Why limit this question to physicists? Are scientists real people? Are teachers? Are lawyers? Sure. And like we all do when we group people together, we generalize and assume that all scientists wear glasses and talk about what’s in their beakers. And we think that all lawyers talk about the case they’re working on. And chefs read recipes out loud to guests who visit their houses. This is not always true. People are more than just stereotypes because they are all unique. Well, that’s at least what I got out of this article on Yahoo! News from last week.
What do we learn from this? Don’t generalize… or if you decide to generalize, don’t be too shocked when people break the mold and surprise you with their awesomeness.