Scientists From Kansas

Kansas has produced a number of Scientists who have made it big. These include Robert Ballard, Earl W. Sutherland Jr., John Carmack, Duane Gish, John G. Thompson and others.

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 1 Robert Ballard

Robert Ballard
Famous As: Deep Sea Explorer
Birthdate: June 30, 1942
Sun Sign: Cancer

 2 John Carmack

John Carmack
Famous As: Chief technology officer, Aerospace engineer, Programmer, Computer scientist
Birthdate: August 20, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo

Computer-game developer John Carmack introduced pioneering innovations in the 3-D game arena. He specializes in first-person shooter games, such as Quake and Doom. The id Software founder had spent a year in a juvenile home and had later dropped out of university to become a freelance programmer.

 3 Duane Gish

Duane Gish
Famous As: biochemist
Birthdate: February 17, 1921
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Died: March 5, 2013

Apart from being a renowned biochemist, Duane Gish was also a World War II veteran and a prominent Creationist. He taught at Cornell and penned iconic books such as Evolution: The Fossils Say No! He was also known for his fiery debates and had headed the Institute for Creation Research.

 4 Robert Whittaker

Robert Whittaker
Famous As: Botanist, Ecologist
Birthdate: December 27, 1920
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Died: October 20, 1980

 5 John G. Thompson

John G. Thompson
Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: October 13, 1932
Sun Sign: Libra

 6 Charles Bachman

Charles Bachman
Famous As: Computer Scientist
Birthdate: December 11, 1924
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: July 13, 2017

 7 Ruth Patrick

Ruth Patrick
Famous As: Botanist
Birthdate: November 26, 1907
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Died: September 23, 2013
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 8 Earl W. Sutherland Jr.

Earl W. Sutherland Jr.
Famous As: Pharmacologist
Birthdate: November 19, 1915
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Died: March 9, 1974

Earl W. Sutherland Jr. was a pharmacologist and biochemist known for his work in the field of hormones. He was honored with a Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1971. As a young man, he worked in the laboratory of Nobel laureate Carl Ferdinand Cori. Under Cori’s guidance, he began his research on the effects of hormones. 

 9 Donald F. Jones

Donald F. Jones
Famous As: Geneticist
Birthdate: April 16, 1890
Sun Sign: Aries
Died: June 19, 1963

Donald F. Jones revolutionized the corn-breeding industry by pioneering the double-cross hybrid variant of the food grain. The Harvard alumnus once worked as the only geneticist at the Connecticut Station. He also headed the Genetics Society of America as its president and was part of the National Academy of Sciences.

 10 Elwyn L. Simons

Elwyn L. Simons
Famous As: Paleontologist
Birthdate: July 14, 1930
Sun Sign: Cancer
Died: March 6, 2016

Regarded widely as the father of modern primate paleontology, Elwyn L. Simons, is best remembered for his discovery of the Aegyptopithecus, the earliest common forebear of man, apes, and monkeys. An enthusiastic wildlife conservationist, too, he worked for the preservation of rare primates such as lemurs and lorises.