List of Famous Astrophysicists People

List of Famous Astrophysicists

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This list of famous astrophysicists includes photos, bios, and other information, when available. Who are the top astrophysicists in the world? This includes the most prominent astrophysicists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable astrophysicists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic astrophysicists were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned astrophysicists.

The list you're viewing is made up of different people, from famous modern physicists like Brian May and other astrophysics scientist luminaries like child prodigy Jacob Barnett. You might even recognize a few celebrity astrophysicists listed here!

From reputable, prominent, and well-known astrophysicists to the lesser known astrophysicists of today, you'll find some of the best professionals in the field on this list of astrophysicists. Who are the most famous astrophysicists ever? What are the names of famous astrophysicists? Read on to learn more!
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    Carl Sagan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Astrophysicists
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    Carl Sagan appeared in the 2012 documentary film Beyond Expression Bright. more

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    • Age: Died at 62 (1934-1996)
    • Birthplace: New York City, USA, New York
    • Profession: Physicist, Novelist, Scientist, Author, Writer, + more
    • Credits: Contact, Cosmos, Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, The Earth Day Special
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    Neil deGrasse Tyson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Astrophysicists
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    Neil deGrasse Tyson is an American astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, and science communicator. Since 1996, he has been the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York City. The center is part of the American Museum of Natural History, where ...more

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    • Age: 57
    • Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Astrophysicist, Author, Actor, Television Editor, Writer, + more
    • Credits: Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, Nova ScienceNow, How Life Began, The Colbert Report
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    Stephen Hawking is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Astrophysicists
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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 in ...more

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    • Age: 73
    • Birthplace: Oxford, United Kingdom
    • 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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    Kip Stephen Thorne is an American theoretical physicist, known for his contributions in gravitational physics and astrophysics. A longtime friend and colleague of Stephen Hawking and Carl Sagan, he was the Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics at the California Institute of Technology until 2009 and ...more

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    • Age: 75
    • Birthplace: Logan, Utah, United States of America
    • Profession: Physicist, Astronomer
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    Frank Drake is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Astrophysicists
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    Frank Donald Drake is an American astronomer and astrophysicist. He is most notable as one of the pioneers in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence, including the founding of SETI, mounting the first observational attempts at detecting extraterrestrial communications in 1960 in Project Ozma, ...more

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    • Age: 85
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Astronomer
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    Freeman John Dyson FRS is an English-born theoretical physicist and mathematician, known for his work in quantum electrodynamics, solid-state physics, astronomy and nuclear engineering. Dyson is a member of the Board of Sponsors of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. more

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    • Age: 92
    • Birthplace: Crowthorne, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Mathematician, Physicist, Professor, Scientist, Author, + more
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    Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Astrophysicists
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    Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar, FRS, was an Indian American astrophysicist born in Lahore, Punjab. Chandrasekhar was awarded, along with William A. Fowler, the 1983 Nobel Prize for Physics, with Chandrasekhar cited for his mathematical theory of the physical processes of importance to the structure and ...more

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    • Age: Died at 85 (1910-1995)
    • Birthplace: Lahore, Pakistan, Eurasia, Punjab, Pakistan
    • Profession: Mathematician, Physicist, Scientist, Astronomer
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    Brian Harold May, CBE is an English musician, singer, songwriter, and astrophysicist who achieved international fame as the lead guitarist of the rock band Queen. He uses a home-built electric guitar, called the Red Special. His compositions for the band include "We Will Rock You", "Tie Your Mother ...more

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    • Age: 68
    • Birthplace: Hampton, London, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Astrophysicist, Record producer, Guitarist, Songwriter, Musician, + more
    • Credits: Ted, Moulin Rouge!, Flash Gordon, Step Brothers
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