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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.

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Andreas von Ettingshausen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Physicists from Austria
Dec. at 82 (1796-1878) Andreas Freiherr von Ettingshausen was a German mathematician and physicist. Ettingshausen studied philosophy and jurisprudence in Vienna. In 1817, he joined the University of Vienna and taught ...more

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Berta Karlik is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Physicists from Austria
Dec. at 86 (1904-1990) 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 ...more

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Carl Auer von Welsbach is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Physicists from Austria
Dec. at 71 (1858-1929) Carl Auer von Welsbach, also known as Carl Auer, Freiherr von Welsbach was an Austrian scientist and inventor who had a talent not only for discovering advances, but also for turning them into ...more

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Christian Doppler is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Physicists from Austria
Dec. at 50 (1803-1853) Christian Andreas Doppler was an Austrian mathematician and physicist. He is celebrated for his principle — known as the Doppler effect — that the observed frequency of a wave depends on the ...more

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Egon Schweidler is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Physicists from Austria
Egon Schweidler Dec. at 75 (1873-1948) Egon Schweidler, was an Austrian physicist.

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Engelbert Broda is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Physicists from Austria
Dec. at 73 (1910-1983) Engelbert Broda was an Austrian chemist and physicist suspected by some to have been a KGB spy code-named Eric, who could have been a main Soviet source of information on British and American ...more

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Ernst Mach is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Physicists from Austria
Dec. at 78 (1838-1916) Ernst Waldfried Josef Wenzel Mach was an Austrian physicist and philosopher, noted for his contributions to physics such as the Mach number and the study of shock waves. As a philosopher of ...more

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Erwin Schrödinger is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Physicists from Austria
Dec. at 74 (1887-1961) Erwin Rudolf Josef Alexander Schrödinger, sometimes written as Erwin Schrodinger or Erwin Schroedinger, was a Nobel Prize-winning Austrian physicist who developed a number of fundamental ...more

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Eugene Wigner is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Physicists from Austria
Dec. at 93 (1902-1995) Eugene Paul "E. P." Wigner, was a Hungarian American theoretical physicist and mathematician. He received a share of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1963 "for his contributions to ...more

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Felix Ehrenhaft is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Physicists from Austria
Dec. at 73 (1879-1952) Felix Ehrenhaft was an Austrian physicist who contributed to atomic physics, to the measurement of electrical charges and to the optical properties of metal colloids. He was known for his ...more

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Ferenc Krausz is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Physicists from Austria
age 55 Ferenc Krausz is a Hungarian-Austrian physicist, whose research team has generated and measured the first attosecond light pulse and used it for capturing electrons’ motion inside atoms, marking ...more

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František Josef Gerstner is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Physicists from Austria
Dec. at 76 (1756-1832) František Josef Gerstner was a Bohemian physicist and engineer. Gerstner was born in Chomutov, where he studied at the Jesuits gymnasium, after which he studied mathematics and astronomy at the ...more

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Franz S. Exner is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Physicists from Austria
Dec. at 77 (1849-1926) Franz Serafin Exner was an Austrian physicist.

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Fred Singer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Physicists from Austria
age 93 Siegfried Fred Singer is an Austrian-born American physicist and emeritus professor of environmental science at the University of Virginia. Singer trained as an atmospheric physicist and is ...more

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Friedrich Hasenöhrl is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Physicists from Austria
Dec. at 41 (1874-1915) Friedrich Hasenöhrl, was an Austrian physicist.

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Fritjof Capra is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Physicists from Austria
age 79 Fritjof Capra is an Austrian-born American physicist. He is a founding director of the Center for Ecoliteracy in Berkeley, California, and is on the faculty of Schumacher College. Capra is the ...more

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Fritz Sauter is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Physicists from Austria
Dec. at 77 (1906-1983) Fritz Eduard Josef Maria Sauter was an Austrian-German physicist who worked mostly in quantum electrodynamics and solid-state physics.

