Scientists who were also accomplished artists, writers, musicians

Some of the great scientists and inventors were also accomplished artists, writers, and musicians:

  • Beatrix Potter (natural scientist, author)
  • Samuel F. B. Morse (invented the telegraph and Morse code, painter)
  • George Antheil (inventor, composer)
  • Alexander Borodin (chemist, composer)
  • Benjamin Franklin (inventor and statesman, invented the armonica)
  • Albert Einstein (physicist, violinist).

“The theory of relativity occurred to me by intuition, and music is the driving force behind this intuition.  My parents had me study the violin from the time I was six.  My new discovery is the result of musical perception.” (Shinichi Suzuki, 1969, Nurtured by Love: A New Approach to Education.  Cited here.)

This entry is the fourth in a series of six articles about the benefits of arts education.

See also:

  1. Turns out your mom was right!
  2. Arts Participation and SAT Scores
  3. Music education is good for you!

Thanks to Mrs. Lenore Wilkison for her assistance in researching the sources in this series.

The arts are part of the core educational experience for all students at TPA and TPJA.  Our curriculum, 6th through 12th grades, calls for all students to participate in an arts class every semester. 

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