35 Unknown Facts about Scientists – Part 2

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26Galileo Galilei

Galileo Galilei

The middle finger of Galileo Galilei is on display at the Museo Galileo in Florence.

27. Leonardo Da Vinci could draw forward with one hand while writing backward with the other.

28. Francis Crick, the Nobel winning scientist, was high on LSD when he first deduced the double-helix structure of DNA.

29. Louis Pasteur was the head of the science program at a French school during the mid-1800s. He once told students that anyone caught smoking would be expelled. Seventy-three of the school's 80 students resigned.

30. When Isaac Newton was 20, he compiled a list of his sins. They included: "threatening my father and mother Smith to burne them and the house over them", "peevishness with my mother". and "wishing death and hoping it to some".

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31Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison's last breath is reportedly contained in a test tube at The Henry Ford museum near Detroit.

32. Niels Bohr hid the Nobel Prize medals of the Jewish Max von Laue and James Franck from the Nazis, by dissolving the gold medals in acid, and then reversing the chemical process to retrieve the gold after the war.

33. Gregor Mendel actually began his genetic experiments with mice but was told to change his experiments by a local bishop, who thought it was inappropriate that Mendel watched mice have sex.

34. Lord Kelvin, of temperature fame, developed a compass system for metal ships. It’s commonly known as Lord Kelvin’s Balls.

35. Arnold Sommerfeld holds the record for mentoring the highest number of Nobel Laureates, but he won none out of the 81 times he was nominated for the same honor.

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