Nova‘s series The Secret Life of Scientists exposes the lives of scientists.

There is this stereotype that scientists are well, nerdy.

(Originally sourced from  http://matthewwmason.wordpress.com/, 22nd Sept. 2009.)

(Originally sourced from http://matthewwmason.wordpress.com/, 22nd Sept. 2009.)

Not geeky or dweeby. Nerdy. For the  confused, there is a Venn diagram.

Your ideas on what is what may vary. Most definitions of ‘geeky’ I’ve seen on the WWW are more positive with the ’obsession’ angle, describing it as people that are into new things, curious, pushing the boundaries. I like that.

What are scientists like in their own time?

Movies usually have us as being nerdy there too.

Full-time nerds.


Nova’s The Secret Life of Scientists series pops the lid on scientists’s lives, featuring a cast of scientists in both their work and non-work lives.

The series has recently been nominated for a Webby award. GrrlScientist has a blog post encouraging people to vote for Best Documentary Series in the Weeby’s, featuring a promotional video.

If you search YouTube for ’the secret life of scientists’ you’ll see that they have posted many short ~2 minute ‘10 questions’ interviews of scientists presented on the series there.

There’s virologist and beauty pageant queen, Erika Ebbel:

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A leech researcher and foodie (’The Leech man’, Mark Siddall):

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NASA space suit ’designer’ and off-shore sailor, Dava Newman:

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What do scientists I know do in their own time?

Active things: mountaineering, tramping (hiking), sailing, running, cycling, mountain biking, skiing, riding motorbikes, you name it.

Closer to home: gardening, woodwork, DIY, the usual in other words.

Sedentary: reading, scrabble, games, blogging (!), novelist, non-fiction writing, movies…

Then there’s being parents. Somehow the movies often over look that one.

The Secret Lives of Scientists also has a Facebook page.

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