Can You Match the Famous Invention or Discovery to the Scientist?

By: Annette

Can You Match the Famous Invention or Discovery to the Scientist?
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About This Quiz

Are you a discovery nerd? Do you fancy yourself an amateur inventor? Take this quiz to find out how many inventors and discoverers you can match to their inventions.

There's an old saying, "necessity is the mother of invention," which means that we tend to find solutions to problems that need answers. From the invention of the wheel making it easier to move things from place to place to the invention of the windshield wiper making it easier to see on rainy, muddy days to the invention of the stoplight reducing the incidence of traffic accidents, inventions have been helping us make the world safer and get things done since the beginning of time. And they keep on coming. The US Patent and Trademark Office employs more than 12,000 people to handle the nearly 150,000 granted patents each year.

So, if you know that Mary Anderson invented the windshield wiper blade and that Garrett Morgan invented the three-way traffic signal, then you might be ready to take this quiz. Hey, let's be real, none of us really knows who exactly invented the wheel. We do know of some of the inventive individuals who have made improvements on it, though.

Get started with this quiz.

Airplane
Sergio Lamar
Hetty Gerwig
The Wright Brothers
The invention of the first practical airplane is attributed to the Wright brothers. Kitty Hawk isn't a person, but the place where the Wrights flew.

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Electric lamp
Rupert Jones
Hal Epperstein
Thomas Edison
The electric lamp was invented by Thomas Alva Edison, of course - or at least by someone on his team. He was a U.S. inventor, and he introduced the lamp in 1879.

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Antiseptic
Hans Loeman
Joseph Lister
Joseph Lister is the famous inventor of antiseptic. He invented it in England in 1867. Listerine, anyone?
Pierre Gregory

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"The father of the atom bomb"
Miles Shaw
Julius Robert Oppenheimer
Julius Robert Oppenheimer headed the team that developed the atom bomb. The discovery was made in 1945 in the U.S.
Christian Marlow

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First gasoline automobile
Michelle Rapport
Bob Yang
Karl Benz
You probably recognize the name Karl Benz. He invented the gasoline-powered automobile in 1885 in Germany.

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Bullet
Thomas Cast
Claude-Etienne Minie
Claude-Etienne Minie was a French inventor responsible for the bullet for the muzzle-loading rifle. He invented it in 1849.
James Halifax​

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Car radio
William Lear
Elmer Wavering
Both
The car radio is attributed to both William Lear and Elmer Wavering. It's come a long way since the early days.

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Diesel engine
Rudolph Diesel
Well, that was an easy one! The diesel engine was invented by Rudolph Diesel of Germany. It was patented in 1892.
Bob White
Andy Sergio

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AC electric motor
Zenobe Gramm
Nikola Tesla
Nikola Tesla was the famous inventor of the AC electric motor. Tesla's invention came out of the U.S. in 1888.
Pierre Guinot​

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Talking pictures
Warner Bros.
Warner Bros. is famously responsible for the invention of talking pictures, or talkies. The first movie with sound effects was "Don Juan," in 1926, but the first true talkie was "The Jazz Singer," in 1927.
Cecil B. DeMille
Joshua Paramount

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Frozen food
Aunt Jemima
Clarence Birdseye
Clarence Birdseye is famous for inventing frozen food. Today, the Birdseye brand is still one of the most popular frozen food companies.
Fred Kraft

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Lasers
Marcus Domino
Charles H. Townes
The laser was invented by Dr. Thomas H. Townes of the United States. The invention was introduced in 1960.
Thomas Edison

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Machine gun
Richard Gaffing
Richard Gatling is the famous inventor of the machine gun. It was an American invention that appeared in 1861.
Hans Reicht
Aaron Jones

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Liquid-based microphone
Michael Hall
Alexander Graham Bell
Alexander Graham Bell is famous for many inventions, and the liquid-based microphone is just one of them. Phones need mics, after all.
Mickey Coolidge

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The nightclub was invented in _____ .
Germany
Britain
France
The nightclub was invented in France, of course. The first nightclub, Le Bai des Anglais, was opened in Paris, France, in 1843.

