While browsing in a bookshop today I came across a set of profiles of inspirational young Australians. At least that was what the book claimed – I’d only heard of about half of them. What I noticed however, was that in this round up of Australia’s future there was only one scientist amongst 20 future leaders. (Paleontologist and former young Australian of the year Scott Hocknull, who also makes it into my book).
It’s yet another example of the way scientists are treated as boring, so it was good to see The Age running a profile of Bryan Fry, in the Money section of all places. Fry’s a regular in Australasian Science (he’ll be back in the September edition), both for his remarkable discoveries about snake, lizard and octopus venom and for his unique way of talking about his work. Fry’s work is of tremendous value, but he’s also a great ad for science as an exciting career, even if his adrenaline junkie ways have no appeal to me.