40 People in Science that Everyone Should Know

Name these forty people in science that everyone should know.
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Last updated: February 7, 2018
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Established Three Laws of Motion
Isaac Newton
Created the First Telescope
Galileo Galilei
Proved that the Earth orbits the Sun
Nicolas Copernicus
Discovered Evolution
Charles Darwin
Created the Theory of Relativity
Albert Einstein
Father of Genetics
Gregor Mendel
Created AC Current
Nikola Tesla
Figured out how to find the Volume of a Sphere and Area of a Circle
Studied Chimpanzees in Tanzania
Jane Goodall
Father of Western Philosophy
Proved that Black Holes emit Radiation
Stephen Hawking
Invented the Telegraph
Samuel Morse
Invented the Household Lightbulb
Thomas Edison
Conducted Much Research on Radiation with her Husband
Marie Curie
Discovered Penicillin
Alexander Fleming
Created the First Vaccines
Louis Pasteur
Created the first model of the Atom
Niels Bohr
Discovered how Electromagnetism Works
Michael Faraday
Invented the Telephone
Alexander Graham Bell
Famously discovered how to find the length of the Hypotenuse
Created the Modern Steam Engine
James Watt
Figured out the Principles of the Motion of Planets
Johannes Kepler
Created the Polio Vaccine
Jonas Salk
Came up with Continental Drift
Alfred Wegener
Famous for developing new theories of Therapy called Psychoanalysis
Sigmund Freud
Known for his "Cat" Thought Experiment
Erwin Schrodinger
Invented Dynamite
Alfred Nobel
Famously wrote "Silent Spring" saving many bird species
Rachel Carson
Famous for discovering the structure of DNA
James Watson
Created an Oath for Doctors
Came up with modern Atom Theory
John Dalton
Ancient Greek "Father of Geometry"
Created the Theory of Electromagnetic Radiation
James Maxwell
Most Famous "Father of the Atomic Bomb"
Robert Oppenheimer
Pioneered Quantum Mechanics
Werner Heisenberg
Founder of Cell Theory
Robert Hooke
Supported the Growth of Peanuts to save Soil Fertility
George Washington Carver
Father of the Scientific Method
Francis Bacon
Inventors of the Airplane
Orville Wright
Wilbur Wright
Level 68
Feb 6, 2018
For some reason, it didn't accept Kepler.
Level 65
Feb 6, 2018
Level 44
Feb 7, 2018
I (personally) think everyone should know Linnaeus, because of him, we label organisms in a way that is easy and universal. He is the creator of the binomial nomenclature (meaning animal names are made up of the name of their genus and their species). He's is the "Father of modern Taxonomy". (but maybe I'm just fangirling :P )
Level 76
Feb 7, 2018
I think Meucci should be accepted for the telephone question. Nice idea!
Level 71
Feb 13, 2018
I think Edward Jenner should be included in this group. His early work vaccinating people showed the way.
Level 70
Jun 17, 2022
I thought Socrates is the father of Western Philosophy
Level 68
Jun 17, 2022
Ernest Rutherford (New Zealand physicist) was the first person to split the atom, he developed the nuclear model of the atom, he discovered alpha and beta rays, and proposed the laws of radioactive decay. He received a Nobel Prize on his discovery that the structure of elements can change. He is on the NZ $100 note, and my children attended Rutherford Primary School and Rutherford High School.
Level 37
Jun 17, 2022
Alexander Fleming, did not discover penicillin. It was Clodomiro Picado.
Level 77
Jun 17, 2022
While Bohr made the first model of an atom using quantum physics, his was certainly not the first model of an atom. See Dalton, Thomson, etc.
Level 76
Jun 17, 2022
A nice selection of scientists, but many flaws unfortunately. A lot of feats can be attributed to Galileo, but the creation of the telescope is not one of them. I wouldn't say Copernicus 'proved' his theory. It was Jenner who created the first vaccine. There had been many models of the atom before Bohr's. And this is only the first column.

Also, why include ancient mathematicians but no modern ones?

Level 70
Jun 17, 2022
Interesting list, but Jenner invented the vaccine about a quarter century before Pasteur was even born.
Level 74
Jun 17, 2022
37 men and 3 women... You could've at least given Rosalind Franklin some credit instead of including James Watson.
Level 86
Dec 30, 2023
Love the quiz, but agree with all the previous comments:

Socrates is usually considered the father of western philosophy

Francis Crick is usually credited along with Watson in the discovery of the DNA helix structure

Edward Jenner made a smallpox vaccine before Pasteur was born

Bohr developed atomic models already created by the likes of Thompson and Rutherford

Edison did not invent the lightbulb

Bell did not invent the telephone

Galileo made substantial improvements to previous telescopes, but did not invent it

Also, I would like to have seen Mendeleev, Linnaeus, Celsius, Hubble, Wallace, Volta, Higgs and Sagan

Level 55
Jan 8, 2024
Watson and Crick did not discover the helix structure of DNA, Rosalind Franklin did