Hi, I would like to dedicate this post to Johann von Gauss as he gave me the idea to do this.
There are many people suffering from depression and other types of mental health problems, however a lot of them succeed and achieve their goals despite this. This post is going to focus on just a few notable scientists who have achieved success as a result of persevering and not letting their mental health get in the way.
Isaac Newton isn't necessarily a scientist with known health problems. However, historians have agreed that he most probably suffered from bipolar disorder with a possibility of psychotic tendencies and mild autism. It is also believed that his 'mad delusions' in many of the letters that he had written indicate schizophrenia. Having a single one of these is very difficult, let alone a combination of these. Despite this, Newton struggled through this large mood swings and discovered many important and fundamental concepts of the modern world. For example, he invented calculus, discovered gravity, laws of motion and built telescopes. Even though he had a lot to deal with, Isaac Newton has become one of the most influential scientists of all time.
David Bohm was is usually described as one of the most significant theoretical physicists ever. Bohm suffered from depression throughout his life but constantly fought against it. After the first time he successfully battled depression, he made many significant contributions to various scientific ideas. This includes quantum theory, the Holonomic model of the brain and the Aharonov-Bohm Effect. These ideas have made very large differences to science as a whole.
Julian Huxley was another very inspirational scientist. He suffered from a nervous breakdown at one point, as well as depression. After staying strong, Huxley was able to achieve all of the scientific goals that he did. This includes leaving a legacy of students from his teaching at New College, Oxford, contributing to evolutionary synthesis, and even created various words when he felt they didn't already suit his definition. These contributions have impacted many people, and wouldn't have done so if Huxley hadn't had the courage to battle with his depression.
I hope that you found that useful and inspirational. If you know about any other inspirational scientists that you think other people will be inspired by, please don't hesitate to post.
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- 05-11-2015 19:52
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- 06-11-2015 18:32
Lewis Wolpert is a developmental biologist who suffered greatly with clinical depression, especially near the beginning of his career. Despite the struggles that he was faced with, he made sure that he would still be able to contribute to science with his research and findings. He is particularly well known for his positional value concept which has been used my many scientists since this discovery. Wolpert also spent much of his time writing about science and his experiences with depression. He is one example of the many scientists who didn't only manage to overcome their own personal troubles, but also aimed to inspire and help other people to overcome their troubles too. Without a scientist as Lewis Wolpert, many people may have not gained the hope they needed when struggling through life.