Famous Physicists from Belgium

List of notable or famous physicists from Belgium, with bios and photos, including the top physicists born in Belgium and even some popular physicists who immigrated to Belgium. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Belgian 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 Belgium is included when available.

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  • Désiré van Monckhoven
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    Désiré Charles Emanuel van Monckhoven (1834–1882) was a Belgian chemist, physicist, and photographic researcher. He was also an inventor and author. He wrote several of the earliest books on photography and photographic optics. His original French works were later translated to English and other languages. He invented or developed an enlarger (1864), a dry collodion process (1871), improvements of the carbon print process (1875–80), and improved silver-bromide gelatine emulsions.
    • Age: Dec. at 48 (1834-1882)
  • Étienne-Gaspard Robert
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    Étienne-Gaspard Robert (15 June 1763 – 2 July 1837), often known by the stage name of "Robertson", was a prominent Belgian physicist, stage magician and influential developer of phantasmagoria. He was described by Charles Dickens as "an honourable and well-educated showman". Alongside his pioneering work on projection techniques for his shows Robert was also a physics lecturer and a keen balloonist at a time of great development in aviation.
    • Age: Dec. at 74 (1763-1837)
    • Birthplace: Liège, Belgium
  • François, Baron Englert (French: [ɑ̃ɡlɛʁ]; born 6 November 1932) is a Belgian theoretical physicist and 2013 Nobel prize laureate. He is Professor emeritus at the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB) where he is member of the Service de Physique Théorique. He is also a Sackler Professor by Special Appointment in the School of Physics and Astronomy at Tel Aviv University and a member of the Institute for Quantum Studies at Chapman University in California. He was awarded the 2010 J. J. Sakurai Prize for Theoretical Particle Physics (with Gerry Guralnik, C. R. Hagen, Tom Kibble, Peter Higgs, and Robert Brout), the Wolf Prize in Physics in 2004 (with Brout and Higgs) and the High Energy and ...more
    • Age: 90
    • Birthplace: Etterbeek, Belgium
  • Frank Verstraete is a Belgian quantum physicist who is working on the interface between quantum information theory and quantum many-body physics. He pioneered the use of tensor networks and entanglement theory in quantum many body systems. He is full professor at the Faculty of Physics of the University of Vienna and the University of Ghent. He was awarded the Lieben Prize in 2009 and the Francqui Prize in 2018. Frank Verstraete obtained a degree of civil engineering in Louvain and of Master in Physics in Ghent, and obtained his PhD on the topic of quantum entanglement in 2002 under supervision of Prof. B. De Moor and Prof. H. Verschelde. He pioneered the use of quantum entanglement as a ...more
  • Viscount Ilya Romanovich Prigogine (; Russian: Илья́ Рома́нович Приго́жин; 25 January [O.S. 12 January] 1917 – 28 May 2003) was a physical chemist and Nobel laureate noted for his work on dissipative structures, complex systems, and irreversibility.
    • Age: Dec. at 86 (1917-2003)
    • Birthplace: Moscow, Eurasia, Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic, Russia, Soviet Union
  • Ingrid Daubechies
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    Ingrid Daubechies ( doh-bə-SHEE; French: [dobʃi]; born 17 August 1954) is a Belgian physicist and mathematician. She is best known for her work with wavelets in image compression. Daubechies is one of the world's most cited mathematicians, recognized for her study of the mathematical methods that enhance image-compression technology. She is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.The name Daubechies is widely associated with the orthogonal Daubechies wavelet and the biorthogonal CDF wavelet. A wavelet from this family of wavelets is now used in the JPEG 2000 standard. Her research involves the use of ...more
    • Age: 68
    • Birthplace: Houthalen-Helchteren, Belgium