Our definition of a scientist

A scientist is someone who systematically gathers and uses research and evidence, to make hypotheses and test them, to gain and share understanding and knowledge.

A scientist can be further defined by:

  • how they go about this, for instance by use of statistics (statisticians) or data (data scientists).
  • what they’re seeking understanding of, for instance the elements in the universe (chemists, geologists etc), or the stars in the sky (astronomers).
  • where they apply their science, for instance in the food industry (food scientist).

However all scientists are united by their relentless curiosity and systematic approach to assuaging it.

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