History Main / AbsentMindedProfessor

6th Nov '16 1:20:09 PM nombretomado
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* Discussed in Lord Chesterfield's ''Literature/LettersToHisSon''. He wasn't too fond of this trope: "Sir IsaacNewton, Mr. Locke, and (it may be) five or six more, since the creation of the world, may have had a right to absence, from that intense thought which the things they were investigating required." (letter I)

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* Discussed in Lord Chesterfield's ''Literature/LettersToHisSon''. He wasn't too fond of this trope: "Sir IsaacNewton, UsefulNotes/IsaacNewton, Mr. Locke, and (it may be) five or six more, since the creation of the world, may have had a right to absence, from that intense thought which the things they were investigating required." (letter I)
29th Sep '16 3:06:31 AM Khathi
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* The mathematician Paul Erdős once asked another mathematician where he was from and on being told Vancouver said, "Then you must know my friend Eliot Mendelson." The reply was "I ''am'' your friend Eliot Mendelson." Though Erdős being famous for [[FunctionalAddict being jacked up on speed]] most of the time, it's only to be expected. The man once complained that while he's perfectly okay ''without'' meth, he [[ArticticStimulation cannot think about mathematics at all]] while sober.

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* The mathematician Paul Erdős once asked another mathematician where he was from and on being told Vancouver said, "Then you must know my friend Eliot Mendelson." The reply was "I ''am'' your friend Eliot Mendelson." Though Erdős being famous for [[FunctionalAddict being jacked up on speed]] most of the time, it's only to be expected. The man once complained that while he's perfectly okay ''without'' meth, he [[ArticticStimulation [[ArtisticStimulation cannot think about mathematics at all]] while sober.
29th Sep '16 3:06:10 AM Khathi
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* The mathematician Paul Erdos once asked another mathematician where he was from and on being told Vancouver said, "Then you must know my friend Eliot Mendelson." The reply was "I ''am'' your friend Eliot Mendelson."

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* The mathematician Paul Erdos Erdős once asked another mathematician where he was from and on being told Vancouver said, "Then you must know my friend Eliot Mendelson." The reply was "I ''am'' your friend Eliot Mendelson."" Though Erdős being famous for [[FunctionalAddict being jacked up on speed]] most of the time, it's only to be expected. The man once complained that while he's perfectly okay ''without'' meth, he [[ArticticStimulation cannot think about mathematics at all]] while sober.
4th Sep '16 9:43:21 PM NanoMoose
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* Ramon Ridley from ''WesternAnimation/{{Dogstar}}''. His mind so focused on higher matters, that he will teleport places without putting his trousers on.

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* Ramon Ridley from ''WesternAnimation/{{Dogstar}}''. His mind so focused on higher matters, matters that he will teleport places without putting his trousers on.



** Also subverted. Well-known is the idea that he often wore socks of a mismatched color. Less but still well-known is the idea that he always wore socks of matching thicknesses.

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** Also subverted. Well-known is the idea that he often wore socks of a mismatched color. Less but still well-known is the idea that he always wore socks of matching thicknesses.''thicknesses.''



** He once used a $1500 cheque as a bookmark and lost the book.

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** He once used a $1500 cheque as a bookmark and bookmark, then lost the book.



*** Another tale says that at least in one such case he simply ''[[NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup lost]]'' [[NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup the notes with the proof]] on a subway train, and the "obvious" bit was actually invented by his student and coauthor Evgeny Lifshits to meet a publishing deadline.

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*** ** Another tale says that at least in one such case he simply ''[[NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup lost]]'' [[NoPlansNoPrototypeNoBackup the notes with the proof]] on a subway train, and the "obvious" bit was actually invented by his student and coauthor co-author Evgeny Lifshits to meet a publishing deadline.



* A certain professor at the University of Oslo in the late 19th century was on his way downhill to the university. As it happened, he had to walk against the wind. The man had to tune his watch, and positioned himself with his back against the wind, and hence against the university. When he was finished tuning the watch, he happily continued his walk, ''away'' from the university.

