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Famous First Names
RF Cafe Quiz #20

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This quiz is different from most of the others. It tests your knowledge of the names of famous persons in science and engineering history. Most of us are familiar with the last names of famous people, but how many firsts names can you match with the last names.
Match First Names with Last Names
First Name Last NameReason for Fame 
Svante  EinsteinAustrian/American physicist who developed the theory of relativity Albert Einstein
Gabriel  BabbageEnglish mathematician who developed the first programmable computer - mechanical Charles Babbage
Hedy KeplerGerman astronomer who developed planetary laws of motion Johannes Kepler
Grace  JouleEnglish physicist who studied properties of heat James Joule
Bill  Van de GraaffAmerican high voltage experimenter Robert Van de Graaff
Jacques  ArmstrongAmerican electrical engineer who developed FM radio Edwin Armstrong
Siméon  Schottky German physicist who invented the screen-grid vacuum tube and discovered the Schottky effect Walter Schottky
Neils  Bessel German mathematician who developed functions named after himFriedrich Bessel
Ernõ  BraheDanish astronomer who studied planetary motion Tycho Brahe
Enrico  von SiemensGerman scientist credited for founding electrical engineering in Germany, unit of conductance named after him Ernst von Siemens
Isaac  RubikHungarian architect who invented the Rubik's Cube Ernő Rubik
Jean-Baptiste  TeslaSerbian electrical engineer who dabbled in high voltages and wireless communications Nikola Tesla
Albert  HopperAmerican Navy admiral who coined the term computer "bug"Grace Hopper
Tycho  BackusAmerican computer scientist who developed the FORTRAN language John Backus
Edwin  PoissonFrench mathematician who developed the equations that bears his name Siméon Denis Poisson
Ernst  PascalFrench mathematicianBlaise Pascal
Carl d' ArsonvalFrench physicist and inventor of the moving-coil galvanometer Jacques-Arsène d'Arsonval
Hiram  BaekelandBelgian chemist who invented Bakelite Leo Baekeland
David  BardeenAmerican engineers who invented the transistor John Bardeen
Anders  HalleyEnglish astronomer who discovered the comet named after him Edmond Halley
Marie HewlettAmerican electrical engineer, ½ of HP  William (Bill) Hewlett
John  FahrenheitFrench physicist who created the Fahrenheit temperature scaleDaniel Gabriel Fahrenheit
James  GaussGerman mathematician who work with statistical distributions Carl Friedrich Gauss
Jean  MarconiItalian inventor who developed wireless communicationsGuglielmo Marconi
Robert  Biot French physicist who co-developed the Biot-Savart Law that describes the magnetic field generated by a an electric current Jean-Baptiste Biot
Thomas  Watson-WattEnglish electrical engineer, "Father of Radar" Robert Watson-Watt
André-Marie  TorricelliItalian physicist who investigated pressures Evangelista Torricelli
Friedrich   LamarAmerican actress credited with conceiving of frequency-hopping spread spectrumHedy Lamar
Heinrich  RöntgenGerman physicist who discovered x-rays Wilhelm Röntgen
Ludwig  BohrDanish physicist who developed the planetary model of atoms Niels Bohr
Walter FourierFrench mathematician who developed the series named after him Jean Baptiste Fourier
John  OhmGerman physicist who has the unit of resistance named after him Georg Ohm
Hermann  KirchhoffGerman physicist who developed laws on current and voltage in a closed circuit Gustav Kirchhoff
Lee  Fermi Italian physicist most noted for his work on the development of the first nuclear reactor Enrico Fermi
Blaise   von FraunhoferGerman astronomer who discovered solar absorption lines Joseph von Fraunhofer
Nikola  LissajousFrench mathematician who's patterns can be created with the X-Y inputs of an o-scope Jules Antoine Lissajous
Georg  BoltzmannAustrian physicist who discovered the constant 1.3806503 × 10-23 m2 kg s-2 K-1 Ludwig Boltzmann
Wilhelm  ArrheniusSwedish scientist who discovered the relationship of temperature on process rates - like electronics accelerated aging Svante Arrhenius
Robert  CuriePolish physicist famous for work in radioactivityMarie Curie
Alexander  LenzBaltic German physicist who developed the magnetic induction law bearing his name Heinrich Lenz
Evangelista  PackardAmerican electrical engineer, ½ of HP David Packard
Johannes  MaximARRL founder Hiram Percy Maxim
Jules   von HelmholtzGerman physicist who invented a coil arrangement that produces a uniform magnetic field within itself Hermann von Helmholtz
Leo  De ForestAmerican engineer who invented the Audion vacuum tube Lee De Forest
Charles  EdisonProlific American inventor of the evil, Earth-murdering incandescent light bulb Thomas Edison
Edmond AmpèreFrench physicist who experimented with electromagnetism and has unit of current named after him André-Marie Ampère
Joseph  ÅngströmSwedish physicist who specialized in spectroscopy who has unit of wavelength named after him  Anders Jonas Ångström
Gustav  NewtonEnglish Physicist who formulated the law of gravity  Isaac Newton
Guglielmo   BellAmerican scientist who invented the telephone Alexander Graham Bell

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