10 Most Frantic Scientists
Men engaged in scientific endeavors evoke images of crooked toothed, white haired, white skinned maniacs clothed in a white coat, thanks to the variety of books and movies that we have come across for generations. The following is a list of the 10 most famous scientists who have lived a life that borders the insanity.
Dr Benway is perhaps the most promiscuous of all mad scientists. Created by William Burroughs, he became the means of the author to ridicule the medical profession and, maybe the various wrong uses that science can be put to in general. The scientist made his first appearance in the book Naked Lunch, followed by several other books by the same author. He also featured in the film made on Naked Lunch by David Cronenberg. The scientist displays a striking tendency to be independent in his thoughts and actions, and someone who lacked a conscience. He can be better described as a surgical artist than a doctor, for whom his performance and his next fix is of more importance than the well being of his patient.
An infinite obsession to create life out of inanimate matter through artificial means is what drives Frankenstein, who eventually leaves school just to pursue his dream for the next two years. He ends up assembling a humanoid creature perhaps by stitching together bits and pieces of human corpses. It’s likely that a chemical or an apparatus, or a combination of both is used to join the human pieces, though he does not come out clean on this even when asked repeatedly. He in fact avoids the question thrice and the only clue is the fact that he did notice lightning strike down a tree in his childhood. However, Frankenstein becomes successful in bringing it to life though the monstrous proportions of his creation, combined with its ugliness was terrifying and something that is best kept at bay.
Nowhere is the psychopathology of a split personality so brilliantly portrayed as in the character of Dr Jekyll in the classic tale ‘Strange Case of Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde’ penned by the Scottish author Robert Louis Stevenson. In fact, so famous is the character of Jekyll and Hyde that it has come to signify wild or contradictory behavior in the real world. By ingesting a potion that he himself contrived, Dr Jekyll could transform himself into Edward Hyde, a brutal and remorseless person that brings to the fore the hidden side of Dr Jekyll.
Created by H G Wells, Dr Moreau is a visionary doctor engaged in research work in an island.
It all begins when a man who is shipwrecked is brought to the island, where he eventually discovers that the island’s inhabitants are experimental animals whom Dr Moreau transform into strange looking humans.
The story had been made into films on three occasions, in 1933, in 1977 and then again in 1996.
Dr. Strangelove’s job is that of a scientific advisor to President Muffley in the war room, drawing upon his previous experience as a Nazi physicist. He translates his German surname ‘Merkwürdigliebe’ to its English equivalent as soon as he becomes an American citizen. He even ends up addressing the President as ‘Mein Fuhrer’ at least twice in the film, which can be explained by his past Nazi association. His character is an amalgamation of RAND Corporation strategist Herman Kahn, Nazi SS officer-turned-NASA rocket scientist Wernher von Braun and Edward Teller, considered the father of the hydrogen bomb. The character is also compared to the U.S. Secretary of State and controversial Nobel Peace Prize laureate Henry Kissinger.
A brilliant scientist who is known to suffer from Napoleon complex, Dr No would describe himself as the unwanted child of a German missionary and a Chinese girl with a good family background. He goes on to become the treasurer of Tong, identified as the most powerful criminal society of China. He makes a daring escape to America after pulling off a heist to the tune of $10,000,000 worth of Tong gold bullion. A specialist of atomic energy that eventually costs him both of his hands; Dr No got them replaced with crude bionic ones made of either iron or steel.
Dr Frank N Furter can be described as the sweet transvestite from transsexual Transylvania – the heartthrob of the immensely popular British musical comedy film, Rocky Horror Picture Show.
Armed with considerable scientific prowess, he uses them to create a handsome young man as a means to improve his love life.
A hilarious musical that parodies science fiction and horror films, the film portrays all sorts of strange goings on and bed swapping.
Always accompanied by his cat Mr. Bigglesworth and his side-kick Mini-Me, Dr Evil is best described as the fictional supervillian, with Mike Myers playing out his character in the Austin Powers film series.
He happens to be the primary villain of the movies and a formidable opponent of Austin Powers. With intentions to dominate the entire world, Dr Evil is always busy hatching terror plots towards that goal.
He is the parody of any number of James Bond villains, primary among which is Donald Pleasance’s Ernst Stavro Blofeld of SPECTRE.
Emmett Lathrop “Doc” Brown is a fictional scientist and one of the main characters in the Back to the Future motion picture trilogy, with actor Christopher Lloyd playing the character in the three films as well as the live action sequences of the animated series while Dan Castellaneta lent his voice in the animated series.
Doc Brown’s is loosely inspired by Leopold Stokowski and Albert Einstein, as is evident in the appearance and mannerisms of the character.
Not much is known about where Faust’s name or persona originated from, though the general perception is that of it being based on the German figure Dr. Johann Georg Faust who lived from 1480 to 1540. A magician and an alchemist of questionable character, Faust probably hailed from Knittlingen, Württemberg, and went on to obtain a degree in divinity from Heidelberg University in 1509. Faust is the leading figure of a classic German legend that centered around a medieval scholar who makes a pact with the Devil.