Monday, August 23, 2010

Science Cookie Cutter Set Giveaway!


Happy Monday, everyone!

We're giving away a set of cookie cutters today!

You may remember this set from the last science cookie roundup. They're made by scientist Sherry of sciencecookiecutters.com and she has kindly offered to give away a set to one of the blog's readers.

Interested in baking up your own nerdy cookies?

Then leave comment below, include your email address AND your favorite scientist and why.

(I'm a Michio Kaku fan, because of his super-awesome hair. I just want to pet it...)

I'll let Sherry read your answers and choose the winner.

You have until 8am PST on Monday Aug 30th to comment and enter.

I hope the winner has fun with their cookie set. They make adorable cookies and I'll be sending this batch to Mr. Humble's lab tomorrow, as I filled these flasks, test tubes and beakers with various growth media (TSB, yum!).



Also, whoever the winner may be, I do hope they submit their creations to the next Science Cookie Roundup. I'm always happy to see science themed baked goods in the blog's inbox.

Goodluck!

Ms. H

(Note: If for any reason you cannot make a comment for this, or any contest I host, feel free to email me to enter.)

278 comments:

  1. I have too many favourite scientists now; I can't choose just one! But when I was a kid, my favourite scientist was Richard Feynman, who is a fantastic, funny writer. If you haven't read his autobiography, you should.

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  2. Feynman was a close second.

    Read his bio as a teen and Classic Feynman is on my nightstand.

    He also has great hair.

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  3. My favorite scientist? Probably my dad. He's a metallurgy professor, but he does lots of research into steel microstructures. If you want steel that' stronger, lighter, or less bendy, my dad's the guy to talk to!

    My email is mary dot vantyne at gmail dot com.

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  4. These are awesome!! My favorite scientist is David Orr, an environmental science professor at the college I went to for undergrad. His work on sustainability is very inspiring.

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  5. Helloooo! I would like to be entered. my email address is burnt.rain gmail com. I would like to say Galois is my favourite scientist... assuming you'll allow me to say mathematicians.

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  6. Edwin Hubble!! Because his name rhymes with Bubble and his amazing contributions to astronomy. Not to mention the sick telescope named after him that produces wonderous pictures I could stare at all day.

    Actually I thought of like 8 more favorite scientists while writing that.
    aaubr720 at gmail dot com

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  7. These cookie cutters are so cute! I love them... My favorite scientist is Daniel Bernoulli, because of the Bernoulli equation for fluid mechanics, in which most of the terms (usually) cancel out. It's a great one.

    Email address: beautifuldreamer37@gmail.com

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  8. Rodney McKay! Oh, wait he's just a character on Stargate and not really a scientist. Does he count anyway?

    chelsea.welp@gmail.com

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  9. My favorite scientist is my high school biology teacher, Mr. Weiss. He had great taste in music and introduced me to Cat Stevens and other equally amazing things about life.

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  10. Mathematics counts.

    Don't forget your email address folks.

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  11. My favorite scientist is Julius Lothar Meyer because I have the periodic table of elements hanging up as art in my bedroom! Thanks Julius.

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  12. I may be biased. My favorite scientist is my son! True, he's only 7 and has yet to be published =] With his trusty microscope in hand, he doesn't shy away from picking a piece of everything to exam. Love his curiosity and inquisitiveness.

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  13. Does it have to be real scientist(s)? Because I've always been partial to Dr. Bunsen Honeydew and his loyal lab assistant, Beaker. :)

    For a real scientist, Brian Greene has always been a favorite.

    (Although I agree with you on wanting to pet Dr. Kaku's hair...)

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  14. I love your blog! It would be fun to win and bake cookies for the other members of my lab.

    whatestrogen@gmail.com
    My favorite scientist at the moment is Shinya Yamanaka for his research on generating pluripotent stem cells.

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  15. Hmmmm. My husband is a philosophy professor, so I have to say that Aristotle is one of my favorite scientists. He wrote in the Metaphysics: "Philosophy is the science which considers truth." And I can buy into that, definitely. But since I'm a librarian at a nursing school, the cookie cutters will allow me to make themed bribes when it comes time to get my books returned on time! ::grin::

    susannas [dot] email [at] gmail [dot] com

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  16. Nikola Tesla! He was extremely ahead of his time and helped develop wireless technologies for electronics and concepts for electric vehicles, among MANY others!

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  17. I think my favorites are Nicolaus Copernicus and Carl Sagan. They were both revolutionary in the astronomy field, which I am very interested in, and Copernicus is Polish, like me! Sagan's writing are so interesting, I think everyone should read them, even if they agree or not!

    annacarpenter84@gmail.com

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  18. ooh, favorite scientist, that's a tough one. I have to go with Darwin though, for the way he stuck to his ideas even though it seemed the entire world was against him.
    ktracy at uchicago dot edu

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  19. I MUST HAVE THESE. I will give you my firstborn. Alas, since I don't plan to have a firstborn, I should probably answer the question.

    Dr. Karl Johnson. Legendary virologist.

    corvus.melloriATgmailDOTcom

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  20. Just off the top of my head I have two favorite scientists, being a high school biology teacher I'd have to say it's a toss up between Gregor Mendel and Rosalind Franklin. Gregor Mendel because dude was a monk with some mad gardening skills, figured out keys to genetics and inheritance without even know what a gene was. And being a teacher at an all girls prep school I have to love a female scientist that can hold her own with the big boys and Rosalind did just that, she was of course robbed of any credit due to her unknowing contribution to Watson and Crick and their discovery of the structure of DNA. (OK, sorry if I got all teacher-y on you just there, my husband says I get a little crazy when I talk science.)

    Kirsten

    kjthiel (at) me (dot) com

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  21. I think I have to pick Feynman too. I like that he excelled at science and other, artistic things, like drawing and playing the bongos. (Maybe he even baked cookies? I don't know...)
    To pick someone a little closer to my field... I'd choose Jeffrey Friedberg for his awesome book on magnetohydrodynamics.
    My email is: andistar85 at gmail dot com

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  22. Probably Marie Curie, because she was crazy smart and passionate about her work. goofygrape14 at gmail dot com

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  23. My favorite scientist is Rachel Carson. I think that she was a revolutionary lady who was ahead of her day in terms of science and being a strong woman. Here's to the OG (original "greenie," not gangsta)!

    Thanks for the giveaway--My students would love some science-inspired cookies!

    mrsderaps @ hotmail . com

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  24. My favourite scientist is Robert H. Goddard because when I was taking chemistry in high school, one of my classmates was distantly related to him. Plus he invented rockets. charis_channah17 AT hotmail DOT com.

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  25. I could say my boyfriend (PhD-to be chemist) is my favorite scientist but I'm guessing your looking for a famous scientist. I could say my 'cousin' Charles Schuchert but he's only well known in certain geological circles. So I'm going to go with Harry Hammond Hess who first proposed the idea of tectonic plates. He's my favorite because plate tectonics is why I'm a geologist today.

    marciepooh (marciepooh at gmail.com)

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  26. I was asked this question during my prelim... and so I think I will have to go with that answer still :) Marie Curie, because she was an excellent scientist, ahead of her time (didn't allow the idea of being a woman in science scare her), researched radioactive chemicals, and won a Nobel prize for all of it!

    kabarry1 at gmail dot com

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  27. Current fave is Neil deGrasse Tyson. I was never that interested in astronomy, but he gets me thinking about the cosmos, planets, and all sorts of things. I got to attend a Q&A with him and some other scientists and he was fantastic!

    mkparish AT gmail DOT com

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  28. Oh how I NEED these! I'm the MOPS (Mothers Of PreschoolerS) director and our theme this year is "MOMOLOGY - The Art & SCIENCE of Mothering" I could do SO many fun things for our group with these cookie cutters!!!

