Re: Noted scientists
"It seems like Stephen Hawking is the current favourite, but Ada Lovelace and Alan Turing are doing strongly too."
Interesting. I'd wager that all three would be unknown to the general public had it not been for disability, sex and sexuality. They are known for being "scientists, despite the obstacles that history placed in their path", rather than "scientists". Apparently the science is never enough of a story in itself.
Conversely, artists seem to get a free pass for their personal lives as long as the art is good enough. Strange.