The Future-ish PISA List

2018 PISA List addition, Deb Haaland.

PISA is a short but meaningful acronym associated with one of our most important and respected endeavors here at Future-ish, The Future-ish Public Intellectual Service & Advocacy (PISA) List. Some people say that public intellectuals have all but disappeared from our modern society. We strongly disagree. The Future-ish PISA List is a growing collection of people from around the world that we feel embody what it means to be a public intellectual.

Public intellectuals are individuals with extensive training and expertise in a particular discipline that speak or write publicly about their discipline to an audience outside their own field or industry. More importantly, they endeavor to relate their work to the larger social, economic, and political world around it. Albert Einstein, for example, was often asked to comment on art, politics, and religion in addition to his own work in physics. Public intellectuals are rigorous thinkers that offer their own ideas and opinions while still respecting the ideas and opinions of others. On rare occasions, public intellectuals are elected and/or are appointed to public office; Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany, is such an example.

In establishing the Future-ish PISA List, we hope to inform and inspire many generations of scientists, designers, and cultural leaders to follow in Einstein's and Merkel's footsteps and become more involved in public service and advocacy, from participating in civic panels and writing editorials to serving as subject matter experts in the media and running for public office.

We update the PISA List each December. If you have suggestions for additions to the list, please send them to us at StudioF/at/future-ish/dot/com.

Individuals with an asterisk (*) have been elected or appointed to public office. Years in parentheses indicate year added to the list.

2018 additions to the PISA List
Charles Bolden
Anthony Bourdain
Ta-Nehisi Coates
Sylvia Earle
Nina Garcia
Deb Haaland

Full list as of December 2016
Qanta Ahmed (2012)
Maya Angelou (2007)
S. Haunani Apoliona (2012)
Rachel Armstrong (2015)
Janine Benyus (2010)
Charles Bolden (2018)
Sass Brown (2016)
Majora Carter (2014)
Noam Chomsky (2007)
Yvon Chouinard (2011)
Stephen Chu* (2011)
Ta-Nehisi Coates (2018)
Jared Diamond (2017)
Esther Duflo (2015)
Michael Eric Dyson (2015)
Sylvia Earle (2018)
James H. Fowler (2013)
Harold Frazier (2017)
Tulsi Gabbard (2016)
Nina Garcia (2018)
Neil Gershenfeld (2017)
Jane Goodall (2007)
Janet Gray (2011)
Timothy Gunn (2016)
Tenzin Gyatso, 14th Dalai Lama (2012)
Deb Haaland* (2018)
Stephen Hawking (2016)
Segenet Kelemu (2014)
Katherine Hamnett (2008)
James Hansen* (2011)
Tyrone Hayes (2008)
Bruce Jackson (2012)
Shirley Ann Jackson (2017)
Áile Jávo (2014)
Michio Kaku (2008)
Zafra M. Lerman (2016)
Maya Lin (2017)
Jane Lubchenko* (2010)
Oren Lyons* (2010)
Angela Merkel* (2008)
Akira Miyawaki (2014)
Paul D. Miller (aka DJ Spooky) (2011)
Feryal Özel (2013)
Pope Francis (2012)
Lisa Randall (2009)
Yvette Roubideaux* (2013)
Bobby Sanabria (2009)
Martha Schwartz (2012)
Noel Sharkey (2014)
Vandana Shiva (2009)
Amanda Simpson (2015)
Brian Sims (2016)
Cameron Sinclair (2010)
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf* (2011)
Adam Stelzner (2012)
David Suzuki (2010)
Richard Swett* (2009)
Jason deCaires Taylor (2014)
David Tartakover (2012)
Tony Turner (2015)
Neil deGrasse Tyson (2007)
Ai Weiwei (2015)
Vivienne Westwood (2013)
Patricia Williams (2017)

Public Intellectuals in History
Anthony Bourdain (2018)
Elouise Cobbell* (2011)
Zaha Hadid (2011)
Wangari Maathai* (2010)

Cocktail Astronomy | Brahe's Marvelous Moustache

Image credit: Mads Nissen for

Here at Future-ish, we love astronomy and we love cocktails. So to prep our fans (and ourselves) for those stellar weekend cocktail conversations, we are pleased to offer our Cocktail Astronomy post each Friday.

This week we join our fans around the world in celebrating Movember, the annual moustache growing (well, we've seen a few ladies and gentlemen glue them on an "Mo" emergency of course) charity event held during November each year that raises funds and awareness for men's health issues, particularly prostate, testicular, and other forms of men's cancer.

We couldn't think of a better way to celebrate the event than to raise a cocktail in honor of the very famous and very moustachioed 16th Century Danish astronomer, Tycho Brahe. Brahe made many discoveries in the fields of astronomy and alchemy, but he is most noted for his his incredibly accurate observations of our solar system and many stars, noting a supernova in 1572, and providing evidence that comets are heavenly bodies rather than weather related. Brahe's celestial mechanics and detailed star maps were later used by Johannes Kepler in his theories of planetary motion.

2018 Stylish Scientist List

Navigate: Home | Full List - Women | Full List - Men | Nominations
Annual Lists: 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018

Who made the list? Which individuals are in the top spot...the world's most stylish scientists? Wait no further, the full 2018 Stylish Scientist List is here.

October 2018. Future-ish is pleased to announce our 8th annual list of the world's most stylish scientists.

