In addition to the archetypical mad scientist
, western culture
who go above and beyond the regular demands of their professions to use their skills and knowledge for the betterment of others, often at great personal risk. In this list of fictional scientists and engineers
, an annotated alphabetical overview is given of some of the best-known beings in this category.
- Eleanor Arroway (Contact) – A scientist who searches for extraterrestrial intelligence.
- Martin Arrowsmith (Arrowsmith)
- Buckaroo Banzai (The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension) – Particle physicist, neurosurgeon, test pilot, martial artist and rock star.
- Professor Barnhardt (The Day the Earth Stood Still) — American scientist who organizes a scientific reception for Klaatu's message of peace.
- Dr. Glenn Barton (The Man and the Challenge) — human-factors scientist and star of the 1958-1959 TV series.
- Beakman (Beakman's World) — general scientist who, in a funny and entertaining manner, teaches that science is a fact of life.
- Dr. Sam Beckett (Quantum Leap) - Nobel-prizewinning quantum physicist (with multiple doctorates) caught in his own time-travel experiment; "leaping" into many lives along the span of his own lifetime, he must change the histories of those around him for the better before he can return home.
- Blankman (Blankman) – Science wiz-nerd who believes he is a superhero, and becomes one.
- Brains (Thunderbirds) – Engineer.
- Dr. Emmett Brown, a.k.a. Doc Brown (Back to the Future) – Inventor of the Flux Capacitor which makes time travel possible.
- Professor Cuthbert Calculus (The Adventures of Tintin) – A brilliant, if distracted, scientist. He is responsible for developing numerous potions and devices, but is most notably known as the leader of the first manned lunar mission.
- Dr. Susan Calvin (I, Robot and other stories by Isaac Asimov) – Chief robot-psychologist of U.S. Robots and Mechanical Men
- Lieutenant Colonel Samantha Carter, Ph.D. (Stargate SG-1) – An officer of the United States Air Force and astrophysicist whose scientific knowledge and engineering skills are used to resolve the various threats to her team and to Earth.
- Joseph Cavor (The First Men in the Moon) — inventor of "Cavorite" anti-gravity material
- Captain Hagbard Celine (Illuminatus trilogy) – Fights the Illuminati from his submarine and with his computer, both designed by himself.
- Norma Cenva (Legends of Dune) - Inventor of the space folding engine.
- Martin Crane (Skylark) – Engineer.
- 'Lara Croft - Tomb Raider - Archiologist.
- Dexter (Dexter's Laboratory) – Young wiz-nerd.
- The Doctor (Doctor Who) – A superintelligent alien who was educated as a scientist and uses his skills extensively in his adventures.
- Dr. Miles Bennett Dyson (Terminator 2: Judgment Day) – When he learns of the destructive destiny of his future creation, Dyson destroys his research.
- Hal Emmerich/ Otacon (Metal Gear Solid) - creator of the first nuclear bi-pedal tank named: Metal Gear REX.
- Dr. Stephen Falken (WarGames) — creator of "Joshua" computer program
- Dr Stephen Franklin - Babylon 5 and Crusade.
- Dr. Charles Forbin (Colossus: The Forbin Project) — designer of Colossus
- Dr. Clayton Forrester (1953 The War of the Worlds movie
- Sydney Fox - Relic Hunter Archiologist.
- Dr. Gordon Freeman (Half Life) – The goateed theoretical physicist fights a one-man battle against invading aliens, US Marines and Combine forces with a crowbar and other weapons. Associates are Drs. Isaac Kleiner, Eli Vance and Arne Magnusson.
- Dr. Leslie Gaskell (Kronos) — came up with a way to destroy the giant machine.
- Dr. Goodfellow (Buck Rogers in the 25th Century)
- 'Dr. Stanley Goodspeed (The Rock) - an FBI chemical weapons specialist
- Leonid Gorbovsky (Noon Universe), a genius scientist, a progressor and a spaceship captain who is known for his ability to land on even the most dangerous planets, to survive planetwide catastrophes and easily making contact with any non-human civilization.
- Artemus Gordon (The Wild Wild West) The brainy complement to James West's brawn.
- Leo Graf (Falling Free) Space engineer who leads a group of genetically engineered four-armed humans known as "quaddies" to freedom.
- Gadget Hackwrench (Chip and Dale's Rescue Rangers) - Female mouse tinkerer/scientist.
- Professor Roy Hinkley, aka The Professor (Gilligan's Island) – He is the respected de facto leader of the Castaways and usually represents the only real continual hope of rescue.
- Franz Hopper, (Code Lyoko) - Genius in Quantum Physics and Computer Programming responsible for the creation of the virtual reality Lyoko, Malevolent AI XANA and the advanced hardware that support both.
