Oersted, Hans Christian (1777-1851), a Danish physicist and chemist. His investigations laid the foundation for the science of electromagnetism. In 1820 Oersted observed that a magnetic needle could be deflected by an electric current. This led him to conclude that there was a fundamental relationship between electricity and magnetism. In 1825 he was the first to isolate aluminum (in an impure form). He taught at the University of Copenhagen, 1806-29. He became the first director of the Polytekniske Laereanstalt (the Danish technical institute) in 1829.
The man immortalized on the left was behind the three laws of motion and the universal law of gravitation. He was also competitive, temperamental and fascinated with alchemy. How well do you know Newton?
He built President Eisenhower an indoor golf-training machine, analyzed the Zapruder film and searched for an Egyptian pyramid's treasure chamber using cosmic rays. Aren't you dying to meet this wide-ranging scientist?