Below are the types of questions we like to ask scientists. Browse them for ideas about what to cover in your own contributions.
Questions about Your Revolutionary Discovery
Please provide (in layman’s terms where possible) a summary of your discovery.
Describe the process of gaining the primary insight that led to your discovery. Did it occur in an instant, on a specific day – or did your insight unfold over a period of time?
At the time of your major scientific discovery, did you realize the immense worldwide impact it would have? If not, when did you realize its impact?
If any, list those individuals whose contributions were essential to your discovery, contributions without which you would not have made your discovery (include email addresses if possible).
List those individuals whose contributions furthered the development of your discovery – administrators and workers who, while providing no crucial insight, helped further your work. (include email addresses if possible).
How would you describe the response of the scientific community to your discovery?
How would you describe the response of the general public to your discovery?
What youthful experiences motivated your career in science? Was there a family example or expectation?
When did science first spark your imagination and arouse your passion?
What was your favorite science subject in high school?
Did you have a mentor?
Has there been a profound or moving occurrence in your science career?
Can you share an unusual anecdote or humorous story from your scientific career?
What's the coolest thing about your work – what excites you the most?
What’s the most important aspect of your work?
Who is your scientific hero - why?
What is your favorite science book and why?
What do you consider to be your greatest scientific accomplishments?
Questions about the Current State of Science
What would you change about the way science is taught from elementary school through the university level?
What excites you about the current direction of scientific research and discovery?
What concerns you?
If you were driving the length of the Blue Ridge Parkway, stopping at many overlooks to view the scenes and talk, what two famous people would you like to accompany you, and why?
What is the most meaningful experience in your life and why?
Can you share an unusual anecdote that occurred in your life?
If you are religious what role does it play in your personal and professional life?
You are one of the brightest people on earth. What two things would you recommend to the public?
The Edge.org is a most interesting website (http://www.edge.org/questioncenter.html). Each year they ask leading intellectuals, professors, and scientists one question, and then post their answers on their website. Please answer one or more of their questions listed – we’ll publish your responses on ScienceHeroes.com and it’s likely The Edge will publish them on their site as well.
The Edge Annual Question — 2006
The Edge Annual Question — 2005
The Edge Annual Question — 2004
The Edge Annual Question — 2001
Tell us about a nonscientific hero who has inspired you.
Please share one or more of your favorite quotations with us - why is it significant to you?
What is your favorite place you have traveled to?
What is your favorite book or author – why?
What is your favorite magazine/journal/periodical - why?
What is your favorite artist/music/movie - why?
What are some of your non-scientific interests and activities? What do you do for relaxation?
A unique feature of our website will be a collection of anecdotes of individual scientists from people who knew or worked with them. While possibly only a small proportion of people truly understand and appreciate the details of science, most people find science stories and anecdotes fascinating. Please provide us with the email addresses of relatives, colleagues and friends we can contact who might add a humorous or serious anecdote about you.
Now for some more Mundane Questions
Your mailing address (work):
Date of Birth (mm/dd/yyyy):
Academic and Professional Experience: (Curriculum Vitae may be attached in lieu of completing this section)
Finally, A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words
We’d love to provide the public with photographs or video of you on the ScienceHeroes.com website. We’re especially interested in recent photos and past photos of you at work at the time of your discovery – we’d also like to see images of you with your colleagues (at work or play) and of you with your family. If there are any videos of you on the internet, could you provide the link?
Thank you for your answers. Lots of people will enjoy your stories and you may well inspire a student to become a scientist!