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Annette Karmiloff-Smith
professorial research fellow at the School of Psychology, Birkbeck, University of London.
The possibility of measuring (in a non-invasive way) brain activity in human infants while they are processing different stimuli.
Wolfgang Ketterle
professor of physics at the Centre for Ultracold Atoms at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, joint recipient of the Nobel Prize in physics
In atomic and optical physics, the biggest innovations have been the laser and ultracold atoms
Charles Kohlhase
artist, science educator, and lead designer of numerous planetary missions
Tremendous advances have been made in the art and science of deep space navigation.
Dr Boris Kotchoubey
Researcher at the Institute of Medical Psychology and Behavioral Neurobiology at the University of Tübingen
The greatest innovation in psychology would be to marry social science and the science of the brain
Dr Peter Lane
veterinary surgeon
When chloroform became available, it meant that a whole series of serious surgical operations, including cutting into body cavities, could be undertaken humanely
Graeme Laver
Former professor of biochemistry and molecular biology at the Australian National University in Canberra
The concept of preventing infection by viruses by administering killed or weakened preparations of viruses to people (and animals) has lead to the prevention and in some cases elimination, of many diseases caused by viruses. Smallpox, polio, yellow fever, measles and mumps are some that come to mind
Leon M Lederman
Pritzker professor of science at the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago and joint recipient of the Nobel Prize in physics
The greatest advance in our understanding of how the world works is the discovery of quantum field theory carried out in the 1920-50 epoch
William L Ledger
Professor of obstetrics and gynaecology at the University of Sheffield
It has to be the achievement of fertilisation 'in vitro' with successful embryo transfer and implantation leading to the birth of Louise Brown in 1978
Dr Peggy G Lemaux
Cooperative extension specialist in plant biotechnology at the University of California in Berkeley

Without a doubt, the invention of most impact in the field of biology - be it that of animals, micro-organisms or plants - is the development and use of recombinant DNA methods
Dr Gilbert V Levin
Founder of Spherix
Language makes possible the accumulation of knowledge, including science, and its transmission from generation to generation
Professor Norman Levitt
Professor of mathematics at Rutgers University in New Jersey
The new methods for analysing topological questions that arise from the study of Ricci flows on Riemannian structures, utilising deep ideas from differential geometry and partial differential equations
Sir Chris Llewellyn-Smith
Director UKAEA Culham
Tokamaks are the most promising route to mastering fusion (which powers the sun) on earth and thereby providing an essentially limitless, environmentally responsible, large scale source of energy
Professor Seth Lloyd
Professor of quantum mechanical engineering MIT.
The idea that we should think about the fundamental processes in physics in terms of information
Robert A Lodder
Professor, Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and Department of Chemistry at the University of Kentucky in Lexington.
Miniaturisation is making possible great strides in the Triple-A problems in science
Dr Bob Lucky
Former corporate vice president of research at Telcordia Technologies
The greatest innovation was the open platform for communications created by the Internet architecture