The Most Important Scientist You’ve Never Heard Of

I was always the kid who liked school.  Today, four year after finishing undergrad, I miss it dearly.  I love the structure, the feedback, and most importantly, the learning.

One of the easiest ways I’ve continued to learn is by subscribing to Dan Lewis’s “Now I Know” email.  Dan has no idea who I am, but I love what he’s done.  Each day, he sends out a short email summarizing some random or lesser known fact with links to further reading on the topic.  I highly recommend it if you’re into that sort of thing.

In his “Weekender” editions on Fridays, he sends out links to various long-form articles from across the internet that he has found particularly intriguing.  That’s where I stumbled upon this gem:


“For 60 years, American drivers unknowingly poisoned themselves by pumping leaded gasoline into their tanks. Here is the lifelong saga of Clair Patterson—a scientist who helped build the atomic bomb and discovered the true age of the Earth—and how he took on a billion-dollar industry to save humanity from itself.”

If you’re into science, environmentalism, industry-corruption, history, biology, geology, doing what’s right, or just super cool people, you’ll love this article.

The Most Important Scientist You’ve Never Heard Of by Lucas Reily on


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