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Seventeen generations down, and I can echo even louder: "If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants."
Albert E. Green (elasticity theory)
Geoffrey Ingram Taylor (turbulent motion in fluids)
Joseph John Thomson (Nobel Laurate in Physics, discovery of electron and first subatomic particle)
John William Strutt (Nobel Laurate in Physics, discovery of Argon)
George Gabriel Stokes (Stoke's law)
William Hopkins (pressure - melting point relationship)
Roger Cotes (least squares method)
Isaac Newton - "If I have seen further than others, it is by standing upon the shoulders of giants."
Isaac Barrow (calculus and optics)
Vincenzo Viviani (Viviani's theorem in trigonometry, Viviani's curve)
Evangelista Torricelli (inventor of barometer)
Galileo Galilei (father of observational astronomy)