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senior lecturer at the Department of Adult Continuing Education, The University of Wales Swansea
The discovery of quantum mechanics represents one of the most beguiling, strange, mysterious and yet useful discoveries ever made.
Kevin Warwick
professor of cybernetics, University of Reading
It will be the first direct electronic communication between two human brains.
Dr Julian Whitaker
founder of the Whitaker Wellness Institute
The discovery of the active molecules of life such as vitamins, minerals, essentials fatty acids, amino acids, and hormones
Dr John Whitfield
Science writer, author and blogger
The greatest innovation in ecology is the concept of the niche, as developed by Evelyn Hutchinson in the late 1950’s
Frank Wilczek
professor of physics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, joint recipient of the Nobel Prize in physics
The greatest innovation in physics, and I think in all of science, was the discovery that important behaviour of natural objects can be described with mathematical precision
Austin Williams
Director Future Cities Project
It was when I first saw a primitive rapid prototyping device on BBC's Tomorrow's World in the early 80s, that I realised that this was the future
Professor Lewis Wolpert
emeritus professor of biology as applied to medicine, University College London
The microscope was the greatest innovation for cell and developmental biology. Without it cells would not have been discovered
James Woudhuysen
professor of forecasting and innovation, De Montfort University.
The greatest innovation in my field, forecasting and innovation, was probably made by Karl Marx: he knew that human agency was infinitely more powerful than fate.
Dr Matt Young
Senior lecturer in physics, Colorado School of Mines in Golden
The lens is integral to the telescope, the microscope, the camera, and almost every optical instrument you can name.
Anton Zeilinger
Full professor of experimental physics, University of Vienna
The invention of experiment.
Robert Zimmerman
science journalist, historian and author
Space exploration has given the human race a steady, continuous look at the unknown.