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Gernot Zippe is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Physicists from Austria
Dec. at 91 (1917-2008) Gernot Zippe PhD was an Austrian-German mechanical engineer who is widely credited with leading the team which developed the Zippe-type centrifuge, a centrifuge machine for the collection of ...more

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Gustav Jaumann is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Physicists from Austria
Gustav Jaumann Dec. at 61 (1863-1924) Gustav Jaumann 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 atoms. ...more

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Hans Suess is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Physicists from Austria
Dec. at 84 (1909-1993) Hans Eduard Suess was an Austrian born American physical chemist and nuclear physicist. He was a grandson of the Austrian geologist Eduard Suess.

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Hans Thirring is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Physicists from Austria
Dec. at 88 (1888-1976) Hans Thirring was an Austrian theoretical physicist, professor, and father of the physicist Walter Thirring. Together with the mathematician Josef Lense, he is known for the prediction of the ...more

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Hans von Halban is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Physicists from Austria
Dec. at 56 (1908-1964) Hans Heinrich von Halban was a French physicist, of Austrian-Jewish descent.

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Heinrich Streintz is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Physicists from Austria
Heinrich Streintz Dec. at 44 (1848-1892) Heinrich Streintz was an Austrian physicist. Due to the frequent diseases of their son, the parents of Streintz moved to Graz. There, he visited High School which he passed with great success in ...more

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Heinz Oberhummer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Physicists from Austria
Heinz Oberhummer age 76 Heinz Oberhummer is an Austrian physicist and skeptic.

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Hertha Wambacher is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Physicists from Austria
Hertha Wambacher Dec. at 47 (1903-1950) Hertha Wambacher was an Austrian physicist. After having obtained the general certificate of education from the girls' high school run by the Association for the Extended Education of Women in ...more

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Ille Gebeshuber is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Physicists from Austria
Ille Gebeshuber age 48 Ille Christine Gebeshuber is an Austrian physicist who is specialized in nanophysics and biomimetics.

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Isidor Isaac Rabi is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Physicists from Austria
Dec. at 90 (1898-1988) Isidor Isaac Rabi was a Polish-born American physicist and Nobel laureate, recognized in 1944 for his discovery of nuclear magnetic resonance, which is used in magnetic resonance imaging. He was ...more

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Johann Josef Loschmidt is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Physicists from Austria
Dec. at 74 (1821-1895) Jan or Johann Josef Loschmidt, who referred to himself mostly as Josef Loschmidt, was a notable Austrian scientist who performed ground-breaking work in chemistry, physics, and crystal forms. ...more

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Josef Finger is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Physicists from Austria
Josef Finger Dec. at 84 (1841-1925) Josef Finger was an Austrian physicist and mathematician.

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Josef Lense is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Physicists from Austria
Josef Lense Dec. at 95 (1890-1985) Josef Lense was an Austrian physicist In 1914 Lense got his doctorate under Samuel Oppenheim. From 1927-28 he was Professor ordinarius and from 1928-1946 Professor extraordinarius for applied ...more

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Joseph Petzval is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Physicists from Austria
Dec. at 84 (1807-1891) Joseph Petzval was a mathematician, inventor, and physicist best known for his work in optics. He was born in the town of Zipser Bela in the Kingdom of Hungary. Petzval studied and later ...more

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Joseph Stefan is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Physicists from Austria
Dec. at 58 (1835-1893) Joseph Stefan was a Carinthian Slovene physicist, mathematician, and poet of Austrian citizenship.

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Julius Wess is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Physicists from Austria
Julius Wess Dec. at 73 (1934-2007) Julius Wess was an Austrian theoretical physicist noted as the co-inventor of the Wess–Zumino model and Wess–Zumino–Witten model in the field of supersymmetry. He was also a recipient of the Max ...more

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Jurij Vega is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Physicists from Austria
Dec. at 48 (1754-1802) Baron Jurij Bartolomej Vega was a Slovene mathematician, physicist and artillery officer.

