Did you know that German Chancellor Angela Merkel has a Ph.D. and used to do research in quantum chemistry? I did not. (Via Jennifer Ouellette)

19 Responses to “Ex-physicist in charge of Europe's largest economy”

  1. Brainspore says:

    [Insert "budgetary black hole" joke here.]

  2. robcat2075 says:

    I did not know that.  Who would be some other current or past world leaders with advanced degrees in a science?

  3. René Knecht says:

    Yes, and her husband is a world renown chemistry professor.

  4. So Europe simultaneously is and is not in zur scheisshole?  How Zen.

  5. Don’t know what the contempt of the headline is supposed to express. Physicists make bad politicians because only bad actors are good at being leaders?!

  6. dioptase says:

    Chemist, eh?  That gives me an idea ….

    Walter White for President!

  7. arsphenamine says:

    Not the first time a quantum physics/chemistry-type jumped ship to Economics.  Koopmans derived his eponymous theory about electron orbital energies and ionization potentials, turned 24, then entered economics, eventually winning the 1975 Nobel Prize in the field.

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