Sunday, 11 November 2012

Synapse Movember Quiz

It's MOVEMBERMovember is the month when men can free their upper lip of unnecessary shearing and their follicles can run free to do what they do best!

This calls for a novelty science quiz. Below is a selection of exceptional scientists who were also blessed with incredibly sculpted facial hair. How many of them can you name? Do you know why they are famous? Go on, give it a go! The results will be published on Saturday 17th, along with more information about these incredible individuals.


(a) Louis Pasteur (1822-1895). Credited with identifying the 'germ theory of disease' and a founder of microbiology.

(b) Albert Einstein (1879-1955). Probably the most influential scientist of the 20th Century, he developed the theory of general relativity.

(c) Heinrich Hermann Robert Koch (1843-1910). Famous for isolating Mycobacterium tuberculosis and considered one of the founders of microbiology.

(d) Ernest Rutherford (1871-1937). The father of Nuclear physics, he developed the half-life concept and won the Nobel prize in 1908.

(e) Sir Henry Solomon Wellcome (1853-1936). Henry Wellcome was a pharmaceutical entrepreneur, famous for his charitable activity and financial support for science. I would say he wins in this Movember competition!

(f) Max Karl Ernst Ludwig Planck (1858-1947). The father of Quantum mechanics. He won a Nobel Prize in 1918.

(g) Nikola Tesla (1856-1943). One of the most famous engineers and inventors in history. He designed the modern alternating current (AC) electrical supply system.

(h) Alexander Graham Bell (1847-1922). Alexander Bell was an eminent scientist, inventor and innovator who is credited with inventing the first practical telephone.

(i) Alfred Binet (1857-1911). A French psychologist who invented the world's first intelligence test, the IQ test.

(j) Orville Wright (1871-1948). Orville Wright, along with his brother Wilbur, were engineers and inventors, responsible for the first ever manned powered flight.