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List of heroic fictional scientists and engineers

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In contrast to the archetypical mad scientist, there are a lesser number of heroic scientists and engineers depicted in western culture who go above and beyond the regular demands of their professions to use their skills and knowledge for the betterment of others, often at great personal risk.

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Individual scientific heroes

Teams of scientific heroes

Heroic scientists in Star Trek

The Star Trek universe abounds with scientific and engineering heroes. Thanks to the fact the Starfleet curriculum includes a large portion of scientific and engineering training, pretty much all Starfleet officers on the series can be considered to fit in the current category. More specifically, Starfleet has several specialised scientific branches. The Starfleet Engineering Corps produced its share of heroic engineers, and the doctors of Starfleet Medical are responsible for discovering the cures of several diseases and developing a number of groundbreaking medical procedures. Starfleet Science Officers are responsible for all kinds of scientific research not covered by the two other branches. This branch counts as members two of the most famous Starfleet officers, Mr. Spock and Lieutenant Commander Data.

Heroic scientists in comics

The universes created by DC Comics and Marvel Comics abound with scientists who became superheroes. They include:

  • Barry Allen, a.k.a. The Flash (Flash (comics)|The Flash) Police scientist and superhero.
  • Querl Dox, a.k.a. Brainiac 5 (Legion of Super-Heroes) He is reputed to have a brain exponentially more powerful than a normal human.
  • Jay Garrick, a.k.a. The Flash (Flash (comics)|The Flash) College student and superhero.
  • Ted Knight, a.k.a. Starman (Starman) Astronomer, expert scientist and superhero.
  • Will Magnus (Metal Men) Creator of a team of advanced artificially intelligent robots.
  • Dr. Henry (Hank) Philip McCoy, a.k.a. Beast (X-Men) World-renowned biochemist and mutant superhero.
  • Peter Parker a.k.a. Spider-Man (Spider-Man) Superhero with great knowledge of advanced sciences, who now teaches at the High School he went to.
  • Reed Richards, a.k.a. Mister Fantastic (Fantastic Four) Scientist and inventor, regarded as one of the most intelligent people on Earth, leader of the Fantastic Four.
  • Tony Stark, a.k.a. Iron Man (Iron Man) An industrialist of incredible ingenuity and inventive genius.
  • Professor Charles Francis Xavier, a.k.a. Professor X (X-Men) The founder, mentor, and sometime leader of the X-Men.

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