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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 Name Reason for Fame  
Svante   Einstein Austrian/American physicist who developed the theory of relativity Albert Einstein
Gabriel   Babbage English mathematician who developed the first programmable computer - mechanical Charles Babbage
Hedy   Kepler German astronomer who developed planetary laws of motion Johannes Kepler
Grace   Joule English physicist who studied properties of heat James Joule
Bill   Van de Graaff American high voltage experimenter Robert Van de Graaff
Jacques   Armstrong American 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 him Friedrich Bessel
Ernõ   Brahe Danish astronomer who studied planetary motion Tycho Brahe
Enrico   von Siemens German scientist credited for founding electrical engineering in Germany, unit of conductance named after him Ernst von Siemens
Isaac   Rubik Hungarian architect who invented the Rubik's Cube Ernő Rubik
Jean-Baptiste   Tesla Serbian electrical engineer who dabbled in high voltages and wireless communications Nikola Tesla
Albert   Hopper American Navy admiral who coined the term computer "bug" Grace Hopper
Tycho   Backus American computer scientist who developed the FORTRAN language John Backus
Edwin   Poisson French mathematician who developed the equations that bears his name Siméon Denis Poisson
Ernst   Pascal French mathematician Blaise Pascal
Carl   d' Arsonval French physicist and inventor of the moving-coil galvanometer Jacques-Arsène d'Arsonval
Hiram   Baekeland Belgian chemist who invented Bakelite Leo Baekeland
David   Bardeen American engineers who invented the transistor John Bardeen
Anders   Halley English astronomer who discovered the comet named after him Edmond Halley
Marie   Hewlett American electrical engineer, ½ of HP  William (Bill) Hewlett
John   Fahrenheit French physicist who created the Fahrenheit temperature scale Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit
James   Gauss German mathematician who work with statistical distributions Carl Friedrich Gauss
Jean   Marconi Italian inventor who developed wireless communications Guglielmo 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-Watt English electrical engineer, "Father of Radar" Robert Watson-Watt
André-Marie   Torricelli Italian physicist who investigated pressures Evangelista Torricelli
Friedrich    Lamar American actress credited with conceiving of frequency-hopping spread spectrum Hedy Lamar
Heinrich   Röntgen German physicist who discovered x-rays Wilhelm Röntgen
Ludwig   Bohr Danish physicist who developed the planetary model of atoms Niels Bohr
Walter   Fourier French mathematician who developed the series named after him Jean Baptiste Fourier
John   Ohm German physicist who has the unit of resistance named after him Georg Ohm
Hermann   Kirchhoff German 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 Fraunhofer German astronomer who discovered solar absorption lines Joseph von Fraunhofer
Nikola   Lissajous French mathematician who's patterns can be created with the X-Y inputs of an o-scope Jules Antoine Lissajous
Georg   Boltzmann Austrian physicist who discovered the constant 1.3806503 × 10-23 m2 kg s-2 K-1 Ludwig Boltzmann
Wilhelm   Arrhenius Swedish scientist who discovered the relationship of temperature on process rates - like electronics accelerated aging Svante Arrhenius
Robert   Curie Polish physicist famous for work in radioactivity Marie Curie
Alexander   Lenz Baltic German physicist who developed the magnetic induction law bearing his name Heinrich Lenz
Evangelista   Packard American electrical engineer, ½ of HP David Packard
Johannes   Maxim ARRL founder Hiram Percy Maxim
Jules    von Helmholtz German physicist who invented a coil arrangement that produces a uniform magnetic field within itself Hermann von Helmholtz
Leo   De Forest American engineer who invented the Audion vacuum tube Lee De Forest
Charles   Edison Prolific American inventor of the evil, Earth-murdering incandescent light bulb Thomas Edison
Edmond   Ampère French physicist who experimented with electromagnetism and has unit of current named after him André-Marie Ampère
Joseph   Ångström Swedish physicist who specialized in spectroscopy who has unit of wavelength named after him  Anders Jonas Ångström
Gustav   Newton English Physicist who formulated the law of gravity  Isaac Newton
Guglielmo    Bell American scientist who invented the telephone Alexander Graham Bell

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