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Quiz: How well do you know these famous scientists?

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Are you an aspiring scientist or passionate science fan? Do you consider yourself a science nerd? 

Many of the things that we use or consume today are the built on the discoveries of past scientists, giving rise to many of today’s new innovations.

It’s important to know the history of famous scientists who helped develop the world to what it is today, and whose knowledge and discoveries serve as building blocks for future discoveries by modern scientists. 

So, how well do you know the people that changed the world as we know it? Challenge yourself and take the quiz below to find out. 

In the TV series Breaking Bad, lead character Walter White went from being a chemistry teacher to a meth king. He gave himself the alias Heisenberg for his drug dealings - a reference to German physicist Werner Heisenberg. What was Heisenberg (the scientist) famous for?

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The uncertainty principle and theory of quantum mechanics.

This Polish-born female scientist was famous for the discovery of the elements polonium and radium, educated in France and was the first woman to win the Nobel Prize. She was poisoned to death by her own discovery. Who was she?

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Marie Curie.

What invention was Swedish scientist Alfred Nobel famous for?

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Dynamite. Fun fact: the Nobel Prize is named after him.

The general theory of relativity (or general relativity) is said to be a major building block of modern physics. Which physicist developed this theory?

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Albert Einstein.

This French chemist graduated with a law degree, died by the guillotine, but was famous for determining that oxygen was a key substance in combustion. Who was he?

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Antoine Lavoisier.

What was Italian astronomer Galileo Galilei famous for?

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He discovered the four largest moons of Jupiter.

Who is the father of the periodic table?

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Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev.

This French chemist and microbiologist proved that germs cause disease, developed vaccines for anthrax and rabies, and created the process of pasteurisation that makes dairy products safe for mass production. Who was this incredible man?

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Louis Pasteur.

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