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Top 5 Scientists Who Are an Inspiration to Kids

Top 5 scientists in the world

Most of the world we know of today is thanks to people who came before us and who studied the world and made us understand it. Our world would definitely be a different place were it not for the discoveries made by these great scientists. A lot of their discoveries, inventions and ideas are inspirations to the generations that came after them.

These men and women have made the movement of our world forward possible by answering impossible questions and coming with ingenious inventions in various topics like astronomy, physics, mathematics, biology etc.


Following is a list of world famous scientists who have contributed a lot to their field and are role models to children of all generations.

Top 5 Scientist Who Inspires Kids

1. Albert Einstein

He is perhaps the most world famous scientist to walk the earth. Almost everyone knows of his name and his contributions to the field of science. Einstein was born to a Jewish family in 1879. From a very young age he showed great prowess in the field of mathematics and science due to his curious and analytical brain. He is known for his theory of relativity and for his many contributions to the subject of theoretical physics. Albert Einstein has worked on several other influential theories and projects including: the deflection of light by gravity, the quantum theory of atomic motion in solids, Brownian motion, an explanation for capillary action and much more.
One of his famous quotes include – “I am enough of an artist to draw freely upon my imagination. Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.”

2. Isaac Newton

Sir Isaac Newton perhaps the most interesting story that led to one of his greatest discovery – gravitation. One-day sitting under a tree, Newton noticed that an apple that fell from the tree, fell downwards and not upwards. This curiosity led to him to discovering the phenomenon of gravity.
Born and raised in England, Newton had several other inventions to his name. He published this book called Philosophae Naturalis Principia Mathematica which outlines his theories on gravitation and the three laws of motion. All of these principles are integral to the way we understand the world now.
One of his famous quotes include – “I do not know what I may appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have been only like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself in now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.”

3. Galileo Galilei

Born in Italy in 1564, Galileo was known for his ground breaking and then controversial opinions on geocentric model. Among his various other inventions were telescopes, a compass and a thermometer. With these telescopes he also identified four of Jupiter’s satellites.
Earlier scientists believed in the geocentric model which proposed that the earth was the centre of the universe with other objects revolving around it. Work by several scientists such as Galileo, Nicolaus Copernicus and Johannes Kepler helped come up with the heliocentric model. This model said that the sun was the centre of the earth with the earth revolving around it.

Galileo was known to fervently defend this model even crossing paths with the Catholic Church which believed that the earth was the centre. The Church even made him withdraw several of his ideas and propositions and even spent the final years of his life under house arrest.
One of his famous quotes include – “See now the power of truth; the same experiment which at first glance seemed to show one thing, when more carefully examined, assures us of the contrary.”


Earlier scientists believed in the geocentric model which proposed that the earth was the centre of the universe with other objects revolving around it. Work by several scientists such as Galileo, Nicolaus Copernicus and Johannes Kepler helped come up with the heliocentric model. This model said that the sun was the centre of the earth with the earth revolving around it. Galileo was known to fervently defend this model even crossing paths with the Catholic Church which believed that the earth was the centre. The Church even made him withdraw several of his ideas and propositions and even spent the final years of his life under house arrest.
One of his famous quotes include – “See now the power of truth; the same experiment which at first glance seemed to show one thing, when more carefully examined, assures us of the contrary.”

4. CV Raman

Born in Trichy, India, CV Raman is one of the great scientists from India. He was the first Asian and non-White person to win a Nobel Prize in the sciences. His most famous work comes in the topic of scattering of light.
CV Raman also worked on the acoustics of musical instruments. He was one of the first people to explore the harmonic nature of the sound of the Indian drums such as the tabla and the mridangam.

He discovered that, when light traverses a transparent material, some of the deflected light changes in wavelength. This phenomenon is now called the Raman scattering and is the result of the Raman Effect.


One of his most famous quotes include – “Do not allow the journals of the Academy to die, for they are the sensitive indicators of the quality of Science being done in the country and whether science is taking root in it or not.”

5. Srinivasa Ramanujan

Ramanujan was born in Tamil Nadu, India and is one of the most famous mathematicians the world has ever known. He was also known to have a didactic memory. From a young age, Ramanujan had almost no formal training in mathematics. Despite this he made significant contributions to mathematical analysis, number theory, infinite series, and continued fractions. It is said that by the age of 11 he had exhausted the mathematical knowledge of two college students who were lodgers at his home and by 13 he discovered so many theorems of his own. He faced an untimely death at the age of 32.
One of his most famous quotes include – “An equation for me has no meaning, unless it expresses a thought of God.”

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