Using automated data capture processes, it’s now possible to obtain more detailed, accurate data than ever before. Without individually talented data researchers, however, the secrets and discoveries such data sets contain would be forever lost to us. Even in the days before automated data capture became commonplace, certain pioneering data researchers were able to piece together physical and statistical evidence to come to some truly world-changing conclusions. Take a look at just three of the data research geniuses who made the world of science what it is today!


Charles Darwin

Darwin’s work on the Galapagos Islands led him to produce On the Origin of Species – the seminal text that has informed our understanding of natural selection and the concept of evolution up to the present day. Darwin was a true data research genius – adept at examining the information before him and expounding an incisive, accurate conclusion. Darwin noticed, for example, that the finches on various islands of the Galapagos had different sized and shaped beaks, allowing them to access foodstuffs unique to their island homes. Presented with the data before him, Darwin surmised that the birds’ genetic structures had changed over time as external influences – like the availability of food – forced them to adapt or perish. It was an incredible intellectual leap, giving rise to the Theory of Natural Selection.


Georges Lemaitre

It may come as a surprise to many that the first person to propound the Big Bang theory was, in fact, a Catholic Priest. Georges Lemaitre was an astronomer and a professor of physics as well as a theologian, however, and it was his pioneering work in these fields that gave rise to the theory for the origin of the universe that we still mostly subscribe to today. Lemaitre was interested in the data captured by other experts in his field, most notably Albert Einstein, and he surmised that if Einstein’s Theory of Relativity were true, then the universe must be expanding. Lemaitre suggested that if the universe were expanding in all directions, as the work of Edwin Hubble at California’s Mt Wilson Observatory had proven, then ipso facto it must be expanding form a single, finite starting point. By looking at the data before him, George Lemaitre had developed the Big Bang Theory.


There are dozens of other intellectual luminaries who deduced incredible discoveries from the information presented to them in the data of others: from Marie Curie’s discovery of radiation and the elements radium and polonium to Michael Faraday’s work with electromagnetism. Without data, none of these discoveries would ever have been made, and the world would be, at least intellectually, a far poorer place to be. If you’d like to follow in the footsteps of these data research geniuses, take a look at the automated research data capture solutions available on our website and provide yourself with the information you need to take your work even further.