Walter Gilbert (21/03/1932) is an American biochemist, physicist and a pioneer of molecular biology. This Nobel prize laureate is passionate about combining art and science. To show the complementarity of the two “worlds”, he explores the field of digital photography, focusing on embracing the shapes and colors of his images in extreme details.
Roger Guillemin (11/01/1924) is a Franco-American neuroscientist and professor, honoured for his work on neurohormones. Scientific researchis not his only passion: this Nobel Prize winner often crosses the borders of formal knowledge to pursue his explorations in the field of digital art. Guillemin’s vivid, hypnotizing images are showcased in galleries around the world.
Cyril Norman Hinshelwood (19/06/1897 – 09/10/1967) was a British physical chemist and expert in chemical kinetics. Having no formal artistic training, he used this field as one of the creative outlets. His work demonstrates a great natural gift for creating exquisite oil paintings.
Harold Kroto (07/10/1939 – 30/04/2016) was an English chemist famous for his work on the discovery of fullerenes. He was also a passionate communicator of science, educator and awarded graphic designer. Kroto’s work resulted in creating many posters, letterheads, logos, book and journal covers. He once said: “Art and science are intrinsically the same except for one thing. The universe is in control of your science, whether it’s right or wrong, and the public are in control of your art – if they’re going to buy it if you’re going to make a living that way.”
Andre Lwoff (08/05/1902 – 30/09/1994), a French microbiologist, was awarded prizes for the discovery of the genetic regulation of the synthesis of enzymes and viruses. Yet, apart from being a scientist, he was also a passionate painter. His friends said about him:: “Science, he practiced it as an artist.”
Albert Abraham Michelson (19/12/1852 – 09/05/1931) was a German-born Polish American physicist famous for his work on measuring the speed of light. Apart from being the first American citizen to receive the Nobel Prize in science, he was also a dedicated artist, expressing his passion through sketching and watercolor. While at university, he became a co-founder and vice-president of the Renaissance Society in 1916, dedicated to the “cultivation of the arts.”