Science Quiz / Scientists by what they're famous for

Random Science or Famous Quiz

QUIZ: Can you name the Scientists by what they're famous for?

Quiz not verified by Sporcle

How to PlayForced Order
Score 0/106 Timer 20:00
16th Century Danish Nobleman, famous for his comprehensive astronomical and planetary observations
Lived around 250BC in syracuse
Born in 1743 and hailed as the founder of modern chemistry
devised and improved a Military Compass and demonstrated bodies fall at speeds independent of mass
English polymath, discovered the law of elasticity
Wrote Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy
Made discoveries of electromagnetic induction and the laws of electrolysis
Developed the present day notation for the differential and integral calculus
Indian 7th Century Mathematician and Astronomer - Discovered zero
early 20th century scientist that investigated the internal workings of stars
Proposed Heliocentricity - the idea that the earth orbits the sun
Studied at trinity college cambridge and became president of Royal Society in 1703
American Molecular Biologist, Co-discoverer of DNA
Discovered the impossibility of knowing both momentum and position of a particle exactly
Born 15 April 1452, in a town beginning with V in Italy
Discoverer of the iridium layer and famed for dinosaur extinction theories
A friend of captain Robert FitzRoy of the Beagle
Stated the inversely proportional relationship between the absolute pressure and volume of a gas
Coined the terms “recessive” and “dominant” in genetics
Greek thinker who lived around 350BC
Born 1646, a german polymath who made developments in mechanical calculators
First measured density of Earth
Australian Physicist and Statistician, discovered an equation and distribution of ideal gases
Noted for his nebular hypothesis of the origin of the solar system
Exchanged a series of letters with Newton
Danish physicist given a Nobel prize in 1922
Emigrated from Italy to the USA in 1938, and worked on manhattan project there
Head of library of Alexandria, accurately calculated Earth's size
Published Poor Richard's Almanack under the pseudonym Richard Saunders
Discovered Redshift
Reasoned that the sun is at the centre of the universe (Heliocentricity)
English natuarlist and geologist born in February 1809
Discovered positive and negative electricity and inventor of the lightning rod
Child prodigy who worked out how to add number 1-100 up in seconds
A pioneer of quantum mechanics, worked on nuclear fission under the Nazis
Developed cartesian analytical geometry and mind-body dualism
A physicist and chemist who also researched colour-blindness
formulate the classical theory of electromagnetic radiation - uniting electricity, magnetism and light
Inventor the first high-speed petrol engine
17th century German thinker, best known for his laws of planetary motion
Recognized as the inventor of antiseptic surgery - sterile dressing, instruments etc.
Discovered Hydrogen
His pea plant experiments become the foundation of modern genetics
Founded modern atomic theory, with the atom as the smallest subunit
Proved the association between bacteria and diseases
17th century English astronomer who predicted the return of a comet
discovered the four largest satellites of Jupiter
Physicist involved in the study spark shock-waves and ballistic shock-waves
Suffers from amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and wrote a brief history of time
Austrian founder of psychoanalysis
Discovered the periodic law and created the 'modern' periodic table
Used infinitesimals and the method of exhaustion to calculate areas of spheres and circles
Showed that recessional velocity of a galaxy increases with its distance from the earth
Discovered the Neutron
Prolific American inventor, born 1847
Born 15th February 1564 in Pisa
Discovered Polonium and Radium
A founder of atomic-molecular chemistry, named 6.02214179(30)×1023
Introduced the equivalence principle and the cosmological constant
19th Century Scottish Physicist, was a co-founder of a theory of movement in ideal gases
He received the 1921 Nobel Prize for his 'services to theoretical physics'
Italian chemist - Names the law: equal volumes of all gases, at the same temperature and pressure, have the same number of molecules
Born in Ireland in 1627, and hailed as a founder of modern chemistry
Named oxygen and hydrogen
Born on Christmas day in 1642
The founding father of nanotechnology
A french philosopher and mathematician born in 1596
Discovered Azathioprine, Allopurinol, Trimethoprim and Acyclovir
German Mathematician - Proved the Fundamental theorem of algebra
Identified the cause of TB and cholera + Helped make the petri dish
Discovered sodium, potassium and calcium via electrolysis
Contributed towards development of infinitesimal calculus
Russian 19th Century scientist who predicted the existence of 8 elements
Biologist regarded as the father of microscopical anatomy and histology
Wrote 'The Starry Messenger'
Published 'De revolutionibus orbium coelestium' just before his death in 1543
Demonstrated the electrical basis of nerve impulses
Proposed a system of 5 elements, including Aether
20th Century Gorilla Zoologist
Developed the phonograph, the motion picture camera, and the long-lasting, practical electric light bulb
Born in 1706 and was governor of pennsylvania
An English scientist, born in 1791 and an assistant to Humphry Davy
Worked with deaf people, which led to a big invention. Also worked on hydrofoils
Born in 1778 and given a place in the royal society in 1804
Discovered the radiation that black holes emit
English physicist who discovered the physics behind the periodic table. Killed in Gallipoli.
Worked under Christopher Wren to help rebuild London after the Great fire
Invented a hydrostatic principle, screw, claw and heat ray
British Biologist, Co-discoverer of the DNA molecule
Greek 2nd century physician - discovered difference between arteries and veins
German Chemist - He investigated emission spectra of heated elements, and discovered caesium (in 1860) and rubidium (in 1861)
A student of Plato - then Philip of Macedon requested him to tutor Alexander the Great
English Victorian statistician who coined 'eugenics' as a term
Italian physicist, who created the world's first nuclear reactor, the Chicago Pile-1
French physicist and mathematician - Definined a way to measure the flow of electrical current
Greek 'Father of Geometry', wrote a book called 'Elements'
Proposed an atomic model with electrons in stable but jumping orbits
A Polish-French Chemist who won 5 Nobel prizes for work into radioactivity
first practical reflecting telescope and developed a theory of colour based on the observation that a prism
A scottish inventor born in 1847
German born pioneer of quantum physics - won Nobel Prize in 1954
Identified Cepheid variables and used them to prove the universe has other galaxies
Reasoned that regular polygons might make up the geometry of the universe in 'Mysterium Cosmographicum'
The world's leading authority on chimpanzees
Explained how the heart pumps blood to the brain and body
Was tried, convicted, and guillotined in 1794 in Paris

You're not logged in!

Compare scores with friends on all Sporcle quizzes.
Sign Up with Email
Log In

You Might Also Like...

Show Comments


Top Quizzes Today

Score Distribution

Your Account Isn't Verified!

In order to create a playlist on Sporcle, you need to verify the email address you used during registration. Go to your Sporcle Settings to finish the process.