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Karl Herzfeld is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Physicists from Austria
Dec. at 86 (1892-1978) Karl Ferdinand Herzfeld was an Austrian-American physicist.

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Karl Landsteiner is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Physicists from Austria
Dec. at 75 (1868-1943) Karl Landsteiner, ForMemRS, was an Austrian biologist and physician. He is noted for having first distinguished the main blood groups in 1900, having developed the modern system of ...more

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Karl Svozil is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Physicists from Austria
Karl Svozil age 61 Karl Svozil is an Austrian physicist educated at the University of Vienna and Heidelberg University. Visiting scholar at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory of the University of California at ...more

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Leopold Biwald is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Physicists from Austria
Leopold Biwald Dec. at 74 (1731-1805) Leopold Gottlieb Biwald was a professor at the University of Graz. At the age of sixteen Biwald joined the Jesuits. He became teacher of rhetoric at a secondary school in Laibach and graduated ...more

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Lise Meitner is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Physicists from Austria
Dec. at 90 (1878-1968) Lise Meitner was an Austrian physicist who worked on radioactivity and nuclear physics. Meitner was part of the team that discovered nuclear fission, an achievement for which her colleague Otto ...more

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Ludwig Boltzmann is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Physicists from Austria
Dec. at 62 (1844-1906) Ludwig Eduard Boltzmann was an Austrian physicist and philosopher whose greatest achievement was in the development of statistical mechanics, which explains and predicts how the properties of ...more

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Marietta Blau is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Physicists from Austria
Dec. at 76 (1894-1970) Marietta Blau was an Austrian physicist. After having obtained the general certificate of education from the girls' high school run by the Association for the Extended Education of Women, she ...more

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Max Perutz is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Physicists from Austria
Dec. at 88 (1914-2002) Max Ferdinand Perutz, OM, CH, CBE, FRS was an Austrian-born British molecular biologist, who shared the 1962 Nobel Prize for Chemistry with John Kendrew, for their studies of the structures of ...more

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Max Valier is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Physicists from Austria
Dec. at 35 (1895-1930) Max Valier was an Austrian rocketry pioneer. He helped found the German Verein für Raumschiffahrt that would bring together many of the minds that would later make spaceflight a reality in ...more

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Otto Robert Frisch is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Physicists from Austria
Dec. at 75 (1904-1979) Otto Robert Frisch FRS was an Austrian-British physicist. With his German-British collaborator Rudolf Peierls he designed the first theoretical mechanism for the detonation of an atomic bomb in

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Paul Ehrenfest is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Physicists from Austria
Dec. at 53 (1880-1933) Paul Ehrenfest was an Austrian and Dutch theoretical physicist, who made major contributions to the field of statistical mechanics and its relations with quantum mechanics, including the theory ...more

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Peter C. Aichelburg is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Physicists from Austria
Peter C. Aichelburg age 76 Peter C. Aichelburg is an Austrian physicist well known for his contributions to general relativity, particularly for his joint work with Roman Sexl on the Aichelburg–Sexl ultraboost of the ...more

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Peter Zoller is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Physicists from Austria
age 65 Peter Zoller is a theoretical physicist from Austria. He is Professor at the University of Innsbruck and works on quantum optics and quantum information and is best known for his pioneering ...more

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Rainer Blatt is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Physicists from Austria
age 65 Rainer Blatt is a German-Austrian experimental physicist. His research centres on the areas of quantum optics and quantum information. He and his team performed one of the first experiments to ...more

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Richard Edler von Mises is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Physicists from Austria
Dec. at 70 (1883-1953) Richard Edler von Mises was a scientist and mathematician who worked on solid mechanics, fluid mechanics, aerodynamics, aeronautics, statistics and probability theory. He held the position of ...more

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Richard Mollier is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Physicists from Austria
Dec. at 72 (1863-1935) Richard Mollier was a German professor of Applied Physics and Mechanics in Göttingen and Dresden, a pioneer of experimental research in thermodynamics, particularly for water, steam, and ...more