    My favorite science teacher is my older sons 7th grade Middle School science teacher at Marine View Middle School. Mr Fotonakis. He captured his students and truly made them LOVE science. Amazing man! If I win the cookie cutters, I promise to deliver him a batch or two! :)

    robinruss70@hotmail.com

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  29. I like science to be fun and startling so I will have to give my vote to Alfred Kinsey for sheer gall. He managaed to upset everyone's sensibilities by showing that we are all pretty much the same and (at least when it comes to what one does in the bedroom).

    hav6594@gmail.com

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  30. I have always had a soft spot for Marie Curie. She earned two Nobel prizes, one in physics and one in chemistry. Her father was a math and physics teacher, like mine. She made me think that women could do anything. When I was growing up in the 60s and 70s, I admired her and Amelia Earhart and Billy Jean King.

    My email is petiroja at gmail dot com.

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  31. My favorite scientist is Edward Jenner, because vaccines are neat and he didn't need IRB approval to play science with human subjects. And I do love me some immunology (though I got my undergrad degree in genetics and work in a fruit fly genetics lab.) My coworkers will LOVE it if I bring in edible beakers filled with various kinds of media!

    robinDOTspoehr ATgmailDOTcom

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  32. I'd have to say Ada Lovelace. Not only was she one of the first women in computer science, she was the first computer programmer. Moreover, this was in an age when women rarely worked outside the home even.

    E-mail: ddremley at gmail dot com

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  33. Hard to pick a favorite, but I'll go with Sarah Blaffer Hrdy, for her primatology research and her efforts to correct some of the more egregious errors of evolutionary psychology. Plus, we have the same name.

    crazysarah@gmail.com

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  34. There are several scientists I admire, but I'm going to say John A. Wheeler because he is credited with one of my favortie quotes, "If you haven't found something strange during the day, it hasn't been much of a day."

    bibliophile81 AT gmail DOT com

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  35. My favourite is Rita levi Montalcini, italian woman, nobel award for medicine. Also she is italian, like me;)
    elga@semidipapavero.net

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  36. I have to say my favorite scientist has to be Nikola Tesla, the Rock Star of Science. Not only was he a genius at his work and at his principles, but he represents a dedication to his work that I envy. Yes, his life was rough and he didn't receive the recognition that he deserved until after he was gone, but he changed the world! Tesla serves as an inspiration that science is open to everyone, regardless of age, gender or economic status. He may have ended up penniless, but I think he's priceless.

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  37. Judah Folkman :)

    juruble 'at' gmail 'dot' com

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  38. My dad is my favorite scientist! He's a chemist and gas expert. I would love to make adorable science-y cookies for him! :)

    hansbrough at yahoo dot com

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  39. These are fabulous! And they fit in perfectly in my plan to be the perfect pulled together mom and the nerdy smart science minded professional.

    My favorite scientist is Marie Curie. I read Madame Curie in junior high and thus began my science crush. A female scientist! Absolutely the perfect inspiration for a budding female science geek.

    thekatherinewheel at gmail dot com

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  40. My favorite scientist is my husband who teaches Chemistry at UC Davis. Chemistry for many students, is the bane of their existence. My husband has found ways to engage them even at 7:30 in the morning. One Halloween he dressed up as Optimus Prime and made "Energon Cubes" with some chemicals that glowed.

    I would love to have this set to make him and his students nerdy science cookies!!

    pegpie at yahoo dot com

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  41. My sister and I are both scientist/bakers who always bring goodies to the lab so these would be awesome!! Favorite Scientist... hmm Stanley Pruisner, don't know much about him personally, but he got me interested in Science!

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  42. Einstein!
    Also because of his hair, but also because of the physics he developed / discovered / described!

    One of the most famous equations - E = mc^2

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  43. my dad is a physicist! He's my favorite by far!!!
    liz at gmail dot com

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  44. I love these! I was turned on to your blog by one of the science cookie posts and I've been visiting ever since!
    My favorite scientist is... myself. Because I've worked DAMN HARD to be where I am today, and I have OODLES of potential to do awesome things... and not just with cookies!
    As for famous, I always thought Pasteur was pretty badass.
    jacobi_thegreat at yahoo dot com

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  45. Aside from Einstein being - duh - EINSTEIN, he was good friends with my great grandmother in Germany before she was lost to the war. Meeting him would give me the double whammy of awesome sciencey goodness and finding out about my past.

    stefwolf7 at gmail dot com

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  46. My favorite is Bill Nye the Science Guy because he makes science so much fun and entertaining for kids. My kids and I love to watch his shows together.

    curtis dot isaak at gmail dot com

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  47. Well, as for favorite scientist, I have to go with Jim Watson. The man is brilliant, even if he does have some rather questionable statements more recently. I met him when I spent a summer at Cold Spring Harbor, and I never saw the man without a fishing hat. Not sure what that says about him as a person. The double helix is still my favorite structure in molecular biology.

    black_balloon75 at yahoo dot com

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  48. Gold star for picking Bill Nye, Curtis!

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  49. Bill Nye the Science Guy is, by FAR my favorite scientist! He taught me half of what I know. I loved him as a child, and I've seen his show on Planet Green "Stuff Happens" and feel in love with him all over again.

    Though Michio's hair does make me jealous...

    gwendolynshea at gmail dot com

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  50. I am partial to Alan Turing, not only for the fierce comb-over, but also for creating the first computer program (and helping crack Enigma!).

    kath314 at gmail dot com

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  51. dr. eric kandel & his infectious snicker <3

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  52. Although some may not see him as a scientist, I choose Alton Brown. I love his unique combination of cooking and explaining the science behind the food. If only I could tap into his brain whenever I wanted! Science that results in Good Eats is my favorite kind!

    rzonmrcury@gmail.com

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  53. My reason for liking my favorite scientist is a pretty bad one: I had a hilarious college astronomy professor (named Herschel Snodgrass) who often talked like a pirate. He also happened to be named after Sir Frederick William Herschel, the scientist who discovered both Uranus and infrared light, and would work in stories about his namesake whenever possible.

    My other favorite scientists will be the 39 third-graders that I will begin teaching science to in one week!

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  54. I actually already purchased the cookie cutters and simply love them! Thanks for finding them :]

    My favorite scientist is Arthur Kornberg because he is a biochemist, isolated DNA Polymerase I, and went to my alma mater University of Rochester.

    Good luck to everyone!

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  55. my chem teacher, dr witherup (aka dr.t). he made lessons fun, he had corny jokes, and i actually learned information that i remember :)

    sarah.han13(at)gmail.com

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  56. This is the best thread I've read in a while!

    I don't know if I can pick a favourite, but I'm blown away by the work of Barbara McClintock. She basically discovered the concept of transposable elements in a genome - fragments of DNA that can literally "hop out" of one location and insert themselves in a totally different spot. She discovered this in the 40s (I think?) and so was WAY ahead of her time. Of course, because she was a woman and had far-fetched ideas, the scientific community thought she was insane and marginalized her work. Then she won the Nobel Prize in the 1980s. And she did all her work by studying corn kernels! Staggering!