- Paige Howerd - Zoey 101
- Dr. Daniel Jackson (Stargate and Stargate SG-1) – Archaeologist and linguist who figures out how to open the Stargate; his understanding of cultures and languages typically comes in handy when dealing with the bewildering array of cultures in the Stargate universe.
- Professor Eddie Jessup (Altered States) — heroic at the end
- Indiana Jones (Indiana Jones movies and TV shows) – Adventurous archaeologist.
- Maxim Kammerer (Noon Universe) – Goes on a quest for traces of an enigmatic alien race called Wanderers.
- Gennady Komov (Noon Universe), a xenopsychologist whose main occupation is engaging contact with and studying alien (especially, non-human) civilizations, e.g. Headies and Ark Megaforms
- Pardot Kynes (Prelude to Dune) - Planetologist.
- Liet-Kynes (Prelude to Dune and Dune) - Planetologist.
- David Levinson (Independence Day) — Cable-TV engineer who devises the trick that blocks the alien invasion.
- Lewis McCartney - Max Hamilton and Dr Linda Denman from H20, Just add Water
- Angus "Mac" MacGyver (MacGyver) – A secret agent who fights the forces of evil using his scientific and engineering knowledge to his advantage.
- Ian Malcolm (Jurassic Park) – Mathematician and chaotician surviving numerous encounters with dinosaurs and other hazards. His mathematical prowess does not help so much as allow him to predict his own fate, and that of the park's inhabitants.
- Quinn Mallory (Sliders) — Graduate student who invents the transdimensional gateway.
- Dr. Russell A. Marvin (Earth vs. the Flying Saucers) — invented weapon that brought down the saucers.
- Dr. Rodney McKay (Stargate SG-1 and Stargate Atlantis) – Brilliant-but-whiny astrophysicist who manages to save the lost city of Atlantis on a regular basis (and never lets anyone forget it).
- Dr. Cal Meacham (This Island Earth) — Earth scientist (a radio engineer in the novel) kidnapped to solve the problem of defending the planet Metaluna.
- Dr. Harold Medford (Them!) — led team that wiped out the giant ants.
- Professor Nebulous (Nebulous) – Leader of an eco-troubleshooting team.
- Captain Nemo (Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea, The Mysterious Island) – An ambiguous-to-villainous figure, who later took on a heroic role.
- Jimmy Neutron (The Adventures of Jimmy Neutron: Boy Genius) – Boy genius'
- Megan Parker - Drake and Josh - Girl genius.
- Dr. Juliet Parrish (V) – A scientist who becomes the principal leader of the resistance against the genocidal alien Visitors.
- Quinn Pensky snd Paige Howard - Zoey 101 13yr old female mad scientist.Best known for her Quinventions
- Q (James Bond) – Makes all the gadgets 007 uses. Q is most often portrayed using the conventional literary trappings of a scientist (white lab coat etc), even though his activities are closer to engineering.
- Professor Bernard Quatermass (various TV series and movies)
- Dr. Benton Quest (Jonny Quest)
- Leonard of Quirm (Discworld) – Superintelaligent clockpunk engineer.
- Hank Rearden (Atlas Shrugged) — Metallurgist and railroad magnate, inventor of "Rearden metal".
- David Reed (Creature from the Black Lagoon), contrasted to Mark Williams, a hypermasculine and ultimately destructive scientist.
- Doctor Clark Savage Jr. aka Doc Savage (Doc Savage) – Surgeon, scientist, adventurer, inventor, explorer and musician.
- Dr. Richard Seaton (Skylark) – Super Scientist.
- Hari Seldon (Foundation Series) – The mathematician who invents psychohistory.
- Dr. Daisuke Serizawa (Gojira/Godzilla) - Scientist who invents the Oxygen Destroyer, uses it to destroy Godzilla, then destroys his notes and sacrifices his own life so his creation can never be misused.
- Cyrus Smith (The Mysterious Island) – Great literary example of 19th century engineer.
- Dr. Jeffrey Stewart (The Magnetic Monster) — Personally destroyed the dangerous substance.
- Dr. Thomas Stockmann (An Enemy of the People)
- Tom Strong (Tom Strong) – Science hero.
- Professor Mohinder Suresh (Heroes) - Professor of genetics and parapsychology from India.
- Tom Swift and Tom Swift, Jr. (children's stories) – A father-and-son team of inventors.
- Prof. Wayne Szalinski (Honey, I Shrunk The Kids)
- Dr. Drogulous Tremulous (Bibliomanic Ninja Cyclists Vs. The Psychogeographicians of Old Zlatograd Part III) — Inventor of the fructation nebulator which powered the Zeitgeist Cycles.
