Feldenkrais Was Not A Scientist (Factually Speaking)

There is a habit in the Feldenkrais community of calling Moshe Feldenkrais a scientist. For example, it is quite common to find statements online such as,

"Moshe Feldenkrais, D.Sc., (1904-1984) was a distinguished scientist, physicist, and engineer."

"An Israeli scientist who originally trained as an engineer."

"Dr. Moshé Feldenkrais was a research scientist and an athlete."

Might be better to say that Feldenkrais was an engineer, who originally trained as an engineer!

His initial degrees were in mechanical and electrical engineering at the Sorbonne. And his graduate studies were in materials science. It might seem like a small distinction to call him an engineer and not a scientist, but the mindset between the two areas can be quite different. As the College of Engineering at Boston University puts it (reference):

Engineers are not a sub-category of scientists. So often the two terms are used interchangeably, but they are separate, albeit related, disciplines. Scientists explore the natural world and show us how and why it is as it is. Discovery is the essence of science. Engineers innovate solutions to real-world challenges in society. While it is true that engineering without science could be haphazard; without engineering, scientific discovery would be a merely an academic pursuit.