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List of famous female physicists, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest female physicists list contains the most prominent and top females known for being physicists. There are thousand of females working as physicists in the world, but this list highlights only the most notable ones. Historic physicists have worked hard to become the best that they can be, so if you're a female aspiring to be a physicist then the people below should give you inspiration.

List features people like Margaret MacVicar, Laura Mersini, and many more

While this isn't a list of all female physicists, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous female physicists?" and "Who are the best female physicists?"
Marie Curie is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Female Physicists
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Marie Skłodowska-Curie was a Polish and naturalized-French physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity. She was the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the first person and only woman to win twice, the only person to win twice in multiple sciences, and was part of the ...more

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Age: Died at 67 (1867-1934)

Birthplace: Warsaw, Second Polish Republic

Profession: Physicist, Chemist, Scientist

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#13 on The Greatest Minds of All Time

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Sally Ride is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Female Physicists
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Sally Kristen Ride was an American physicist and astronaut. Born in Los Angeles, Ride joined NASA in 1978 and, at the age of 32, became the first American woman in space and still remains the youngest American astronaut to travel to space. After flying twice on the space shuttle Challenger, she left ...more

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Age: Died at 61 (1951-2012)

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Profession: Physicist, Astronaut

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#94 on The Most Inspiring (Non-Hollywood) Female Role Models

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Angela Merkel is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Female Physicists
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Angela Merkel is the current Chancellor of Germany and the head of the political party CDU in Germany. In addition to being the first female German Chanchellor, she is also considered by Forbes magazine to be the most powerful woman in the world. ...more

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Age: 61

Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany

Profession: Politician, Physicist, Scientist

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Rosalind Franklin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Female Physicists
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Rosalind Elsie Franklin was an English chemist and X-ray crystallographer who made critical contributions to the understanding of the fine molecular structures of DNA, RNA, viruses, coal, and graphite. Although her works on coal and viruses were appreciated in her lifetime, her DNA work posthumously ...more

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Age: Died at 38 (1920-1958)

Birthplace: Notting Hill, London, United Kingdom

Profession: Physicist, Chemist, Scientist

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Tracy Caldwell Dyson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Female Physicists
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Tracy Caldwell Dyson is an American chemist and NASA astronaut. Caldwell Dyson was a Mission Specialist on Space Shuttle Endeavour flight STS-118 in August 2007. She was part of the Expedition 24 crew on the International Space Station between April 4, 2010 and September 25, 2010. She has completed ...more

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Age: 46

Birthplace: Arcadia, California, United States of America

Profession: Physicist, Chemist, Astronaut

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Shannon Walker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Female Physicists
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Shannon Walker is an American scientist and a NASA astronaut, whose first space mission was Expedition 24 on the International Space Station with take-off on 15 June 2010. She is married to a fellow NASA astronaut, the Australian-born Andy Thomas. She is a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots ...more

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Age: 50

Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States of America

Profession: Physicist, Flight engineer, Astronaut

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Katharine Burr Blodgett was the first woman to be awarded a Ph.D. in physics from the University of Cambridge in 1926. After receiving her master's degree, she was hired by General Electric, where she invented low-reflectance "invisible" glass. ...more

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Age: Died at 81 (1898-1979)

Birthplace: Schenectady, New York, United States of America

Profession: Physicist, Inventor

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Vandana Shiva is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Female Physicists
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Vandana Shiva is an Indian environmental activist and anti-globalization author. Shiva, currently based in Delhi, has authored more than 20 books. She received her PhD from the University of Western Ontario Faculty of Graduate Studies, in Canada, in 1978 with the doctoral dissertation "Hidden ...more

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Age: 63

Birthplace: India, Dehradun

Profession: Environmentalist, Physicist, Scientist, Author Writer, + more

Credits: Dirt! The Movie, This Is What Democracy Looks Like

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