    Not a scientist, but also great, is Irving Geiss. He was a really gifted artist who worked as an illustrator for Scientific American for a number of years. He was responsible for creating graphic models of complex proteins (like whale myoglobin) WAY before computers took that job over. And he did it all by hand!

    ira.sherr @ gmail.com

    Thanks!

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  57. I love them! I work in a science department at a university and would LOVE to make science-y cookies for potlucks, etc.

    My favorite scientist is Marie Curie. She was one brave lady in a time when women scientists were fairly rare.

    shamassy gmail com

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  58. Gonna have to say Mendel. I just love genetics and he's the one who started it all! :)
    Though I think Rosalind Franklin was pretty kick butt too!
    jbsham at gmail dot com

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  59. oh wow i love these cookie cutters! my favorite scientist is Nikola Tesla. i think he is intriguing.

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  60. I'd pick Apsley Cherry-Garrard, who accompanied Scott to Antarctica in 1910 as an assistant biologist, and almost died to get an Emperor penguin's egg, under the (as it turned out, false) belief that penguins are primitive birds and ontogeny recapitulates phylogeny. Writing a decade later:

    "And I tell you, if you have the desire for knowledge and the power to give it physical expression, go out and explore. If you are a brave man, you will do nothing: if you are fearful you may do much, for none but cowards have need to prove their bravery. Some will tell you that you are mad, and nearly all will say 'What is the use?' For we are a nation of shopkeepers, and no shopkeeper will look at research which does not promise him a financial return within a year. And so you will sledge nearly alone, but those with whom you sledge will not be shopkeepers: that is worth a good deal. If you march your Winter Journeys, you will have your reward, so long as all you want is a penguin’s egg."

    Which for me nails it...

    kosmoceras at gmail

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  61. I can't choose!
    My favorite *famous* scientist is Rosalind Franklin. I'm beginning my graduate education and I want to go into x-ray crystallography and protein structure. But (as you probably already know) Franklin is the one who actually had evidence to prove the structure of DNA, and unfortunately died before she could receive the nobel prize, and now Watson and Crick get almost all of the credit. I also really love Marie Curie as an inspiration to me as a female scientist. But her research wasn't as closely related to my interests. But she is still the only woman to have an element named after her and the first person to receive two Nobel prizes, which is just awesome.

    My favorite scientist that is less well known is my undergraduate research advisor who really inspired my interests in protein research and allowed me to develop my own ideas of where to take the project instead of telling me what to do. Besides this, his Biochemistry class was the best science class I had as an undergraduate as he used geeky references and common objects to help us better understand a topic. He's someone I admire as a scientist and a person...

    the.sandman42 at gmail.com

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  62. can i say bill nye??

    i cant say i know of many scientists. oops!

    but i'd still love to cookie cutters :)

    vanillaandlace@gmail.com

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  63. kitty09b@aim.com

    My favorite scientist is Ernest Rutherford, probably simply because I love the quote he is reported to have said about his discovery of the atomic nucleus in the gold foil experiment: The result, he said, was something like shooting a cannon ball at a piece of tissue paper and having the ball bounce back at you.

    It's just shows how revolutionary his discovery was :)

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  64. Oh dear, how to decide on a favorite? Since it's for beaker- and test tube- cookie cutters, I think I'll have to go with Louis Pasteur, for the sake of the swan-necked flask and his use of it to disprove the theory of spontaneous generation. He's considered to be one of the founders of microbiology, and I think he's fabulous.

    mostlymicrobial@gmail.com

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  65. OMG my science-student husband would love these!

    Other than him, my favorite scientist is Dawkins. I really appreciate his efforts to encourage more rational thought in the world.

    hollynoelle at domesticdork dot com

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  66. Richard Owen. He's a strange choice, being notorious these days as he was a major enemy of Darwin's evolutionary theory, but he's central to my history of science dissertation, and I've developed a great deal of affection for the old rascal.

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  67. I love Linus Pauling- in high school chemistry we always celebrated Linus Pauling Day on his birthday! :)

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  68. My husband is my favorite scientist. He's crazy smart and he can actually explain stuff to me. He would love these.

    mjcaligirl at yahoo dot com

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  69. Aw I know I won't win but my favorite scientist is my dad! (C'mon, that counts!) World's smartest chemistry genius (to me at least) and if I won I'd absolutely make cookies to mail down to his lab. They'd all get a kick out of them.

    jessica at jessicamorrison dot net

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  70. At the moment, my favorite scientist is R. Glenn Northcutt (UC San Diego).
    He isn't as well-known as some other poster's picks, but he's done some amazing work on the evolution of the vertebrate brain and nervous system. (And he's my favorite at the moment because I just started a postdoctoral position in neuroscience...)
    dianek at psych dot umass dot edu

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  71. My favourite scientist is Professor Penny Sackett, the Chief Scientist for Australia. She is an incredible astronomer, she loves going around to schools and teaching kids how awesome science is, and she's always eager to learn more, no matter what field it's in. Not only that, but she's wonderfully kind, considerate and has a wicked sense of humour. You know how some people switch between being nice and being fiercely intelligent, with no overlap? She's the opposite, she is all of these things at once all the time! An amazing woman.

    Plus, if I get the cookie cutters, I can possibly give her the resulting cookies in person and maaaaybe even wrangle a photo of her with them. *crosses fingers*

    articubone at gmail dot com

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  72. George Gamow wins hands down. Who else would be able to write a fiction book in which the character falls asleep in physics class, and then in his dream understands the concepts being taught? Science for dummies at its best! :) I recommend Mr. Tompkin's adventures to all!

    iwavva_ at hotmail dot com

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  73. bandgirl154@aim.com

    Neurologist Oliver Sacks is my favorite scientist. His books are so interesting and captivating. Even after taking regular biology and AP Biology in school, before reading his works, I had never realized how seriously changes in the brain could affect a person's character. I also play french horn and am quite interested in music, so I really enjoyed his book Musiciophilia and reading about the different ways in which music affected brains.

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  74. My favorite scientist is Marie Curie. I find her fascinating, so passionated and naive about her research, working with radioactivity without knowing the risks. I also love that she worked with her husband, as I used to do. They were always my ideal scientific couple.

    aidabaida[at]hotmail dot com

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  76. It's hard to pick a favorite but I'll give my tip of the hat to V.S. Ramachandran whose book "Phantoms in the Brain" was the first science book I absolutely loved. He also seems like a pretty likeable fellow, funny and passionate about his work.

    sophie@vkacademy.com

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  77. These are AMAZING! My favorite scientist is Doc from Back to the Future. ;) In real life though: Einstein :)

    laura17.dance@yahoo.com

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  78. These are so sweet! I have two favorite scientists. Nicola Tesla because of his genius and because I just love saying his name, and Stephen Hawking because he brings science to the people, in easily understood terms.

    foreignquang at gmail dot com

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  79. I am not sure if you would call her a scientist, but Fannie Farmer would be my favorite. I love the fact that a woman could revolutionalize an industry the way she did. Cooking has never been the same since her inventions.

    ekanela@yahoo.com

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  80. My favorite scientist is Sir Isaac Newton since he invented a certain Fig cookie.

