Archive for 'LFHCfS (Hair Clubs)'

Hair Club member Brian May revivifies stereo photography

Sunday, December 7th, 2014

Brian May, a member of the the Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS), is helping to revive and revivify the Victorian-era delight in stereoscopic photography. He and colleagues are bringing new life to a once-defunct organization, the London Stereoscopic Company. Here is an example of stereo cards, which were and are at the heart of the delight:


Dr. May (who is an astrophysicist and a musician), explains briefly, in this video:

BONUS: Some of Dr. May’s earlier work, on a different subject:

Christopher A. Beattie joins the Luxuriant Facial Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS) and the Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS)

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

Christopher A. Beattie has joined the Luxuriant Facial Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS) and the Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS). He says:

I am a mathematician working in areas related to computational linear algebra and dynamical systems and I respectfully request consideration for admission to The Luxuriant Facial Hair Club for Scientists.  I confess that I am clean shaven (on good days) however, it is on the basis of my eyebrows that I petition for membership.  I am confident that I would qualify also for The Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists, yet it seems not so much my scalp hair as my eyebrows that have proven capable of sparking interest and conversation (e.g., “Can you actually see through that?” etc.).  The causal chain may appear somewhat oblique, yet I am convinced that my eyebrows have aided in disseminating my research and thus have kept it fresh and relevant.   On this basis, I request admission to this elite group of hairy scientists. .

Christopher A. Beattie , LFHCfS
Professor, Department of Mathematics
Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Blacksburg,Virginia, USA


David Liptrot joins the Luxuriant Facial Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS)

Sunday, August 31st, 2014

David Liptrot has joined the Luxuriant Facial Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS). He says:

I’m just finishing my PhD in Organometallic Chemistry at the University of Bath. After much urging from my colleagues, I have finally decided to humbly apply for acceptance amongst my hirsute scientific peers. Working in an organometallics lab with many things that like to spontaneously burst into flame, I remain amazed at my beard’s persistence, and have taken to shaving a firebreak into the sides of my head for safety.

I hope this is sufficient — I’m entering the Great British Beard Championships in 2 weeks time, and would hope I would be able to be accepted in time to fly the flag for the LFHCfS.

David Liptrot, LFHCfS
Graduate student, Organometallic Chemistry
University of Bath
Bath, UK

Elisabeth Guggenberger and Jakob Steixner jointly join Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS)

Thursday, June 12th, 2014

Elisabeth Guggenberger and Jakob Steixner have joined the Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists (LFHCfS). They say:

E.G. is an astroseismologist at MPG in Göttingen, and J.S. a syntactician in Vienna. We have searched the Earth in vain for a language that has 400 words for “hair”. We have now joined forces to extend their quest to outer space.

Elisabeth Guggenberger, LFHCfS
Research fellow
Max Planck Institute for Solar System Research
Göttingen, Germany

Jakob Steixner, LFHCfS
Department of German Studies
University of Vienna
Vienna, Austria


A number of eminently hairy and hairless scientists

Wednesday, June 11th, 2014

The Luxuriant Flowing Hair Club for Scientists™ (LFHCfS) and its siblngs — the Luxuriant Former Hair Club for Scientists™ (LFHCfS), and the Luxuriant Facial Hair Club for Scientists™ (LFHCfS) — now have, collectively, 506 members:  317 male, 189 female.

This data may be of interest to someone, somewhere, some time. Maybe. If you know a scientist who would enjoy being a member, and who has the requisite qualifications, please encourage that delightful person to join the LFHCfS or the LFHCfS or the LFHCfS.

Here is a recent photo of Steven Pinker, the LFHCfS’s charter member: