I love learning about the experiences of distinguished scientists and thinkers. I also like to observe their political tendencies. So I decided to make this page.
- Bobby Fischer – anti-Semitic, anti-American, advocates that America is controlled by parasitic, lying Jews.
- Klaus Fuchs – German communist theoretical physicist in the Manhattan Project who transferred much information to the Soviets.
- Évariste Galois – one of the most revolutionary genius mathematicians of history who died at age 20 in a duel related to his political fight against restored French monarchy.
- Alexander Grothendieck – gave lectures on category theory in the forests surrounding Hanoi while the city was being bombed, to protest against the Vietnam War.
- Ted Kaczynski – the Unabomber, child prodigy Berkeley math professor turned American domestic terrorist. In 1995, he sent a letter to The New York Times and promised to “desist from terrorism” if the Times or The Washington Post published his manifesto, Industrial Society and Its Future, in which he argued that his bombings were extreme but necessary to attract attention to the erosion of human freedom and dignity by modern technologies that require large-scale organization.
- Garry Kasparov – pro-American, anti-Russian liberal. Sentenced to jail for 5 days for anti-Putin protests.
- Neal Koblitz – sent to jail for anti-Vietnam activism while drafted. Seems to not believe in g.
- Fang Lizhi – astrophysicist who was one of the main leaders of the 89 Tiananmen Square protests. Dissidence began in the 50s. Expelled from Party multiple times. His life is China was off and on between physics and quasi-exile. After Tiananmen, he became a professor in the US.
- Ron Maimon – smart af with encyclopedic knowledge of physics and math. Banned from Quora and physics stack exchange for being too vocal. Insists that IQ was invented by white racists to justify oppression of non-whites. Unlike the other guys here, I’ve actually had the pleasure of talking with him.
- Andrei Sakharov – Soviet nuclear physicist dissident.
- Igor Shafarevich – leader of Soviet school of algebraic number theory and algebraic geometry, wrote book critical of socialism and favored Russian Orthodox Christianity.
- Steve Smale – joined American Communist Party in college during the McCarthy era. Denounced America on receipt of Fields Medal in Moscow in 1966.
- Richard Stallman – founder of GNU and the free software movement.
- Oswald Teichmüller – as an undergraduate at Göttingen in the 30s, organized boycotts against Jewish professors including the great Landau, who he confronted in his office. KIA on the Eastern Front at age 30.
- Edward Teller – ardent anti-communist and pro-US militarist who was one of the main inventors of the hydrogen bomb, who testified against Oppenheimer during McCarthyism.
- Shing-Tung Yau – power mad (or so it seems) genius mathematician who has had too many fallouts with colleagues.
- Yitang Zhang – ties with the Chinese dissident community from Tiananmen.