Unlike famous athletes or actors, its hard to know what scientists to follow because they get less coverage in the media. So the Labster team put their minds together and came up with the coolest, most approachable scientists in the game today. The following list includes some of the most respected and innovative minds on Earth — who have also accomplished some pretty amazing things.
1. Neil deGrasse Tyson
When he’s not blowing up on Reddit with his AMA’s, deGrasse Tyson is the director of the Hayden Planetarium in New York City. He also runs the only popular podcast on everything space with Star Talk Radio, where Neil interviews everyone from Christopher Nolan to Malcolm Gladwell and Elon Musk. You can find Neil on Twitter here.
2. Bill Nye
Best know for his 90s hit TV show, Bill Nye the Science Guy, America’s most approachable scientist is having something of a career renaissance these days. A Kickstarter documentary project about his life as a scientist set a record for the site when it raised over $600,000 from contributors. He also recently met with President Obama on Earth Day this year to discuss global climate change. You can follow him on Twitter here.
3. Jane Goodall
Goodall is a legendary anthropologist and the foremost expert on the behavior of chimpanzees. As the founder of the Jane Goodall Institute, she has been studying the social and family interactions of wild chimpanzees in Gombe Stream National Park in Tanzania for 55 years. She’s also only the eighth person in the history of Cambridge University to be allowed to study for a PhD without having a college degree. You can follow Jane and the Institute on Twitter here.
4. Tim Berners-Lee
There wasn’t any way we could leave inventor of the World Wide Web off this list. Today Berners-Lee is the director of the World Wide Web Consortium, which oversees the continued development of the Web. He’s also a member of the advisory board for the MIT Center for Collective Intelligence. In 2004, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth for his world-changing invention and continued work in the field. You can follow Berners-Lee on Twitter here.
5. Stephen Hawking
Hawking received a bump this last year with the release of the critically acclaimed biopic The Theory of Everything. Currently, Hawking is the Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge. His most well-known book, A Brief History of Time, was on the British Sunday Times best-seller list for a record-breaking 237 weeks. Hawking suffers from early-onset ALS and just recently released the software that allows him to speak for free. You can see what Stephen is up to at his official site here.