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Microbiologist and wrestler Rachel Collins made me think about other scientists in history. What if they had been wrestlers, too? What would their wrestling names have been?


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The founder of microbiology who proved that most infectious diseases are caused by microorganisms.
Louis “The Virus” Pasteur

The team that decoded the structure of the DNA molecule.
“The Double Trouble Helix,” Watson and Crick

A theoretical physicist who developed the theory of relativity.

Albert “The Equation” Einstein

The man who theorized bacteria caused infection and used early sterilization techniques.
Joseph “The Germinator” Lister

Considered the father of epidemiology from his work showing cholera was transmitted in water, he removed the Broad Street water pump handle and halted an epidemic.
John “The Pump Handle” Snow

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A recently discovered image of Einstein wrestling.

A lens grinder who made magnifying lenses and observed bacteria, protists, blood cells, and nematodes under the lens, he wasn’t inventor of the compound microscope, but he introduced microscopic life to the world. Antony “The Magnifier” van Leeuwenhoek

This man proved the anthrax bacillus was the cause of the disease anthrax. Robert “The Anthrax” Koch

An English doctor who pioneered vaccination using cowpox on people to prevent smallpox. Edward “The Inoculator” Jenner

By accident, this man discovered that a certain mold in a culture killed the staphylococcus bacteria and after refining it, named it penicillin. Alexander “The Accident” Fleming

He showed that mosquitoes carried malaria and that by eliminating mosquitoes, the disease could be prevented. Walter “The Bite” Reed A pioneer in radioactivity who isolated radioactive isotopes and discovered the new elements polonium and radium. Marie “Madam Radioactive” Curie

The British scientist who proposed a theory of evolution occurring by the process of natural selection. Charles “The Evolver” Darwin

He proposed the theory that the sun is fixed in place and the Earth revolves around the sun. Nicholas “Comet” Copernicus

An English mathematician, physicist, astronomer, alchemist, and natural philosopher who described gravity and the three laws of motion and then wrote about it in the Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica. Isaac “Sir Gravitator” Newton

And finally, The Italian who developed the theory which later became Avogadro’s law, stating that equal volumes of gases, at the same temperature and pressure, contain the same number of molecules. Amedeo “The Mole” Avagadro

Okay—maybe not. But it could have happened! Think of some of your favorite scientists and give them wrestling names. We’d love to see them in the comments.

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