Adams, Roger (1889-1971), a United States organic chemist. Adams improved procedures for identifying new substances and developed new techniques of synthesis. He was one of the first to synthesize Butyn (butacaine), a local anesthetic. Adams was born in Boston. He received his B.A. from Harvard in 1909 and Ph.D. in 1912. He was at the University of Illinois, 1916-57, as professor of organic chemistry from 1919, and as head of the chemistry department from 1926. After World War II, Adams served as scientific adviser to the military governments in Germany and Japan.
He's ventured to the abyss of black holes, wagered on the information paradox and floated around in zero gravity. Meet the man, the legend, the super scientist: Stephen Hawking.
The man who had some theories about relativity was also an eccentric who gleefully eschewed socks, dodged German military service and spurned social conventions.