If you can be described by one of the following terms: amateur scientist, basement scientist, citizen scientist, do-it-yourself scientist (DIY scientist), garage scientist, hobby scientist, kid scientist, non-degreed scientist, self-educated scientist, self-taught scientist, or student scientist and someone with an apparent air of authority tells you that your claim or input should not be taken seriously because you have no "credentials" in science; that is, you do not have an academic degree in a field of science issued by a college or university, here is a page of research of recognized scientists who never had a formal degree either to help you provide a defensive response.
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Leonardo da Vinci . . . (1452 – 1519), mathematician, engineer, anatomist, geologist, botanist, inventor, artist.
Antonie van Leeuwenhoek . . . (1632 – 1723), first microbiologist, the "Father of Microbiology."
Benjamin Franklin . . . (1706 – 1790), physicist, inventor, "America's First Scientist."
William Herschel . . . (1738 – 1822), astronomer, discoverer of the planet Uranus.
Caroline Herschel . . . (1750 – 1848), astronomer, younger sister of William Herschel above, named by the Royal Society one of "the ten women in British history who have had the most influence on science."
Mary Somerville . . . (1780 – 1872), mathematician, astronomer, science writer, named by the Royal Society one of "the ten women in British history who have had the most influence on science," also called the "Queen of nineteenth century science."
Michael Faraday . . . (1791 – 1867), physicist, chemist, electromagnetism pioneer, coined 'electrode', 'cathode' and 'ion.'
Mary Anning . . . (1799 – 1847), palaeontologist, fossilist, named by the Royal Society one of "the ten women in British history who have had the most influence on science." The nursury rhyme and tongue twister "She Sells Sea Shells (by the Sea Shore)" was based on her.
Charles Goodyear . . . (1800 – 1860), chemist, discoverer of the process of vulcanizing rubber.
William Darwin Fox . . . (1805 – 1880), naturalist, entomologist (insect researcher).
Charles Darwin . . . (1809 – 1882), naturalist, evolutionary theorist, geologist.
William Fox . . . (1813 – 1881), palaeontologist (no relation to the William Darwin Fox above).
Henry David Thoreau . . . (1817 – 1862), naturalist. Also a famous author.
Thomas Henry Huxley (T.H. Huxley) . . . (1825 – 1895), biologist, anatomist, coined the term "agnostic."
James Prescott Joule . . . (1818 – 1889), physicist, co-discoverer of the law of conservation of energy.
Gregor Mendel . . . (1822 – 1884), botanist, naturalist, first geneticist, the "Father of Modern Genetics."
Thomas Edison . . . (1847 – 1931), inventor, holder of electrical, mechanical, and chemical patents, the "Greatest Inventor of All Time." Can Edison also be considered a research and development scientist (R&D scientist)? In support, both his New Jersey and Florida workplaces are referred to as "laboratories" and in 2014, the American Chemical Society, of which Edison was a member, designated his laboratories in New Jersey and Florida "National Historic Chemical Landmarks" because of his research and use of existing and new chemicals in his inventions and his efforts to find a new plant source for rubber. (Note from JAC: I took a tour of his Florida laboratory and winter estate in the 1980s, which is a tourist attraction. See edisonfordwinterestates.org.)
Ivan Vladimirovich Michurin (I.V. Michurin) . . . (1855 – 1935), horticulturalist, botanical geneticist.
Reginald Hooley . . . (1865 – 1923), paleontologist, fossilist.
Henrietta Swan Leavitt . . . (1868 – 1921), astronomer.
Vladimir Nabokov . . . (1899 – 1977), entomologist (insect researcher), lepidopterist (butterfly researcher), butterfly evolutionary theorist, curator of lepidoptera at the Museum of Comparative Zoology at Harvard University. Also a famous novelist.
Robert Evans . . . (1937 – ), Australian-born astronomer.
Richard Leakey . . . (1944 – ), Kenyan-born paleoanthropologist, human evolutionary theorist.
Stephen Felton . . . (c.1934 – ), American-born paleontologist, fossilist.
|This comprehensive list was researched and complied by author James A. Conrad, with help from some of the earlier research efforts noted above, and first published on this web page. If you see this much longer list copied elsewhere, this is likely the source from where it originated, if no credit is given. Additions and updates are welcome.|