25 Questions That Will Test Your Science Knowledge

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Science Knowledge Quizzes & Trivia

This is a fun, short on-line test of your science knowledge of analytical chemistry, life science, historical timelines, and much more!Take the quiz and find out how much you know! Brought to you by American Laboratory® and American Biotechnology Laboratory®.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 
    Who was the first person convicted of murder in 1988 based on with DNA fingerprinting evidence, which led to growth of forensic science?
    • A. 

      Richard Buckland

    • B. 

      Dave Werrett

    • C. 

      Colin Pitchfork

    • D. 

      Peter Gill

  • 2. 
    Who invented the electron capture detector for gas chromatography (GC)?
    • A. 

      J. J. Van Deemter

    • B. 

      James E. Lovelock

    • C. 

      Keene P. Dimick

    • D. 

      Mikhail S. Tsvet

  • 3. 
    In 2006, Andrew Z. Fire and Craig C. Mello received the Nobel Prize for which of the following discoveries?
    • A. 

      Studies on the molecular basis of eukaryotic transcription

    • B. 

      Role of RNA interference in the silencing of gene expression

    • C. 

      Principles for introducing specific gene modifications in mice by the use of embryonic stem cells

    • D. 

      Discovery of the bacterium Helicobacter pylori and its role in gastritis and peptic ulcer disease

  • 4. 
    Who is credited with discovering the most elements as discoverer or co-discoverer?
    • A. 

      Francis W. Aston

    • B. 

      William Ramsay

    • C. 

      Ernest Rutherford

    • D. 

      Glenn T. Seaborg

  • 5. 
    Which American scientist entered graduate school intending to study ecology, but soon switched his focus to genetics and cytology and later on won a Nobel Prize for discovering the role of genes in regulating biochemical events in cells.
    • A. 

      Franklin D. Keim

    • B. 

      George W. Beadle

    • C. 

      Rollins A. Emerson

    • D. 

      Barbara McClintock

  • 6. 
    Who shared the 19 Nobel Prize with James D. Watson and Francis H. C. Crick in 1962?
    • A. 

      Edward Neville da Costa Andrade

    • B. 

      Rosalind E. Franklin

    • C. 

      Max F. Perutz

    • D. 

      Maurice H. F. Wilkins

  • 7. 
    Which of the following was the first complete DNA genome to be sequenced in 1975?
    • A. 

      Bacteriophage Φ6

    • B. 

      Bacteriophage φX174

    • C. 

      Bacteriophage λ

    • D. 

      Bacteriophage Φ29

  • 8. 
    Who was the youngest scientist to receive a Noble Prize?
    • A. 

      Werner K. Heisenberg

    • B. 

      William Laurence Bragg

    • C. 

      James D. Watson

    • D. 

      John B. Fenn

  • 9. 
    Which American Biologist was awarded the Lemelson-MIT Prize in 2003 for inventing for instruments that have unlocked much the mystery of human biology?
    • A. 

      Nick Holonyak, Jr.

    • B. 

      Leroy Hood

    • C. 

      Dean Kamen

    • D. 

      Raymond Kurzweil

  • 10. 
    In which year was the National Science Foundation (NSF) created?
    • A. 

      1938

    • B. 

      1944

    • C. 

      1947

    • D. 

      1950

  • 11. 
    What year was the human genome sequenced?
    • A. 

      1975

    • B. 

      1995

    • C. 

      2003

    • D. 

      2006

  • 12. 
    Which famous chemist lost his head for collecting taxes?
    • A. 

      Joseph L. Gay-Lussac

    • B. 

      Antoine-Laurent de Lavoisier

    • C. 

      Stanislao Cannizarro

    • D. 

      Jőns J. Berzelius

  • 13. 
    Gregor Johann Mendel is known for his genetic research in tracing the inheritance patterns of certain traits.  The importance of Mendel's work did not gain wide understanding until the 1890s, after his death, when other scientists working on similar problems rediscovered his research.  Which of the following proponents of Mendel's work coined the word genetics in 1905?
    • A. 

      Alfred Sturtevant

    • B. 

      Colin McLeod

    • C. 

      William Bateson

    • D. 

      Frederick Griffith

  • 14. 
    Who is the only Nobel Laureate to receive two prizes, one for physics and one for chemistry?
    • A. 

      Frederick Sanger

    • B. 

      John Bardeen

    • C. 

      Linus Pauling

    • D. 

      Marie Curie

  • 15. 
    What was the first genetically engineered organism?
    • A. 

      Corn

    • B. 

      Tobacco

    • C. 

      Sheep

    • D. 

      Rat

  • 16. 
    Which company built the first commercial mass spectrometer?
    • A. 

      AEI (Associated Electrical Industries)

    • B. 

      CEC (Consolidated Electrodynamics Corp.)

    • C. 

      Metropolitan Vickers

    • D. 

      Kratos

  • 17. 
    James Watson and Francis Crick won the Nobel Prize for discovering the structure of DNA, but there was a catch.  These men discovered the structure of DNA based upon experiments performed by this person?
    • A. 

      Alfred Hershey

    • B. 

      Raymond Gosling

    • C. 

      Maurice H. F. Wilkins

    • D. 

      Rosalind Franklin

  • 18. 
    Which is the largest chemical company in the world based on revenue?
    • A. 

      BASF (Germany)

    • B. 

      The Dow Chemical Company (U.S.)

    • C. 

      INEOS (UK)

    • D. 

      DuPont (US)

  • 19. 
    What is the most common element in the human body?
    • A. 

      Oxygen

    • B. 

      Carbon

    • C. 

      Hydrogen

    • D. 

      Calcium

  • 20. 
    In which year was the Pittsburgh Conference (PITTCON) launched?
    • A. 

      1946

    • B. 

      1948

    • C. 

      1950

    • D. 

      1955

  • 21. 
    Where in the cell are proteins produced?
    • A. 

      Golgi apparatus

    • B. 

      Endoplasmic reticulum

    • C. 

      Peroxisome

    • D. 

      Ribosomes

  • 22. 
    Above which of the following temperatures do ethanol and gasoline (dodecane) become completely miscible in all proportions?
    • A. 

      -3 C

    • B. 

      42 C

    • C. 

      25 C

    • D. 

      13 C

  • 23. 
    What is the name of the overall reaction in living things that turns sugar and oxygen into carbon dioxide, energy and water?
    • A. 

      Glycolysis

    • B. 

      Respiration

    • C. 

      Gluconeogenesis

    • D. 

      Oxidative Phosphorylation

  • 24. 
    Which laboratory instrument manufacturer was first to employ a microprocessor in one of its instruments in 1974?
    • A. 

      Perkin Elmer

    • B. 

      Varian

    • C. 

      Hewlett-Packard

    • D. 

      Spectra Physics