastic tool which helped injured soldiers on the battlefield. Radium is another great discovery of hers. Although, with all her brilliance and hard work, the discovery still killed her, as she died of radiation poisoning in 1934.

 

Isaac Newton was quirky

Sir Isaac Newton, an indisputable amazing human, was born in 1642 and died in 1726. He was a polymath and made investigations into a whole spectrum of subjects including mathematics, physics, astronomy, and optics.

In his magnum opus, called Principia Mathematica and which was published in 1687, he alone laid the foundations for what we refer to as classical mechanics today, and there he also explained the laws of gravity and motion.

The scientist showed that the same set of natural laws governs the motions of objects on Earth and on celestial bodies, which radically changed the way humans viewed the natural world. Newton enunciated the core principles of conservation of momentum and of angular momentum too.  

Albert Einstein’s legacy still lives today

Albert Einstein was a famous German-born physicist. He famously developed the most celebrated and accurate theory of general relativity, which is one of the main pillars of modern physics. His equation E=mc2 is known by many, although few people understand what it means.

In late 1921 he was awarded the Nobel prize in Physics, mainly for his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect. His simple equation eventually led to the creation of the scary atom bomb, which some say he regretted. Einstein also helped develop the delicate theory of quantum mechanics and subatomic particles.

These are just three of the millions of minds who have contributed to us getting to the point where we are today. Many more scientists are waiting to be discovered, and you should research which geniuses have created the things you enjoy the most in this world, as an ode to brilliance.