PORTRAITS OF SCIENTISTS
352
Von Laue
Discoverer of x-ray
diffraction; portrayed
as a diffraction pattern
337
Schrödinger
Father of the Wave Equation; portrayed as .. well .. a wave.
314
Bohr
Godfather of early quantum theory. Thought quite a lot about the dual nature of matter (particles on the right and wave on the left).
335
Crowfoot-Hodgkin
Pioneer of Protein and Macromolecular x-ray crystallography; portrayed like she used to draw her electron density maps.
350
Faraday
Developed the notion of lines of force; portrayed as a grid of little arrows which are aligned along magnetic field lines.
349
Bunsen
Overlayed Caesium emission spectrum, one of the elements he discovered with the help of the spectroscopic
techniques they developed.
336
Boltzmann
Gave Entropy its statistical basis; portrayed with increas- ing disorder from left to right, the general direction of time in scientific graphs.
321
Dirac
Master of theoretical physics. The portrait aligns all formulas from his first seminal paper about the electron.
332
Cantor
Founder of set theory, tamer of infinity in mathematics, portrayed as repeating units into infinity.
327
Mandelbrot
Godfather of fractal geometry. Repeated portraits in the form of the Mandelbrot Set – the most famous fractal
figure he found himself.
324
Curie
Pioneer on radioactivity, threfore she is radiating on this portrait.
328
Boole
His application of binary code was groundbreaking for modern computers; portrayed as black 1s and white 0s on an circuitry-green background.
323
De Broglie
First generation quantum mechanic, who found that all matter has wave properties. Therefore his wavy face.
338
Rutherford
Father of nuclear physics who developed the atomic orbit model, so his head is orbited by two ball shaped electrons.
326
Me(yer/ndeleev)
Main developers of the periodic table; portrayed as abstracted entities (“elements”) of a face, so accounting for all contributors in one portrait.
315
Heisenberg
Discoverer of the uncertainty
principle, called “Unschärfe-relation” in the german original, which matches the blurring of the portrait. The “uncertain parameters” are
painted as W, K and H after his initials..
334
Becquerel
Discoverer of radioactivity during investigations
into phosphorescence. So his portrait is painted
with phosphorescent paint. During daytime the
painting is plain white (left), in the dark it starts
to glim (right).
348
Born
The guy who brought meaning into quantum mechanics by squaring it.