Pictures of famous scientists in chronological order running from the Ancient Greeks up to modern day 'TV' scientists. Each page has a picture and a description of what the scientist discovered. I have done my best to include scientists from a wide range backgrounds but unfortunately, there's no getting away from the fact that most historical scientists were white males. I also don't teach much biology so most of the scientists are chemists or physicists. Feel to comment back on scientists you think should be included and why and I'll try to update it.


  • Famous Scientist Timeline.doc

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Created: Jan 7, 2011

Updated: Jan 20, 2015

27 Reviews

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    user avatarclasswalton6 months agoreport

    This is a useful starting point, and I really appreciate the hard work you've put in, but based on your inaccurate portrayal of Galileo, it'll be necessary to fact-check the rest of the resource before putting it up on the wall. Your comment regarding Galileo's relationship with the Church is very misleading. May I recommend some reading? There's plenty out there; Tim O'Neill's work on Quora is a good start:

    • user avatarrussellarnottReply from Author6 months ago

      Thanks for your feedback and for the link regarding Galileo. Feel free to update him accordingly. The timeline was intended to link into various threads / personalities discussed in the schemes of work I encountered at KS3 to KS5 as well as showing the development of ideas throughout history.
      As much I would have loved to have had the time to reference and cross-check each and every one of the scientists' histories, unfortunately teaching got in the way...

  • 5

    I cannot wait to display this excellent resource. Thank you for all your hard work.

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    user avatarHillieraa year agoreport

    This is a brilliant resource, thank you.

  • 5
    user avatarrosario12 years agoreport

    Brilliant resource, Thanks so much for sharing. Laminating it to brighten up our science department.

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    user avatarjjlaremt2 years agoreport

    Thank you for all your work. A great science for whole school science display