super-scientist n.

a person who studies, or creates inventions using, superscience n.

  • 1928 A. C. Doyle When World Screamed in Lost World & Other Stories (1995) 461

    Challenger the super scientist, Challenger the arch pioneer, Challenger the first man of all men whom Mother Earth had been compelled to recognize.

  • 1934 D. Wandrei Scientist Divides in Astounding Stories Sept. 54/2 page image Donald Wandrei bibliography

    Why may not man himself now be only a similar basic cell out of which even vaster and more complex organisms will evolve in the course of ages? Imagine what would happen if a superscientist treated man as such a cell and then, in the laboratory, constructed from one or dozens of men a creature of the year one billion!

  • 1940 O. J. Friend Impossible Highway in Thrilling Wonder Stories Aug. 84/2 page image Oscar J. Friend bibliography

    Almost fearfully Nelson looked up at the sky as though he half expected the head and shoulders of some super[-]scientist to materialize from behind a cloud. But nothing happened.

  • 1953 L. S. de Camp Science Fiction Handbook 69 L. Sprague de Camp

    The plus-sign at the end of the hero’s surname (a pun to begin with) indicates that he is a super-scientist.

  • 1964 P. Nowlan & R. Calkins Great Classic Comic Newspaper Strips, No. 1, Buck Rogers Issue Oct. 4

    Absolute masters of America and the world. Cruel, inhuman super scientists.

  • 1991 H. Rheingold Virtual Reality iii. x. 238

    The Japanese are not superscientists; they can’t go any faster than anyone else can.

  • 2011 R. Vajra Tower of Worlds in Analog Science Fiction & Fact May 37/1 Rajnar Vajra bibliography

    ‘Interesting results. Liana and I become exactly what’s needed to save the day. Example? Without my new body, the sky’s gravity would’ve pinned me down.’ ‘Take more than a year, I bet, for even super-scientists to develop such specific mutagens for people whose DNA’s already shifting.’ ‘Quite possibly.’ ‘But the lottery picked us a year ago. So you rigged it somehow. Should I go on?’

Research requirements

antedating 1928

Research History
Mike Christie submitted a cite from the letter column of the December 1940 Astounding.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1939 cite from editorial material in Science Fiction.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1934 cite from Donald Wandrei's "A Scientist Divides".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1953 cite from L. Sprague de Camp's "Science-Fiction Handbook".
Fred Galvin submitted a 1941 cite from editorial material in Uncanny Stories.
Fred Galvin submitted a cite from a 1964 reprint of Philip Francis Nowlan's comic strip "Buck Rogers--in the Year 2429"; we would like to verify it in the original newspaper strip in January 1929 or the magazine version which appeared in Amazing Stories in August 1928 (as "Armageddon -- 2419 A.D.").
Bee Ostrowsky submitted a 2011 cite.
We have a 1928 example from Arthur Conan Doyle's "When the World Screamed", from a later collection; we would like to verify it in the original publication, in Liberty Magazine, 25 February – 3 March 1928.

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