Materials Research Activities

Why does MSE not have a founder?
Modern cosmology is said to have been founded by Copernicus, modern physics by Galileo and Newton, chemistry by Lavoisier. Every branch of modern science, even every sub-discipline has forged an image of a founding hero, duly celebrated by the disciplinary community. Who is the founder of materials science? To my knowledge, there is no candidate for this prestigious position. This is not for want of genius or for lack of heroism among material scientists. Could it be an indication that MSE differs from other scientific disciplines?
-- Bernadette Bensaude-Vincent