Celebrating 20 Years on the Web
TODAY IN SCIENCE HISTORY ®
Find science on or your birthday


Today in Science History - Quickie Quiz
Who said: “I believe that this Nation should commit itself to achieving the goal, before this decade is out, of landing a man on the moon and returning him safely to earth.”
more quiz questions >>
Home > Dictionary of Science Quotations > Scientist Names Index R > Dixy Lee Ray Quotes

Thumbnail of Dixy Lee Ray (source)
Dixy Lee Ray
(3 Sep 1914 - 2 Jan 1994)

American marine biologist who was the first female chair (1973-75) of the Atomic Energy Commission and supported nuclear power.


Science Quotes by Dixy Lee Ray (13 quotes)

A nuclear power plant is infinitely safer than eating, because 300 people choke to death on food every year. (1977)
— Dixy Lee Ray
Quoted in G. Barry Golson (ed.) The Playboy Interview (1981).
Science quotes on:  |  Choking (3)  |  Death (391)  |  Eating (46)  |  Food (199)  |  Nuclear (107)  |  Nuclear Power (12)  |  People (1005)  |  Plant (295)  |  Power (747)  |  Safety (54)  |  Year (932)

Anything that the private sector can do, the government can do worse.
— Dixy Lee Ray
In Raymond Mungo, 'Dixy Lee Ray: How Madame Nuke Took Over Washington', Mother Jones (May 1977), 2, No. 4, 31.
Science quotes on:  |  Do (1908)  |  Government (111)  |  Private (23)  |  Sector (6)  |  Worse (24)

Calm reason and alarmist environmentalism do not co-exist.
— Dixy Lee Ray
In Trashing the Planet: How Science Can Help Us Deal With Acid Rain, Depletion of the Ozone, and the Soviet Threat Among Other Things (1990), 7.
Science quotes on:  |  Alarm (18)  |  Calm (31)  |  Do (1908)  |  Environmentalism (3)  |  Exist (444)  |  Reason (744)

Everybody is exposed to radiation. A little bit more or a little bit less is of no consequence..
— Dixy Lee Ray
Quoted in 'Dixy Lee Ray, 79, Ex-Governor; Led Atomic Energy Commission' obituary, New York Times (3 Jan 1994).
Science quotes on:  |  Consequence (207)  |  Everybody (70)  |  Exposed (33)  |  Little (708)  |  More (2559)  |  Radiation (45)

I think we are living in a new time. I think that the ways of working when there was not the current widespread questioning of what science does are no longer applicable. Besides, there is a difference between the sort of research you do when you’re developing something for the first time and the sort of thing you have to do to make sure it continues to work—and the two different sorts of research are done best by different sorts of people. And, just as with basic science, one needs confirmatory experiments. One can’t just have one group saying “yes they’re safe, yes they’re safe, take our word for it, we made them and we know they’re safe”. Someone else, quite independent, needs to take a look, do the confirmatory experiment. Duplication in this case can do nothing but good.
— Dixy Lee Ray
From interview with Graham Chedd, 'The Lady Gets Her Way', New Scientist (5 Jul 1973), 59, No. 853, 16.
Science quotes on:  |  Applicable (31)  |  Basic (139)  |  Best (459)  |  Confirmation (22)  |  Continue (165)  |  Current (118)  |  Develop (268)  |  Difference (337)  |  Different (577)  |  Do (1908)  |  Experiment (696)  |  First (1284)  |  Good (889)  |  Independent (67)  |  Know (1519)  |  Living (491)  |  Look (582)  |  New (1217)  |  Nothing (969)  |  People (1005)  |  Question (622)  |  Research (677)  |  Safe (54)  |  Science (3880)  |  Something (719)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Think (1086)  |  Time (1877)  |  Two (937)  |  Way (1216)  |  Widespread (22)  |  Word (622)  |  Work (1351)

If our tongues were as sensitive as these radiation detectors, we could easily taste one drop of vermouth in five carloads of gin.
— Dixy Lee Ray
Quoted in Esther Stineman, American Political Women (1980).
Science quotes on:  |  Drop (76)  |  Radiation (45)  |  Taste (90)  |  Tongue (43)

Nature did not make me willowy.
— Dixy Lee Ray
Quoted in 'Defeat for Dixy Lee Ray', Time (29 Sep 1980).
Science quotes on:  |  Autobiography (56)  |  Nature (1928)