- Prof. Utonium (The Powerpuff Girls) – The creator of the Powerpuff Girls, among several other wacky things.
- Professor Abraham van Helsing (Dracula) – Nemesis of Bram Stoker's Dracula. In later incarnations, the professor has not fared so well, and, in some adaptations, is himself a villain.
- Mrs. Wakeman (My Life as a Teenage Robot) – XJ-9's creator.
- Dr. Hans Zarkov (Flash Gordon)
- Dr. Alphonse Mephesto, aka Dr.Mephesto (South Park) – Is a mad scientist, who specializes in genetic engineering. Dr. Mephesto creates strange creatures with his talents, however his creations are things like animals with multiple buttocks. Mephesto believes it is for the good of the Earth, and that one-assed animals are useless and must be destroyed. He even goes as far as presenting a "seven-assed Galapagos Turtle" in an attempt to win a Nobel Prize, but loses to Randy Marsh's "Unified Theory of Fart Thing." He also performs experiments ranging from simple DNA tests to creating a genetic clone of Stan Marsh for his son's science project.
Scientists and engineers in animation and video games
- 'Ciel (Mega Man Zero) - Teen prodigy specializing in energy research, cybernetics, and robotics.
- Naoko Akagi (Neon Genesis Evangelion)
- Dr. Ritsuko Akagi (Neon Genesis Evangelion) is the daughter of the above.
- Dr. Hiroshi Agasa aka Dr. Hershel Agasa (Case Closed) – An absent-minded professor who invents several devices to help out Jimmy Kudo.
- Jeff Andonuts (EarthBound) - One of the Chosen Four.
- Kiranin Colbock (Space Runaway Ideon) – A member of a science academy.
- Professor Kouzou Fuyutsuki (Neon Genesis Evangelion) – Right hand man to Supreme Commander Gendo Ikari and second in command of Nerv.
- some Characters named Cid in the Final Fantasy series
- Professor E. Gadd (Nintendo games)
- Ri Kohran (Sakura Wars)
- Dr. Emil Lang (Robotech) – Responsible for much of the Earth based Robotechnology. Briefly seen in the original series, he played a much larger role in the aborted series Robotech II: The Sentinels which was adapted as a comic book series.
- Dr. Thomas Light (Mega Man) – Creator of the revolutionary robot Mega Man.
- Lucca (Chrono Trigger) – Fighter and inventor, who, among other things, builds a time-machine and repairs a robot from over a millennium in the future.
- Tochiro Oyama (Captain Harlock) – He is the designer and some say the soul of Harlock's spaceship Arcadia.
- Perceptor (Transformers) - An Autobot scientist.
- Dr. Tem Ray (Mobile Suit Gundam) – Along with being the father of Amuro Ray, he led the design team that created the RX-78 Gundam.
- Dr. Aki Ross (Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within), a biologist vowing to stop the aliens that plague the Earth
- Shiro Sanada (Star Blazers) – Chief Technician or Chief Mechanic of the Space Battleship Yamato, called Sandor in Star Blazers.
- 'Professor Noriyasu Seta (Love Hina)
- James Ray Steam (Steamboy) - Boy genius who helps his father and grandfather save Victorian London from a greedy corporation's superweapons.
- Citan Uzuki (Xenogears)
- Shion Uzuki (Xenosaga)
- Wheeljack (Transformers) - An Autobot engineer and inventor.
- Bulma (Dragon Ball) - Creator of the Dragon Radar and a time machine allowing Trunks to avert the conquest of the world by evil androids.
- Cid (Final Fantasy) - Although there are many different individuals with the name of Cid in many different Final Fantasy games, most of them are some sort of scientist, with few exceptions. His existence is a tradition on par with the Chocobo in the series.
- Miles "Tails" Prower (Sonic the Hedgehog) - A fox with two tails that is Sonic's sidekick. Using his knowledge of electrical engineering he creates mechanical devices that rival Doctor Eggman's robots.
- Prof. Membrane(Invader Zim) - Super-scientist "known for keeping our world from collapsing into chaos and the inventor of Super Toast".
- William Birkin (Resident Evil 2) - Microbiologist working for the pharmaceutical enterprise Umbrella and creator of the G-virus. He was wounded and injected himself with his G-virus, mutating him into a monster.
- Albert Wesker (Resident Evil) - Microbiologist working for the pharmaceutical enterprise Umbrella and co-creator of the T-virus. He was killed in the first Resident Evil game by Tyrant T-002, a powerful biological weapon, and was resurrected by William Birkin's virus.
- Dr. Zoidberg (Futurama) - A lobster-like creature working as the company doctor for Planet Express.
