Hagopian, she says, is like a lot of people who work in the sciences, “geniuses with instrumentation in tech, [but who] don’t want to be professors and give talks.” She hopes that these “true heroes” can be celebrated in a more public way and their contributions recognized as being key to scientific progress.

Annalee Newitz writes in How two determined scientists built a world-class lab out of Radio Shack parts.