The first atomic warhead I saw was … like a piece of beautiful sculpture, a work of the highest level of technological skill. It’s the point of a spear.
— Dixy Lee Ray
In Raymond Mungo, 'Dixy Lee Ray: How Madame Nuke Took Over Washington', Mother Jones (May 1977), 2, No. 4, 40.
Science quotes on:  |  Beautiful (259)  |  First (1284)  |  High (363)  |  Level (67)  |  Point (580)  |  Saw (160)  |  Sculpture (12)  |  Skill (109)  |  Spear (6)  |  Technological (61)  |  Technology (261)  |  Work (1351)

The general public has long been divided into two parts those who think science can do anything, and those who are afraid it will.
— Dixy Lee Ray
From interview with Graham Chedd, 'The Lady Gets Her Way', New Scientist (5 Jul 1973), 59, No. 853, 15-16.
Science quotes on:  |  Afraid (21)  |  Divide (76)  |  Divided (50)  |  Do (1908)  |  General (511)  |  General Public (7)  |  Long (789)  |  Part (222)  |  Science (3880)  |  Think (1086)  |  Two (937)  |  Will (2354)

We can learn a lot from living organisms. An organism is a pretty complicated thing, which can tolerate surgery, which can tolerate injury, which can tolerate all kinds of perturbation provided they are not too great and do not come too suddenly. There’s something we call trauma, however. We don’t really understand what it is—but organisations can suffer from it too.
— Dixy Lee Ray
From interview with Graham Chedd, 'The Lady Gets Her Way', New Scientist (5 Jul 1973), 59, No. 853, 16.
Science quotes on:  |  All (4107)  |  Call (769)  |  Complicated (115)  |  Do (1908)  |  Great (1575)  |  Injury (36)  |  Kind (557)  |  Learn (632)  |  Life (1799)  |  Living (491)  |  Lot (151)  |  Organisation (7)  |  Organism (220)  |  Perturbation (7)  |  Something (719)  |  Sudden (66)  |  Suddenly (88)  |  Suffer (41)  |  Surgery (51)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Tolerate (6)  |  Understand (607)

We no longer can talk of unearned “rights.” We’ll have to get back to working for “rights” to adequate food, housing, education, opportunity, a place in the sun—and not everybody is going to make the grade. I don’t see this obsession with the lowest strata of humanity, against all natural biologic experience. We must accept that life is unfair.
— Dixy Lee Ray
In Raymond Mungo, 'Dixy Lee Ray: How Madame Nuke Took Over Washington', Mother Jones (May 1977), 2, No. 4, 31.
Science quotes on:  |  Accept (192)  |  Adequate (46)  |  Against (332)  |  All (4107)  |  Back (391)  |  Biology (216)  |  Earn (7)  |  Education (379)  |  Everybody (70)  |  Experience (470)  |  Food (199)  |  Grade (11)  |  House (140)  |  Humanity (169)  |  Life (1799)  |  Low (81)  |  Must (1526)  |  Natural (796)  |  Obsession (13)  |  Opportunity (87)  |  Place (177)  |  Right (452)  |  See (1082)  |  Strata (35)  |  Stratum (10)  |  Sun (387)  |  Talk (100)  |  Unfair (8)  |  Work (1351)

We should be very jealous of who speaks for science, particularly in our age of rapidly expanding technology. How can the public be educated? I do not know the specifics, but of this I am certain: The public will remain uninformed and uneducated in the sciences until the media professionals decide otherwise. Until they stop quoting charlatans and quacks and until respected scientists speak up.
— Dixy Lee Ray
In article, 'Who Speaks For Science?', Chemical Times and Trends (Jan 1990). As quoted in Jay H. Lehr (ed.), Rational Readings on Environmental Concerns (1992), 730, and cited on p.735.
Science quotes on:  |  Age (499)  |  Certain (550)  |  Charlatan (8)  |  Decide (44)  |  Do (1908)  |  Educate (13)  |  Educated (12)  |  Expanding (3)  |  Jealous (3)  |  Know (1519)  |  Media (13)  |  Professional (70)  |  Public (96)  |  Quack (18)  |  Rapidly (66)  |  Remain (349)  |  Respect (207)  |  Science (3880)  |  Scientist (825)  |  Speak (232)  |  Specific (95)  |  Stop (80)  |  Technology (261)  |  Uneducated (9)  |  Uninformed (2)  |  Will (2354)

Whether science is seen as genie or devil, the attitude is wrong. We need to get some sort of perspective, so that people understand science is just one more intellectual tool, one more way of knowing enough things to give society a means of living on Earth.
— Dixy Lee Ray
From interview with Graham Chedd, 'The Lady Gets Her Way', New Scientist (5 Jul 1973), 59, No. 853, 16.
Science quotes on:  |  Attitude (82)  |  Devil (31)  |  Earth (998)  |  Enough (341)  |  Genie (2)  |  Intellectual (255)  |  Knowing (137)  |  Knowledge (1536)  |  Living (491)  |  Mean (809)  |  Means (580)  |  More (2559)  |  Need (290)  |  People (1005)  |  Perceive (40)  |  Perspective (28)  |  Science (3880)  |  Society (325)  |  Thing (1915)  |  Tool (117)  |  Understand (607)  |  Way (1216)  |  Wrong (234)


