STEAM Heroes, Part 2: 10 More Great Minds Who Loved to Combine Arts and Sciences

They’re multifaceted, multi-talented, and for centuries, their ability to combine arts and sciences has captivated people’s attention.  Without further ado, we present our second set of famous STEAM thinkers (in no particular order).

1. Casanova (1725-1789)

Popular with the ladies, yes, but in between affairs, he also found time to make his mark as a novelist, translator, and mathematician.

2. Vincent Lam (1974-present)

This Giller Prize winning author of short fiction has found that his life as a doctor and his life as a writer combine beautifully.

3. Michelangelo (1475-1564)

The same person who carved the statue of David was also a poet, architect, painter and engineer.

4. Mary Midgley (1919-present)

Hey, one of her books is called “Science and Poetry.”  This philosopher is just as at home discussing biology, ethics, and animal rights as she is honing theories about art and society.

5. Zhang Heng (78-139)

This astronomer and inventor of the seismometer managed to pull his gaze from the heavens long enough to pursue math, geography, art, and poetry.

6. Marilyn Vos Savant (1946-present)

Having the Guiness World Record for highest IQ might be intimidating to some, but Marilyn’s taken it in stride.  She’s an author and playwright who wrote a thought-provoking book on Fermat’s theorem.

7. Gottfried Leibniz (1646-1716)

Inventing calculus wasn’t enough.  Leibniz was also known as a writer, philosopher, linguist, lawyer, and physicist.  No wonder they named a brand of cookies after him!

8. Maria Gaetana Agnesi (1718-1799)

Gifted in languages (she spoke five by the time she was 13), she was also known for her contributions to calculus.

9. Douglas Hofstadter (1945-present)

He’s a professor of cognitive science with a fractal named after him, but his list of interests also includes music, art, languages and mathematics.

10.Isaac Asmiov (1920-1992)

This chemist became a literary icon when he penned tales about the future.  His 3 Laws of Robotics are still seen as guidelines for those creating mechanical helpers.


Amy Leask is VP of Enable Education.  She’s relieved that it’s okay to not settle on just one subject area.  

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