Multi-Employed Scientists

The other day I was dispatched at ease on the subject of the poor scientific rigor shown by most novels, giving some examples of how oxygen has been treated, however, it is no less true that many novelists have also been scientists, and not only in the field of science fiction hard.

For example, only in the field of medicine We can find the following authors, among many others: Arthur Conan Doyle, Anton Chekhov, John Keats, François Rabelais or Oliver Goldsmith. And in mathematics, there is also a world-famous author, Lewis Carroll, responsible for Alice in Wonderland, who was one of the leading English mathematicians of his time.

And is that many scientists have not cultivated a single hobby related to science, but even they have been employed in other jobs that had nothing to do with their vocation. Here is a small list of examples:

Pierre de Fermat: besides being a mathematician, he was a criminal lawyer.

Isaac Newton: He was a member of Parliament, director of the Royal Mint and speculative theologian.

Georg Büchner: He studied the common barbel, a fish from the carp family, but also authored Woyzeck Y The death of Danton.

Vladimir Nabokov: besides being the author of Lolita, his most controversial work, was a lepidopterologist specializing in American blue butterflies.

John Cage: He was an expert in fungi of the genus Amanita, and also an experimental composer.

You can find more examples of multi-employed scientists in the ecclesiastical world. And is that, places like Britain, the profession of pastor or rural rector also provided advances in science and technologyWell, they paid good salaries in exchange for relatively little work, so they also had a lot of free time.

In 1851, for example, in Britain there were 17,621 Anglican pastors, and to be a pastor it was also an indispensable requirement to have a university degree. So a cultivated and rich class was created, with examples such as:

The rector of the rural parish of Leicestershire, Edmund Cartwright, inventor of the mechanical loom.

The Reverend of Oxford William Buckland, which first described the dinosaurs scientifically and was also a world authority on coprolites (fossilized feces).

The Reverend of Durham William Greenwell, who was the founding father of modern archeology.

Or the parish priest of Kent Thomas Bayes, which developed the famous Bayes Theorem, which is currently used to determine statistically reliable probabilities based on partial information. You can read more about it in Measuring your beliefs: Bayes' theorem.