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Famous Male Physicists

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List of famous male physicists, listed by their level of prominence with photos when available. This greatest male physicists list contains the most prominent and top males known for being physicists. There are thousand of males 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 male aspiring to be a physicist then the people below should give you inspiration.

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While this isn't a list of all male physicists, it does answer the questions "Who are the most famous male physicists?" and "Who are the best male physicists?"
  • Albert Einstein ( EYEN-styne; German: [ˈalbɛɐ̯t ˈʔaɪnʃtaɪn] (listen); 14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955) was a German-born theoretical physicist who developed the theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics (alongside quantum mechanics). His work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science. He is best known to the general public for his mass–energy equivalence formula E = m c 2 {\displaystyle E=mc^{2}} , which has been dubbed "the world's most famous equation". He received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics "for his services to theoretical... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 76 (1879-1955)
    • Birthplace: Ulm, Germany

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  • Isaac Newton is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Male Physicists
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    Sir Isaac Newton (25 December 1642 – 20 March 1726/27) was an English mathematician, physicist, astronomer, theologian, and author (described in his own day as a "natural philosopher") who is widely recognised as one of the most influential scientists of all time, and a key figure in the scientific revolution. His book Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica (Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy), first published in 1687, laid the foundations of classical mechanics. Newton also made seminal contributions to optics, and shares credit with Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz for developing the infinitesimal calculus. In Principia, Newton formulated the laws of motion and universal... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 84 (1643-1727)
    • Birthplace: Woolsthorpe-by-Colsterworth, United Kingdom

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  • Stephen Hawking is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Male Physicists
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    Stephen William Hawking (8 January 1942 – 14 March 2018) was an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author who was director of research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge at the time of his death. He was the Lucasian Professor of Mathematics at the University of Cambridge between 1979 and 2009. His scientific works included a collaboration with Roger Penrose on gravitational singularity theorems in the framework of general relativity and the theoretical prediction that black holes emit radiation, often called Hawking radiation. Hawking was the first to set out a theory of cosmology explained by a union of the general theory of relativity and... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: 78
    • Birthplace: Oxford, United Kingdom

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  • Nikola Tesla is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Male Physicists
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    Nikola Tesla was a Serbian American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current electricity supply system. Tesla gained experience in telephony and electrical engineering before immigrating to the United States in 1884 to work for Thomas Edison in New York City. He soon struck out on his own with financial backers, setting up laboratories and companies to develop a range of electrical devices. His patented AC induction motor and transformer were licensed by George Westinghouse, who also hired Tesla for a short time as a consultant. ... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 87 (1856-1943)
    • Birthplace: Smiljan, Croatia