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Lynn Margulis

The renown scientist Lynn Margulis died recently on Tuesday the 22nd of November. Her research looked at the origins of eukaryotic cells and she worked to prove how they developed from symbiotic relationships with bacterial cells. Her work developed into the endosymbiotic theory, which helped to explain how cells which lacked nuclei evolved to have nuclei. At first her work was dismissed, but over time it became more and more respected; in 1999 she won the National Medal of Science. She taught and researched at the University of Massachusetts Amherst until her later years.

I think it is important to credit the scientist behind the work because they are often forgotten. Out of an acceptable elementary education in science, the only names I really remember are Charles Darwin, Sigmund Freud, Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton, all of which are men and have been deceased for quite some time. There are so many researchers and researcher’s assistants who have made great scientific discoveries who most people will never know about. Research can be tedious and frustrating work that often does not yield results which  were hoped for. A lot of media that scientists receive is negative, about controversial methods, or about the companies for which the scientists work for, not the scientists themselves.

Also, anyone can be a scientist. You don’t need a degree and a lab to discover how the world works. One of the ways that scientists make their mark on science is by naming their discoveries after themselves, such as planets, stars, theories, and postulates. I think it’d be really cool to have my own theory that kids learned about in a textbook. Some of the ways scientists really play a crucial role to our society is through agricultural, medicine, astronomy and psychology. Scientists get to discover or think up new things, new ways the world works and how we interact with these phenomenas, which I think is really cool.

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