Not many appreciate the ultimate power and potential usefulness of basic knowledge accumulated by obscure, unseen investigators who, in a lifetime of intensive study, may never see any practical use for their findings but who go on seeking answers to the unknown without thought of financial or practical gain.
Eugenie Clark (b. 1922), U.S. marine biologist, author. From The Lady and the Sharks.
A hero of mine since I was a little girl and discovered this book.
Photo from here. I especially love the picture of her in a natty sun dress working with the lemon sharks.