Top 10 Scientists to Follow on Twitter

Here at ECS, we strive to encourage research, discussion, critical assessment, and dissemination of scientific knowledge. What better way to do that in the digital age than with social networks?

Twitter has been one channel that scientists have adopted in the pursuit of disseminating information and advancing the science though education. Accordingly, we’ve compiled a short list of some of the best scientists to follow on Twitter.

Donald Sadoway, @dsadoway
Professor of Material Chemistry at MIT
ECS member Donald Sadoway is a battery expert and renewable energy guru. Check him out on Twitter to learn about the latest developments in battery technology and current issues in energy and climate.

Heather Williams, @alrightPET

University of Manchester, Physics and BioMedical Physics
Along with being a top-notch researcher, Williams is also an avid STEM ambassador. She is currently the Director of the Science Grrl organization in the UK, which encourages young girls to pursue scientific careers.

Paul Coxon, @paulcoxon

Cambridge University, Physicist in Materials Science
As a nanomaterials researcher and environmentalist, Coxon is always looking for the next thing in solar. For more information on his research, check out his meeting abstract in the ECS Digital Library.


Michio Kaku, @michiokaku
City College of New York, Theoretical Physicist
One of the most recognizable popularizers of science, Kaku can be found hosting TV shows, writing books, hosting his national science radio show, and spreading his wealth of knowledge on Twitter.

Joanne Manaster, @sciencegoddess

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, School of Integrative Biology
From international model to scientist, Manaster’s passion for science integrates into her teaching. She is known for encouraging young men and women to become involved in the sciences despite roadblocks they may encounter.

Brian Cox, @ProfBrianCox

University of Manchester, School of Physics and Astronomy
One of the most popular scientists on Twitter, Cox hast a hosts of books and shows that he uses to spread the word of science. Find him on Twitter to take a glimpse inside of his mind.

Matthew Hartings, @sciencegeist

American University, Department of Chemistry
When Hartings isn’t hard at work developing new uses for metals in biological systems, he’s spending some time tweeting and blogging about chemistry in society.

Sylvia McLain, @girlinterruptin

University of Oxford, Department of Biochemistry
Along with her research at the University of Oxford, McLain is a wrtier for The Guardian. From science policy to the philosophy of science, you can find it all on her blog Girl, Interrupting.

Andrew Maynard, @2020science

University of Michigan, Professor of Environmental Health Sciences
Maynard spends a lot of time discussing effective science communication, the responsible development and use of emerging technologies, and how understanding risk can help inform smart decisions. He also produces entertaining little clips by the name of Risk Bites.

Tim Harper, @tim_harper

Harper is an entrepreneur working at the cutting-edge of science—pulling things out of university labs in an attempt to get them to market. His current projects involve graphene and nanotechnology in construction, heating, environmental remediation, and biosensing.

Who do you think should be on this list? Let us know in the comments!
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