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  81. Tesla by a long shot. Screw Edison, this guy was the true king of power and electricity.

    cccakery@gmail.com

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  82. My favorite scientist is Einstein. Yeah, his hair was cool, but I really like him because he was a napper. He managed to do so much while sleeping in 3-4 hour increments - he had a cot in his lab so he could nap. It gives me hope that I can accomplish something great as a napper myself.

    crystalarcand (at) gmail (dot) com

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  83. My favorite science teacher was Mr. Magruder. He was the chemistry teacher at my high school. He is my favorite because at the open house my freshman year, he electrocuted a pickle and ate it! Also if you were sleeping in his class or not paying attention he would throw a black board eraser at your head :P

    Mellissastrk@aol.com

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  84. My favorite is Darwin, if largely out of sympathy. The poor guy gets such a bum rap from the uninformed masses, even after his brilliant theory standing up to the test of time and evidence!

    By the way, Ms. Humble, are you aware of the Luxurious Flowing Hair Club for Scientists? Since you like scientists with awesome hair, you can find many new favorite scientists there! :)
    http://improbable.com/projects/hair/

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  85. Yay! I've been eying those cookie cutters for awhile!

    My favourite scientist is Howard Walter Florey because he was instrumental in extracting penicillin from Fleming's fungus and therefore saving over 80 million people worldwide.

    A second favourite is David Suzuki but only for his show the Nature of Things which I watched as a kid.

    lindaho3 AT hotmail dot com

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  86. My favorite scientists tend to be those who don't claim to be . . . like the Wright Brothers. In 100 years we went from their experiments in physics of flight to supersonic jets and men on the moon. How cool is that?

    But reading this thread has reminded me of that quote about standing on the shoulders of giants...

    If I win, my teen daughter and I will bake cookies for the science teachers at the high school because they're not famous, but they are INCREDIBLY dedicated!

    southlakesmom at yahoo dot com

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  87. Hervé This.
    One of the founder's of molecular gastronomy. Since we are talking about food here, I think it is appropriate that we pay tributes to food scientists and the work towards better understanding of the science behind cooking.

    yjiean@yahoo.com.sg

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  88. Wow, that is a tough question. Francis Crick, though, is one of my all time heros. That man made so many seminal contributions to the field of molecular biology, it blows my mind. Unlike some other discoverers of the structure of DNA.

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  89. Archimedes, for many reasons that don't even need to be said, but specifically for helping me to learn the perfect of the Greek verb heuriskein. Eureka!

    hcerickson @ gmail dot com

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  90. I know he's already been said, but bill nye!! I LOVED his show as a kid and its one of the reasons I went in to science! He made it so much fun!!

    on a fictional level I am a huge fan of walter bishop on fringe. =)

    irissavea@gmail.com

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  91. Ok - so for real Richard Feynman. He is so funny and genius. I somehow wanted to try out all of his goofy practical jokes, well except the one where he caught on fire!

    But also "TESLA" I just love saying that word over and over - here I go again.. Tesla Tesla Tesla

    zemphiras@yahoo.com

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  92. My own husband is my favorite scientist! He will never be famous, or terribly well-paid, but he's one of those unsung heroes slogging away in the science trenches, using his powers of chemistry for good.

    I'm Katherine_Garretson@hotmail.com

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  93. Wow, how generous! Thanks for the opportunity!

    mamagotcha at gmail dot com

    My favorite scientist is Dr. Bill Gilliland (professor of genetics at DePaul University, Chicago IL). Not only does he teach a full load of biology courses while studying the meiotic drive of Drosophila melanogaster, he's an amateur pastry chef in his spare time.

    His dedication and passion for science has not only inspired his students and lab interns, but has also given my children great support and mentorship in their own studies.

    Oh, he also happens to be the best life partner I could have ever wished to find, and the most amazing daddy as well (we're not yet sure what the 6-year-old's field of study will be, but we'll keep you posted).

    (Here's a link to his lab page: http://condor.depaul.edu/~wgillila)

    Thanks again! Now I want to go read about everyone elses' favorite scientists!

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  94. I am going to have to go with Benjamin Franklin as my favorite scientist. He did a little bit of everything. He was an author, printer, satirist, politician, political theorist, scientist, inventor,, postmaster, civic activist, statesman and diplomat. I think he is most famous for his kite experiment. Did you know he made a lightning rod for his house and saved it from burning one day when it was struck by lightning? I just think he was a brilliant man.

    jasminesphotography@yahoo.com

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  95. Ooo..love the cookie cutters!!

    My fav scientist is Dexter from "DeeDee & Dexter" cartoons! (Does cartoon count??) Simply because he is one pint sized fruitloop with a stereotypical scientist voice and accent. LOL

    xo Mavy
    maverlicious@hotmail.com

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  96. Jasmine,

    You forgot ladies' man.

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  97. My favorite scientist is my good friend Karen who's currently a PhD student at UCSD... Anyone who can stare 10+ years of college in the face and keep on truckin' is admirable (or crazy) in my book. =D

    theresa greenwell AT gmail dot com

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  98. Hahaha, Ms. Humble, you got me at Benjamin Franklin- ladies' man.
    My current favorite scientist is Bob Horvitz, one of the initiators of C.elegans research (holla!) and the nicest, humblest of Nobel winners I've met. He joked once to an audience full of worm geeks that he was awarded the Nobel for 'organ development'. This puzzled him...until he figured out that the Nobel committee didn't want to use the word 'vulva'.
    mboehm214[at]gmail[dot]com

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  99. My favorite scientist is the woman who set me on the path to science. Her name is Kelly Sullivan and she teaches (still!) at the community college where I (with great trepidation) took my first post-HS biology class. (I didn't want to take it, it was a requirement.) Because she was so excited about the subject and so engaged in her students' lives/studies, I caught the science bug so to speak. Now I've got a degree in biology and am heading to grad school next year to study botany.

    I love (!!!) women scientists!!

    Rosa
    ms.virago (AT) gmail (DOT) com

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  100. My favorite scientist is Dennis Buetow. At, well, 70-something he JUST got a new grant (he's working on edible vaccines, how cool is THAT) and is still in the lab most days.

    Yea, I'll also admit a wee bit of bias (grin) 'cause he is my daddy.

    buetowbranson@gmail.com

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  101. I have to go with Anton de Bary, german botanist who introduced us to the idea of symbiotic relationships between fungi and plants.
    mhoffman.az@gmail.com

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  102. Darwin because of the Darwin Awards. Though I will second the Bill Nye. Desperately want those nerdy cookie cutters for my collection of baking geekdome. My life is incomplete without them! (I say that about everything geeky for the kitchen)

    nl.lavigne@gmail.com

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  103. My favorite scientist is Howard E. Hinton. He was an entomologist who studied insect eggs in the 1950-70's and made some pioneering discoveries. For instance, he discovered that the fabulous texture on insect eggs (a by-product of insect egg formation) had an amazing property - it trapped air against the egg when it was submerged That little film of air prevented water from flowing into the egg, which would kill the embryo, but it also allowed the egg to breathe while underwater! Pretty neat stuff! The man was the god of insect egg research and I adore his work.

    thedragonflywoman [at] gmail [dot] com

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  104. My favorite scientist was Isaac Asimov (Ph.D Chemistry). He wrote essays on every imaginable field of science, and took pride in being a "professional explainer", giving me a model to live up to when I try to explain science to people.

    karl.lembke@gmail.com

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  105. Science was always one of my favorite subjects in school. These cookie cutters would have been perfect for making chemistry themed cookies to go along with our Chem party twister and pictionairy (sp?). Maybe Sir Issac Newton just because I like that what goes up must come down. That principle makes for some of the funniest home movies.

    kimberlydparker@hotmail.com

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  106. I have to pick one favorite scientist? ONE?! Well, I'm going to go with Neil deGrasse Tyson and Bill Nye because both of them have dedicated their lives to bring science to people of all ages and occupations and social strata by making science interesting and relevant. Can't ask for much more than that.

