Which scientists were known to be messy?

I know of Albert Einstein: enter image description here

And of Jean Piaget: enter image description here

Are there other examples?

  • $\begingroup$ The Einstein photo, which is similar (or maybe even identical) to many that I've seen in books, seems pretty tame to me and probably most every research university department (math, physics, history, philosophy, etc.) with more than 10 members has 2 or 3 desks like this (at least, before the 1980s when PC's began taking the place of numerous manuscript writing and refereeing projects). However, the other picture, of someone I don't recognize, is MUCH better. I have seen a few desks like this, but not many, and nearly all such desks that I've seen were before the late 1980s. $\endgroup$ – Dave L Renfro Nov 16 '17 at 12:42
  • $\begingroup$ @DaveLRenfro I agree the second is much better :). Very roughly said, Piaget invented pedagogy. $\endgroup$ – Surb Nov 16 '17 at 12:46
  • $\begingroup$ @DaveLRenfro Do you believe I should take away the photo of einstein? $\endgroup$ – Surb Nov 16 '17 at 12:46
  • $\begingroup$ Incidentally, the second photo looks as if it might be someone going through their stuff prior to cleaning out their office due to retirement. I saw an office like this once during a job interview (Spring 2000 I think), the office being the office I would have gotten had I been offered and accepted the job, as the job search was to replace someone retiring. $\endgroup$ – Dave L Renfro Nov 16 '17 at 12:47
  • $\begingroup$ I'd just leave the Einstein photo up for now and see if anyone suggests a replacement after reading our comments. $\endgroup$ – Dave L Renfro Nov 16 '17 at 12:50

Including mathematician John H Conway John Horton Conway in his office at Princeton University in 1993. John Horton Conway in his office at Princeton University in 1993.

Conway was eventually crowded out of that office, writes biographer Siobhan Roberts, by the "wanton mess that accumulated into a full-fledged tip, with multicoloured paper polyhedra hanging from the ceiling and gigantic spongy Escher puzzle pieces tiling the floor."


Just google "messy professor" images to find lots of them.

Al Gore


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