A Clerihew is a whimsical, four-line biographical poem invented by Edmund Clerihew Bentley. We had fun hearing your Haiku last week, so about some science- and Zooniverse-based Clerihews?

One of the best known examples is:

Sir Christopher Wren
Said, “I am going to dine with some men.
If anyone calls
Say I am designing St. Paul’s.”

…but we can also find some fun science Clerihews online:

Sir James Dewar
Is smarter than you are
None of you asses
Can liquify gases.

To rhyme Carlos Frenck
I’ve drawn a complete blenk
But I found in the lexicon
A good one for Mexican

That last one is from blogger (and apparently cosmologist) Peter Coles. If you need more inspiration, he has plenty more topical Clerihews (from 2009) on his blog, Telescoper.

Here at the Zooniverse, we’ve been coming up with own Clerihews. Chris created one for Stuart Lynn (lead developer of Planet Hunters):

Old Stuart Lynn
may drink gallons of gin,
but his Planet Hunters site
turned out quite alright.

In turn, I’ve made one for Chris:

Dr. Chris Lintott
likes astrophysics a lot.
He came up with Galaxy Zoo
while having a drink or two.

We’d love to hear your science Clerihews either here in the comments or on twitter @the_zooniverse. I’m sure the subject can be one of the projects as well as a person…

2 thoughts on “Clerihews”


    We all like to take armchair trips,
    aboard our beloved Old Weather ships.
    And with their Science and History,
    we get to unravel the past’s mysteries.

  2. Gertrude Stein
    Thought that bare feet were fine.
    She urged Alice B Toklas
    To go sockless.

    Fibbed, used an alias.
    He came from kith
    Named Smith…

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