Here is this highly colourful description of people you (can) meet in the lab. Actually, it happens quite often that you meet more than 2 of those at a time in a given lab. This essay by Adam Ruben is titled « Don’t Worry, I’m (Un)Professional: A Guide to Your Laboratory Colleagues » and reminded me some colleagues 😉 . And what about you?
I had always thought of scientists as serious, responsible people. A bit socially awkward, maybe, but certainly smart and probably boring — the sort of folks you’d have dinner with and then tell your spouse, « Well, I didn’t understand everything they were saying about tuberculosis, but in general they seemed pleasant. » In reality, though, scientists are as idiosyncratic, incompetent, and irresponsible as people in any industry. We just have cooler coats.