Great Thinkers and Leaders

People who have contributed to the fields of STEM and Cyber

Carl Sagan

  • Born: November 9, 1934
  • Died: December 20, 1996
  • American Astronomer
  • Cosmologist
  • Astrophysicist
  • Astrobiologist
  • Author
  • Consultant and adviser to NASA since the 1950's
  • Worked on the PBS series Cosmos

"We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology."

Alan Turing

  • Born: June 23, 1912
  • Died: June 7, 1954
  • An English mathematician, logician and cryptographer
  • Responsible for breaking the Nazi Enigma code during World War II
  • Developed the idea for the Universal Turing Machine which was the basis for the first computer
  • Developed a test for artificial intelligence in 1950, which is still used today
  • Did ground breaking work in 1952 on morphogenesis, which became a completely new field of mathematical biology

"Sometimes it is the people no one imagines anything of who do the things that no one can imagine."

Robert H. Goddard

  • Born: October 5, 1882
  • Died: August 10, 1945
  • Engineer
  • Professor
  • Physicist
  • Inventor
  • Created and built the world's first liquid-fueled rocket
  • Has been called the man who ushered in the Space Age

"It is impossible to say what is impossible, for the dream of yesterday is the hope of today and the reality of tomorrow."

Grace Hopper

  • Born: December 9, 1906
  • Died: January 1, 1992
  • Helped develop a compiler that was a precursor to the widely used COBOL language
  • Rear Admiral in the U.S. Navy
  • Was the first female recipient of the National Medal of Technology - awarded 1991
  • Was one of the first software engineers

"The most dangerous phrase in the language is 'we've always done it this way'."