… are scientists, at least according to information released by the Readers Digest and reported on Breakfast TV this morning.
Topping the list of most trusted New Zealanders is Sir Ray Avery, the largely self taught medical scientist and philanthropist.
Sir Ray, is closely followed by Sir Professor Peter Gluckman, Chief Science Advisor to the Prime Minister.
Completing the top three is Sir Paul Callaghan, physicist and advocate for science innovation as a way of moving New Zealand forward and upward.
If there ever was an antidote for Mondayitis, it’s waking up to hear this news. I think this is a brilliant opportunity for scientists around New Zealand to look at what these three science heros have done to become so trusted.
Sir Ray’s down to earth nature, his innovation and his contagious enthusiasm for science (not to mention his financial success) show science is an exciting career choice. His medical technologies also show how science saves lives.
Sir Peter’s dedication to bringing evidence based policies into New Zealand government is inspirational. His push to reduce the problems our teens currently experience no doubt encourages trust with those who want solutions to these teen issues.
Sir Paul is a wonderful speaker and advocate for science. His writings and talks for more funding and more innovative science in New Zealand are also inspirational.
So what do these three scientists have in common? Apart from the knighthoods they are scientists who have stepped out of the lab and gotten involved in the wider community, including venturing into the political arena.
Lessons for us all, I think.
Breakfast report can be found here: http://tvnz.co.nz/national-news/scientists-top-most-trusted-list-4247442/video