Can You Guess these Scientist Silhouettes?

Can You Guess these Scientist Silhouettes?

Write your answers in the comments.

Extra credit for a brief description of their discovery or contribution!


For #scienceeveryday when it’s not #sciencesunday .

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53 Responses to Can You Guess these Scientist Silhouettes?

  1. K v says:

    jagdish chandra bose…

  2. Marc Belley says:

    First guy looks like Sagan? 

    Very cool post btw

  3. Not sure but the first one seems like “Carl Sagan”, the second one Tesla, #8 Einstein…  Jajajaj!  

  4. Sagan, Tesla, I don’t know, Darwin, I don’t know.

    It’s embarrassing, and probably indicative of overall cultural failings, that I can’t guess either of the women.

  5. Rajini Rao says:

    You’ve been ID’d as #8, Feisal Kamil ;D

  6. Rajini Rao says:

    Almost too easy for G+ geeks. Sigh.

    Perhaps the artistic amongst us could try a new set? All we need are iconic pix and then photoshop or jazz up with psychedelic colors. Could be a joint project to foil the best of us 🙂

  7. Rajini Rao says:

    Rashid Moore , could be! I did have heavy black eyebrows as a young girl..they got less prominent as my face filled out, but they were approaching Frida Kahlo proportions 😀

    Thank goodness we grow out of that awkward stage!

  8. Hmm. 10 is Benjamin Franklin.

  9. Thomas Kang says:

    1. Sagan

    2. Tesla

    4. Wilhelm Wundt (?)

    8. Groucho Marx

    12. Mendel


    4. James Maxwell (?)

    EDIT 2:

    4. William James (?)

  10. Rajini Rao says:

    Haha, you are getting no more confessions Rashid Moore !

  11. Thomas Kang says:

    3. Barbara McClintock?

  12. Sagan (thumbnail). Oh, i’ll go to the page later.

  13. Thomas Kang says:

    5. Betsy Ross (flagknitologist)

  14. Rajini Rao says:

    Since the correct answers are all too predictably easy for you G+niuses, points for most creatively funny guesses now 🙂

  15. Thomas Kang says:

    I don’t find these easy at all, but #6 and #7 are driving me crazy.

  16. lol I’m sure Knut Torgersen is number 7 (identified as Einstien) based on his disclaimer chaplin ‘tache.

  17. Rajini Rao says:

    Which one, there are three women Gina Duarte . Four, if #1 is Annie Lennox 😉

  18. Thomas Kang says:

    The photos are so off the mark. There were almost no famous redhead scientists, if any (at least that I know of).

  19. Thomas Kang says:

    6. One of the guys from Z.Z. Top; got his astronomy degree the same year as Brian May of Queen

    I think his name might have bee Zebediah Zebulon Tophzinsky before he shortened his name.

  20. Thomas Kang says:

    7. Schrodinger (?) [after cheating]

    EDIT: cheating by using Wikipedia

  21. Rajini Rao says:

    Thousand lashes from a wet noodle, Thomas Kang:)

  22. Thomas Kang says:

    I just figured out a new way to cheat. #9 has to be Tycho Brahe (the only Tycho I know).

  23. Thomas Kang says:

    Rajini Rao How thick and wet will the noodle be? Also, wheat or rice noodles? That makes a difference, methinks.

  24. Rajini Rao says:

    Al dente, of course. Soba.

  25. Thomas Kang says:

    #4 is a terrible depiction, seems like.

  26. Thomas Kang says:

    No such thing as al dente soba. I’m no longer afraid.

  27. Thomas Kang says:

    6. Rubeus Hagrid (or D.M, after cheating)

  28. Rajini Rao says:

     Thomas Kang

    Natch na jaane, aangan teda

    Ancient Hindi saying: Cannot dance, blame the crooked courtyard.

  29. Rajini Rao says:

    Soggy soba coming right up.

  30. Rajini Rao says:

    Aida Hazlan , you missed this visit by Rajeev

    Look at comments under the first picture.

  31. Thomas Kang says:

    Love the saying, but I was like, “D’Oh! That was my first thought, but that couldn’t be him.”

