Scientists Quiz Questions

Round 1

  1. Who discovered radio waves?
  2. Who gave his name to a unit of radioactivity?
  3. Which 16th-century scientist proposed that the Earth orbited the Sun?
  4. Who is best known for his theory of black holes?
  5. On what did Otto Hahn, Lise Meitner and Fritz Strassman work?
  6. In which branch of mathematics was Hipparchus a pioneer?
  7. Which Baron of Largs gave his name to the degrees on the absolute scale?
  8. What does Hans Geiger’s Geiger counter detect?
  9. Whose process decarbonized iron?
  10. Which tracking device did Sir Robert Watson-Watt develop?

Round 1 Answers

  1. Hertz
  2. Becquerel
  3. Copernicus
  4. Stephen Hawking
  5. Nuclear Fission
  6. Trigonometry
  7. Kelvin
  8. Atomic particles
  9. Bessemer
  10. Radar

Round 2

  1. What did Crick, Watson and Wilkins determine the structure of?
  2. Who formulated a law of electromagnetism and pioneered techniques in. measuring electricity?
  3. Which French philosopher created analytical geometry?
  4. Which English chemist discovered the most elements?
  5. Which virus was Robert Gallo one of the first to identify?
  6. Which English physicist discovered the neutron?
  7. What type of bomb did Edward Teller develop?
  8. What sort of tube did William Crookes invent?
  9. Who gave his name to the law that states that the pressure of gas is proportional to its volume?
  10. Which physicist and chemist gave his name to the law of induction?

Round 2 Answers

  1. DNA
  2. Ampere
  3. Descartes
  4. Davy
  5. HIV
  6. Chadwick
  7. Hydrogen Bomb
  8. Cathode ray tube
  9. Boyle
  10. Faraday

Round 3 

  1. In terms of Nobel prizes, how did Marie Curie achieve two “firsts”?
  2. Which physicist who contributed to the development of Soviet nuclear weapons was also a civil rights campaigner?
  3. Which German-born rocket engineer worked on the space programme? Which aids to calculation did John Napier devise?
  4. Which two elements did the Curies discover?
  5. Leibniz’s calculating machine was the first to perform which function?
  6. Which word was Candolle the first to use in the classification of plants?
  7. For which measuring system did Joseph Louis Lagrange lay the foundations?
  8. Which Islands inspired Danlvin write “The Origin of Species”?
  9. For which Soviet development was Igor Kurchatov team leader?

Round 3 Answers

  1. First woman, the first person to receive it twice
  2. Andrei Sakharov
  3. Werner von Braun
  4. Logarithms
  5. Polonium, radium
  6. Multiply
  7. Taxonomy
  8. Metric
  9. Galapagos
  10. The explosion of the atomic bomb