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Charles Darwin, Max Planck, and Niels Bohr - Great Scientific Minds

Updated on July 13, 2012

He was one truly serious Dude!

Charles Darwin : The Father of Evolution : 12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882
Charles Darwin : The Father of Evolution : 12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882 | Source

Charles Darwin

Ever since the dawning of time things have been in a constant state of chaos in the universe, as for many humans is concerned, its been a daunting task to uncover its secrets. Scientifically however certain curious individuals have been able to detect such occurrences that have happened long ago in the past before humanity was even thought of. This person was one great mind out of the bunch, that determined himself how things began at the beginning of time or so they say, and he named such a transition and growth process evolution. It's become the subject of wide spread controversy for centuries on end about it all, entire wars over creation theory have been instigated, and religious people worldwide have been fighting over their own belief as to how it all began for us on earth.

Charles Darwin was a brilliant guy nonetheless, an English naturalist, and even though he faced a great deal of criticism, because his notions eventfully would unfold many truth's to those of the scientific community and that of the world about what actually has physically occurred over long lengths of time here on earth. As opposed to accepting any kind of belief system of sorts, Charles stood out as the one who definitely changed our perception of how it all began for all living biological creatures, and he's lead scientist to intensive research studies such as the human genome, carbon dating, genetics, and cloning.

With his critical observation skills and logical thinking he managed to develop the concepts of natural selection, and how differing species adapt to their environment over time. He done this by extracting data about how each species chose to pattern their survival skills, fossil research (paleontology), and by observing the physical changes to their skeletal remains across vast amounts of time, the end result of these ideas soon became known as artificial selection, which Darwin deemed was the way all species have derived from their common ancestors, meaning nature will select for each species an advantageous means to survive using adaptation to ones own environment.

Doesn't he look quite Young

Max Planck : Father of Quantum Theory : April 23, 1858 – October 4, 1947
Max Planck : Father of Quantum Theory : April 23, 1858 – October 4, 1947 | Source

Max Plank

There are always things that happen in life that are truly unexplainable, and some people go to the greatest extents to prove or disprove certain instances. Max Plank was that sort of guy, he was determined throughout his academic career to prove something that existed that is almost impossible to conceive of, he was the originator of the awe inspiring, and most bizarre subject in physics quantum theory.

Max Plank has been instrumental in developing methods to determine how subatomic particles function, and operate all throughout their processes. This has helped humanity to come up with many more non-visible scientific discoveries, and have also helped us to produce some pretty powerful and destructive weapons systems for the war machines of most world governments. Without great minds like Plank and Albert Einstein, such realities as the Higgs boson, wouldn't of been possible to ever have been conceived of, or experimented with at CERN, in our more modern day times of scientific research and discovery. Science and humanity owes a great deal to innovators like Max, and we're all grateful for the brilliance he possessed in his time on earth.

Awarded Noble Prize in Physics

Niels Bohr : 7 October 1885 – 18 November 1962
Niels Bohr : 7 October 1885 – 18 November 1962 | Source

Niels Bohr

Following in Plank's footsteps is the Danish Physicist Niels Bohr, who was also instrumental at helping the development of atomic structures, and that of quantum theory . He was someone who was also said to bring great changes to the world of sciences, and his great mind lead him to influence the actual development, and physical creation of the Manhattan Project itself, which was known as the atomic bomb back in 1939. This is where raw experimental data has been put into full action, and where the sum of all these great minds stated in this articles series, has lead to raw action being taken on the field of battle.

Without this dude, our world would truly be a different place entirely, because his assistance and knowledge was placed into immediate action, who knows which way the tables may have turned in dealing with the likes of Adolf Hitler, and communist Japan many years back, whom of which attacked pearl harbor prior to the ungodly day of infamy when America had dropped the bomb on Hiroshima, and Nagasaki in January 1945, ending the World War II.


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    • CloudExplorer profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      Thanks @jainismus, it was a tough one to write but I managed to crank it out, I need to complete this series some time soon, when ever I get back to it that is.

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      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      Thanks Rahul for the cool comment, your mind is truly powerful as well, and I can sense that you have truly dug deep into learning many of the great minds of our world.

      Mankind has truly been blessed to have so many geniuses in the past and even in our more modern day era of time. It is important to pay homage, and respect for those who've have layed down the very foundations, that all of humanity literally rest upon and depend on, to even have what we have today, and so this is why I write about these cool dudes today. Cool insight and introspect bro.

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 

      6 years ago from Pune, India

      Great information on these scientists, thank you for sharing it.

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      Jessee R 

      6 years ago from Gurgaon, India

      The three people you talk about here Mike... in my personal opinion are pivotal points or chronological pillars in their respective subject histories....

      I meant there is biology before and after Darwin, the same goes with Bohr and Planck...

      Darwin's theories though currently ruled out by new studies hold importance in the methods of research like no other... and as for Planck... his attention was pristine for the current developments in modern nuclear physics which has almost brought us to unraveling the true history of the universe...

      As far as Bohr is concerned... a high school chemistry teacher with the mind as curious as that of Aristotle... :) Before him.. The Atom was Rutherford's Plum Pudding to say the least... It was him who clearly defined the basis for modern and detailed approaches to follow...

      Awesome hub Mike..... great minds like these have shaped the development of the human civilization and earned immortal identities in the sands of time....

    • CloudExplorer profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      Well for me I love spiders, but I could of used it on some roaches or something worse. haha!

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      Terrye Toombs 

      6 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      no kidding! It would have made a good spider killing weapon! :)

    • CloudExplorer profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      Thanks TToombso8, I remember that course too, AP Bio was super fun, and that big ole book was so heavy, hehe!

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      Terrye Toombs 

      6 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Excellent introduction to the great minds and their works, Cloud! You instantly took me back to AP Biology! LOL Keep up the great series! VUM.

    • CloudExplorer profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      Hey @rfmoran, Thank you Moran for the cool vote and for sharing my hub with me.

      Yeah I did the best I could, it was a little tough at first starting out, then things began rolling from that point onward, it was a fun right indeed.

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      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      Thank you @Deborah Brooks for the visit, I been digging into the archives, and trying to kick up a storm on hubpages recently.

      I just hope I can keep up this momentum, I will not stop trying to do my best Debbie, this is all I have now so I'll be giving it my all each and every time.

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      Russ Moran - The Write Stuff 

      6 years ago from Long Island, New York

      Well done Mike. Voted up and interesting. Good solid synopsis of three intellectual powerhouses. Nice use of the capsules right next to the photos. Russ Moran

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 

      6 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Mike another great hub my friend...each time i learn something new from you..great history....voted up..debbie

    • CloudExplorer profile imageAUTHOR

      Mike Pugh 

      6 years ago from New York City

      Thanks John for the visit and the vote, oh yes indeed Charles was one of those who helped us all break through the world of beliefs, and disbelief's as well dealing with creation, and all.

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      John Sarkis 

      6 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      Great article! I briefly mentioned Darwin in an article I just recently wrote about "Political Science." These individuals influenced society like few before them or since.

      Great job! Voted up



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