There are a number of impressive so-called “Amateur” scientific activities that are as sophisticated as “professional” research. In some respects the underlying motivation is substantially more altruistic than some of the latter, because the underlying motivation is not obtaining tenure, additional sources of funding, self-agrandisement, etc.
Amateurs are typically motivated by the sincerest of motivations, a thirst for knowledge and understanding. While paid scientists seek copyrights, patents and financial rewards for their work, the amateur freely discloses and shares his work.
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Tass – Science History In The Making
Leos Onros – An interesting article by a truly remarkable amateur astronomer.
Amateur Astonomys – World class astronomy is taking place by a very active group of worldwide amateurs.
Amateur Astro-Spectroscopy – The work reviewed here is unquestionably world-class in both amateur and professional research.