The individuals on our list are changing the world with their innovative research and changing stereotypes every time they make an appearance expressing their oh-so-stylish selves.

Unlike a simple 'best dressed' list, our Stylish Scientist List isn't about trends and expensive labels, its about individuals expressing themselves and their individuality in their life and work. The individuals on the list prove that along with doing fascinating research, scientists are fascinating people, from athletes and techies to chefs and yes...even fashionistas.

We hope that our many and diverse stylish scientists will serve as role models to inspire everyone - from middle-schoolers and the Mom next door to movie stars and musicians - to become inspired, informed, and engaged in the numerous fields of science, technology, engineering, and math that shape our future, as well as help us understand the past.

The Most Stylish Scientists of 2018
The 2018 list includes a wide range of scientists and researchers, from neuroscientists and archaeologists to physicists and technology experts - and they all prove that it is possible to be a person of both substance and style. Best of all, in 2018 we added THIRTY SEVEN more individuals to our lists.

Who made the list? Which are individuals are in the top spot...the world's most stylish scientists? Wait no further, the full 2018 Stylish Scientist List is here.

The 2018 most stylish scientists: Andrea Hadjikyriacou and Igor Stagljar.

Similar to last year, we listed the top 10 scientists on each list in order to recognize them for their outstanding efforts in science, science communication, STEM outreach, etc. We also included a separate listing of individuals added in 2017 similar to last year. The rest of our scientists for each list are then listed alphabetically in the full lists of women and men.

The 2017 Stylish Scientist List - Women

Andrea Hadjikyriacou

2018 Top 10 Stylish Scientists - Women
1. Andrea Hadjikyriacou | Molecular Biologist
2. Marga Gual Soler | Science Diplomat
3. Sophie Cook | Biochemist
4. Christina Ochoa | Actress, Scientist
5. Jessica Taffe | Global Health Scientist
6. Christine Liu | Neuroscientist
7. Michelle Barboza | Paleontologist
8. Debbie Berebichez | Physicist
9. Danielle Lee | Biologist
10. Chantle Edillor | Geneticist

2018 Additions - Women (full list here)
Teresa Ambrosio | Sustainabie Chemistry
Michelle Attallah | Cancer Researcher
Meriame Berboucha | Physicist
Tharin Blumenschein | Biochemistry
Erica Brockmeier | Toxicologist
Rachel Broomfrie | Chemist
Louise Bullen | Stem Cell Scientist
Sophie Cook | Biochemist
Natalie-Claire | Engineer
Nicole Cranley | Research Consultant
Barbara del Castello | Genetics
Sanae Ferreira | Nutritional Scientist
Christienne Gonzales Domatac | Neuroscientist
Ashley Hall | Paleontologist
Ranae Holland | Biologist
Lydia Jennings | Soil Scientist
Allison Lansverk | Evolutionary Biologist
Patricia Luiza Njeri | Grass Scientist
Mairi MacArthur | Coastal Biologist
Magdalena | Microbiologist
Simone Minnie | Cancer Researcher
Lorien Parker | Cancer Researcher
Poornima Peiris | Engineer
Divya Persaud | Planetary Scientist
Andrea Roberson | Artificial Intelligence Scientist
Stephanie Schuttler | Wildlife Biologist
Senija Selimovic Hamza | Bioinformatician
Rachel Smith | Biologist
Laura Szkolar Sienkiewics | Materials Scientist
Sgo Tsuji | Linguist
Michelle Tong | Nueroscientist
Sarah VanMiddlesworth | Chemist

The 2018 Stylish Scientist List - Men

Igor Stagljar

2018 Top 10 Stylish Scientists - Men
1. Igor Stagljar | Molecular Biologist
2. Phil Torres | Entomologist
3. Abraham Khodadi | Pharmacist
4. Giacomo Abrusci | Wildlife Biologis
5. Gregory Mack | Theoretical Astrophysicist
6. Mark Langtry | Theoretical Physicist
7. Derek Muller | Science Communicator
8. Yemi Jegeda | Mechanical Engineer
9. Noah Wilson Rich | Bee Scientist
10. Pradiip Alvarez | Astrophysicist

2018 Additions - Men (full list here)
Giacomo Abrusci | Wildlife Biologist
Evan Antin | Veteranarian
Jason Day | Physicist & Science Advisor
Ken Dutton-Regester | Melanoma Researcher
Mark Langtry | Theoretical Physicist
Shivan Parusnath | Zoologist

SeanChron | New Documentary: Living in the Future's Past

How can I not get excited about a new documentary titled Living in Future's Past? Add to that that it was produced and narrated by Academy Award winner Jeff Bridges and I'm Kristen Wiig's character Sue on the Saturday Night Live Surprise Party skit. Directed by Susan Kucera, the film is being billed as a "t o ur de force of original thinking on who we are and the environmental challenges we face". Goes without saying...I'm REALLY looking forward to seeing and reviewing the movie. The screening in Seattle where I live is October 9th so look for an update on this post in early October.

SeanChron | Good Job Earth!

Here's some good news...According to the Global Footprint Network, the annual Earth Overshoot Day has not moved much since 2011, despite population growth. This means that efforts we are all making to reduce our impact on the world IS WORKING!!!

In addition, the Ecological Footprint per person for high-income countries has declined 12.9 percent since 2000. The US per person figure has declined 18.4 percent! Yaaaaaaaaaas!!!