• Question: What scientist inspired you the most?

    Asked by md1234 to Tommy on 30 Apr 2020.
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      Tommy Hayden answered on 30 Apr 2020:

      Thanks for the question

      It’s hard to give a very definite answer on – it can change depending on the situation I’m in

      The first scientist I was conscious of being inspired by was Neil Armstrong. I still find it amazing that NASA were able to get people to the moon and back with 1960s technology. It’s a very inspiring example of innovation and teamwork

      In terms of medical device design, Earl Bakken is very inspirational. He founded Medtronic (the company I work for). He started the business working from his shed…

      Steve Jobs is another very inspiring scientist. I love the stories about how he started out when it was basically him and Steve Wozniak bouncing ideas off each other

      All of those people literally changed the world with their work