The following is my scientific genealogy -- that is, I traced who my doctoral advisor's doctoral advisor was, who his advisor was, etc. I have put the table in chronological order from Rutherford down to myself. It is interesting to note that from Carl Woese onward, we are evolutionary biologists. I'm not sure that Rutherford, with his sneering "stamp collecting" view of biology, would have approved. Then again, Carl certainly helped push evolutionary studies into a more rigorous (and molecular) framework, so maybe he would have.
|Name||Birth - Death||
Significant Contribution to Science
|Ernest Rutherford||1871 - 1937||
Demonstrated that radioactivity was the spontaneous disintegration of atoms. Nobel Prize (Chemistry) 1908.
|James Chadwick||1891 - 1974||
Discoverer of the Neutron. Nobel Prize (Physics) 1935.
|Ernest Pollard||1906 - 1997||
Contributed to the development of microwave radar at MIT during World War II. Founded biophysics department at Yale in 1955.
|Carl Woese||1928 - 2012||
Discoverer of the Archaea. Crafoord Prize (Biosciences) 2003.
|Mitch Sogin||1946 (*) -||
Contributed to our understanding of early eukaryotic evolution.
|Gary Olsen||1953 (*) -||
Contributed to our understanding of archaeal genomics, phylogeny, and biochemistry.
|Jonathan Badger||1970 -||
Still working on it. Genomic analysis seems to be the primary focus.
(*) Actual birth year not known, but estimated value computed from CV, assuming an age of 22 for completion of undergraduate degree.