Picture of starfish By NOAA Photo Library (expl9528) [CC-BY-2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
The composer Alexander Borodin was a chemist who specialized in aldahydes.
Peter Christen Asbjørnsen (1812- 1885) was a zoologist who, during te course of career trnalsated Darwin's Origin of the Species into Norwegian. In its publication “Our Ships – and the men whose names they bear” The Institute of Marine Research tells how Asbjørnsen, working with Michael Sars, known as one of the founding fathers of modern zoology, caught a “primitive and free-swimming” starfish from the bottom of Hardangerfjord at a depth far greater than it was then believed that life could exist. http://www.imr.no/filarkiv/2009/11/forskningsfartoy_engelsk_2009.pdf/en.
His interest in the stories of his people is reflected in the name he gave his discovery: brisinga. The term is derived from a Norse myth, “The necklace of the Brisings,” which tells of certain misbehaviors on the part of Freya, goddess of love. This name eventually became that of a whole order of starfish.
(Click here to learn more about these deep-sea creatures who bear names from Norse mythology)
As well as being a zoologist, Asbjørnsen worked as a forester and a manager in the peat industry. In addition he published a cookbook with the wonderful title of “Sensible Cookery.”
Now, doesn't he look like a sensible cook?
(Picture from Svenksa_familj_journalen)