In light of the recent discussion of the topic of 'Framing Science' on the blogosphere I noticed that the experts in the field, most notably Matthew Nisbet, seemed to give the impression that the success of scientists was in no small way linked to their exposure to the public. That said, I have done a quick survey by way of our friend Google that indicates the number of hits returned after typing in a few notable scientists names - in quotation marks.
59 000 - google hits
Professor of Molecular
Co-discoverer of RNA interference technique and biological pathway.
Nobel Prize for Medicine 2006
31 800 - google hits
27 100 - google hits
Introduced the neutral theory of molecular evolution in 1968
26 700 - google hits
Determined the amino acid sequence of insulin in 1955 – Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1958
Developed dideoxy chain termination DNA sequencing technique – Nobel Prize in Chemistry 1980
16 600 - google hits
Professor of Molecular Biology at the
Developed one of the first recombinant DNA-based vaccines
Renowned expert on non-coding RNA
15,900 - google hits
Discovered that the cellular structures known as Barr bodies were in fact inactivated X chromosomes.
Pioneered the idea of evolution by gene duplication
Coined the term “junk DNA”
Wrote the 1971 landmark paper “Genetic implication of karyological instability of malignant somatic cells” describing cancer as a genetic disease and putting forward the two-hit hypothesis of mutation-induced tumors.'
9, 820 - google hits
Discoverer with Francis Crick of frame shift mutations
Advocate of C.elegans as a model system for genetic analysis
Nobel Prize in 2002