Penguins of science and honour

From energy diagrams in particle physics to the “penguinone” of aromatic chemistry fame, and the physics of penguins’ redecorating the areas surrounding their nests so neatly they can be seen from outer space by passing satellites. Oh, and according to Wikipedia, there is a king penguin in Edinburgh Zoo, Nils Olav III, who holds a knighthood from Norway and is Colonel-in-Chief of the Norwegian King’s Guard.  One wonders if the original penguin was a compromise candidate.

From book publishers and supermarkets to gas suppliers and even your local library, penguins have held a certain fascination for many people.  Unconventional yet relatable, friendly yet fish obsessed, they are undoubtedly one of the better loved animals on Earth.

Click here for full details, including the origin of the ‘super-penguin’ or click here for the story of Nils Olav III.


Image: (cc) Quilbert – own work derived from a LaTeX source code given in (slightly modified), photgograph (cc) Pygoscelis papua.jpg by Stan Shebs, CC BY-SA 2.5

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  1. David Bennett says:

    The latest copy of Physics News (Volume 29, issue 12, published December 2016) also contains an article that relates how one physicist became fascinated by penguins. We only have it in print but if you want a copy and you are studying at a distance, you can request a scanned copy from

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