Coturnix wants to know about scientist who have rock star status. Reminds me of when I was a young hominin taking method and theory of archaeology. My teacher used to use that analogy in reference to a couple of archaeologists.
Coturnix defines scientist rock stars as:
What I take it to mean is a scientist who did or discovered something really important and whose name is, thus, as well known as any movie star or rock star. A household name. Someone whose pronouncements on any and every topic would be as widely reported by the media and as widely repeated by the regular folks as pronouncements by Brittney Spears (“Honestly, I think we should just trust our president in every decision he makes and should just support that, you know, and be faithful in what happens.”).
I can only think of three from the world of anthropology.
1) Richard Leakey – the Leakeys are to anthropology like the Bachs are to music. I can’t think of anybody who hasn’t heard of them.
2) Donald Johanson – Lucy – need I say more. Yes, I will. Johanson was the first to explore the Middle Awash. Arguably one of the most important fossil bearing areas ever. We can certainly say that it rivals Olduvai Gorge or Koobi Fora or Swartkrans
3) Timothy White – Continued the Awash work where Johanson left off. He has been involved, in one form or another, with most of the significant finds of the last 25 years.
If we relax the standards just a bit one could include:
4) Lewis Binford – Father of Processualist Archaeology
5) Michael Schiffer – Father of Behavioral Archaeology and about the only man as smart as Binford…
and if you really, really relax the standards:
6) afarensis – the father of this blog…still waiting for the hot female groupies in a peach tank top, khaki shorts and a fedora (long story)…
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