A comment on Facebook gave me the idea to create a list of celebrities with parents, childs or other relatives who are connected with geosciences. Did you know that Keanu Reeves‘ father has been a geologist? Such a compilation is only realizable with the help of you.
If you know a famous person (dead or alive) with a family member related to the geosciences, please leave a comment with a link to one source for this information. You may also add celebrities with some geo-related experience in their own lives. There is one disqualifier for listing a person: the person must not be famous for her geoscientific work, e.g. William Smith (famous geologist in 18th/19th century) would not be listed.
Such a list with celebrities and their relationship to geosciences may offer a fantastic way for outreach work. Imagine you’re talking to young teenagers in school. With which of the following words you attract most of their attention at the beginning of your talk: with “Keanu Reeves” or “geology”?
Here’s the beginning of the list:
- Greg Graffin (US-singer, songwriter and College Professor; Bachelor and Master degree in geology)
- L├ęo Gordon Laporte (US-technology broadcaster, author, and entrepreneur; father: paleontologist)
- Carey Lowell (US-actress; father: geologist)
- Hugh MacLeod (US-cartoonist; father: geologist)
- Colin Powell (General, former Secretary of State of the U.S.A.; Bachelor of Science degree in geology)
- Keanu Reeves (US-actor; father: geologist)