    My e-mail is rachel.leigh.peters(at)gmail(dot)com.

    Thanks for the chance at this great contest!

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  107. I would say Paul Dirac, because he taught at my alma mater. He actually used to live next door to where we lived, but didn't know it at the time.
    amandarwest at gmaildotcom

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  108. Fab giveaway! My favorite scientist is Stephen Hawking; I'm fascinated by the different theories of how the universe began, black holes, dark matter, etc.

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  109. I think my favorite scientist is Mendel, I'm not exactly sure about his life and his social situation during and after his experiments (my book says there actually was other scientists around and he got so far with his paper was sent to Darwin - who unfortunately didn't read it. On the other hand my professor says that he was in the middle of nowhere and never got his paper published). I just love that he was able to get how genes are transmitted, so even though he probably wasn't funny or anything, there is something special about him.


    mcmiau@gmail.com

    Also two others come to mind, even though they're not famous - Vincent Racaniello, Dick Despommier (and their friends by the way). They have 2 podcasts where they teach people about virology and parasitology and they're absolutely wonderful - because they are true to the scientific method and way of thinking and they teach people because they just want people to know more about stuff. The humor needs some work though:)

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  110. LOVE these cute cookie cutters! My favorite scientist is Amedeo Avogadro because he gave us a rocking constant to use in all our nerdy calculations.

    paigemturner@Hotmail.com

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  111. My favorite scientist is my husband's cousin Travis...not only is he in the final stages of development of his own vodka, but also has a tattoo of one of the cookie cutters you are giving away! Can you guess which one?
    rachelDOTmDOTshayAThotmailDOT com

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  112. My favourite scientist would have to be Neil deGrasse Tyson. While I am not personally into astronomy, I really appreciate how he makes ALL science seem fun and interesting. Thanks to him, more people are understanding how the world around them works and can better appreciate science and skeptical thinking which, let's face it, we could all do with a little more of.

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  113. My favorite scientist is my closest friend - Deidra. She's a Chemist, and currently just a short year or two away from being a PhD!! We both come from humble beginnings, and to see her accomplishing her goals and achieving the things she has is incredible! As a computer scientist myself, we both have tried (and continue to!) serve as role models to young women in the Math/Science fields. Deidra has always been an inspiration to me! christine.zani@gmail.com

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  114. There are so many interesting and famous scientists out there, but as a biology teacher I must say that some of my favorite scientists are my former science teachers. My 7th grade science teacher, Mrs. Hinote, had us complete an insect collection which paved the way for me earning an entomology degree in college. Through having us create documentaries of of our fieldwork, my AP environmental science teacher, Mr. Robinson, further fueled my passion for studying nature. I hope that I do the same for my students, and I know they would love for me to make them erlenmeyer flask cookies! Thanks for the giveaway!

    jayne_ricciardi@yahoo.com

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  115. Bill Nye, definitely...ellaredstar at gmail dot com.

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  116. so my dad apparently gave my cousin a little microscope from when he was a kid. When my aunt died, they were cleaning out the house, my uncle gave it back to my dad (because it had his named scrawled across the top in his little kid hand writing) and my dad wanted to THROW IT AWAY. Luckily my mom saved it, and I'm going to take care of it. Anyway, it has ten little slides, and in my head I can totally see my dad very carefully looking at his little bugs and whatnot. There's also the story of him trying to look at electricity, and destroying a lamp and his mama's good kitchen shears in the process. And scorching the wall. Actually I'm kind of lucky to be around at all, given my-dad-the-child-scientist.

    So while I do have lots of scientists i like and admire (galileo, einstien, curie, michelson of the interferometer fame, copernicus, steno and lyell (geology), binford (archaeology), Boas and Mead (anthropology), blahblahblah), I gotta go with my-dad-the-child-scientist, who somehow managed to not blow up the world.

    l.short.1230 at gmail

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  117. One of my favorite "scientist" when growing up was Ms. Frizzle from the Magic School Bus. The Magic School Bus was great entertainment for my little sister and I and we learned a lot from that show. It was one of the many influences that helped push our towards careers in science.

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  118. I have so many favorite scientists...but I have to go with Amedeo Avogadro. Aside from being my birthday buddy (August 9th - 209 years my elder), his work in molecular theory is essential to modern chemistry. Without Avagadro's number so many good chemistry jokes would never have been born!

    Got a mole problem? If so, call Avagadro at 602-1024

    Q: If a mole of moles were digging a mole of holes, what would you see?
    A: A mole of molasses.

    Q: How many guacs are in a bowl of guacamole?
    A: 6.022x10^23

    melanhead AT gmail DOT com

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  119. I'd have to pick Einstein - for his hair, wonderfully unique ideas, brilliantly misunderstood youth, and his occasionally shown odd sense of humor.

    imeaj71[at]gmail[dot]com

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  120. Easy, Darwin. If only for his contribution to the Darwin fish.

    Katleo992@gmail.com

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  121. Without a doubt, my favorite scientist is my graduate school advisor. He was one-in-a-million, and I will always be greatful for the support that he gave me (both scientifically and personally). If they gave a Nobel Prize for the best mentor, he would more than deserve to win.

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  122. Gosh, favorite scientist? That's hard because I have many ones that I love to talk about. Hm... I would have to say Dr. Osamu Shimomura at the moment because of his dedication to finding why the local Aequorea victoria jellyfish glow! Can you imagine harvesting tons of these tiny jellyfish, the numerous rounds of extractions, to identify just identify a compound that lights up? And probably out of pure curiosity since the the wide range of uses for GFP didn't come around until 3 decades later! ...and because GFP is fun to play around with in lab...

    email: azndragoncrimson at gmail dot com

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  123. Donald Stookey, the inventor of ceramics. After a furnace malfunction he found that the glass he was working on became stronger and could bounce off the floor. It takes real genius to pursue the effects of an accident to discover a new material. Learning from failure is one of my favorite aspects of science.

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  124. My favorite scientist is Neil DeGrasse Tyson. He was nice enough to take 30 minutes out of his day to meet with me last year when I was visiting New York. Not only was he extremely nice, but he also donated (and signed) a first edition copy of his book Death by Blackhole to the library where I work. His book explains astrophysics in a way that almost anyone can understand and his humor makes it a very enjoyable read.
    kristinkwilliamson@gmail.com

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  125. I want nerdy science cookie cutters! I am a science teacher who also loves to bake! I would have to go with Mendel because I LOVE genetics! I also have to give a vote for Dr. Stoinski and Dr. Forsman who allowed me to intern with them at ZooAtlanta in the primate department. It was an experience of a life time!
    jacquelynann@gmail.com

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  126. My favorite Science person is Elizabeth Blackwell - the first woman to graduate from Medical School in the US. She paved the way for the rest of us Science/Medically minded women!
    tkingmartin@hotmail.com

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  127. My email is jamesnm@whitman.edu

    As for my favorite scientist, I'll have to say Clara Immerwahr, the wife of Fritz Haber (of the Haber-Bosch process for the fixation of nitrogen). Clara Immerwahr was one of the first female chemists with a phD in Germany, and it took her until she was 33. Her husband had completed his phD in his early twenties. After marrying Fritz Haber, Clara Immerwahr had to stop pursuing careers in science (of which only very few were available to women--after getting her phD the only work she could find was as an unpaid research assistant) due to the expectation of the roles of women.

