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Scientific Thinkers


  1. Which chemical element did Marie Curie discover and name after her native country?
  2. Aristotle studied at The Academy in Athens for twenty years, however which school did he found?
  3. Which biologist is often called the "father of taxonomy" and formalised a system for naming, ranking, and classifying organisms?
  4. Which astronomer first discovered that other galaxies exist outside of the Milky Way?

  5. Who in 1543, put forward a theory that the Sun is at the centre of the Universe?
  6. Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev is best known for creating what?
  7. Which Greek mathematician is considered the "father of geometry"?
  8. What concept did Charles Darwin develop as the process through which populations of living organisms adapt and change?
  9. British physicist J.J. Thomson is credited with the discovery of what?
  10. Albert Einstein died in which decade?
  11. Gregor Mendel began the study of heredity by experimenting with which vegetable?
  12. Which 17th century French mathematician is often called the 'father' of modern philosohy?
  13. For his discovery of spontaneous radioactivity, who was awarded half of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1903 with Pierre and Marie Curie?
  14. Which scientist provided data for Watson and Crick's model of DNA?
  15. Who is considered "the father of nuclear physics"?
  16. Who was first to use a refracting telescope for astronomy and in 1610 discovered four moons revolving around Jupiter?
  17. Which English polymath originated the concept of a digital programmable computer?
  18. Sir Isaac Newton and Gottfried Leibniz are both given credit for independently developing which branch of mathematics?
  19. Which physcist's theorem states that the total surface area of a black hole will never get smaller?
  20. Who discovered the three major laws of planetary motion?
  21. Who is famous for his triangle which is used in binomial expansion?
  22. Which scientist was the first to produce an electric current from a magnetic field?
  23. Elon Musk is the largest shareholder of a company named after which inventor and electrical engineer?
  24. Linus Pauling is the only person to have been awarded two unshared Nobel Prizes. He first won the Nobel Prize in Chemistry and then which other Nobel Prize in 1962?
  25. On 13 May 1897, Guglielmo Marconi sent the first ever wireless communication over open sea across which body of water?
  26. Who is credited as the inventor of the electric battery and also the discoverer of methane?


  1. Polonium
  2. The Lyceum
  3. Carl Linnaeus
  4. Edwin Hubble
  5. Nicolaus Copernicus
  6. Periodic table
  7. Euclid
  8. Natural selection
  9. The electron
  10. 1950s (1955)
  11. The pea
  12. Rene Descartes
  13. Henri Becquerel
  14. Rosalind Franklin
  15. Ernest Rutherford
  16. Galileo Galilei
  17. Charles Babbage
  18. Calculus
  19. Stephen Hawking's
  20. Johannes Kepler
  21. Blaise Pascal
  22. Michael Faraday
  23. Nikola Tesla
  24. Nobel Peace Prize
  25. Bristol Channel
  26. Volta (Alessandro Volta)