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Celebrity Scientists

Whether it is Stephen Hawking’s guest­starring role on the CBS sitcom The Big Bang Theory or Neil deGrasse Tyson’s down­to­earth chat with Char lie Rose on 60 Minutes, there has certainly been a shift in the way scientists reach the masses (“A Brief History of Sci entific Celebrity,” July/August 2015). As social media amplifies their message, it is only fitting that some of the most brilliant thinkers of our time enjoy a celebrity spotlight that has often been reserved for athletes, actors, and politicians. After all, it is through dialogue and debate of great ideas that they are able to teach us, entertain us, and inspire us to achieve more.

Michael Aaron Gallagher Syracuse, New York

In the article “A Brief History of Scientific Celebrity, the author Declan Fahy lists eight prominent scientists who he considers to be “The New Celebrity Scientists.”

A notable and regrettable exclusion from this list is the En­glish physicist and professor of particle physics, Professor Brian Cox. Cox’s engaging yet informative style, the almost inspirational feel of his productions, and the sheer volume of his media work in the area of the public understanding of science, clearly puts him head and shoulders above those in the author’s list.

One can only assume that latent Americano­centrism contributed to the glaring admission of Cox from this list.

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