Describe a famous scientist or artist in your country - Cue Card # 322

IELTS Speaking Part 2: IELTS Cue Card/ Candidate Task Card.

Describe a famous scientist or artist in your country.

You should say:

  • who this person is
  • what he/she does
  • how you know this person

and explain how much famous he/she is.


Model Answer 1:
Being a citizen from the United Kingdom, I have many reasons to be proud of my country. One of the reasons is that it has produced many world-famous scientists, and today I would like to talk about one of them here.

Anyway, I have no doubt in my mind that the person, I am going to talk about here, is known to virtually every person in this world who has studied little science, and his name is Sir Isaac Newton. Yes, Isaac Newton is one of those rare breeds of physicists and scientists whose scientific invention has changed the world forever, and of course, for better.  

As for his scientific invention, he is most for his works with “forces”, and specifically with the development of a universal law of gravity, but the true genius of his work, experts think, is how he ultimately took his theories and applied them to the universe at large, explaining the motions of the Sun and planets in a way that had never been done before. He also provided a clear understanding of “optics”. Being an inventor of “calculus”, his three laws motion, written in “Principia Mathematica”, greatly influenced the enlightenment in Europe and then eventually the rest of the world as well.

By the way, I first to came to know about this great scientist as a child from one of my uncles (a physics teacher) who told me about that famous story of a falling apple on the head of a person and then how that person came up with a theory from that falling apple. Later on, of course, I came to know even more from studying at school and college.

Anyway, Newton is still one of the most famous people in the history of the world because of his tremendous contribution to move forward our human civilization. Besides, the fact that people remember him today with tremendous respect and admiration is because his inventions and theories provided for the basis of modern-day physics.


Sample Answer 2:
I am from the United States and Thomas Alva Edison was a great scientist, inventor and a well-renowned person from my country.

He was born in 1847 and contributed towards many inventions till his death in 1931. His invention and tools greatly influenced the human around the world. He is considered as one the greatest scientists and inventors of all time and almost everybody around the world knows his name and contributions to the world. His most popular inventions include the electric bulb, motion picture camera, phonograph, carbon microphone, fluoroscopy and the improvement of telegraph technology. He was a devoted scientist, creative mind and a prolific inventor who had more than 1000 US patents in his name.

I first learned about him when I was only 5 years old. My grandpa one day told me about the light bulb and said the story about this great inventor. Later I learn about him from a book I read about his life. In my university years, I read several other books on different scientists and inventions and Thomas Alva Edison was in all of these books.
His childhood and passion for new invention were so interesting that I hear many stories of this genius from my friends. As I recall, I watched a TV documentary show on the Discovery Channel that emphasised the great contribution of this scientist.

He is, without any question, a man who contributed to the progress of human civilisation. Many of his inventions were pure genius and unparallel. Many of his inventions and researches are still the motivation for scientists and science students. In many countries, he is still a part of the national syllabus in textbooks. People revere this highly talented person and will remember his as a symbol of a mastermind.

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