ScienceHeroes.com is an outgrowth of the book Scientists Greater Than Einstein: The Biggest Lifesavers of the Twentieth Century. The book began with one of its authors, Billy Woodward, asking a simple question: Who has saved the most lives in history? Research for the book indicates that a tremendous number of lives have been saved in the past century. So many that it calls for a celebration.
People celebrate things all the time. We celebrate birthdays, promotions, sports victories, and a myriad of other small things in everyday life. But rarely do we stop and celebrate the people who have actually made living our life possible, not to mention enjoyable. We are a small group of people who wish to celebrate lifesaving discoveries. We hope to expand into a large group of people who wish to celebrate the gift of living that science has brought to people. As such, we are collecting the stories of scientists who have saved lives or greatly improved our quality of life.
We also are celebrating science itself. No other invention of man has improved life as much as science in the past 400 years. Science has affected our modern day life in a myriad of ways, unraveling mysteries and complexities of the human body. It is and will always be a work in progress, but we believe by celebrating lifesaving accomplishments we will encourage everyone’s awareness of science and possibly encourage a future lifesaver. Science should be part of our daily lives and our culture – not only encountered in a classroom. To that end, we want to challenge everyone – students, everyday people, professional people, and politicians to read 1,000 science stories. And since celebrating means fun, the stories should be read with no tests, no memorizing, no long boring textbook passages – just cavorting through the greatest short stories of science. These stories are available every day on the home page of the website.
Too often, we celebrate things that don’t really matter much in the grand scheme of things, and overlook those who made it all possible. The thirteenth century German theologian, Meister Eckhart said, “If the only prayer you said in your whole life was, ‘thank you,’ that would suffice. We agree and dedicate this website to the scientists who have saved so many lives. Come join us as we celebrate the scientists and science that makes our lives wonderful!
The ScienceHeroes.com Team
Billy Woodward, a University of Kentucky graduate, heads the ScienceHeroes.com team. He is a successful Kentucky businessman and originated the idea of the website. In 2003, after two years of pain brought on by a bout of gout, a drug healed him. Reveling in a life free of pain, a realization began to nag him - someone had created a drug that seemingly miraculously changed his life and he didn't even know their name. Research led him to Gertrude Elion and George Hitchings - discoverers of the drug, allopurinol. Still reflecting on his initial lack of gratitude, he asked himself a second question: 'If someone saved my life, would I even bother to learn their name?' Answering more questions, he spent four years writing the book Scientists Greater than Einstein: The Biggest Lifesavers of the Twentieth Century. It chronicles ten scientists, most virtually unknown, whose discoveries have had the biggest impact on humanity in history - by saving over one billion lives. The website is an extension of the book, and begins by including over 100 lifesaving scientists. Its goal is also to encourage students and politicians to appreciate the role science plays in all of our lives, by inspiring them to read 1000 science stories.
Jerry Baker is a renowned website designer located in Lexington, Ky. He developed the site using Joomla, the most popular open source content management system used worldwide. Many of the special applets were of his own design. He has handled every one of the tens of thousands of files on the site and his imprint is everywhere.
Martha Pat Kinney is a graduate of the University of Kentucky and has worked as a medical technologist. She maintains her interest in science by researching and writing about scientists. She also uses her detail oriented background to keep up the organizational and business end of the website.
April Ingram is a certified clinical research professional based in British Columbia. She is a graduate of the University of Calgary. She researches scientists and formulates our lives saved numbers.
Tim Anderson is a medical writer located in Lenexa, Kansas. He is a graduate of Kansas State University. He writes many of the scientist’s biographies and keeps our database of scientists going. He writes a medical blog you can read at http://medicalmigrant.blogspot.com/
Jeremy Mauney is a freelance artist based in Lexington, KY. He provided much of the artwork you will find on the website, including that of the posters and T-shirts.
Summer Smith is a medical illustration student at the Medical College of Georgia in Augusta, Georgia. She is a graduate of the Maryland College Institute of Art. She drew many of the cartoons found on the website.