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Famous Physicists from Austria

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List of notable or famous physicists from Austria, with bios and photos, including the top physicists born in Austria and even some popular physicists who immigrated to Austria. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Austrian physicists then this list is the perfect resource for you. These physicists are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known physicist from Austria is included when available.

This list below has a variety of people in it, from Ludwig Boltzmann to Walter Kohn.

This historic physicists from Austria list can help answer the questions "Who are some Austrian physicists of note?" and "Who are the most famous physicists from Austria?" These prominent physicists of Austria may or may not be currently alive, but what they all have in common is that they're all respected Austrian physicists.

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  • 1

    Andreas von Ettingshausen

    Dec. at 81 (1796-1878)

    BirthplaceHeidelberg, Germany

    Andreas Freiherr von Ettingshausen (25 November 1796 – 25 May 1878) was an Austrian mathematician and physicist....  more
  • 2

    Berta Karlik

    Dec. at 86 (1904-1990)

    BirthplaceVienna, Austria

    Berta Karlik was an Austrian physicist. She worked for the University of Vienna, eventually becoming the first female professor at the institution. While working with Ernst Foyn she published a paper...  more
  • 3

    Carl Auer von Welsbach

    Dec. at 70 (1858-1929)

    BirthplaceVienna, Austria

    Carl Auer von Welsbach, also known as Carl Auer, Freiherr von Welsbach (1 September 1858 – 4 August 1929) was an Austrian scientist and inventor, who had a talent not only for discovering advances,...  more
  • 4

    Christian Doppler

    Dec. at 49 (1803-1853)

    BirthplaceSalzburg, Austria

    Christian Andreas Doppler (; German: [ˈdɔplɐ]; 29 November 1803 – 17 March 1853) was an Austrian mathematician and physicist. He is celebrated for his principle — known as the Doppler effect — that...  more
  • 5

    Egon Schweidler

    Dec. at 75 (1873-1948)

    BirthplaceVienna, Austria

    Egon Schweidler, (* 10 February 1873, in Vienna; † 10 February 1948, in Salzburg Seeham) was an Austrian physicist....  more
  • 6

    Engelbert Broda

    Dec. at 73 (1910-1983)

    BirthplaceVienna, Austria

    Engelbert Broda (29 August 1910 in Vienna – 26 October 1983 in Hainburg an der Donau) was an Austrian chemist and physicist suspected by some to have been a KGB spy code-named Eric, who could have...  more
  • 7

    Ernst Mach

    Dec. at 78 (1838-1916)

    BirthplaceBrno-City District, Europe, Brno, Jihovýchod, South Moravian Region

    Ernst Waldfried Josef Wenzel Mach (; German: [ˈɛɐ̯nst max]; 18 February 1838 – 19 February 1916) was an Austrian physicist and philosopher, noted for his contributions to physics such as study of...  more

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  • 8

    Erwin Schrödinger

    Dec. at 73 (1887-1961)

    BirthplaceVienna, Austria

    Erwin Rudolf Josef Alexander Schrödinger (UK: , US: ; German: [ˈɛɐ̯viːn ˈʃʁøːdɪŋɐ]; 12 August 1887 – 4 January 1961), sometimes written as Erwin Schrodinger or Erwin Schroedinger, was a Nobel...  more

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  • 9

    Eugene Wigner

    Dec. at 92 (1902-1995)

    BirthplaceEurasia, Hungary, Central Hungary, Budapest

    Eugene Paul "E. P." Wigner (Hungarian: Wigner Jenő Pál; November 17, 1902 – January 1, 1995) was a Hungarian-American theoretical physicist and mathematician. He received the Nobel Prize in Physics...  more
  • 10

    Felix Ehrenhaft

    Dec. at 72 (1879-1952)

    BirthplaceVienna, Austria

    Felix Ehrenhaft (24 April 1879 – 4 March 1952) was an Austrian physicist who contributed to atomic physics, to the measurement of electrical charges and to the optical properties of metal colloids....  more
  • 11

    BirthplaceMór, Hungary

    Ferenc Krausz (born 17 May 1962 in Mór, Hungary) is a Hungarian-Austrian physicist, whose research team has generated and measured the first attosecond light pulse and used it for capturing...  more
  • 12

