The Famous Scientist Resource

Who could imagine modern life without nuclear radiation that makes x-rays possible, electricity that gives light and other conveniences, and engineering techniques that create buildings and other landmarks? All three of these things have one thing in common — they are made possible on account of the work and discoveries of famous scientists. Indeed, scientists and their work has touched every area of life, and there are several famous scientists that all people should know about:


• Archimedes Home Page — good page devoted to the life and work of the famous Greek mathematician

• Life and Work of Archimedes — Bellevue College page on Archimedes


Aristotle (384–322 BCE) — brief overview of the life and work of Aristotle and his contributions to scientific thought

Internet Encyclopedia of Philosophy: Aristotle — scholarly site on one of the greatest philosophers who has ever lived

Works by Aristotle — online collection of some of Aristotle’s most important writings

Niels Bohr

Niels Bohr: Atomic Scientist — a very short biography of the great scientist Niels Bohr

Science, Optics, & You: Niels Bohr — a longer biography of Bohr and more information on his scientific discoveries

Nicolaus Copernicus

Encyclopeida of Philosophy: Copernicus — an extensive article on Copernicus and his contributions from the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy

Galileo Project: Copernicus — a shorter page on the life and work of Copernicus

Marie Curie

The Case Files: Marie Curie — information on Marie Curie with images of original texts from her lifetime

Marie Curie (1867–1934) — brief, informative biography on the woman who discovered radium

Marie Curie: First Lady of Science — the life and impact of the great scientist Marie Curie

Charles Darwin

• Charles Darwin — two paragraphs on the life and influence of Charles Darwin

Collection of Darwin and Darwiniana — University of South Carolina library collection of Darwin’s writings and related documents and artifacts

Darwin and Natural Selection — all about the theory of natural selection and Darwin’s formulation of it, which made him famous

Rene Descartes

Rene Descartes (1595–1650) — biography and timeline for this important philosopher/scientist

• Rene Descartes: Philosopher and Mathematician — some brief information on Descartes and his contribution to science

Thomas Alva Edison

The Thomas A. Edison Papers — Rutgers University project to make Edison’s papers available to the public

The Wizard of Menlo Park — short biography of Thomas Alva Edison

Albert Einstein

• Albert Einstein and the Theory of Relativity — some basic information on Einstein’s important theory

• Einstein Archives Onlline — repository of digital copies of important works and papers by Albert Einstein

• National Academies: Einstein — gives a quick overview of Einstein’s life

Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin: A Documentary History — year-by-year chronicle of Franklin’s life that details his personal affairs and scientific discoveries

Franklin's Electricity — some little-known information on the Franklin’s famous kite-flying escapade

Galileo Galilei

Galileo Galilei Bio — useful biography of the great Renaissance society

Trial of Galileo Galilei — translated documents from the trial of Galileo regarding his theories

Johannes Kepler

 • Johannes Kepler (1571–1630) — online reprint of a biographical article about the famed astronomer

Astronomy HyperTextbook: Planetary Motion — describes Kepler’s laws regarding elliptical orbits in the solar system

Isaac Newton

• Approaches of Newton and Leibiniz to Calculus — brief description of Newton’s work in calculus

• Newton's Law of Motion — easy-to-understand information on Newton’s famous laws of motion

Newton's Life — biography of Isaac Newton and a look at his discoveries

Max Planck

• First Steps of Quantum Theory and the Planck Values — describes Planck’s contribution to physics

Max Planck (1858–1947) — biography of one of the originators of quantum theory

Wilhelm Conrad Röentgen

Radiation Safety: Wilhelm Conrad Röentgen — page about Röentgen’s contribution to the science of radiation and radiation safety

X-Rays: Another Form of Light — all about Röentgen’s discoveries of x-rays

Carl Sagan

• Carl Sagan: 1934–1996 — the life and times of the man who brought science into the homes of everyday Americans

• Carl Sagan Obituary — Cornell University’s obituary for its famous faculty member

Nikola Tesla

• About Nikola Tesla — all about the oft-forgotten engineer Nikola Tesla

Tesla Coil — describes the coil for which Tesla is known

Louis Pasteur

• The Life and Times of Louis Pasteur — a thorough biography of Louis Pasteur and a description of his work

• Louis Pasteur: Famous Achievements — a list of some of the most remarkable works and discoveries of Pasteur

Ernest Rutherford

Ernest Rutherford: Scientist Supreme — comprehensive resource on the life and discoveries of Ernest Rutherford

• Rutherford: Discoveries and Experiments — about a few of Rutherford’s discoveries and experiments regarding radioactivity