A man who initiated a concept, or invented a product, is often referred to as the father of that thing. For instance, Mahatma Gandhi is known as the founding father of Indian independence or father of the Nation.
There are many fathers of science and invention who were childless. They were so dedicated to the work that some of them did not get married. Some of them were married but died issueless.
They had emotions and loved their families. They took care of their parents, siblings and children of siblings. Their commitment was inclined towards the greater common good.
Father of Astronomy
Nicolaus Copernicus is famous for the Copernicus theory, heliocentrism. He was a mathematician and an astronomer who formulate the theory that sun and not the earth was at the centre of the solar system.
Copernicus never married and did not have any children. He took care of the five children of his sister Katharina after her death.
Father of Physics
Isaac Newton is accepted as the father of Physics, for jumpstarting the scientific revolution. Newton’s 3 laws of motion are famous. Especially the third law of motion is quoted even by those who have no inclination to science. ‘For every action, there is equal and opposite reaction’.
He was a chronic bachelor. He divided all his estates among his relatives before his death.
Father of Radio
Nikola Tesla was an engineer, physicist, inventor and poet, to name a few. We know a lot about his contemporary Thomas Alva Edison. Tesla worked for a while with Edison.
Tesla is the inventor of wireless communication. He is now accepted as a pioneer of wireless communication by the Science world. He invented the AC current. His contribution to the present day is so immense that there are many things named after him, like:
- Teslas, an SI derived unit
- Tesla an electric car manufacturer
- Nikola Tesla Award
He never married and he said that he was doing a sacrifice for his work. Though he earned a lot of money as patents and contracts he was mostly penniless because of his zeal for investing in scientific experiments. He worked until the end of his life at the age of 84.
Father of Genetics
Gregor Mendel was an abbot or a priest. He was from a traditional farming background. Both financial and health issues came in the way of his studies. Yet he did get a formal University education. He was an abbot with a scientific zeal. He is said to have chosen the monastic life so that his livelihood will be taken care of while pursuing science.
He experimented with peas and learnt about traits of inheritance. His works are the first in the field of Genetic inheritance. The laws of ‘Mendelian inheritance‘ were rediscovered and understood nearly two decades after his death. And he was accepted as the ‘father of modern genetics‘.
He was a monk. His sister Theresia helped him with his studies by giving him her dowry. Later he helped her three sons and two of them became doctors.
Leonardo da Vinci
Father of Palaeontology and ichnology
Leonardo da Vinci is famously known as a painter. He was also a scientist, philosopher, architect, mathematician and writer, to name a few. His paintings are still being decoded for the layers of mystery.
He was a bachelor and an illegitimate child of his father. He had twelve step-siblings.
He divided all his assets among his devout disciples, siblings and serving-woman.
Fathers of Science who had children
There were many more founding fathers like Perrie Curie, Albert Einstein and Hippocrates. They had wives and children yet they had sacrificed their lives for their work.
Mother of Science
It is said that Perrie Curie’s, wife Marie Curie, daughter and son-in-law died of died of diseases related to high exposure to radioactive substances. Marie and Perries had accidentally and voluntarily been exposed to radioactive substances during their experiments to discover polonium and radium. (Marie Curie is known as the mother of modern physics).
A salute to all the Fathers of Science on this fathers day for their dedicated, courageous and undying spirit for discovery and invention.
Happy Fathers Day!
(Thanks to the Suggestive Topic on Blog Compass, the Gooogle Apps for Bloggers. Yesterday ‘Fathers Day’ was one of the trending topics on google. I got inspired to write a post dedicated to all the fathers in the world.)