Oooh, that’s a tough question – there are loads of people who I admire for their contributions to science. I think that the scientist who inspires me the most today is David Suzuki. He’s a Canadian scientist who does a lot of work on environmental issues, and on educating people about nature. I think he’s a great example of how scientists can get involved in lots of really important issues, and speak up about what science means.
Here’s a little interactive website where you can hear David Suzuki talking about growth. Take a look! 🙂
For me, it’s a guy called Harry Kroto – he discovered a new form of carbon called ‘Buckminster Fullerene’, which are balls of carbon atoms that look like footballs! He won the Nobel prize a few years ago. I saw him speak while I was doing my A-Levels and he was really inspirational – he’s the reason I went into chemistry!