BenchFly Crossword: History’s Most Famous Scientists in Two Words

Distilling a lifetime’s body of work down to two words seems slightly unfair. Contemplating our own two-word biography, we hope the words “no-talent” and “ass-clown” don’t make the short list. Ironically, for history’s most accomplished scientists – many of whom started entire fields of scientific knowledge – it seems a word or two is all that’s necessary to conjure up images of their greatness. Even if “ass-clown” was an appropriate phrase for a few of these mental giants, the words “Nobel” and “Prize” usually bump it down the list. See how many of history’s most famous chemists, biologists, physicists and mathematicians you can recall with limited information.

We understand a crossword puzzle should require no explanation, but given that even Pop-tarts have directions, we’ll err on the side of caution.



  1. Click on image below to begin working on the interactive crossword puzzle.
  2. Try not to let the timer taunt you.
  3. As needed, use the “Hint” and “Check my answers” buttons in the upper left corner
  4. Have fun!


How fast can you complete it?


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5 comments so far. Join The Discussion

  1. hduchenss

    wrote on January 27, 2012 at 2:40 pm


  2. [email protected]

    wrote on January 27, 2012 at 4:29 pm

    Congratulations- it was a pretty tough one!

  3. hduchenss

    wrote on January 27, 2012 at 7:36 pm

    yes was hard also funny trying to remember the names, the discussion with the lab mates to get the right name…the battle between Curie and Fermi was hard, because the daughter of marie curie also work in the same field of Fermi.

  4. Green Knight

    wrote on February 2, 2012 at 8:39 am

    i got about 75% of it done in about ten minutes, and ran into the proverbial brick wall on the rest. i'll tackle it again with my Oxford Dictionary of Science, and use your hints and stuff. i just wanted to see how i'd do going into it cold. it WAS hard!

  5. [email protected]

    wrote on February 2, 2012 at 10:26 am

    Great job! This was definitely a challenging one – there's no way we would have made it through the last 25% without the "hint" button – and *we created the puzzle*!

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