I think the real problem with the whole premise of this post is that it groups scientists and engineers into the same group. I've been a scientist for many years and have known quite a few engineers. They are actually quite different breeds. Engineering is about applying known stuff to new problems. Science is about discovering new known stuff. The Nobel prize is really a proxy for scientists and says not much about great engineers.
There is a misconception that engineering is and has always been the application of scientific principles that are well known. This has not historically been true and is still not true today. The steam engine was invented and in common user before Sadi Carnot understood the science behind it, which is now known as Thermodynamics. Yes, once the science was known engineers were able to apply it to make BETTER steam engines, but the original engineering came before the science. The relationship is not that one is better than the other, but that they mutually support and enhance each other. Engineers build the technology that the scientists use to increase knowledge. MOST "rocket scientists" are actually "rocket engineers." There is, however, a difference in the focus of scientists and engineers. Scientists are, for the most part, asking the question, WHY, whereas engineers most often ask, HOW.
In the beginning the Artist or Artisan, the Natural Scientist, and the engineer were often one and the same. Wikipedia lists Galileo Galilei as an astronomer, physicist, engineer, philosopher AND mathematician. Michelangelo was a painter, poet, artist, sculptor, architect and engineer. There are many more examples throughout history of the symbiotic relationship of all of these areas. In engineering the phrase "state of the art" is an acknowledgement that engineering owes as much to art as to science.
Read Engineering and the Mind's Eye by Eugene S. Ferguson for an in depth presentation of this throughout history.
lol! YOU sir, are talented and full of esoteric knowledge. How much were you paid? Were you promised a full position, at least?
Yes, I had more than a full time position and esoteric knowledge is one attribute of an education. My degree was in engineering, but I took electives in everything from Geology to Technical Writing and many more. I spent most (30+ years) with one organization and made, and invested, enough that I have retirement income that is quite enough for me and in fact greater than my last official salary. I am still learning and staying active, but with projects and interests of my own.
Nothing recedes like success. -- Walter Winchell