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* A certain professor at the University of Oslo in the late 19th century was on his way downhill to the university. As it happened, he had to walk against the wind. The man had to tune set his watch, and positioned himself with his back against the wind, and hence against wind -- away from the university. When he was finished tuning setting the watch, he happily continued his walk, walk... ''away'' from the university.



* Russian composer/chemist Alexander Borodin, while in the army, went out one day to review his troops. Having [[PantsFree forgotten to put on his trousers]].

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* Russian composer/chemist Alexander Borodin, while in the army, went out one day to review his troops. Having troops [[PantsFree forgotten to without realising he hadn't yet put on his trousers]].



* Creator/StephenFry claims his physicist/inventor father was a bit like this. It ended up making the young Stephen somewhat resentful towards him as it meant his mother wasn’t often able to socialise or go on holiday, and basically had to run his life for him

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* Creator/StephenFry claims his physicist/inventor father was a bit like this. It ended up making the young Stephen somewhat resentful towards him as it meant his mother wasn’t wasn't often able to socialise or go on holiday, and basically had to run his life for him



** People whose IQ is in the top 2% have higher rates of ADHD.[[note]]People with ADHD have IQs on both sides of the average, but the people who are outliers on either side tend to have more neural abnormalities - it just comes with the territory.[[/note]] Some of them make it as professors.

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** People whose IQ is in the top 2% have higher rates of ADHD.[[note]]People with ADHD have IQs [=IQs=] on both sides of the average, but the people who are outliers on either side tend to have more neural abnormalities - it just comes with the territory.[[/note]] Some of them make it as professors.



* The Oxford don William Archibald Spooner was notorious for this, to the point that {{Spoonerism}} is named after him. He was a bit annoyed by that and claimed that [[BeamMeUpScotty only one of the "spoonerisms" attributed to him was genuine]]-- announcing the hymn "Conquering Kings" as "Kinkering Congs." But his other exploits, as recorded on [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Archibald_Spooner the other wiki]], are just as hilarious:

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* The Oxford don William Archibald Spooner was notorious for this, to the point that {{Spoonerism}} is named after him. He was a bit annoyed by that and claimed that [[BeamMeUpScotty only one of the "spoonerisms" attributed to him was genuine]]-- genuine]] -- announcing the hymn "Conquering Kings" as "Kinkering Congs." But his other exploits, as recorded on [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Archibald_Spooner the other wiki]], wiki,]] are just as hilarious:



* The mathematician Paul Erdos once asked another mathematician where he was from and on being told Vancouver said "Then you must know my friend Eliot Mendelson." The reply was "I ''am'' your friend Eliot Mendelson."

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* The mathematician Paul Erdos once asked another mathematician where he was from and on being told Vancouver said said, "Then you must know my friend Eliot Mendelson." The reply was "I ''am'' your friend Eliot Mendelson."
29th Aug '16 12:48:25 PM dotchan
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** Speaking of Disney movies, let's not forget Professor Porter, Jane's father in ''Tarzan'', who certainly also falls into this trope.
*** Exactly as he did [[Literature/{{Tarzan}} in the book.]]

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** Speaking of Disney movies, let's not forget * ''Disney/{{Tarzan}}'': True to the book, Professor Porter, Jane's father in ''Tarzan'', who certainly also falls into this trope.
*** Exactly as he did [[Literature/{{Tarzan}} in the book.]]
Porter is such a character.


