Scientists are by nature diffident and cautious. Successful film or television usually needs to be bold and daring. In the early days of television, the few scientists who braved the air-waves were often scorned by their colleagues as "show ponies" or crude popularisers. These people were the exceptions and this served to reinforce the public perception of scientists as the back-room white-coated boffins. But now the wheel has turned. Driven by the need for the research dollar, scientists are out there presenting themselves in a new light - friendly, communicative, socially concerned....and often female.

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Scientists in film and fiction

Nick Alexander  

Scientists are by nature diffident and cautious. Successful film or television usually needs to be bold and daring. In the early days of television, the few scientists who braved the air-waves were often scorned by their colleagues as "show ponies" or crude popularisers. These people were the exceptions and this served to reinforce the public perception of scientists as the back-room white-coated boffins. But now the wheel has turned. Driven by the need for the research dollar, scientists are out there presenting themselves in a new light - friendly, communicative, socially concerned....and often female.

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