    Erethay areaye animay ookedcra courtyardskay — arfay oremay anthay ooyay oodway inkthay.

    Ancient Etruscan saying:

    There are many crooked courtyards — far more than you would think.

  32. Rajini Rao says:

    Thomas Kang , erudite in Etruscan. 🙂

  33. Loved this post and the comments 😀

  34. I’m amazed at how many of these I knew! Science is culture!

  35. Rajini Rao says:

    That’s what the microbiologist said, “I’m so cultured” 😉

  36. DaFreak says:

    3. Richard Feynman with earrings? oO



    I NEED to know those blanks before I can get on with my day. ><

    EDIT: removed answers

  37. DaFreak says:

    Hooray I ruined the game for everyone by posting in the wrong comments section. That’s the second opportunity I get to post ashamed cat… Perhaps I should go back to bed. ^^

  38. Rajini Rao says:

    Koen De Paus , no problem! Richard Feynman with earrings ranks up there with Feisal Kamil as #8 and Annie Lennox as #1 🙂

    As for #12, think of my love for gardens and science, combined.

  39. sorry, I have failed as a human being, I am ashamed to not recognize them all instantly.

    1. Sagan

    2. Tesla


    4. Tsilkovsky

    5. Lovelace



    8. Einstein (or Beakman)


    10. Franklin



  40. now I don’t feel so bad…

  41. Rajini Rao says:

    The female silhouettes were hard, except for Ada perhaps.

  42. Thomas Kang says:

    I had no idea what Ada looked like.

  43. Rajini Rao says:

    This is the classic portrait of Ada Lovelace:

    I think I did a post on STEM women and this pix was in it.

  44. Thomas Kang says:

    Rajini Rao You could have told me that this was a pic of Susan B. Anthony in her younger days, of Queen Isabella of Spain (not that she looks anything like this), or any famous female of yore, and I would have believed you.

    I’m glad that I finally know what she looked like, though. She looks quite charming, and if my calculator ever breaks down I will now have a mental image as I invoke her memory.

  45. Rajini Rao says:

    Thomas Kang , if you want to feel better, I will confess that when I did my post on STEM women for International Women’s Day, I chose the best looking image of Marie Curie – striking a dramatic pose, beaker in hand. I soon had egg on my face, because she turned out to be an actress portraying Mme. Curie in a film 😛

    Interesting that I went the way of vanity instead of authenticity, huh? It was a good lesson to me 🙂

  46. I am a big Ada Lovelace fan, none of our world is not touched by her, not any more. This is the age she should have lived in.

  47. Rajini Rao says:

    Daniel Sprouse , there was quite an argument on my post today, in honor of #adalovelaceday , that her contribution is much less than generally believed. I can’t really weigh in, since this is not my field. Take a look and let them know what you think!

  48. in some ways the nay sayers are right, she was the visionary, not the programmer. But Babbage did nothing until she understood his idea, then he at least wrote it up, that would not have happened without her. I like your posts. Happy Ada Lovelace Day!

  49. Rajini Rao says:

    Thanks. Cheers to scientists and techies everywhere 🙂

  50. Thomas Kang says:

    Rajini Rao In the Einstein bio by Walter Isaacson, there’s a part where the scientific community is scandalized because Marie Curie, widowed after her husband’s accident involving a horse carriage, is having an affair with a younger professor for whom the Curies served as mentors in earlier days.

    Einstein made a comment about how Curie, as well as the scientific community, should simply ignore the sensationalism in the French presses, which is drawing the rapt attention of what Einstein called the “reptiles” who find this stuff fascinating enough to dwell on

    The world has changed little in the intervening years, it seems.

    On top of that, Einstein offers up a backhanded defense of Curie, saying that her looks are so homely that it is almost inconceivable that she should stimulate that kind of attraction in a man.

    Given what Einstein himself acknowledged about Mileva Maric, his first wife, I suppose Einstein could be acknowledged as being somewhat of an authority on homeliness, even if he did turn out to be wrong.

    I have to say, in my own defense, that Marie Curie was the first person that came to mind when I saw the female images, then concluded to myself that this challenge was going to be much harder, in spite of the few easy silhouettes.

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