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
Quote:

"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
Quote:

"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
Quote:

"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
Quote:

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