THC2: Role Models

The syllabus for this new approach to teaching the course THC2 (Tópicos en historia cultural de la ciencia)* is still in an exploratory phase. In principle, I believe, it can be developed around the following set of personalities:

  1. Socrates (c. 470 – 399 BC), Greek philosopher;
  2. Leonardo Da Vinci (1452-1519), Italian painter and engineer;
  3. Robert Hooke (1635-1703), English scientist and architect, former Curator of Experiments and Secretary to the Royal Society;
  4. Michael Faraday (1791-1867) English chemist and physicist;
  5. George Green (1793-1841), English mathematician and physicist;
  6. Charles Darwin (1809-1882), English naturalist;
  7. Vito Volterra (1860-1940), Italian mathematician;
  8. Albert Einstein (1879-1955), German physicist;
  9. Amalie Emmy Noether (1882 – 1935), German mathematician;
  10. I. I. Rabi (1898-1988), American physicist, Nobel Prize (Physics, 1944);
  11. Barbara McClintock (1902-1992), American cytogeneticist, Nobel Prize (Medicine, 1983);
  12. Wu Chien-Shiung (1912-1997), experimental nuclear physicist, Wolf Prize in Physics, 1978;
  13. Richard Feynman (1918-1988); theoretical physicist, Nobel Prize (Physics, 1965);
  14. Mario Bunge (1919-2020), Argentinian physicist and philosopher of science;
  15. Rosalind Elsie Franklin (1920-1958), English chemist and crystallographer;
  16. Rosalyn (Sussman) Yalow (1921-2011), American physicist—second woman to win Nobel Prize in Medicine (1977);
  17. Gordon Moore (1929-; Ph.D., Chemistry; Chairman Emeritus of Intel Corporation); and
  18. Donna Strickland (1959- ), Canadian physicist, Nobel Prize (Physics, 2018).

In addition, the list of personalities should include some scientists related to Venezuela such as the father of experimental science in Venezuela, chemist Vicente Marcano (1848-1891); bacteriologist Rafael Rangel (1877-1909); Venezuelan-American medical doctor Baruj Benacerraf (1920-2011) Nobel Prize in Medicine 1980; mathematician, born in Ukraine and Professor of Mathematics at UCV, Mischa Cotlar (1913-2007); and Venezuelan physicists Guillermo Ruggeri (1943-2002) and Ricardo Tascón d’León (1937-2006).

NOTE: Since the THC2 course is open to all students from the Faculty of Science, the list of role models has to include personalities from other scientific disciplines (i.e. they cannot all be physicists). However, the names in the final list will depend on the majors of the students registered for the course. If they are all students from our Physics major, then the majority of the personalities to be studied will be physicists).

(*) The past topics for THC2 have been (i) AMAR (Amparados por máquinas amorosas robóticas): Science, Technology, Politics, and Ecology —a course about the history of science, computing, and robotics inspired by the BBC documentary All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace—, and (ii) Japón CiTiS (Ciencia, Tecnología, Innovación y Sociedad) (in English, Japan SciTIS (Science, Technology, Innovation, and Society).

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SOBRE EL AUTOR: José G. Álvarez Cornett ( @Chegoyo en Twitter )

Miembro de COENER, y del grupo “Physics and Mathematics for Biomedical Consortium“. Representante de los Egresados ante el Consejo de Escuela de Física, Facultad de Ciencias, UCV. Docente de Historia de la Ciencia en la Escuela de Física, Facultad de Ciencias, UCV.

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