- Lloyd Asplund (Code Geass) - A Britannian scientist who designed the Lancelot Knightmare Frame, a bipedal, humanoid superweapon entrusted to Japanese pilot Suzaku Kururugi.
Scientists and engineers in comics
The universes created by DC Comics
and Marvel Comics
abound with scientists who became superheroes. They include:
- Barry Allen, aka The Flash (The Flash) – Police scientist and superhero.
- Dr. Bruce Banner, aka The Incredible Hulk (Hulk) – Scientist who developed the "Gamma Bomb" for the US Government. An accident at the site of a test led to his becoming the Hulk. For a long period after, while in the form of Bruce Banner, he would look for scientific ways to rid himself of the transformation.
- Dilbert - Star engineer of the comic strip series, "Dilbert" in the Dilbert universe.
- Donatello (Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles) – The most intelligent of the four Turtles, he builds a lot of advanced devices, often in the heat of battle.
- Querl Dox, aka Brainiac 5 (Legion of Super-Heroes) – He is reputed to have a brain exponentially more powerful than a normal human.
- Forge (X-Men) – Mutant engineering genius.
- Jay Garrick, aka The Flash (The Flash) – Research scientist, superhero and founding member of the Justice Society of America.
- Agatha Heterodyne, (Airship Entertainment, Girl Genius) - The heiress to the political background and scientific understanding of the Heterodyne Family.
- Ted Knight, aka Starman (Starman) – Astronomer, expert scientist and superhero.
- Will Magnus (Metal Men) – Creator of a team of advanced artificially intelligent robots.
- Dr. Henry (Hank) Philip McCoy, aka Beast (X-Men) – World-renowned biochemist and mutant superhero.
- Professor Ochanomizu, surrogate father of Osamu Tezuka's Astro Boy
- Dr. Jon Osterman aka Dr. Manhattan (Watchmen) nuclear physicist transformed by accident into a godlike super-being. While publicized as a superhero, he functions as the ultimate weapon for the United States military.
- Peter Parker aka Spider-Man (Spider-Man) – Superhero with great knowledge of advanced sciences, who now teaches at the High School he went to.
- Ratchet (Transformers series) – Very skilled Autobot medic. In the G1 Comics, he sacrifices himself to kill Megatron.
- Reed Richards, aka Mister Fantastic (Fantastic Four) – Scientist and inventor, regarded as one of the most intelligent people on Earth, leader of the Fantastic Four.
- Ted Sallis, duplicator of the serum that created Captain America, transformed into The Man-Thing. Although he had serious problems with his personal ethics when it came to women and girls, he abandoned Operation Sulfer on moral grounds, and elected to remain as Man-Thing rather than allow innocents to be killed by the demon Thog.
- Alan Scott (Green Lantern) - Engineer and the first Green Lantern
- Doctor Sivana, full name Thaddeus Bodog Sivana - The World's Wickedest Scientist. Arch-enemy of Captain Marvel (DC Comics)
- Angela Spica, aka Engineer II (The Authority)
- Tony Stark, aka Iron Man (Iron Man) – An industrialist and electrical engineer of incredible ingenuity and inventive genius, whose technology to fight crime keeps him alive as well. He suffers from alcoholism.
- Othar Tryggvassen (Girl Genius) - A powerful "spark", or mad scientist, bent on destroying all sparks, including himself.
- Wally - Lazy and disillusioned engineer of the comic strip series in the Dilbert universe.
- Bruce Wayne, aka Batman (Detective Comics, Batman) - The World's Greatest Detective (reputedly) with incredible scientific knowledge and forensic and memory skills that are second to none.
- Professor Charles Francis Xavier, aka Professor X (X-Men) – The founder, mentor, and sometime leader of the X-Men.
Scientists and engineers in Star Trek
The Star Trek
universe abounds with scientists and engineers. Thanks to the fact that the Starfleet Academy
includes a large portion of scientific and engineering training, pretty much all Starfleet officers on the various ST series can be considered to fit in the current category, even when they do not hold advanced degrees in the specific fields of science and engineering (with the exception of medical personnel, most of the advanced degree holding scientists seen so far have been civilians). More specifically, Starfleet has several specialised scientific branches. The Starfleet Engineering Corps
produces creative engineers, and the doctors of Starfleet Medical
are responsible for discovering the cures of several diseases and developing a number of groundbreaking medical procedures. Starfleet Science Officers are responsible for all kinds of scientific research not covered by the two other branches. Thus, a list of scientists and engineers in Star Trek
might be as long as the list of Star Trek characters
However, by narrowing the search to the set of main characters from each of the five series whose primary duty was science officer, chief medical officer or chief engineer, and adding the handful of scientists who've invented the technologies crucial to the stories, we can come up with a more manageable list:
Teams of scientist/engineers