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Saturday, November 04, 2006

Sexy Scientists Part II : Readers' Choice!

Hi Fresh Brainz fanz! Thank you for your submissions on the hottest real scientists and engineers ever. We didn't receive much stuff about hunks, so we will be focusing on the hot babes instead.

So... here they are - the Fresh Brainz Readers' Choice!

*drum roll*

Hedy Lamarr (1913-2000) : Movie Star, Inventor (Electrical Engineering)

A Hollywood screen siren in the 1930s, Ms. Lamarr co-invented a "frequency hopping" system with George Antheil in 1942. Originally intended as a guidance system for a radio-controlled torpedo that would be less susceptible to jamming, her idea was way ahead of her time. It would later become the basis of modern wireless communications.

Ms. Lamarr's Patent No. 2,292,387.

Christina D. Smolke : Assistant Professor, Chemical Engineering, California Institute of Technology.

Dr. Smolke works on biomolecular engineering, modifying RNA and other bioactive molecules into modular technology platforms for medical applications. She has published in prestigious journals such as Nature Biotechnology.

Danica McKellar : TV Star, Mathematics summa cum laude 1998, University of California Los Angeles.

Better known in her role as Winnie Cooper in the hit TV series The Wonder Years, Ms. McKellar co-authored a mathematics paper with her professor Lincoln Chayes and fellow undergrad Brandy Winn. The results of this paper is also known as the Chayes-McKellar-Winn theorem.

Kirsten Sanford : Post-doctoral Fellow (PhD UC Davis), Neurophysiology, University of California Davis.

Dr. Sanford was trained in molecular, cellular and integrative physiology, and she is best known as the host of the popular science radio show This Week in Science. She was awarded the 2005 American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Mass Media Fellowship Award in recognition for her work on the show.


All I can say is - Fresh Brainz readers have excellent taste!

*Updated on 22 June 2007