    In addition, she was in staunch opposition to Haber's involvement in the development of chemical warfare during WWI. The night before Fritz Haber was supposed to oversee one of the first battles that used chemicals he developed as weapons, Clara Immerwahr took his military pistol and shot herself in the chest in her garden. She died in her little boy's arms. The next morning, Haber left to oversee the battle.

    She was such a determined and hard-working, intelligent woman with such progressive ideas about how people should treat others, yet very few people know of her. I feel she needs to be remembered.

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  128. Hi Ms. Humble & Scientist Sherry:

    It is really hard to mention just one favorite scientist, but when I attended the first conference of the SETI Institute last week down here in Silicon Valley, I met Dr. Frank Drake, known for Drake's Equation, which is used to estimate the potential number of extraterrestrial civilizations in the Milky Way galaxy. Dr. Drake is 80 now and is sharp as a tack on any topic in astronomy or cosmology and very inspiring.

    Anyway, I teach science (integrated science, biology, & physics) in an alternative high school, helping students that are in academic trouble to graduate. I would use the cookie cutters to make student treats for various lessons plans during the year. Love your "Not So Humble Pie" blog!

    Best regards, John Sphar
    ohnsphar@gmail.com

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  129. Sorry, my e-mil address got clipped:

    johnsphar@gmail.com

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  130. My favorite scientist is Albert Einstein. He fortunately escaped Nazi Germany and was able to contribute more to the field of science rather than perish in the gas chambers. My email is martinacats@embarqmail.com

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  131. He's already been mentioned, but my favorite is Nikola Tesla. He was a total wackadoodle who, nevertheless, was right about a lot of important things.

    As a future chemistry and biology teacher (I just started my year of student teaching) I will be able to make very good use of science cookie cutters!

    shannon.jimenez@gmail.com

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  132. Oooh must have these! My brother graduates with his BS in Chemistry this year. My whole family are nerds this is perfect.
    My Grandfather was a great scientist. He was a humorous one always making homemade fireworks or figuring out better ways to freeze the homemade ice cream. But, if I had to pick a FAMOUS scientist I guess I would go with Marie Curie. Girl Power!

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  133. It is pretty much impossible to choose. So I will give some love to Amedeo Avogadro, because his name is awesome, and one of my favourite dorky "holidays" is Mole Day. =)

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  134. Oh man! I'd love to win these. My favorite scientists are my husband and my father-in-law. As for famous scientists, Albert Einstein and Galileo are two of my faves.

    espkep@hotmail.com

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  135. You never know- maybe he reads this blog so my favorite scientist is my boss! A close second would be E.O Wilson or David Attenborough (Does a naturalist count?). And for my favorite female scientist- let's hear it for Jane Goodall!

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  136. I was 12 when Carl Sagan's Cosmos TV series first aired on PBS in 1980. I was already a science kid, and he became my hero. I poured my heart and mind out in a six-page letter and mailed it to him -- and he wrote back. (I had his letter framed.) Sagan conveyed the wonder and delight of science, the joy of being a part of the universe, experiencing itself. Fourteen years after his death, he's still my hero.

    My sons (and the rest of my family) have become fans of Sagan's student, Bill Nye, from a box of Science Guy videotapes we got on eBay. It's about time I introduced the boys to Cosmos, and it'd be awesome to watch it over a big plate of science cookies.

    stcHYNEMAN@zmSAVAGE.org, minus MythBusters.

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  137. Henry Eyring....He was a great scientist and a great man! His Absolute Rate theory applied to so many things, in so many different areas. It really changed the face of science. the average person may not know the theory but if you have ever been in a science class, then you have probably used some form of it.

    Love the cutters and the blog. esp the science roundups. Geek out baby!
    Karla_schade{at}hotmail{dot}com

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  138. Hi! I think I am going to have to pick 2 favorite scientists because I can't decide between the two...one is my chemistry teacher from high school 16 years ago (Mr.Sabo..who has since passed away) because he made me actually like science *and* enjoy it for the first time. The 2nd person I'd pick is Bill Nye!!!...because he is ahead of the game and helping my kids to love science before they even have to take it in school. :)

    jbtrieloff@hotmail.com

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  139. Richard Feynman has to be my favorite. Inspiring lectures and a brilliant scientist. I'll never forget how excited I was to read "Surely You're Joking" for the first time as a kid.

    Great blog, great baking, great science. Keep it up!

    Katie
    winterharp (at) hotmail (dot) com

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  140. My junior high science teacher, Mr. Bartolomeo, because of his excitement for science and passion for learning. He inspired me to become a junior high science teacher and I would LOVE LOVE LOVE to bake these cookies for my fellow science geeks and my kiddos. :)

    duffkj@gmail dot com

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  141. I would love to win them! And my favorite scientist is my HUSBAND!! :)

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  142. One night a week I work at a local-funky little restaurant (www.buckswoodside.com) Tony, is a regular, he's also a scientist. I'm not quite sure what he does because I don't understand most of what he's saying but he always cracks me up. He's my favorite scientist.

    liss327@mac.com

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  143. I know we are supposed to pick some famous scientist, but my favorite hands down is my 7 year old nephew...who I know will not only be a famous scientist one day but be everyone's fave;) Not only is he beyond adorable but his imagination is out of this world...talk about a mad scientist..LOL :P

    aliaswoman78@yahoo.com

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  144. My favorite scientist is Daocheng Zhu at Northwestern University in Chicago. He is working on an actual treatment for food allergies by fusing allergens with protein blockers. (Most of the current research is directed toward desensitization.)

    I'll always have a soft spot for Carl Sagan and Bill Nye, but Daocheng Zhu may make it possible for my child to go to a restaurant or a baseball game without it being a life threatening experience.

    allergiesmom@gmail.com

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  145. Science cookie cutters!

    sarah@rwhein.com - Carl Sagan - Because he's super smart, helped pioneer space, did "Cosmos," and in general is an awe-inspiring man.

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  146. I like Harold McGee very much.
    He understands complicated chemical notions to make them easy to understand to cooks and bakers.

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  148. Bonnie Bassler.
    female scientists are awesome.
    so is quorum sensing.

    alicenash[at]gmail[dot]com

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  149. My dad is a pretty awesome scientist. And my friend Tovah is rocking the women-in-science thing (actually, if I won them, I'd give them to her)

    shes(DOT)not(DOT)herself(AT)gmail(DOT)com

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  150. my son, eli, loves a good experiment! with these cookie cutters, i may actually be able to get him into the kitchen to do something other than chow down! so cute. you truly are an inspiration.

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  151. My favorite scientist is probably Earnest Rutherford because it was partly an exhibition about him at the museum that got me interested in atoms in the first place.
    god.save.the.queen.sp at gmail.com

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  152. My wife, off course. She's been researching the neurobiology of sex, like premature ejaculation, and sex-related phenomena, like dads' involvement in child rearing. Especially the ejaculation bit is fun to talk about in restaurants and family gatherings... (mailgebeuren[at]gmail.com)

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  153. My two best friends are both MSc students, one in biochemistry and one in chemistry, so if I picked a favorite scientist it would probably cause a war...But...Marie Skłodowska Curie has to win my heart. Talk about a badass, brilliant, and determined woman!

