You are most likely familiar with names such as –
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Jeff Bezos – The richest man on Earth and the founder of Amazon
Bill Gates – The founder of Microsoft and a very prominent philanthropist.
Larry Page and Sergey Brin – The founders of Google
Steve Jobs – The co-founder of Apple
Mark Zuckerberg – The co-founder of Facebook
And the list of such titans can go on.
They make regular headlines, and their legacy continues to impact every life on Earth.
Our obsession with technology innovation with shiny tools and widgets has made them into some demigods. I respect their contribution, and like most of us, I use several of those myself. It’s unimaginable how our lives would have been without some of those innovations.
But do you know Alec Jeffreys? Do you know his contribution?
Alec Jeffreys was the first to use DNA in 1986 in a criminal investigation as a unique genetic fingerprint leading up to the prosecution in a gruesome crime. The criminal investigation has not been the same since then. It has prevented false trial and continues to be a vital source for bringing criminals to justice.
He made headlines during the period but gradually faded away from public glory.
I did not know about him either, so I am not testing your general knowledge here. I stumbled upon the TV series “The code of a Killer,” which led me to examine the subject of DNA closely.
All the excellent contributions by numerous others that have opened the door for understanding, improving and making our lives safer are lost to obscurity and recognized only by those affiliated in their relevant fields.
Have we forgotten someone who made us what we are today?
Something to think about.
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