publication date: Thursday, February 4, 2021 (part of Winter 2021)

category: Science

clue: This physicist so profoundly advanced our understanding of the universe that it's possible to imagine aliens someday visiting our nation.

explanation: Einstein inspired the name of Albert Einstein on Alien Nation. more…

difficulty: very easy

solved by: Russ Wilhelm, Steve West, Samir Mehta, LaVonne Lemler, Chris Lemler, Richard Slominsky, Denise Sawicki, Erik Bates, Ruth Cichoski, and Alexis Andino

Sci-Fi Namesakes: Science fiction is a genre of ideas, and the best ideas are the ones connected to reality. This two-week theme presents 14 real-life people who inspired the names of characters in sci-fi TV shows, including shows with fantastical elements not normally considered sci-fi. Dr. Who, I presume?

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Albert Einstein

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Beth Schwartz

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John Locke

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John F. Kennedy

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Art Bell

This paranormal investigator spent years shining a light into the blackest shadows of supernatural mysteries on his bicoastal AM show, which would have made him the right man to look into a case of identical cloned orphans. Go »