“We need to rally kindred spirits, who wish to foster a more open minded and awakened society. At the same time, protect our beautiful planet for generations to come. Only by concerted effort, free from the shackles of cultural and geographic differences, can we succeed in pushing back the forces of ignorance, and hatred. In this way, we can aim to build a future which values the qualities of mutual respect, love, wisdom, justice, compassion and courage.” Bréon Rydell
Sir Eduardo Luigi Paolozzi CBE RA (7 March 1924 – 22 April 2005) was a Scottish sculptor and artist. He is widely considered to be one of the pioneers of pop art.
Eduardo PaolozziEduardo PaolozziEduardo Portrait

FRIDA KAHLOFrida on a bench photo by- Nickolas MurayFrida Kahlo purple background
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“You must write, and read, as if your life depended on it”
Adrienne Cecile Rich (1929–2012) American poet, essayist and radical feminist.
adrienne-rich-atlas-of-a-difficult-world1oscar_wilde_sitting_portraitThomas Mann
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Dr._Bhim_Rao_AmbedkarNELSON MANDELAMartin Luther Kingvaclav-havelaung-san-suu-kyi-ipegMikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachev (/ˈɡɔrbəˌtʃɔːf, -ˌtʃɒf/; Russian: Михаи́л Серге́евич Горбачёв, tr. Mikhail Sergeyevich Gorbachov; IPA: [mʲɪxɐˈil sʲɪrˈɡʲejɪvʲɪtɕ ɡərbɐˈtɕɵf]; born 2 March 1931) is a former Soviet statesman. He was the eighth and last leader of the Soviet Union, having served as General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union from 1985 until 1991 when the party was dissolved. He served as the country's head of state from 1988 until its dissolution in 1991.Eleanor-Rooseveltmalala yousafza shirin_ebadi
Jaha Dukureh (1989 or 1990) is a Gambian women’s right activist and anti-female genital mutilation campaigner. Dukureh, was subjected to female genital mutilation in Gambia when she was a little more than a week old. She is the founder and executive director of Safe Hands for Girls, an organization working to end FGM, and is the lead campaigner in The Guardian’s End FGM Guardian Global Media Campaign.


THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES… Education of women and girls


In the mid-1970s, female students were a common sight at Afghan institutes of education such as Kabul’s Polytechnic University (pictured here are female students at this institute from this era). Some 20 years later, women’s access to education in the conflict-ridden country was completely shut down.

In 2013, the right to education for both men and women was enshrined in the Afghan Constitution.
Afghanistan's modern past

James Clerk Maxwell FRS FRSE (13 June 1831– 5 November 1879) born Edinburgh. Scottish scientist in the field of mathematical physics. His most notable achievement was to formulate the classical theory of electromagnetic radiation, bringing together for the first time electricity, magnetism, and light as manifestations of the same phenomenon. Maxwell’s equations for electromagnetism have been called the “second great unification in physics” after the first one realised by Isaac Newton.
James Clark Maxwell Scottish Scientist
Albert Einstein (14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955) German-born theoretical physicist. He developed the theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics (alongside quantum mechanics).
Werner Karl Heisenberg (5 December 1901 – 1 February 1976) German theoretical physicist and one of the key pioneers of quantum mechanics.
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Enrico Fermi (9 September 1901 – 28 November 1954) was an Italian physicist and the creator of the world’s first nuclear reactor, the Chicago Pile-1. He has been called the “architect of the nuclear age” He was one of the very few physicists in history to excel both theoretically and experimentally. Fermi was awarded the 1938 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on induced radioactivity by neutron bombardment and the discovery of transuranic elements. He made significant contributions to the development of quantum theory, nuclear and particle physics, and statistical mechanics.
Enrico Ferni

Kurt Friedrich Gödel (April 28, 1906 – January 14, 1978) Austrian, and later American, logician, mathematician, and philosopher.