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* ''Literature/{{Tarzan}}'': Professor Porter.
23rd Aug '16 2:48:43 AM dasabouri
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This StockCharacter is a brilliant scientist, but, uh, ''very'' flighty, often forgetting things like the date, [[AccidentalMisnaming people's names]], meetings, [[ForgetsToEat eating]], [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment people's names]], etc. His mind tends to run a mile a minute, he can often struggle to hold a normal conversation, and it's not uncommon for him to become so engrossed in his work that he loses track of just about everything else. Good thing he ([[AlwaysMale and it's very often a he]]) is [[BunnyEarsLawyer good at what he does]] and often has perfect memory for scientific details or [[MouthfulOfPi mathematical values]]. With a little prodding from {{the hero}}es to focus on the matter at hand, he rarely fails to create the tools necessary to save the day.

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This StockCharacter is a brilliant scientist, but, uh, ''very'' flighty, often forgetting things like the date, [[AccidentalMisnaming people's names]], meetings, [[ForgetsToEat eating]], [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment people's names]], etc. His mind tends to run a mile a minute, he can often struggle to hold a normal conversation, and it's not uncommon typical for him to become so engrossed in his work that he loses track of just about everything else. Good thing he ([[AlwaysMale and it's very often a he]]) is [[BunnyEarsLawyer good at what he does]] and often has perfect memory for scientific details or [[MouthfulOfPi mathematical values]]. With a little prodding from {{the hero}}es to focus on the matter at hand, he rarely fails to create the tools necessary to save the day.
23rd Aug '16 2:44:29 AM dasabouri
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This StockCharacter is a brilliant scientist, but, uh, ''very'' flighty, often forgetting things like the date, [[AccidentalMisnaming people's names]], meetings, [[ForgetsToEat eating]], [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment people's names]], etc. Good thing he ([[AlwaysMale and it's very often a he]]) is [[BunnyEarsLawyer good at what he does]] and often has perfect memory for scientific details or [[MouthfulOfPi mathematical values]]. Sometimes he becomes so engrossed in his work that he loses track of his very surroundings. Of course, with a little prodding from {{the hero}}es to focus on the matter at hand, he rarely fails to create the tools necessary to save the day.

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This StockCharacter is a brilliant scientist, but, uh, ''very'' flighty, often forgetting things like the date, [[AccidentalMisnaming people's names]], meetings, [[ForgetsToEat eating]], [[DepartmentOfRedundancyDepartment people's names]], etc. His mind tends to run a mile a minute, he can often struggle to hold a normal conversation, and it's not uncommon for him to become so engrossed in his work that he loses track of just about everything else. Good thing he ([[AlwaysMale and it's very often a he]]) is [[BunnyEarsLawyer good at what he does]] and often has perfect memory for scientific details or [[MouthfulOfPi mathematical values]]. Sometimes he becomes so engrossed in his work that he loses track of his very surroundings. Of course, with With a little prodding from {{the hero}}es to focus on the matter at hand, he rarely fails to create the tools necessary to save the day.
14th Aug '16 7:30:46 PM PaulA
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* Enrique Burgos in the ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga''.

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* Enrique Burgos Borgos in the ''Literature/VorkosiganSaga''.''Literature/ACivilCampaign''.
13th Aug '16 8:43:19 AM lavendermintrose
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* Adolf K. Weismann [[spoiler: a.k.a. Shiro]] from ''Anime/{{K}}'' shows himself to be this on occasion. His twin sister was better, and when they were working together as scientists, she was the one who kept him focused most of the time. In the present time of the show, [[spoiler: Kuroh]] does this for him - frustratedly in season 1 while [[spoiler: trying to get Shiro to prove his innocence, before he recovers his memories]]. In season 2, he's better because they have such a serious mission, but he still seems airy, doing things like [[spoiler: hosting important meetings between Kings in his dorm room]]. And after the series, [[spoiler: when he becomes a teacher at the high school, he's still mooching lunch off of his students]].
13th Jul '16 10:36:48 AM Materioptikon
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* Not even ''Daleks'' are safe from this trope. Dalek Yttral in ''WebComic/SecondEmpire'' has such problems with it that Xenol has to ask his staff not to let him try to rebuild their ship's engines... at least, not before they land.
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