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Blondlot’s ‘N for never’ rays

We’ve got X-rays, radio waves and gamma rays, so why not N-rays? Because they don’t actually exist, despite what French scientist René Blondlot would have had you believe.

Hwang Woo-suk, ‘Pride of Korea’

Another of our researchers once considered to be a pioneering expert in their field before committing career suicide is South Korean scientist Hwang Woo-suk.

Obokata’s success turned sour

What’s the world coming to when you have to take every scientific breakthrough with a pinch of salt… or squeeze of lemon!

T J J See’s astronomical arrogance

An enquiring mind, a determination to get to the bottom of a problem and a certain confidence in your abilities are all useful traits in a scientist. Astronomical arrogance, less so.

Pauling and the Big C

Our next entry in the Scientific Hall of Shame is also one of its least likely. A winner of two Nobel prizes no less, Linus Pauling’s later contributions to the world of healthcare left a lot to be desired.

Pons and Fleischmann’s cold fusion flop

Imagine the kudos associated with discovering a source of clean, unlimited energy. Martin Fleischmann and Stanley Pons, two highly regarded chemists from the University of Utah, certainly did. Imagine it, that is!

Lysenko’s seeds of starvation

Judged on body count, Soviet biologist Trofim Lysenko far surpasses Midgley and relegates other dangerous scientific discoveries like dynamite, poison gas and even atomic bombs to the ranks of ‘also-rans’.

Midgley’s lasting legacy

Every scientist wants to make a difference, but not the kind Thomas Midgley Jr is now remembered for.

Holmes’ Test Trauma

For Elizabeth Holmes and the company she founded in 2003, Theranos, everything started so well…

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