Elon Reeve Musk (born June 28, 1971) South African engineer, and inventor. He is the founder, CEO, and CTO of SpaceX; co-founder, CEO, and product architect of Tesla Inc.
Elon Musk
Dr Shane Legg Co-Founder & Chief Scientist, Mustafa Suleyman Co-Founder Head of Applied AI, Demis Hassabis Co-Founder & CEO DeepMind
Google DeepMind Team

Janna J. Levin (born 1967) is an American theoretical cosmologist.
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A Madman Dreams of Turing Machines

Jocelyn Bell (Burnell) June 15, 1967Dame Susan Jocelyn Bell Burnell DBE FRS FRSE FRAS (born 15 July 1943) is a Northern Irish astrophysicist. As a postgraduate student, she discovered the first radio pulsars while studying and advised by her thesis supervisor Antony Hewish,for which Hewish shared the Nobel Prize in Physics with astronomer Martin Ryle. Bell Burnell was excluded, despite having been the first to observe and precisely analyse the pulsars. Bell was elected as the first female President of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in October 2014.
Chien-Shiung WuChien-Shiung Wu (May 31, 1912 – February 16, 1997) was a Chinese American experimental physicist who made significant contributions in the field of nuclear physics. She is best known for conducting the Wu experiment, which contradicted the hypothetical law of conservation of parity. This discovery resulted in her colleagues Tsung-Dao Lee and Chen-Ning Yang winning the 1957 Nobel Prize in physics.
Rita Levi-Montalcini, OMRI, OMCA (22 April 1909 – 30 December 2012) was an Italian Nobel laureate, honored for her work in neurobiology.
Rita Levi-Montalcini, circa 1975. Image courtesy of the Bernard Becker Medical Library, Washington University School of Medicine
Ada, Countess of Lovelace portraitAugusta Ada King-Noel, Countess of Lovelace (née Byron; 10 December 1815 – 27 November 1852) was an English mathematician and writer, chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage’s proposed mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine. She was the first to recognise that the machine had applications beyond pure calculation, and created the first algorithm intended to be carried out by such a machine. As a result, she is often regarded as the first to recognise the full potential of a “computing machine” and the first computer programmer.
MarieCurieMarie Curie (November 7, 1867–July 4, 1934) Polish and naturalized-French physicist and chemist as a trailblazing scientist — a pioneer of radioactivity, the first woman to receive the Nobel Prize, and to this day the only person to win two Nobels in two different sciences, chemistry and physics. But unbeknownst to most, she was also a woman of tremendous humanitarian heroism and courage: When WWI swept Europe, Curie, a vehement pacifist, invented and operated mobile X-ray units known as “Little Curies” — ambulances which she herself drove, treating an estimated one million wounded soldiers and civilians, using the technology her own discoveries had made possible to save innumerable lives. M. Popov.

Caroline Lucretia Herschel (16 March 1750 – 9 January 1848) was a German astronomer, whose most significant contributions to astronomy were the discoveries of several comets, including the periodic comet 35P/Herschel-Rigollet, which bears her name.


“Anything else you’re interested in is not going to happen if you can’t breathe the air and drink the water. Don’t sit this one out. Do something. You are by accident of fate alive at an absolutely critical moment in the history of our planet.” ~ Carl Sagan

“In a few decades, the relationship between the environment, resources and conflict may seem almost as obvious as the connection we see today between human rights, democracy and peace..”
“Through my experiences and observations, I have come to believe that the physical destruction of the earth extends to us, too. If we live in an environment that’s wounded—where the water is polluted, the air is filled with soot and fumes, the food is contaminated with heavy metals and plastic residues, or the soil is practically dust—it hurts us, chipping away at our health and creating injuries at a physical, psychological, and spiritual level. In degrading the environment, therefore, we degrade ourselves.”
Wangari Muta Maatha MSc, PhD (1940-2011) – political and environmental activist
First African woman to win the Nobel Peace Prize [2004]

Wangari Maathai UNBOWED



“Toward a Cognitive Shift in Perspective“

Purple Rain by Gulfoss 2015
X-Sumatra-Tiger photo by Gulfoss


Maya Angelou (1928–2014) – American author, poet, and civil rights activist.

Michael Joseph Jackson (1958–2009) – American singer, songwriter, humanitarian and activist. ‘Earth Song’ was released in 1995.
Daniel Robert Eldon (Dan) (1970–1993) – English-born Kenyan photojournalist, artist and activist. Dan and three press colleagues, met their tragic deaths in Mogadishu in July 1993. Dan, aged 22 at the time, was working as a freelance journalist for Reuters. He had been sent to investigate the aftermath of a bombing raid by UN troops, which had targetted what was believed to have been the headquarters of a local warlord. On arrival at the scene, Dan and his colleagues were met by a hostile mob, who attacked the journalists and stoned them to death.
Dan Eldon in Kenya

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