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Paper was invented in ______ .
China
Paper was invented in China in 100 BC. Cai Lun, a eunuch during the Eastern Han Dynasty, invented paper from various materials.
Japan
India

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Pyramids were invented in ______ .
Sumeria
Egypt
The pyramid was invented in Egypt, of course! The first step pyramid was constructed about 4,700 years ago.
Persia

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Electric razor
Gregory Bonani
Jacob Schick
The invention of the electric razor took place in 1930. It was thanks to U.S. inventor Jacob Schick.
Paul Gillette

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The "father of modern rocketry"
Robert H. Goddard
American Robert H Goddard is responsible for the invention of the rocket engine in 1926. He is considered the father of modern rocket propulsion.
Paul DeBianco
Harold Fly

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Where were sea-going ships invented?
Canada
Egypt
Sea-going ships were invented in Egypt in 2500 BC. These ships traversed the Eastern Mediterranean Sea.
Russia

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Steamships were invented in _____ .
Germany
France
The steamship was invented in France by J.C. Perier. It first sailed down the Seine in 1775.
Belgium

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The first skyscraper
Chicago
Chicago was the place where the first skyscraper was erected. It was designed by William Le Baron Jenney and completed in 1885.
Los Angeles
Orlando

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The submarine was invented in ______ .
California
Connecticut
The submarine was invented by David Bushnell of Saybrook, CT. The invention took place in 1776!
Florida

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Tanks
Harold Glossier
Ernest Dunlop Swinton
The tank was invented by British inventor Sir Ernest Dunlop Swinton. It was built in 1914.
Percival Scott

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Telephone
Alexander Graham Bell
The telephone was famously invented by Alexander Graham Bell in 1876. The first exchange took place in Boston, Massachusetts.
Thomas Edison
Benjamin Franklin

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Caterpillar tractor
Hans Caterpillar
Benjamin Holt
Benjamin Holt is the American inventor responsible for the Caterpillar tractor. It was invented in the late 1800s
Bob Kipper

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Typewriter
Peter Mitterhofer
The typewriter was invented by Peter Mitterhofer of Austria. The invention was introduced in 1864.
Louis Jones
Piper Galloway

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Writing was invented in _____ .
Sumeria
Writing was first invented in Sumeria in 3400 BC. This would be present-day Iraq.
Russia
Japan

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Which of these did Benjamin Franklin invent?
Bifocals
Franklin stove
Lightning rod
All of the above
These were all inventions of Benjamin Franklin! He also discovered the Law of Conservation of Electric Charge.

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Pasteurization
Harvey Milk
Louis Pasteur
Pasteurization was invented by Louis Pasteur, of course! The process was patented in 1862.
Hans Green

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X-rays
Michael Boot
Wilhelm Röntgen
X-rays were discovered by Wilhelm Röntgen. He was a physics professor, and he received the Nobel Prize in 1901.
Constable Jones

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Radioactivity
Pierre Curie
Marie Curie
Henri Becquerel
Trick question - Henri Becquerel discovered radioactivity. Pierre and Marie Curie did a great deal of research on the phenomenon. All three won the Nobel Prize.
All of the above

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Aspirin
Felix Hoffman
The invention of aspirin is attributed to Dr. Felix Hoffmann of Germany. He invented it in the late 1800s.
Tom Hardy
Patricia Highsmith

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Bunsen burner
Robert Wilhelm Eberhard Bunsen
The Bunsen burner was invented by Robert Wilhelm Eberhard Bunsen, of course. He invented it in Germany in 1858.
Josh Faraday
Luke Hansen

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Where was the mortar cannon invented?
Germany
The first iron mortar cannon was invented in Germany in 1320. Earlier cannons were invented in China.
America
India

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