Famous Physicists from Austria

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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  • Andreas von Ettingshausen
    Dec. at 81 (1796-1878)
    • Birthplace: Heidelberg, Germany
    Andreas Freiherr von Ettingshausen (25 November 1796 – 25 May 1878) was an Austrian mathematician and physicist.
  • Berta Karlik
    Dec. at 86 (1904-1990)
    • Birthplace: Vienna, 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 on the radioactivity of seawater. She discovered that the element 85 astatine is a product of the natural decay processes. The element was first synthesized in 1940 by Dale R. Corson, K. R. MacKenzie, and Emilio Segrè, after several scientists in vain searched for it in radioactive minerals.
  • Carl Auer von Welsbach
    Dec. at 70 (1858-1929)
    • Birthplace: Vienna, 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, but also for turning them into commercially successful products. He is particularly well known for his work on rare-earth elements, which led to the development of the ferro rod used in modern lighters, the gas mantle, which brought light to the streets of Europe in the late 19th century, and for the development of the metal-filament light bulb.
  • Christian Doppler
    Dec. at 49 (1803-1853)
    • Birthplace: Salzburg, 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 the observed frequency of a wave depends on the relative speed of the source and the observer. He used this concept to explain the color of binary stars.
  • Egon Schweidler

    Egon Schweidler

    Dec. at 75 (1873-1948)
    • Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
    Egon Schweidler, (* 10 February 1873, in Vienna; † 10 February 1948, in Salzburg Seeham) was an Austrian physicist.
  • Engelbert Broda
    Dec. at 73 (1910-1983)
    • Birthplace: Vienna, 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 been a main Soviet source of information on British and American nuclear research.