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)
Harriet has told stories at the Phoenix Fringe and at the Gila Bend Shrimp Festivals. She’s taken part in the AZStorytellers Project and in StoryRise events. As an instructor at the South Mountain Community College Storytelling Institute, she has performed in many events including the La Lloronathon and a number of Myth Informed concerts.