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Famous Physicists from the United States

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

This list below has everything from Albert Einstein to Alexander Graham Bell.

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

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  • 1
    Albert Einstein is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Physicists from the United States

    Albert Einstein

    Dec. at 76 (1879-1955)

    BirthplaceUlm, Germany

    Albert Einstein ( EYEN-styne; German: [ˈalbɛɐ̯t ˈʔaɪnʃtaɪn] (listen); 14 March 1879 – 18 April... more on Wikipedia

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  • 2
    Nikola Tesla is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Physicists from the United States

    Nikola Tesla

    Dec. at 87 (1856-1943)

    BirthplaceSmiljan, Croatia

    Nikola Tesla was a Serbian American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 3
    Alexander Graham Bell is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Physicists from the United States

    Alexander Graham Bell

    Dec. at 75 (1847-1922)

    BirthplaceEdinburgh, United Kingdom

    Alexander Graham Bell ('Graham' pronounced ) (March 3, 1847 – August 2, 1922) was a ... more on Wikipedia
  • 4
    Carl Sagan is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Physicists from the United States

    Carl Sagan

    Dec. at 62 (1934-1996)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Carl Edward Sagan (; November 9, 1934 – December 20, 1996) was an American astronomer,... more on Wikipedia

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  • 5
    Sally Ride is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Physicists from the United States

    Sally Ride

    Dec. at 61 (1951-2012)

    BirthplaceLos Angeles, California, United States of America

    Sally Kristen Ride (May 26, 1951 – July 23, 2012) was an American astronaut and physicist.... more on Wikipedia

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  • 6
    William Shockley is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Physicists from the United States

    William Shockley

    Dec. at 79 (1910-1989)

    BirthplaceLondon, United Kingdom

    William Bradford Shockley Jr. (February 13, 1910 – August 12, 1989) was an American physicist... more on Wikipedia
  • 7
    Robert Oppenheimer is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Physicists from the United States

    Robert Oppenheimer

    Dec. at 63 (1904-1967)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York

    Julius Robert Oppenheimer (; April 22, 1904 – February 18, 1967) was an American theoretical... more on Wikipedia
  • 8
    Enrico Fermi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Physicists from the United States

    Enrico Fermi

    Dec. at 53 (1901-1954)

    BirthplaceRome, Italy

    Enrico Fermi (Italian: [enˈriːko ˈfermi]; 29 September 1901 – 28 November 1954) was an Italian... more on Wikipedia
  • 9
    George Carruthers is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Physicists from the United States

    BirthplaceCincinnati, Ohio

    George Robert Carruthers (born October 1, 1939) is an award-winning African-American inventor,... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    Linus Pauling is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Physicists from the United States

    Linus Pauling

    Dec. at 93 (1901-1994)

    BirthplacePortland, Oregon, United States of America

    Linus Carl Pauling (; February 28, 1901 – August 19, 1994) was an American chemist,... more on Wikipedia
  • 11
    Ronald McNair is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Physicists from the United States

    Ronald McNair

    Dec. at 36 (1950-1986)

    BirthplaceLake City, South Carolina

    Ronald Erwin McNair (October 21, 1950 – January 28, 1986) was an American NASA astronaut and... more on Wikipedia

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  • 12
    Edward Teller is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Physicists from the United States

    Edward Teller

    Dec. at 95 (1908-2003)

    BirthplaceBudapest, Hungary

    Edward Teller (Hungarian: Teller Ede; January 15, 1908 – September 9, 2003) was a... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Mihajlo Idvorski Pupin is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Physicists from the United States

    Mihajlo Idvorski Pupin

    Dec. at 77 (1858-1935)

    BirthplaceIdvor, Eurasia, Serbia, Vojvodina

    Mihajlo Idvorski Pupin, Ph.D., LL.D. (Serbian Cyrillic: Михајло Идворски Пупин, pronounced... more on Wikipedia

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  • 14
    Franklin Chang Díaz is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Physicists from the United States

    BirthplaceSan José, Costa Rica

    Franklin Ramón Chang Díaz (April 5, 1950) is a Costa Rican American mechanical engineer,... more on Wikipedia
  • 15
    John Hagelin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Physicists from the United States

    BirthplacePittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    John Samuel Hagelin (born June 9, 1954) is the leader of the Transcendental Meditation (TM)... more on Wikipedia
  • 16
    Nick Holonyak is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Physicists from the United States

    BirthplaceZeigler, Illinois

    Nick Holonyak Jr. (born November 3, 1928) is an American engineer and educator. He is noted... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Brian Greene is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Physicists from the United States

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Brian Randolph Greene (born February 9, 1963) is an American theoretical physicist,... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Chester Carlson is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Physicists from the United States

    Chester Carlson

    Dec. at 62 (1906-1968)

    BirthplaceSeattle, Washington

    Chester Floyd Carlson (February 8, 1906 – September 19, 1968) was an American physicist,... more on Wikipedia
  • 19
    Wernher von Braun is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Physicists from the United States

    Wernher von Braun

    Dec. at 65 (1912-1977)

    BirthplaceWyrzysk, Poland

    Wernher Magnus Maximilian Freiherr von Braun (March 23, 1912 – June 16, 1977) was a German and... more on Wikipedia
  • 20
    Michio Kaku is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Physicists from the United States

    BirthplaceSan Jose, California, United States of America

    Michio Kaku (; born January 24, 1947) is an American theoretical physicist, futurist, and... more on Wikipedia
  • 21
    James H. Newman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Physicists from the United States

    BirthplaceFederated States of Micronesia

    James Hansen Newman, Ph.D. (born October 16, 1956) is an American physicist and a former NASA... more on Wikipedia
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    Richard Feynman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Physicists from the United States

    Richard Feynman

    Dec. at 70 (1918-1988)

    BirthplaceManhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America

    Richard Phillips Feynman, ForMemRS (; May 11, 1918 – February 15, 1988) was an American... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Robert Noyce is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Physicists from the United States

    Robert Noyce

    Dec. at 63 (1927-1990)

    BirthplaceBurlington, Iowa

    Robert Norton Noyce (December 12, 1927 – June 3, 1990), nicknamed "the Mayor of Silicon... more on Wikipedia
  • 24
    Robert H. Goddard is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Physicists from the United States

    Robert H. Goddard

    Dec. at 63 (1882-1945)

    BirthplaceWorcester, Massachusetts

    Robert Hutchings Goddard (October 5, 1882 – August 10, 1945) was an American engineer,... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    James D. Watson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Physicists from the United States

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois

    James Dewey Watson (born April 6, 1928) is an American molecular biologist, geneticist and... more on Wikipedia

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