Following my post on David Baltimore, others have chimed in with their own rock-stars (and not just scientists who literally became rock-stars, or vice versa):
Genetics and Health – Hsien Lei lists three: Craig Venter, Francis Collins, and James Watson
Blog Around the Clock – Coturnix isn’t quite sure there are any anymore.
Afarensis suggests several according to Coturnix’s definition of rock-star, including Richard Leakey, Donald Johanson, Timothy White, Lewis Binford, and Michael Schiffer.
Archaeoastronomy – Alun gives us a long list, with Simon Schama, David Starkey, and the Time Team at the top of the list.
Uncertain Principles – Chad considers Stephen Hawking and Brian Greene as hard-rockin’ physicists.
Dynamics of Cats – Steinn reminds us that Brian May of Queen had some astronomical aspirations before joining Queen.
Discovering Biology in a Digital World – Sandra is surprised to not have heard the names Jane Goodall and Jack Horner among the suggested rock-star scientists.
Gene Expression – Razib goes for the thug scientist category, nominating Bruce Lahn, an evolutionary genomicist at the University of Chicago.
Evolgen – RPM doesn’t go for my offering of David Baltimore, instead suggesting David Suzuki, Stephen Hawking, and Paul Serano.
As Coturnix points out though, as well-known as all of these high-profile scientists are, none of them are household names. Science is still considered by many to be elitist, and the scientific shortcomings of a wide array of government policies are largely ignored.