Science Memes

14 Memes Every Science-Lover Needs

The bench can be serious work, but there’s room for some light-hearted humor. We take a look at the best memes in science.

By C&EN Media Group

Reading Time: 3 minutes

Scientists dedicate most of their time to writing grants, doing benchwork, and generally advancing the wealth of human knowledge, but they can also have terrifically playful senses of humor. Luckily, there are plenty of opportunities to pursue good comedy alongside scientific truth.

Read on to see some of the most highly regarded, peer-reviewed memes science has to offer.

Pop Cultures

Salt Bae

Impact Factor: 12.0

This well-seasoned chef can make a nice steak AND mix up a good solution.

Ryan Gosling

Impact Factor: 14.2

Hey, Girl. Hollywood’s leading-est man is also a smooth-talking scientist.

Some Thoughts from the Greats

Who knew Avogadro was so smooth?

Impact Factor: 20.2

Gosling and Salt Bae have their benefits, but they don’t hold a candle to these guys.

Charles Darwin also has a few thoughts about pairing up.

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Impact factor: 32.1

It’s always easier to enjoy a terrible pun when it comes from someone cute and fuzzy, like Pun Dog.

And of course, animal memes are perfect for sharing what we really think about biology.

Whether they’re informative…

Or a little inflammatory…

And our furry friends have a way of saying what we sometimes can’t quite admit ourselves.

Chemistry Cat

Impact factor: 32.1

Between his love of the periodic table and ear for clever wordplay, no science-meme list is complete without Chemistry Cat.

What else has made you laugh recently?

Let us know what memes you have pinned up around the workspace or running through email chains!