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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

Age: Died at 67 (1867-1934)

Birthplace: Warsaw, Second Polish Republic

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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

Age: Died at 61 (1951-2012)

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

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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

Age: 62

Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany

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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

Age: Died at 38 (1920-1958)

Birthplace: Notting Hill, London, United Kingdom

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