From the Research!America New Voices blog, I find this incredible new statistic: 65 % of Americans cannot name a living scientist, and another 18 % try but get it wrong. That’s 83 percent of us in total who don’t know a living scientist by name.
And for the few who answer correctly, the leading choice is (no huge surprise here) Stephen Hawking. The top living American scientist to be named (by only 1%) is E.O. Wilson.
More details can be found here. All in all, it’s just another dismaying factoid about the Unscientific America we live in….