Ch 33: Achievements of Famous Scientists

About This Chapter

Learn more about the achievements of some of history's most famous scientists, including Galileo, Albert Einstein and Marie Curie. This chapter can be used as a comprehensive study guide to help you earn the best score you can on a placement test or exam.

Achievements of Famous Scientists - Chapter Summary

Our instructors will discuss the history and accomplishments of Galileo as well as the discoveries made by Sir Isaac Newton. Carolus Linnaeus' contributions to biology with his taxonomy system will be presented, as well as the discoveries of Marie Curie, one of the most renowned scientists in history.

The DNA discoveries of James Watson and Francis Crick are explored, as well as the life and work of Stephen Hawking. Once you have completed this chapter, you should be able to:

  • Understand why Galileo's scientific findings are so important to modern science
  • Identify which English scientist is considered one of history's greatest
  • Explain the theories of Charles Darwin
  • Describe Albert Einstein's influence on science and the world
  • Name the two-time Nobel Prize-winner who revolutionized the study of radiation
  • Discuss the two scientists responsible for discovering the DNA molecule
  • Outline the life and theories of world-famous physicist Stephen Hawking

Use these chapter tests and lesson quizzes to measure how well you understand the information presented. Our study materials have been created by professional instructors to make sure your learning experience is quick and interesting. If you have questions as you read through the lessons, contact one of our instructors for more help.

9 Lessons in Chapter 33: Achievements of Famous Scientists
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Who Was Galileo? - Contributions, History & Accomplishments

1. Who Was Galileo? - Contributions, History & Accomplishments

Learn what makes Galileo's life and work such an important part of the development of the modern scientific approach. Find out what concepts he developed regarding the motion of objects, and read about what he observed with a telescope.

Facts about Isaac Newton: Laws, Discoveries & Contributions

2. Facts about Isaac Newton: Laws, Discoveries & Contributions

Sir Isaac Newton was an English physicist whose discoveries have led him to be considered one of the most important and influential scientists in history. This lesson will cover his achievements and discoveries.

Charles Darwin: Voyages, Theories & Works

3. Charles Darwin: Voyages, Theories & Works

In this lesson we explore the life and voyages of the 19th-century British naturalist Charles Darwin and his formulation of the theory of natural selection.

Carolus Linnaeus: Classification, Taxonomy & Contributions to Biology

4. Carolus Linnaeus: Classification, Taxonomy & Contributions to Biology

There are millions of species on Earth. How can we name and organize all of them without getting confused? We use a system developed in the 1700s by Carolus Linnaeus. Learn more about him and his contributions in this lesson.

Marie Curie Discoveries

5. Marie Curie Discoveries

The woman born as Marie Sklodowska would go on to become Marie Curie, one of the most renowned scientists of all time. She won two Nobel prizes--the first to do so--and led the way to a modern understanding of radiation.

James Watson: Contributions & Double Helix

6. James Watson: Contributions & Double Helix

This lesson will discuss the life and scientific contributions of James Watson, the American biochemist who was part of the team responsible for the discovery of the structure of the double helix. Once finished, review what you learned with a quiz.

Francis Crick: DNA Discoveries, Overview

7. Francis Crick: DNA Discoveries, Overview

This lesson will discuss the life and scientific contributions of Francis Crick, a prominent English physicist and biochemist who was part of the team responsible for the discovery of the structure of the DNA molecule.

Stephen Hawking: Theory, Biography & Quotes

8. Stephen Hawking: Theory, Biography & Quotes

Stephen Hawking was one of the greatest physicists of our time. His work with cosmology and black holes has led to several new discoveries and theories about the nature of existence. This lesson will cover his life and theories.

Who was Albert Einstein? - Theory, Facts & Quotes

9. Who was Albert Einstein? - Theory, Facts & Quotes

Albert Einstein was Time Magazine's Person of the Century in 1999 for many good reasons. This lesson takes a quick look at Einstein's life, works, and his influence on the world.

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