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People You Admire

I thought I'd start a thread asking forum members who they admire, both past and present. These could be from any walk of life not just photographers. National or international figures or indeed local heroes who often go unsung.

This is prompted by my increasing sadness at the standards of those in public life and the tendency for opening mouths, or dashing out Tweets, without any attempt to engage brain to consider any given situation. That and the trend to view so many situations as black or white without any shades of grey which is of course so rare in real life. That and the horrible growth in accepting repeated lying such that the lie becomes accepted by those who can't or won't think, or delve deeper, as being the truth.

So to start the ball rolling here are two figures I admire for their thoughtfulness, calmness, lucidity, honesty and straightforward decentness.

Bertrand Russell

Carl Sagan

Both span science (Mathmatics and Cosmology) and philosophy with incredible insight, depth of thought with an almost poetic delivery.

I look forward to other peoples suggestions.

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Sir David Attenborough.. Knowledgeable, interesting and actually a really nice guy and interested in what you are doing when it comes to wildlife and science.
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Re: People You Admire

i have three heroes who I admire
1-Mike Hailwood
2-Ken Warby(Australian)
3-Eddy Mercyx(Belgian)
admittedly all kinda sporting,but I saw 2of them in there prime and they have never been bettered. the other Ken Warby is simply an outstanding record holder in a home made boat, he reached speeds of 350mph on his record runs on an imperfect water condition that has remained unbeaten for over 40 years.
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Re: People You Admire

When I first read the title, my first thoughts were of the alternative definition:
"look at (something attractive) with pleasure."

Mostly I my admiration is for those that achieve great things, in spite of adversity.

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I'd say two people.

1. First Sea Lord Jackie Fisher. He came from some adversity to become the second most important admiral after Nelson. The last First Sea Lord to enter the Royal Navy at the age of 12 as a junior midshipman, on a wooden sailing warship, HMS Colombo. And to this day the youngest ever Flag Captain, at the age of 21.

2. Oliver Cromwell. Something of an enigma even today. But a man of huge integrity and unshakeable beliefs, together with military ability way beyond his era. For an ordinary country squire to achieve what he did was and still is an incredible achievement.

There are others, but I won't bore you!
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- Neil Armstrong
- Richard Dawkins
- Richard Feynman
- John von Neumann
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Field Marshall Montgomery for starters, got to have a think about the rest.
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I was privileged to spend a whole weekend in the company of photographer Giles Duly. An amazing man. I think about him frequently.

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Sir David Attenborough.. Knowledgeable, interesting and actually a really nice guy and interested in what you are doing when it comes to wildlife and science.
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I thought I'd start a thread asking forum members who they admire, both past and present. These could be from any walk of life not just photographers. National or international figures or indeed local heroes who often go unsung.

This is prompted by my increasing sadness at the standards of those in public life and the tendency for opening mouths, or dashing out Tweets, without any attempt to engage brain to consider any given situation. That and the trend to view so many situations as black or white without any shades of grey which is of course so rare in real life. That and the horrible growth in accepting repeated lying such that the lie becomes accepted by those who can't or won't think, or delve deeper, as being the truth.

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Bertrand Russell

Carl Sagan

Both span science (Mathmatics and Cosmology) and philosophy with incredible insight, depth of thought with an almost poetic delivery.

I look forward to other peoples suggestions.

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Totally agree on those two. The trouble is, there is a quite a back catalogue of personalities to chose from!
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Sir David Attenborough.. Knowledgeable, interesting and actually a really nice guy and interested in what you are doing when it comes to wildlife and science.
I met him some years ago. He was at a gliding club with a film crew as part of the making of one of his shows (I think Walking with Dinosaurs). He was a utterly charming gent and very humble. No "big I am" attitude.
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Re: People You Admire

Henri Fabre - for his wonderful essays on insects (freely downloadable from Project Gutenberg).

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jean-Henri_Fabre

https://www.gutenberg.org/ebooks/sea...ry=henri+fabre

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Re: People You Admire

Some interesting and worthwhile names here some of whom I admit to not being familiar with which needs to be rectified.

For me the standouts from the suggestions so far are Attenborough, Dawkins and Feynman all of whom have similar characteristics to my personal choices ( needless to say I have a number I could add to that list) of Russell and Sagan.

Of course this is all purely personal and subjective.

I look forward to more names some of whom, no doubt, I will have to investigate due to my lack of knowledge of them.

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Did anyone else catch the programmme on BBC4 last night at 10pm? The truly extraordinary story of Eric “Winkle” Brown, our greatest ever pilot. Over 430 different types of aircraft flown, first jet landing and takeoff on a carrier, if I remember correctly he holds the world record for the number of carrier landings. He was at the 1938 Munich Games and interviewed Goering at the Nuremberg Trials. I didn’t plan to watch but after five minutes, I thought I owed it to the man to know about his life.

A small modest man but totally awe inspiring.

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Did anyone else catch the programmme on BBC4 last night at 10pm? The truly extraordinary story of Eric “Winkle” Brown, our greatest ever pilot. Over 430 different types of aircraft flown, first jet landing and takeoff on a carrier, if I remember correctly he holds the world record for the number of carrier landings. He was at the 1938 Munich Games and interviewed Goering at the Nuremberg Trials. I didn’t plan to watch but after five minutes, I thought I owed it to the man to know about his life.

A small modest man but totally awe inspiring.

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I didn't see that programme but somewhere, YouTube perhaps, I have seen his story before. As you suggest he appears to have been a remarkable man and pilot.

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