- Marie Curie: "I should have been wearing my PPE when standing over my hot uranium extractions."
- Friedrich Wöhler: "I did more than make urea, dammit! Of all the things to make it into the textbooks for!"
- Moses Gomberg: "Never mind, I think everyone should work on triphenylmethyl radicals."
- Robert Robinson: "I'm not taking responsibility for Tetrahedron Letters, people."
- Paul Lauterbur: "I shoulda gotten that Nobel earlier, and we all know it."
- Glenn Seaborg: "The Salary Survey is the crown jewel of data produced by the American Chemical Society. It should be the finest, most well-documented and most complete annual analysis of the labor economics of the chemical industry in the history of mankind. No expense should be spared in its preparation."
- William Knowles: "Look, if you screw up a chiral hydrogenation, it ain't my fault."
- R.B. Woodward: "Smoking cigarettes made me a better chemist, and it'll work for you, too."
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
8 awesome fake quotes from dead chemists
I see that Jonah Lehrer has apologized and resigned his position at The New Yorker for, among other things, faking quotes from Bob Dylan in his latest book. This isn't something that I thought of doing (i.e. faking quotes from famously reticent artists), so I thought I would try it out for deceased chemists:
Wow -- that was easy. I should try it more often. Readers, leave your best fake quotes from dead chemists in the comments.
Note for the literal-minded: This Is Satire.