100 Most Popular Scientists for Young Adults: Biographical Sketches and Professional Paths

By Kendall Haven; Donna Clark | Go to book overview
Robert Bakker
“Hot Blooded Dinosaurs”
Paleontology

Courtesy of Casper College, by Donna Davis


Career Highlights
Discovered that dinosaurs were warm-blooded, agile runners, and good parents
Discovered that birds are descended from dinosaurs
Received AAPG Award for writing about geology, 1988
Received Gem and Mineral Society research award, 1990

Important Contributions

Dinosaurs were plodding, cold-blooded monsters. They were sluggish, dull-gray, and so dumb they weren't capable of decent parenting. That was the classical view of dinosaurs through the first half of the twentieth century. That was how dinosaurs were depicted in illustrations. That was what expert paleontologists believed. Robert Bakker shattered those beliefs.

Robert Bakker was the first to claim that dinosaurs were warm blooded, colorful, quick, and agile. He was also the one who first proposed that birds were descended from dinosaurs.

Bakker first expressed these ideas as a graduate student, and was ridiculed and scoffed at by established paleontologists. Twenty-five years later, the body of evidence collected to support his views is overwhelming. A reluctant scientific community has grudgingly admitted that Robert Bakker was right all along.

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100 Most Popular Scientists for Young Adults: Biographical Sketches and Professional Paths
Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Table of Contents vii
  • Introduction xi
  • How to Use This Book xv
  • [The Wild Idea Man] 1
  • [From Science Fact to Science Fiction] 6
  • [Hot Blooded Dinosaurs] 11
  • [Titanic Discoveries] 16
  • [Taming The, Transistor] 21
  • [Bread Mold to Nobel Prize] 26
  • [The King of Atmospheric Sciences] 31
  • [Cracking the Code] 36
  • [Quantum Career] 41
  • [From Test Tube to Sauce Pan] 46
  • [Our Number 1 Conservationist] 51
  • [The Plant Wizard] 56
  • [A Little Bit of Scruff] 61
  • [King Pong] 66
  • [Mr. Nylon] 71
  • [The World Took a New Direction] 76
  • [The Plant Doctor] 81
  • [Messing around with Dinosaur Poop] 86
  • [The Earth, My Laboratory] 91
  • [Shark Lady] 96
  • [The Founder of Modern Cell Biology] 101
  • [The Best Pathway] 106
  • [Factoring the Growth of Cells] 111
  • [The Paul Revere of Ecology] 116
  • [Lifting Nature's Veit] 121
  • [Studying the Drowned Museum] 126
  • [The Most Significant Discovery of the Century] 131
  • [A Naw Age of Science] 136
  • [Typing Tissues] 141
  • [Quantum Mathematics] 146
  • [The Wonder Drug] 151
  • [Breeding Ourselves into Oblivion] 156
  • [The Troubled Amateur] 161
  • [The Gift of Tongues] 166
  • [The Real Reward] 171
  • [Father of Television] 176
  • [Navigating into a New World[ 181
  • [Tht Most Brilliant Young Physicist[ 186
  • [The Old Lady Who Lives in the Forest] 191
  • [The, Outsider] 196
  • [My Luckiest Find Yet] 201
  • [Best Hacker in the Group] 206
  • [Mstcr Counter] 211
  • [The Moon-Rocket Man] 216
  • [The White-Skinned Ape] 221
  • [A Flash of Insight[ 226
  • [A New Explanation] 231
  • [Bigger Is Better] 236
  • [Exploring the Dangerous Trades] 241
  • [Shining Example] 246
  • [Finding the Big Bang] 251
  • [The Birth of Uncertainty] 256
  • [Leaving His Mark] 261
  • [A Special Kind of Scientist] 266
  • [Seafloor Spreading] 271
  • [The Computer on a Chip] 276
  • [Into the Sun: Peering Inside the Nuvleus] 281
  • [Dating the Age of the Earth] 286
  • [Measuring the Stars] 291
  • [Superconductivity and Super Conduct] 296
  • [Breaking the Tyranny of Numbers] 301
  • [Instant Success] 306
  • [Accelerating the Search] 311
  • [The Black Man with a White Face] 316
  • [The Butterfly Effect] 321
  • [Patient Explorer] 326
  • [The Madonna of the Onion] 331
  • [Jumpin' Geues] 336
  • [Education for Choice] 341
  • [The Discovery of the Century] 346
  • [Faster Than a Speeding Light Beam] 351
  • [The Elephant Bug] 356
  • [Father of Our National Parks] 361
  • [The Science Guy] 366
  • [Father of the Bomb] 371
  • [The Conscience of Physics] 376
  • [The Unconventional Geuius] 381
  • [The Math Wizard] 386
  • [Planck's Constant and the Foundation of Quantum Understanding] 391
  • [Father of the Sexual Revolution] 396
  • [Measuring the Beast] 401
  • [The Most Fun I'll Ever Have] 406
  • [A Better Vaccine] 411
  • [The Little Doctor] 416
  • [The Cosmic Explainer] 421
  • [Tge Total Conquest of Polio] 426
  • [Reverence for Life] 431
  • [Father of the Transuranic Elements] 436
  • [A Brain for the Brain] 441
  • [Leading the Science Orchestra] 446
  • [Information Transfer] 451
  • [Lightning in His Hands] 456
  • [Mapping Belts in the Sky] 461
  • [The Father of Nasa] 466
  • [Technology Visionary] 471
  • [Badge Woman] 476
  • [Modern Murder Mysteries] 481
  • [The Electronic Whiz Kid] 486
  • [Courageous Hero] 491
  • [The Fighter] 496
  • Appendix A - Internet References 501
  • Appendix B - Scientists by Field of Specialization 513
  • Index 515
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