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Scientists and Explorers Who Homeschool

Homeschoolers have become scientists who have won Nobel prizes and discovered amazing things. One astronaut family homeschooled their kids.

Dr. Willard S. Boyle, Winner of the 2009 Nobel Prize in Physics
When he was 3, his family moved to northern Quebec, where his father, a doctor, set up a practice in a logging community. With the nearest school 30 miles away, his mother home-schooled Willard, and the family got around by dog sled. After winning the Nobel, Dr. Boyle summarized his great achievement at a news conference: “We are the ones who started this profusion of little cameras all over the world.”

Romanieo Golphin Jr.
Romanieo has been homeschooled his entire life, and his knack for science has been featured in places such as The Huffington Post and The Washington Post. When he was 2 and a half, Romanieo was shown on YouTube identifying elements by their atomic number (such as hydrogen, whose one proton is represented by a single billiard ball). He visited CERN for a discussion with the scientists there.

Katie Hudek, Thorium Speaker
Katie, who was 12-years-old when she produced the series, extols the advantages of putting liquid thorium fuel into a reactor known as a LFTR (liquid fluoride thorium reactor). LFTRs and other types of molten salt reactors (MSRs) are different from today’s nuclear plants, which run on solid uranium fuel.

NASA Astronaut HomeschoolsAstronaut Duane G. "Digger" Carey, Homeschool Dad
After fulfilling one dream to pilot a Space Shuttle and see the world from space, Astronaut Duane G. “Digger” Carey (Lt. Col, USAF-Ret) has left NASA to pursue another — to see the planet up close from the open road. Carey plans to begin a motorcycle tour of the United States and eventually the world, camping along the way. He and his wife, Cheryl, are moving to Colorado Springs, CO, to prepare for the trip. They plan to launch their travels with a break-in expedition to Alaska.

Toby Spribille, biology research
He was raised in a Montana trailer park, and home-schooled by what he now describes as a “fundamentalist cult.” At a young age, he fell in love with science, but had no way of feeding that love. He longed to break away from his roots and get a proper education. Spribille became an expert on the organisms that had grabbed his attention during his time in the Montana forests—lichens.

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