Famous Scientists and Inventors

This is a great project to teach your students about some of the greatest scientific discoveries of all time and also highlighting a broad and culturally diverse group of scientists. Can be used as a starting point for Cultural History Months throughout the year. You can have students complete as an independent research project, in small groups, or as a whole class project.

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Optional: Have students present their research project to the class and have students complete the included Student Presentation Notes worksheet. Students evaluate the presenter for voice, eye contact, preparedness and take notes about the Scientists/Inventors.

Biographies Included in this Resource:

1. Marie Curie (Polish/French physicist and chemist)

2. Albert Einstein (German physicist)

3. Neil deGrasse Tyson (African American astrophysicist)

4. Jane Goodall (British primatologist)

5. Stephen Hawking (British physicist)

6. Mae Jemison (African American astronaut and physician)

7. Rosalind Franklin (British chemist and X-ray crystallographer)

8. Carl Sagan (American astronomer)

9. Chien-Shiung Wu (Chinese-American physicist)

10. James Watson (American biologist and geneticist)

11. Rita Levi-Montalcini (Italian neurologist)

12. Hedy Lamarr (Austrian-American actress and inventor)

13. Katherine Johnson (African American mathematician)

14. Benjamin Banneker (African American astronomer and mathematician)

15. Grace Hopper (American computer scientist)

16. George Washington Carver (African American botanist and inventor)

17. Barbara McClintock (American geneticist)

18. William Kamkwamba (Malawian inventor)

19. Ahmed Zewail (Egyptian-American chemist and Nobel laureate)

20. Ellen Ochoa (Mexican-American astronaut and engineer)

21. Brian Greene (American physicist and mathematician)

22. Richard Feynman (American physicist and Nobel laureate)

23. Galileo Galilei (Italian Astronomer, Physicist and Engineer)

24. Lisa Meitner (Austrian physicist)

25. Edward Witten (American physicist and mathematician)

26. Vera Rubin (American astronomer)

27. Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar (Indian-American astrophysicist and Nobel laureate)

28. Gertrude Elion (American biochemist and Nobel laureate)

29. Srinivasa Ramanujan (Indian mathematician)

30. Evelyn Hu (Chinese-American physicist and engineer)

Bonus Biographies Included

Alexander Graham Bell

Charles Darwin

Nikola Tesla

Ada Lovelace


Valentina Tereshkova

Percy Julian

Gladys West

Martin Cooper

Benjamin Franklin

Steve Jobs

Thomas Edison

The Wright Brothers

Leonardo da Vinci

Henry Ford

What is Included in this Resource?

All 45 Biographies (Word, PDF, and Google Doc versions)

2 Research Report Template (Word, PDF, and Google Doc versions)

2 Student Research Project Presentation Templates ( Powerpoint + Google Slides)

Note Taking Worksheet for Student Presentations

Access to the digital versions is via a PDF file in the downloaded zip file

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