Scientist Shows Smarts Can Be Sexy, too,&,BEAUTY,BRAINS

By Harrop, Joanne Klimovich | Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, March 4, 2013 | Go to article overview

Scientist Shows Smarts Can Be Sexy, too,&,BEAUTY,BRAINS


Harrop, Joanne Klimovich, Tribune-Review/Pittsburgh Tribune-Review


The words science and sexy aren't often spoken in the same sentence.

But somehow they work when referring to Heather Knight.

The Ph.D candidate at the Robotics Institute at Carnegie Mellon University in Oakland was selected as one of the sexiest scientists alive by businessinsider.com.

She came in at No. 4.

"I had to laugh a little when I heard about this," says Knight, a Lexington, Mass., native. "But I think that most human beings are multidimensional, and that there shouldn't be a stereotype of scientists looking a certain way. We can be whoever we want to be."

Some are rising stars. Some are well-established in their field. All are making a difference, or on their way to, by improving peoples' lives through research and new discoveries, says Dina Spector, associate editor at Business Insider out of New York City, who, with Jennifer Polland, lists and rankings editor, wrote the piece.

Their choices were compiled based on Internet searches and information from resources such as TechTalk, a business and Internet- technology radio show.

They chose people based on their intelligence, ambition, accomplishments, and yes, physical attractiveness, thinking that it's all of those qualities that give someone "sex appeal."

"Attractiveness was a factor, and we believe sex appeal encompasses intelligence and ambition and the research they are doing as scientists or engineers," Spector says.

This is one in a series of Business Insider "sexy" lists, such as the sexiest CEOs and sexiest people in technology.

"We thought it would be fun and something different and something that people would like to read," says Spector. "And, we found that you definitely don't have to be one or the other ... you can be both. You can have brains and be sexy. And it is not just about physical features."

In their quest, Knight's name popped up. Spector and Polland felt Knight was not only good looking, she is extremely accomplished. Knight has both a master's degree and a bachelor's degree in electrical and mechanical engineering from MIT. She founded Marilyn Monrobot Labs, which creates socially intelligent robot performances and sensor-based electronic art. …

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