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    What happens to a person who after acquiring a certificate that trophies them as a scientist, still remains mediocre in the great fields of science? I mean the people who are not Einsteins, Newtons or Neil Degrasse Tyson's even. How do they live their lives? What jobs do they have? Do we ever hear of them? Do most of them end up as teachers?
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    (Original post by Psychedeliyaa)
    What happens to a person who after acquiring a certificate that trophies them as a scientist, still remains mediocre in the great fields of science? I mean the people who are not Einsteins, Newtons or Neil Degrasse Tyson's even. How do they live their lives? What jobs do they have? Do we ever hear of them? Do most of them end up as teachers?
    Firstly, the age of lone scientific geniuses is over, and has been over for well over half a century. Nobel Prizes are unfortunately quite misleading and give a false impression that this is still the case. Modern science is so complex and collaborative that most breakthroughs are the work of huge teams and the names you see are simply the people fortunate enough to have the role of Principal Investigator.

    Most people who continue to work in science start as researchers and work up towards higher ranks such as professorships if they are able to, carrying out research, publishing papers and, if they work in a university, teaching and supervising. It's still possible to be successful in your field even if you don't have an as transformative effect as people like Einstein or Newton.
 
 
 
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