Creative Scientists of Today

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Science  11 Sep 1964:
Vol. 145, Issue 3637, pp. 1203-1205
DOI: 10.1126/science.145.3637.1203


To investigate traits differentiating highly creative research scientists from less creative ones, a questionnaire was sent to 740 male scientists (400 chemists and 340 psychologists). Half of each group had achieved eminence as research scientists; the other half had not achieved research eminence, but were matched on relevant variables. Results indicated that creative scientists are more dominant than less creative ones, that they have more initiative, and are more strongly motivated toward intellectual success.