The Gonzo Scientist

The Science Hall of Fame

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Instead of weighing a scientist's fame based on his or her citation history or prestigious award commendations, the Gonzo Scientist has teamed up the Harvard University's Adrian Veres to create a Science Hall of Fame that relies on a more literal measure of influence: the number of times scientists' names have appeared in books over the past two centuries. Each scientist is ranked in milliDarwins (mD), a unit of measure than enables comparison of their name frequency to that of Charles Darwin, whose name appears in books a total of 148,429 times between 1839 and 2000 -- at least once in more than 2% of English-language books.

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