Tough Trivia, 5/3/21

Today’s Tough Trivia question is: Two men named John Marshall Harlan served on the Supreme Court. How were they related, and who appointed them?


nobelprizeFriday’s question was: In which categories are Nobel Prizes awarded? And when was each first awarded? Bonus if you can name the people (not groups or organizations) who won more than one.

The answer is:

Swedish chemist Alfred Bernhard Nobel (1833–1896) is known for inventing dynamite, and for endowing the Nobel Prizes in his will. The first Nobel Prizes were awarded in 1901, in the fields of Chemistry, Literature, Peace, Physics, and Physiology or Medicine. In 1969, a sixth category was added: Economics. The “prize” consists of a gold medal, a diploma, and a monetary award (currently worth about $1.1 million).

Four people have each won two prizes:

  • Marie Curie, Polish-born French physicist and chemist (1867–1934), won the Physics prize in 1903 and the Chemistry prize in 1911.
  • Linus Pauling, US chemist (1901–1994), won the Chemistry prize in 1954 and the Peace Prize in 1962.
  • John Bardeen, US physicist (1908–1991), won the Physics prize in 1956 and 1972.
  • Frederick Sanger, British biochemist (1918–2013) won the Chemistry prize in 1958 and 1980.


Ian’s Tough Trivia is a daily feature of this blog. Each day, I post a tough question, as well as the answer to the previous day’s question. At some point, I’ll offer a prize for whoever has the most correct answers, and another for whoever participates most often (I’ll take into account people coming in after the start: regular participation starting later is just as good as regular participation starting earlier). There may also be a prize for the funniest or most amusing wrong answer. Simply comment on this post with your answer. I’ll approve the comments after the next question is posted. Sure, you can probably find the answers by searching the web, but what’s the fun in that?

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One thought on “Tough Trivia, 5/3/21

  1. Too easy. But the elder Harlan was an influential civil rights advocate, although usually as a dissenting vote, and the younger was just a conservative shill.


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