Famous Scientists

Have you ever contributed to science? These people did. Can you name them based on the clues?
Quiz by bogomir
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Last updated: February 15, 2020
First submittedJanuary 29, 2013
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Clue
Scientist
His book "On the Origin of Species" is considered the foundational text
of the theory of evolution
Charles Darwin
Formulated the Special and General theories of Relativity
Albert Einstein
When he wasn't trying to turn lead into gold or looking for secret messages in the Bible,
he invented calculus and explained how the planets move
Isaac Newton
Husband and wife duo who discovered Radium and Polonium
Marie and Pierre Curie
First person to see the moons of Jupiter
Galileo Galilei
Ancient Greek considered to be the father of geometry
Euclid
Primatologist who documented the Gombe Chimpanzee War in the 1970s
Jane Goodall
Inventor of the Periodic Table
Dmitri Mendeleev
Russian physiologist who made dogs salivate by ringing a bell
Ivan Pavlov
While sitting in the bath, he figured out how to find the density of an
object by measuring the amount of water it displaces, leading him to run
naked in the streets yelling "Eureka!"
Archimedes
He discovered X-rays in 1895. In his native Germany, they are named after him.
Wilhelm Röntgen
Discovered that heating milk can lengthen its shelf life
Louis Pasteur
Discovered penicillin by accident in 1928
Alexander Fleming
Considered the father of modern chemistry, he was guillotined in the French Revolution
Antoine Lavoisier
Italian polymath who drew "The Vitruvian Man"
Leonardo da Vinci
Determined that the Earth revolves around the Sun, not vice versa
Nicolaus Copernicus /
Aristarchus of Samos
The number e (≈ 2.71828) is named after this Swiss genius
Leonhard Euler
Inventor of the battery. A unit of electrical potential is named after him.
Alessandro Volta
Serbian-American inventor who helped make AC power possible.
Nikola Tesla
The smallest measurable distance, about 1.616255 x 10-35 meters, is named after him
Max Planck
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Level 63
Mar 4, 2013
Grrrr, Jane Goodall! I had Dian Fossey stuck in my head and couldn't remember the other primate lady. LOL
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Level 76
Nov 11, 2015
Half the population is composed of primate ladies...
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Level 51
Dec 3, 2015
Not quite - According to the CIA World Factbook, the 2013 estimate of total world population ratios is 1.01 male to every 1.0 female.
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Level 76
Feb 1, 2016
^ That's near enough half. Don't be picky.
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Level 72
Sep 25, 2018
Well, only half of the PRIMATE population ;-)
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Level 67
Nov 1, 2018
I wouldn't even call that picky, more like pedantic.
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Level 70
Nov 13, 2018
Greenland has failed to take into account the shorter lifespan of the male.
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Level 16
Mar 4, 2020
same
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Level 40
Mar 5, 2013
Terrific quiz! Well done bogomir!
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Level 34
May 18, 2014
I concur! Probably the first quiz where I should have known all the answers but couldn't recall them all.
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Level 48
Jul 20, 2013
If you enjoyed this quiz, I made a second one.
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Level 51
Mar 6, 2014
Jonas Salk...Mendel...
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Level 76
Sep 18, 2017
Except that you would get Mendel by typing in Mendeleev, so it seems superfluous to have both.
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Level 45
Oct 8, 2016
aaaagh, I spent the whole quiz trying to remember Fleming and I couldn't remember it. And his discovery saved more lives than all of these other scientists put together!
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Level 44
Nov 6, 2016
Actually Tesla was the maker of the X-Ray
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Level 59
May 6, 2019
no, he was not
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Level 77
Aug 14, 2017
Abu Ali al-Hasan ibn al-Haytham al-Hasan of Basra. 10th Century Arab mathematician considered to be the father of optics and one of the earliest proponents of what is now known as the scientific method.

Would've been cool to see him show up on this one.
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Level 66
Mar 2, 2018
I knew it was Jane Good-something! >:(
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Level 62
May 6, 2018
She's made so many appearances in my quizzes that I couldn't miss her even if I tried ;D
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Level 67
Jan 4, 2019
Nice to see a few that usually arent in other famous scientist quizes. like davinci, tesla, pavlov, volta. (and that the davinci clue wasnt made supereasy, you either know it or you dont with this clue) But very surprised at how low the average is. The average score is 10!! (I have done many quizes by now, some much harder and usually the average isnt this low)
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Level 79
Aug 2, 2019
Missed 3 but still got 5 points, by the narrowest of margins.
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Level 83
Feb 16, 2020
Missed 3 and got 3 points. Times have changed.
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Level 52
Aug 2, 2019
Are you sure that Antoine Lavoisier was the father of modern chemistry? What is "modern" chemistry anyway? I thought of several others who might deserve the title: Haber, Leo Baekeland, Percy Lavon Julian, Nobel, Pauling, etc.
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Level 76
Feb 16, 2020
But they're not French or executed
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Level 73
Mar 2, 2020
levallois, lavalois, levalois, lavallois.

no, lavoisier
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Level 61
Feb 15, 2020
Isn't Euler more of a mathematician rather than a scientist? Same goes with Euclid and Archimedes (though my knowledge is not big when it comes to the ancient Greeks)?
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Level 70
Feb 15, 2020
Euler was also a mathematician, but he was a first class scientist who made lots of contributions to physics and astronomy especially. In Euler's time, it didn't really make sense to make a distinction between math and science. That's also true for the ancient philosophers/mathematicians/scientists. One might argue that it still doesn't make sense today.
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Level 82
Feb 16, 2020
My trivial correction: the word "considered" actually has 2 e's in it (but not in your Euclidean clue).
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Level 63
Feb 18, 2020
Well, mathematics is a form of science. The quiz title may be a bit misleading but in the instructions it says "contributed to science" so they all work imo.
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Level 67
Mar 2, 2020
I agree with carry that mathematicians should be included, math is almost a prerequisite for a lot of science and as mentioned a lot of people in history were both. Archimedes discovery was definitely a scientific one, displacement is a scientific concept, not really a mathematical one.
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Level 60
Feb 17, 2020
Pavlov didn't actually use a bell - he used a variety of stimuli including a metronome and a buzzer. I suspect the bell fact is so ingrained now that nobody really cares whether it's accurate or not.
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Level 64
Mar 2, 2020
Surprised by the high average score, especially for Pavlov.
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Level 54
Mar 2, 2020
Somehow I forgot the "Eureka" person!
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Level 16
Mar 4, 2020
it's because he isn't famous
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Level 76
Mar 14, 2020
?
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Level 73
Mar 2, 2020
we call x-rays röntgen rays too.
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Level 69
Mar 2, 2020
Accept "Goodell" for "Goodall"?
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Level 16
Mar 4, 2020
Who do they take us for ? Quite frankly mate I find it disgusting
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Level 76
Mar 14, 2020
Why?
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Level 16
Mar 16, 2020
beacuse they stopped us from getting the dub bro
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Level 55
Mar 3, 2020
Sad how many people missed Euler :(
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Level 16
Mar 4, 2020
Never heard of him, you know they're not famous when more people know who Joey Essex is
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Level 48
Apr 9, 2020
You definitely ain't a nobody when a mathematical constant is named after you