Quiz about Down the Ladder Scientists and Inventors
Quiz about Down the Ladder Scientists and Inventors

Down the Ladder: Scientists and Inventors Quiz


Name the super-genius scientist or inventor of past or present based on the clues. The first letter of each of the first 9 answers will form an acrostic answering question 10.

A multiple-choice quiz by mickeygreeneyes. Estimated time: 6 mins.
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Time
6 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
96,405
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Tough
Avg Score
5 / 10
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507
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1. This American chemist, born 1912, died 1999, won, along with his partner, the 1951 Nobel Prize for discovering plutonium and 3 other elements. He later contributed to the discovery of two more. His first name was Glenn. What was his last name? Hint

Seaborg
McFarland
Westinghouse
Dieterling

2. This American physicist, born 1915, shared the 1964 Nobel Prize with 2 Soviet scientists for inventing and developing masers. His first name is Charles. His last name? Hint

Bensinger
Sumner
Townes
Allen

3. He was born in Ulm, Germany, in 1879. He won a Nobel Prize in 1921. What was his last name?

Answer: (One Word -- 8 letters)
4. He was born in 1643. His work in astronomy, optics, and mathematics, among other fields, made him one of the greatest scientists of all time. Give his first and last name.

Answer: (First name 5 letters; last name 6 letters)
5. With two partners, this scientist from the United Kingdom won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2001 for discoveries in key regulators of the cell cycle. He is addressed as Sir Paul. What is his last name? Hint

Gilman
Dougherty
Nurse
Lewis

6. With partner E. Donnall Thomas, this scientist from the US won the 1990 Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology for his "discoveries in organ and cell transplantation in the treatment of human disease." Joseph is his first name. What is his last name? Hint

Murray
Reventlow
Niles-Frasier
Warshosky

7. He was born in 1847 and died in 1931. As a boy, he was known as "Al." He had 1093 patents. What was his last name?

Answer: (6 letters)
8. This American astronomer died in 1997 at age 90. He was only 24 when he discovered the planet Pluto in 1930. His first name was Clyde. What was his last name? Hint

Lowell
Halley
Herschel
Tombaugh

9. With his partner, Hendrick Lorentz, this scientist from the Netherlands won the 1902 Nobel because of his work on the influence of magnetism on radiation phenomena. His first name was Pieter. What was his last name? Hint

Zeeman
Eindhoven
van Remagen
de Kooning

10. Born in Breslau, Germany, in 1865, he came to the US in 1889. He was a professor, theorist, and prolific inventor with over 200 patents to his credit, mostly in the field of electrical devices. He died at 58. His middle name was Proteus. His last name is spelled out as an acrostic by the first letter in each of answers 1-9. Just fill in his nine-letter last name:

Answer: (last name only; 9 letters)

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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. This American chemist, born 1912, died 1999, won, along with his partner, the 1951 Nobel Prize for discovering plutonium and 3 other elements. He later contributed to the discovery of two more. His first name was Glenn. What was his last name?

Answer: Seaborg

Among many other very significant contributions, Seaborg participated in the discovery of 9 more elements, including americium, berkelium, einsteinium, and seaborgium!
2. This American physicist, born 1915, shared the 1964 Nobel Prize with 2 Soviet scientists for inventing and developing masers. His first name is Charles. His last name?

Answer: Townes

In 1958, Townes and his partner at Bell Labs, Arthur Schawlow, published a paper titled "Infrared and Optical Masers." The development of the laser was a result of this study.
3. He was born in Ulm, Germany, in 1879. He won a Nobel Prize in 1921. What was his last name?

Answer: Einstein

Albert Einstein was probably the greatest mind of his time. He was chosen by "Time Magazine" as Man of the Century.
4. He was born in 1643. His work in astronomy, optics, and mathematics, among other fields, made him one of the greatest scientists of all time. Give his first and last name.

Answer: Isaac Newton

Newton was born in Woolsthorpe, Lincolnshire, England. He is credited with inventing calculus, the reflecting telescope, and the science of optics. He also formulated the 13 postulates of mathematics. And this was all on Thursday afternoon! It would be hard to be more intelligent than this genius.
5. With two partners, this scientist from the United Kingdom won the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 2001 for discoveries in key regulators of the cell cycle. He is addressed as Sir Paul. What is his last name?

Answer: Nurse

Sir Paul Nurse and one of his partners, Tim Hart, work with the Imperial Cancer Research Fund of London, England.
6. With partner E. Donnall Thomas, this scientist from the US won the 1990 Nobel Prize in Medicine or Physiology for his "discoveries in organ and cell transplantation in the treatment of human disease." Joseph is his first name. What is his last name?

Answer: Murray

According to njabr.org, Dr. Joseph Murray worked "with burn victims as a doctor during World War II."
7. He was born in 1847 and died in 1931. As a boy, he was known as "Al." He had 1093 patents. What was his last name?

Answer: Edison

Thomas Alva Edison was one of the greatest of inventors, but he also got credit for things invented by memebers of his staff.
8. This American astronomer died in 1997 at age 90. He was only 24 when he discovered the planet Pluto in 1930. His first name was Clyde. What was his last name?

Answer: Tombaugh

Clyde Tombaugh, an assistant astronomer at the Lowell Observatory who did not have a degree in astronomy, discovered the planet Pluto on Feb. 18,1930. He died in 1997, aged 91, 67 years after his big discovery!
9. With his partner, Hendrick Lorentz, this scientist from the Netherlands won the 1902 Nobel because of his work on the influence of magnetism on radiation phenomena. His first name was Pieter. What was his last name?

Answer: Zeeman

Pieter Zeeman was unusually young for a Nobel Laureate, only 37. He was Extraordinary Professor at the University of Amsterdam.
10. Born in Breslau, Germany, in 1865, he came to the US in 1889. He was a professor, theorist, and prolific inventor with over 200 patents to his credit, mostly in the field of electrical devices. He died at 58. His middle name was Proteus. His last name is spelled out as an acrostic by the first letter in each of answers 1-9. Just fill in his nine-letter last name:

Answer: Steinmetz

Sources: nobel.se, memory.loc.gov, lbl.gov, njabr.org, german-way.com
Source: Author mickeygreeneyes

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