    František Josef Gerstner

    Dec. at 76 (1756-1832)

    BirthplaceChomutov, Severozápad, Czech Republic

    Franz Josef von Gerstner (German: Franz Josef von Gerstner, Czech: František Josef Gerstner; 23 February 1756 – 25 July 1832) was a German-Bohemian physicist and engineer....  more
  • 13

    Franz S. Exner

    Dec. at 77 (1849-1926)

    BirthplaceVienna, Austria

    Franz Serafin Exner (24 March 1849 – 15 October 1926) was an Austrian physicist....  more
  • 14

    BirthplaceEurope, Austria, Vienna, Central Europe

    Siegfried Fred Singer (born September 27, 1924) is an Austrian-born American physicist and emeritus professor of environmental science at the University of Virginia. Singer trained as an atmospheric...  more
  • 15

    Friedrich Hasenöhrl

    Dec. at 40 (1874-1915)

    BirthplaceVienna, Austria

    Friedrich Hasenöhrl (German: [ˈhaːzn̩øːɐ̯l]; 30 November 1874 – 7 October 1915), was an Austrian physicist....  more
  • 16

    BirthplaceEurope, Austria, Vienna, Central Europe

    Fritjof Capra (born February 1, 1939) is an Austrian-born American physicist, systems theorist and deep ecologist. In 1995, he became a founding director of the Center for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley,...  more
  • 17

    Fritz Sauter

    Dec. at 76 (1906-1983)

    BirthplaceInnsbruck, Austria

    Fritz Eduard Josef Maria Sauter (German: [ˈzaʊtɐ]; 9 June 1906 – 24 May 1983) was an Austrian-German physicist who worked mostly in quantum electrodynamics and solid-state physics....  more
  • 18

    Gernot Zippe

    Dec. at 90 (1917-2008)

    BirthplaceVarnsdorf, Czech Republic

    Gernot Zippe (November 1917 – 7 May 2008) was an Austrian-German mechanical engineer who is widely credited with leading the team which developed the Zippe-type centrifuge, a centrifuge machine for...  more
  • 19

    Gustav Jaumann

    Dec. at 61 (1863-1924)

    BirthplaceCaransebeș, Romania

    Gustav Jaumann (1863–1924) was an Austrian physicist. An assistant to the physicist Ernst Mach, he had a talent for mathematics, but disbelieved the existence of small particles like electrons and...  more
  • 20

    Hans Suess

    Dec. at 83 (1909-1993)

    BirthplaceVienna, Austria

    Hans Eduard Suess (December 16, 1909 – September 20, 1993) was an Austrian born American physical chemist and nuclear physicist. He was a grandson of the Austrian geologist Eduard Suess....  more
  • 21

    Hans Thirring

    Dec. at 87 (1888-1976)

    BirthplaceEurope, Austria, Vienna, Central Europe

    Hans Thirring (March 23, 1888 – March 22, 1976) was an Austrian theoretical physicist, professor, and father of the physicist Walter Thirring. He won the Haitinger Prize of the Austrian Academy of...  more
  • 22

    Hans von Halban

    Dec. at 56 (1908-1964)

    BirthplaceLeipzig, Germany

    Hans Heinrich von Halban (24 January 1908 – 28 November 1964) was a French physicist, of Austrian-Jewish descent....  more
  • 23

    Heinrich Streintz

    Dec. at 44 (1848-1892)

    BirthplaceVienna, Austria

    Heinrich Streintz (May 7, 1848 in Vienna – November 11, 1892) was an Austrian physicist. Due to the frequent diseases of their son, the parents of Streintz moved to Graz. There, he visited High...  more
  • 24

    Heinz Oberhummer

    Age: 80

    BirthplaceBischofshofen, Austria

    Heinz Oberhummer (19 May 1941 – 24 November 2015) was an Austrian physicist and skeptic....  more
  • 25

    Hertha Wambacher

    Dec. at 47 (1903-1950)

    BirthplaceVienna, Austria

    Hertha Wambacher (9 March 1903 in Vienna – 25 April 1950 in Vienna) was an Austrian physicist. After having obtained the general certificate of education from the girls' high school run by the...  more