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.


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Created: Jan 7, 2011

Updated: Jan 20, 2015

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    user avatarDejKinneara month agoreport

    Hi, I really like this resource and will definitely use it in my classroom going in to my NQT year. It's a great timeline to peak interest in science and refreshing to see so many women in science.

    I hope you don't mind but I added more scientists in to it (Scottish scientitsts mainly as my S1 classes will be doing some research this term). I also added QR codes to each of the pages, which can take pupils to more info. I might use to facilitiate more research or a quiz later on in the year.

    Would you be against me reposting a new version? Free of charge of course and credit to your original work.

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    user avatarclasswalton10 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 Author10 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 avatarHilliera2 years agoreport

    This is a brilliant resource, thank you.

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    user avatarrosario12 years agoreport

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