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These Rare Photos Show 21 Famous Scientists More Chilled Out Than You've Ever Seen Them

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Do scientists work too hard? The answer to that question is a big fat "yes," at least if you believe the findings of a study published recently in the journal Biological Conservation. It showed that conservation biologists--and, by extension, scientists in general--tend to devote lots of nights and weekends to their work.

"Scientists do work very hard," study author Dr. Richard Primack, a Boston University biologist, told The Huffington Post in an email. "They work hard because they really enjoy what they are doing, and they may also feel under pressure to produce results in terms of published papers and successful grant proposals. "

Of course, even high-achieving scientists make time to take their noses from the grindstone. Just take a look below at our collection of photos showing 21 scientific luminaries catching some downtime--whether it's famous physicists frolicking on the beach, astronauts getting wet... or America's most famous inventor getting some well-deserved ZZZZs.

  • Albert Einstein
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    Albert Einstein (1879-1955) in 1931.
  • Buzz Aldrin
    Buzz Aldrin (born 1930) at depth.
  • Thomas Edison
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    Thomas Edison (1847-1931) taking a nap while on a camping trip with President Harding in 1921.
  • Stephen Hawking
    Zero Gravity Corp./AP
    Astrophysicist Stephen Hawking (born 1942) goes weightless on a zero-G flight.
  • Hedy Lamarr
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    Austrian-born inventor and actress Hedy Lamarr (1913-2000) soaks up some sunshine.
  • Linus Pauling
    Special Collections & Archives Research Center/Oregon State University
    American chemist Linus Pauling (1901-1994) with his wife, Ava.
  • Alexander Graham Bell
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    Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922), inventor of the telephone, with his wife, Eliza Grace Symonds, and their children.
  • Marie Curie
    Science Photo Library/American Institute Of Physic/Getty Images
    Polish-French physicist Marie Curie (1867-1934) on vacation with Albert Einstein.
  • George Washington Carver
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    American scientist and educator George Washington Carver (1864-1943), working on one of his last paintings, entitled ‘The Yucca.
  • Max Planck
    German theoretical physicist Max Planck (1858-1947) with his second wife, Marga.
  • Richard Feynman
    American theoretical physicist Richard Feynman (1918-1988) plays his beloved bongos.
  • Joan Feynman
    Courtesy Charles Hirshberg
    Physicist Joan Feynman (born 1927) with her brother Richard Feynman.
  • Edward Teller
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    Physicist Edward Teller (1908-2003).
  • Francis Crick
    English molecular biologist Francis Crick (1916-2004) in Switzerland, second from the left.
  • Neil Armstrong
    Ralph Morse/Time & Life Pictures/Getty Images
    Neil Armstrong (1930-2012) poolside in Houston in 1969.
  • Carl Sagan
    Carl Sagan (1934-1996), astrophysicist and science communicator, playing cards with his wife, Ann Druyan.
  • Sigmund Freud
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    Sigmund Freud (1856-1939) in the Tatra Mountains in 1917.
  • Neils Bohr
    Science & Society Picture Library/SSPL/Getty Images
    Danish theoretical physicist Niels Bohr (1885-1962) playing ball, circa 1910.
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson
    American astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson (born 1958) lets loose.
  • Brian Greene
    Associated Press
    American physicist Brian Greene in New York City's Times Square.
  • Bobak Ferdowsi
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    Bobak Ferdowsi, aka the "Mohawk Guy" (born 1979), American systems engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, at the Geekie Awards in Hollywood.
  • Hedy Lamarr
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    Hedy Lamarr in 1945.
  • Thomas Edison
    Courtesy of the Ohio Historical Society
    Thomas Edison on a car-camping trip he took in 1918 with Henry Ford and Harvey Firestone.
  • Albert Einstein
    Universal History Archive/Getty Images
    Albert Einstein sets sail.

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