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List of famous people who majored in physics, including photos when available. This list of famous physics majors is ordered loosely by relevance, meaning the most well-known people are at the top. This list includes popular actors, musicians, athletes and more that majored or minored in physics. You can find various bits of information below, such as what year the person was born and what their profession is. If you're looking for a particular celebrity who majored in physics you can use the "search" bar to find a specific name.

This list contains people like Jimmy Carter and Albert Einstein.

This list answers the questions, "Which celebrities were physics majors?" and "Which famous people studied physics?"
Albert Einstein is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People who Majored in Physics
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Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist. Einstein's work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science. He developed the general theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics. Einstein is best known in popular culture for his mass–energy equivalence ...more

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Age: Died at 76 (1879-1955)

Birthplace: Ulm, Germany

Profession: Mathematician, Physicist, Scientist, Theoretical Physicist, Author, + more

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Stephen Hawking is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People who Majored in Physics
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Stephen William Hawking CH CBE FRS FRSA is an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge. His scientific works include a collaboration with Roger Penrose on gravitational singularity theorems ...more

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Age: 75

Birthplace: England, Oxford

Profession: Mathematician, Physicist, Professor, Screenwriter, Scientist, + more

Credits: A Brief History of Time, Stephen Hawking's Universe, Hawking, The 11th Hour

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Jimmy Carter is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People who Majored in Physics
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James Earl "Jimmy" Carter, Jr. is an American politician, author, and member of the Democratic Party who served as the 39th President of the United States from 1977 to 1981. He was awarded the 2002 Nobel Peace Prize. Carter, raised in rural Georgia, was a peanut farmer who served two terms as a ...more

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Age: 92

Birthplace: Plains, Georgia, United States of America

Profession: Statesman, Politician, Novelist, Military Officer, Author, + more

Credits: Man from Plains, The Last Mogul: The Life and Times of Lew Wasserman, Jimmy Carter: The President from Plains, In Remembrance of Martin, Air Force One

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Sally Ride is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People who Majored in Physics
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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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