    And oh my stinkin' heck, what fun I would have baking nerdy cookies for TWO separate departments at the university!

    my email is molly.patton at yahoo.com

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  154. I have two favorite scientists. One is my university teacher who showed me that linguistics is not as arbitrary as I had always thought, but can actually influence people's lives.
    The other one is my friend Britta Langen, a biologist who is doing research about the influence of radiation to such things as cancer cells. That's cool in a human-race-saving kind of way and in the slang way, because she'll be working with ESA soon.

    As I'm known for my variety of Christmas cookies (neighbors have placed orders), I would totally love these cutters.

    My address is vanita At LiveJournal dot com.

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  155. AH! i was just trying to figure out who else would go in with me for postage to buy a few sets of these!

    favourite scientist? going to have to go obvious and say Charles Darwin.. he was the one that got me interested in science in the first place. i hated it til year 11 then bang! Darwin made it interesting as i started to learn about evolution. now i work in a science museum teaching kids to love science.

    nina_thomson@hotmail.com

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  156. This is a tough one! Every one of my committee members have my respect and admiration and are among the most brilliant people I know. One of my favorite scientists in history would have to be Louis Pasteur, not only did he contribute so much to the fields of microbiology, chemistry and medicine but from what I heard he was a total character. DM me on twitter (@Microblogology) for my e-mail please =)

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  157. Holy cow! You do a giveaway and the place explodes!

    I'm going to have to go with Louis Pasteur for my favourite scientist.

    However, I'm not too keen on putting my email out here for the world to see. Good luck everybody :)

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  158. I would have to say Shirley Corriher (biochemist/ food scientist) because she turned my science switch on. I have always been pretty science-dumb and never bothered with science until I read 'Bakewise' and 'Cookwise'. Her books woke me up to the fact that baking/ cooking were actually sciences. I really loved baking and cooking but I just got the worse possible results - my gingerbread cookies were so hard they lasted three weeks in the garden without breaking down. I also had to pay my siblings to eat my mashed potato so my mum wouldn't find that I had wasted all her good spuds.
    I have since become a better baker/ cook thanks to food scientists like Ms. Corriher and have added a whole collection of other 'science of baking & cooking' titles to my bookshelf. They are great bedside reads.
    Another 'food scientist' I really admire is Peter Greweling. His 'Chocolate and Confections' book is my absolute favourite. I just haven't had the courage to temper my own chocolate yet.

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  159. Anthony Perry for the glow in the dark mice! I don't agree at all (how nasty!), but I like the idea.

    Upside down, those beakers would make great hot air balloon cut-outs. Just adding incentive for the winner.

    My email is on my blog.

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  160. Frank Oppenheimer.

    Yes, Frank. Way cooler than his big brother, Robert.

    As a kid, Frank idolised his brother. He followed him into physics, even working on the Manhattan Project with him. However, Frank lost his job as an academic scientist during the post-war "witch-hunts” and went off to be a cowboy instead.

    (ok, really, he ran a cattle ranch, but I like the image. There were rumours that he was only targeted by McCarthyists because the energy lobby were after his brother. It's also worth noting that Frank seems to had v little connection with communists).

    As an ex scientist he started helping out in the local school. He did more and more work, and eventually took over science teaching. He was inspirational and his fame grew. He used to start lessons on mechanics by taking kids to the local dump to find bits of old cars to take apart. He started running training for other teachers in the area, and via this route eventually found himself back in academia.

    During a short sabbatical researching bubble chambers and history of physics at UCL he visited the many science museums of Europe. He wanted to build on the “hands-on” ideas applied in particular by the London Science Museum's children's gallery but developing them a step up from button-pushing. He added the hands-on approaches to education he'd developed and some science/ art interfaces.

    By the end of the 1960s had opened his “Exploratorium” in San Francisco, which has become a model for science centers across the world (in part because of the very open approach they took to design).

    You can visit a science museum/ center in most major cities and find the same arch bridge, "turntable" and optical illusions exhibits. It's all because of a physicist-cowboy-teacher-physicist with a famous big brother.

    twitter.com/alicebell
    alice.bell - at - imperial.ac.uk

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  161. Hey Mr. P you're quite right!

    Marie Curie,
    Because of her amazing story, and the discoveries of Polonium and Radium.
    She was the first woman to win a Nobel prize and the firs person to win two.
    She grew up in Poland under Russian rule and went to a flying university (illegal uni in Polish attic)just to receive an education!
    Well yeah, I would ramble on, but don't really think that I should use up all your comment space.
    There is a data bank of info about Marie up here(here being my head)

    Email: tessa.pascoe@education.nsw.gov.au
    Please call me JavenTiger if I win

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  162. Definitely Feynman. Gotta love a guy who picks locks in his spare time just to show it can be done!

    misti@cakesbymisti.co.uk

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  163. My vote is for Isabel Morgan Mountain. She was the daughter of famed geneticist Thomas Hunt Morgan (original studdy of the fruit fly in genetics) and his wife Lilian Vaughan Sampson (also a scientific researcher on her husband's team). Mrs. Mountain was a pioneer in the research of polio. And I infortunately never knew any of this when I worked for her (my first job at the age of 14, cleaning her house). I just knew that she was an incredibly kind woman. She spoke about her husband (she showed me all of the maps he used to scout for oil by air in Saudi Arabia), and her father (she showed me his Nobel prize). And I kick myself for missing such a wonderful opportunity to get to all of her accomplishments, especially during a time where woman were mainly housewives.

    jclauer321 at yahoo.com

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  164. My favorite science is genetics, I loved doing simple charts to try to figure out what genes I had to make my eyes blue, my hair blond, etc in school. loveofmath at gmail

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  165. My favorite scientist are the ones who inspire others to go into the field like our teachers, professors and of course Mr. Wizard - Don Herbert, Bill Nye, Neil deGrasse Tyson, etc. Of course, I bought these cookie cutters as soon as you mentioned them on your blog. Making them for my science staff at the start of the school year next week! Good luck to everyone :)

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  166. My grade 10 and 12 science teacher, Mr. Starratt. He's the person who got me into liking science, and now I have my B.Sc in microbiology!

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  168. OOOOO!!! I always LOVED all of your science cookies! Me and my husband (esp my husband) are science geeks, and I would LOVE to win these and make cookies for him and all of our friends! We are Michio Kaku fans too, my husband has too many scientists he loves to pick just one. We were Bill Nye fans growing up of course. I could make these cookies and serve them at our next Science film event! Thanks for the cool opportunity!

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  169. Oh my goodness, those are too cute!

    My favourite (although I'm probably pushing it a bit here) is Paracelsus. He's way back in the "alchemist" period of scientists, but he's my favourite, because he didn't believe in poisonous substances -- just figuring out correct dosages. I like that spirit and think it applies to pretty much any undertaking -- no matter how "bad" something might seem, it's just a matter of perspective, and knowledge.

    (Or in the case of cookies, enough experimentation...)

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  170. My favorite scientist is my Dad - who taught me how to use a Leeuwenhoek type microscope before I was even old enough to go to school. I drew amoeba and hydra as a little kid instead of unicorns and bunnies. :)

    Although I do like bunnies. ^.^
    lillian[dot]steenblik[at]gmail[dot]com

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  171. My current favorite scientist is Bob Grubbs. Not only because he's a nice guy, but because his catalyst is currently making my reaction go very nicely. Big fan of metathesis right here.