See also:

Carl Sagan Thumbnail In science it often happens that scientists say, 'You know that's a really good argument; my position is mistaken,' and then they would actually change their minds and you never hear that old view from them again. They really do it. It doesn't happen as often as it should, because scientists are human and change is sometimes painful. But it happens every day. I cannot recall the last time something like that happened in politics or religion. (1987) -- Carl Sagan
Quotations by: • Albert Einstein • Isaac Newton • Lord Kelvin • Charles Darwin • Srinivasa Ramanujan • Carl Sagan • Florence Nightingale • Thomas Edison • Aristotle • Marie Curie • Benjamin Franklin • Winston Churchill • Galileo Galilei • Sigmund Freud • Robert Bunsen • Louis Pasteur • Theodore Roosevelt • Abraham Lincoln • Ronald Reagan • Leonardo DaVinci • Michio Kaku • Karl Popper • Johann Goethe • Robert Oppenheimer • Charles Kettering  ... (more people)

Quotations about: • Atomic  Bomb • Biology • Chemistry • Deforestation • Engineering • Anatomy • Astronomy • Bacteria • Biochemistry • Botany • Conservation • Dinosaur • Environment • Fractal • Genetics • Geology • History of Science • Invention • Jupiter • Knowledge • Love • Mathematics • Measurement • Medicine • Natural Resource • Organic Chemistry • Physics • Physician • Quantum Theory • Research • Science and Art • Teacher • Technology • Universe • Volcano • Virus • Wind Power • Women Scientists • X-Rays • Youth • Zoology  ... (more topics)
Sitewide search within all Today In Science History pages:
Visit our Science and Scientist Quotations index for more Science Quotes from archaeologists, biologists, chemists, geologists, inventors and inventions, mathematicians, physicists, pioneers in medicine, science events and technology.

Names index: | A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z |

Categories index: | 1 | 2 | A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I | J | K | L | M | N | O | P | Q | R | S | T | U | V | W | X | Y | Z |

- 100 -
Sophie Germain
Gertrude Elion
Ernest Rutherford
James Chadwick
Marcel Proust
William Harvey
Johann Goethe
John Keynes
Carl Gauss
Paul Feyerabend
- 90 -
Antoine Lavoisier
Lise Meitner
Charles Babbage
Ibn Khaldun
Euclid
Ralph Emerson
Robert Bunsen
Frederick Banting
Andre Ampere
Winston Churchill
- 80 -
John Locke
Bronislaw Malinowski
Bible
Thomas Huxley
Alessandro Volta
Erwin Schrodinger
Wilhelm Roentgen
Louis Pasteur
Bertrand Russell
Jean Lamarck
- 70 -
Samuel Morse
John Wheeler
Nicolaus Copernicus
Robert Fulton
Pierre Laplace
Humphry Davy
Thomas Edison
Lord Kelvin
Theodore Roosevelt
Carolus Linnaeus
- 60 -
Francis Galton
Linus Pauling
Immanuel Kant
Martin Fischer
Robert Boyle
Karl Popper
Paul Dirac
Avicenna
James Watson
William Shakespeare
- 50 -
Stephen Hawking
Niels Bohr
Nikola Tesla
Rachel Carson
Max Planck
Henry Adams
Richard Dawkins
Werner Heisenberg
Alfred Wegener
John Dalton
- 40 -
Pierre Fermat
Edward Wilson
Johannes Kepler
Gustave Eiffel
Giordano Bruno
JJ Thomson
Thomas Kuhn
Leonardo DaVinci
Archimedes
David Hume
- 30 -
Andreas Vesalius
Rudolf Virchow
Richard Feynman
James Hutton
Alexander Fleming
Emile Durkheim
Benjamin Franklin
Robert Oppenheimer
Robert Hooke
Charles Kettering
- 20 -
Carl Sagan
James Maxwell
Marie Curie
Rene Descartes
Francis Crick
Hippocrates
Michael Faraday
Srinivasa Ramanujan
Francis Bacon
Galileo Galilei
- 10 -
Aristotle
John Watson
Rosalind Franklin
Michio Kaku
Isaac Asimov
Charles Darwin
Sigmund Freud
Albert Einstein
Florence Nightingale
Isaac Newton



who invites your feedback
Thank you for sharing.
Today in Science History
Sign up for Newsletter
with quiz, quotes and more.