Top five scientific moustaches

James Morgan
James Morgan
Well, doesn’t time fly? It seems like only yesterday that we here at Omega Towers were revelling in the majesty of @longtontom’s 2011 soup strainer. In actual fact, an entire year has now passed and we are already closing in on the home stretch of Movember 2012. If you’re participating then by now, you’re probably well on your way to developing a fully-fledged nose neighbour. Even you fuzz-free spectators are likely to have noticed an unusual preponderance of moustachioed gentlemen wandering about town during recent weeks.

If you’re participating then by now, you’re probably well on your way to developing a fully-fledged nose neighbour. Even you fuzz-free spectators are likely to have noticed an unusual preponderance of moustachioed gentlemen wandering about town during recent weeks.
In addition to encouraging the world’s menfolk to populate their upper lips with festive face furniture, the Movember Foundation supports charities involved in the fight against prostate and testicular cancer, such as Prostate Cancer UK and the Institute of Cancer Research (ICR). To celebrate this most noble (and dashing) of causes, has compiled a list the five finest moustaches from the world of science. So, sit back and twist the ends of your ‘tash in delight as we pay homage to some hairy-lipped boffins from history...

Ernest Rutherford5. Ernest Rutherford
In fifth place we have chosen Ernest Rutherford – or to give him his official title, Lord Rutherford of Nelson. During an experimentally prolific career, Lord Rutherford discovered the concept of radioactive half-life, differentiated and named alpha and beta radiation, lent his name to a scattering technique and an atomic model, and is widely credited as being the first person to split the atom. Perhaps most impressive, however, is the fact that the pioneering Nobel laureate managed to achieve all of this and more whilst simultaneously sporting an impeccably groomed moustache.

Albert Einstein4. Albert Einstein
At number four we have the undisputed granddaddy of relativity. Albert, son of Hermann and Pauline Einstein, brought about a revolution within the field of physics with his theories of general and special relativity. Moreover, his research into the photoelectric effect earned him the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1921. In addition to his marvellous mind, Einstein’s eccentric appearance has served to make him the poster child for the modern-day concept of genius. Indeed, we would argue that Einstein is equal to his moustache, multiplied by the square of his curiosity.

George Washington Carver3. George Washington Carver
In third place we have opted for American scientist, botanist, educator and inventor, George Washington Carver. Despite being born into slavery in the 1860s, Carver beat the odds to become one of the most respected plant scientists of his generation. His research into alternative crops to cotton, such as peanuts, soybeans and sweet potatoes, not only brought him fame, but also helped to improve the nutrition and quality of life enjoyed by farm families across the United States. Of course, it wasn’t only agricultural produce that Carver showed an aptitude for cultivating. He also succeeded in nurturing one of the most spectacular facial specimens that we have ever seen.

Nikola Tesla2. Nikola Tesla
Our runner up is famed alternating current enthusiast Nikola Tesla. The Serbian-American electrical whiz-kid moved to the US in 1884 to work for inventor and businessman Thomas Edison; the man who would later become Tesla’s main rival. Just as Einstein has become the archetypal genius, Tesla is often portrayed as the quintessential ‘mad scientist’. During the course of his career, Tesla experimented with electricity, X-rays and radio, invented his eponymous coil, and claimed to have developed a working ‘death ray’. Whilst ultimately, his archnemesis Edison proved victorious in the battle of the currents, Tesla undoubtedly reigned supreme in the war of the ‘tashes.

Tycho Brahe1. Tycho Brahe
The prize for greatest scientific moustache of all time can only go to one man. Check out this tour de force in facial hair, brought to you by the nose of Danish astronomer and alchemist Tycho Brahe. As we’re sure you’ll agree, this particular ‘tash really is without equal within learned circles. Although Brahe gained renown for his thorough and precise astronomical and planetary observations, he would surely have been better known as the boffin with majestic horns protruding from beneath his nostrils. This feat becomes all the more impressive when you consider the fact that Brahe didn’t have a complete nose to support his triumphant appendage. In fact, the astronomer lost the bridge of his nose during a night-time sword duel concerning the validity of a mathematical formula. Perhaps to detract attention from the prosthetic nose that Brahe had to wear in the wake of this setback, he sprouted the best darn moustache in the history of science. Whatever his motivations, we here at would like to doff our ‘tashes to the tremendous facial hair of Tycho Ottesen Brahe.

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Lets face it, so long as Theresa May is home secretary we're not likely to see any progressive change in drug policy in the UK. I mean, the woman just made Qat a class C drug against solid scientific evidence. Reminds me of the reclassification of cannabis as mentioned in this article. Can someone please give these politicians a good shake and make them see that what they're doing is extremely counterproductive! Argh!!

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