    I think sciencey holiday cookies is just what my moms cookie collection needs!

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  172. My favorite scientist is Alexander Fleming for the creation (discovery) of penicillin, which I am allergic to (but I still like him), because of his advances in medicine.

    Also Tesla because he has a cool name.

    lolaloop1 at gmail dot com

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  173. My favorite scientist is Nikola Tesla ... he made an "earthquake machine" -- scary cool stuff!

    katie[dot]reynolds[at]gmail[dot]com

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  174. My favorite scientist is Charles Darwin because he has the same name as my cat (did I mention that I named her, yes her). Love the work that he did showing the minor differences in various species :)

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  175. Hands down favorite scientist . . . Isaac Newton. I mean, you can't go through physics without him. My son is even named after him!

    Being a child of the 80's though, I also have a soft spot for Mr. Wizard.
    kathrina.steen@gmail.com

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  176. would LOVE these cookie cutters!!!
    favorite scientist = toss up between Charles Darwin and Marie Curie... :)

    dorian.storbeck@gmail.com

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  177. YAY!! For science cookie cutters! I'm gonna go with Albert Einstein. I know, I know, real original... but Einstein proved that just because a child is misunderstood and has pervasive developmental delays, does not mean that child won't grow up to accomplish great things. (A subject close to my heart.) saranathanc AT mac DOT com

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  178. My favorite scientist is my husband, Andrew Goodliffe. He's famous in some geophysics circles, so does that count? He does cool work on the initiation of sea floor spreading and how it propagates in oceanic versus continental crust.

    Otherwise, I might have to go with Albert Einstein. Science as we know it would be poorer without his work, and I love his quotes on science and religion.

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  179. As a Canadian, I would have to say David Suzuki is by far the best scientist out there, not only does he make you think about environmental issues but he is also working to make the world a better place. At his age, his use of technology to reach people around the world is outstanding, may we one day "find ways for society to live in balance with the natural world that sustains us."

    siantzi@hotmail.com

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  180. wow, this a tough one! so many choices! i'll go with ichthyologist, dr. eugenie clark because she thought sharks were cool before there even was a Shark Week.
    thanks for the chance at an awesome giveaway!

    tanyakingphotography{at}gmail{dot}com

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  181. My favorite scientist is Marie Curie because she never gave up on her dream of discovery despite all the obstacles in her life, both personally and professionally. She is an inspiration, especially to women, that big dreams can be achieved. Btw, if you haven't seen the old black and white movie about her, it is amazing!

    themuddgirl@yahoo.com

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  182. I'd have to pick Nobel laureate David Baltimore, my old boss at Caltech, who does amazing humanitarian work and testifies in front of Congress for AIDS research and prevention all over the world. And he has a really cute dog!

    Jolene
    saturdaymatinee1@gmail.com

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  183. I'm a Ludwig Von Drake fan (is one of Walt Disney's cartoon and comic book characters), because he has an answer for every question!
    ricettebarbare at gmail dot com

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  184. 1. Love your blog. I look forward to your new posts every day!

    2. Favorite scientist... not an easy choice! I think I can narrow it down to 3.
    i) Richard Feynman - I loved reading his
    books when I was younger! Also, I think he
    was a big influence on the current image
    that many people have of scientists -
    quirky, passionate, somewhat of
    an 'oddball'...
    ii) Marie Curie - for being a really famous,
    female scientist.
    iii) Oliver Sacks - actually a neurologist,
    but I think also can count as a scientist.

    3. e-mail address: celedine@naver.com

    4. Pick me! Pick me! :)

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  186. My favorite scientists are Dr James Watson and Professor Francis Crick for discovering that DNA is a double helix. It has helped revolutionize how we teach, learn, and research Biology!

    blazindragon1@yahoo.com

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  187. I love those cookie cutters, they are already on my birthday wishlist in case I don't win the drawing.

    Favorite Scientist: Marie Curie - One of the first famous women scientists and first person to receive two nobel prizes.

    strasser.jessica@gmail.com

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  188. My favorite scientist also happens to be one of my favorite people in the world. A dedicated cancer researcher, Dr. Ian Summerhayes was my first scientific mentor and a brilliant, witty, and generally lovely man. Sadly enough, cancer won the battle and we lost him last month.
    If we hadn't, the first batch of cookies would have been for him.

    chrissy dot austin at gmail dot com

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  189. Holy feces, how many comments! But it is understandable due to the sheer awesomeness of the cookie cutters.

    Favourite scientist: Martyn Poliakoff. Because his hair. And the Periodic Table of Videos on Youtube. It's awesome.

    E-mail:
    Aksel_99@hotmail.com

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  190. I have lots of favorite scientists. One of my favorites was my college biology teacher - Dr. Fairbanks. He did lots of fun things to make biology fun. He came to class dressed as Gregor Mendel and taught us about his work and came another time as Dr. Fairbankenstein and extracted DNA from different items to show us. He made biology fun. Maybe if I hadn't put his class off until my senior year, I would have studied biology instead of math, you never know!

    lorrainewagenman@falconbroadband.net

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  191. A prize! I love prizes!!! Dmitri Ivanovich Mendeleev (father of the periodic table), of course! I was a chemist for 13 years and a project manager at a pharmaceutical company before becoming the "Manager of Domestic Affairs at the Burkhart Estate" (stay-at-home-mom). I may have set a match to my resume, but it is worth it for a few blissful baby-rearing and baking years at home with our Benbug. I would LOVE to win those cookie cutters! I am LOVING your blog!!!
    chemjulie@gmail.com
    http://babybenjaminburkhart.blogspot.com

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  192. My favorite scientist is my daughter. She is a staff scientist doing solar research. Way cool stuff. I've seen some of the images she's managed to capture.

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  193. Marie Curie because there aren't as many famous female scientists and because she's frequently the answer on Jeopardy!
    gremolona [at] gmail [dot] com

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  194. Hmm... I'd say it varies quite a bit from day to day, depending on what is occupying me. Today, my answer has to be Rudolf Kalman - it may be a somewhat boring answer, but his filter makes my life oh-so-much easier, and is the root of a lot of very cool technology :)

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  195. I'm going to go with the "oldie but goodie" Jonas Salk, for the polio vaccine, although I suppose I should go with the REALLY oldie Koch for his immunity postulates. Vaccines have revolutionized world health, and continue to do so as new vaccines are developed. LOVE immunology!

    alison (dot) sinclair (at) gmail (dot) com

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  196. These are so cute. My favorite scientist is Lady Ada Lovelace. She is considered to be the first computer programmer and she was a writer. In a field that is now dominated by men, I think that Lady Ada is an inspiring historical figure for girls going into the sciences. It is amazing that a women contributed so much to science in the 1800's. Read her wiki here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ada_Lovelace

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  197. I forgot to put my email address down

    Favorite Scientist: Lady Ada Lovelace for reasons stated above

    Email: msluna at gmail dot com

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  198. I so want to make geeky cookies.

    I'd say my fave scientist is my Forensics Prof from University.

    My husband just read this over my shoulder and is pouting that I didn't choose him as my favourite.

    ajmceachern @ hotmail dot com

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  199. My favorite scientist is my grandfather, Bill Nestor. But, he is not famous.

    My favorite famous scientist is Barbara McClintock.

    lnarneson at gmail dot cahm

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  200. My favorite scientist is Michael Faraday.

    Love those cookie cutters - so awesome.

    perkynihilist at g mail dot com

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