Science and Research

A “scientist” is someone devoted to studying theory (concepts and principles), method (approaching problems and perspectives), and techniques (tools). A “researcher” is someone who dedicates say 5% of the time to all these things, and the rest of the day to personal and institutional relationships, local and global politics, management, administration, funding, mass media and communication, leadering, self-promotion, logistics, and representation. The qualities to be a fine scientist and the qualities to be a fine researcher are not the same. The targets and the needs are not necessarily the same. Most of all, the knowledge and expertise they develop along their careers, year by year, will not be the same.  And … you? Are you a good scientist, or a good researcher?


1 Response to “Science and Research”

  1. 1 Natalie Uomini November 9, 2012 at 15:04

    Very well said – that’s exactly how it happens in reality! The olden days of scientists working in their home study are long gone. You forgot to mention the teaching and student mentoring that goes along with most researcher positions today….

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