Prof. Particle is neither a professor nor a particle, but if he gets to work, maybe he'll get his PhD one of these days. When not finding excuses for why his articles aren't written, he likes to perform improv, play bass, play games, play with his computer, play CD's, play in the mud... anything that involves thinking, creativity, and/or geekery.
He has pinpointed what makes a great scientist. Inspired insight? Rigorous experiments? A feverish desire to discover? No, it's publicity, stupid! Think about that the next time you're watching the Discovery Channel, wearing your Einstein t-shirt, playing with your Newton's cradle, and using your copy of "A Brief History of Time" to hold up one of the legs of your coffee table.