“There is nothing more contemptible than a bald man who pretends to have hair.” -Martial

There’s nothing worse in the world of science than spending your life working your heart out on a problem… and getting scooped by someone who did your work just a little bit faster and a little bit better.

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And — in the world of style — there’s no worse fate for a bald man than to choose the combover as their hairstyle-of-choice. Yet despite falling victim to both of these tragedies, John Couch Adams managed to rise above both of them and contribute some amazing, lasting science and a tremendous, stylish legacy.

Image credit: Gehrz, R. D., Reach, W. T., Woodward, C. E., and Kelley, M. S., 2006.

Image credit: Gehrz, R. D., Reach, W. T., Woodward, C. E., and Kelley, M. S., 2006.

Go read the whole thing on the occasion of what would have been his 195th birthday!

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