Hugh Everett, physicist
When Everett published his work on parallel worlds in 1956, his peers said he was mad. The rejection was too much and he turned his back on science. Now Everett’s theories are widely accepted.
Russ Meyer, director
He combined big breasts with satire. Once derided as cheap smut, Meyer’s masterpieces now show at film archives around the world. The inscription on his gravestone says “I was glad to do it”.
Eric Favre, inventor
Favre created the coffee capsule in 1970, but Nestle went for instant coffee instead. The capsule was a flop. Now it’s a hit worth billions.
Carolyn Davidson, designer
Nike paid the student $35 for the logo. A deal’s a deal, after all. Later, she was given shares in recognition of her contribution.
Hercule Florence, painter
Florence invented photography in Brazil in 1833 but didn’t tell anyone. So others stole the glory, in distant Europe.