And Madame Curie, but “men of science” has a ring to it.
This set comes from the Age of Power and Wonder cigarette card series produced from 1935 to 1938 by Max Cigarettes.
250 cards in total–I expect to post many more.
The best part of these may be the back of the cards, where hundred-word blurbs announce the achievements of each of these luminaries. Achievements like those of Stephan Pribil (the gentleman in front of the control panel with the leather gloves on), who created a ray that can render subjects “absolutely invisible.”
Lab coats are for sissies.