Famous Physicists from the United States

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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  • Albert Einstein
    Dec. at 76 (1879-1955)
    • Birthplace: Eurasia, Baden-Württemberg, Germany, Ulm
  • Nikola Tesla
    Dec. at 86 (1856-1943)
    • Birthplace: Smiljan, Croatia
  • Alexander Graham Bell
    Dec. at 75 (1847-1922)
    • Birthplace: Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Carl Sagan
    Dec. at 62 (1934-1996)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
  • Sally Ride
    Dec. at 61 (1951-2012)
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America
  • William Shockley
    Dec. at 79 (1910-1989)
    • Birthplace: London, United Kingdom
  • Robert Oppenheimer
    Dec. at 62 (1904-1967)
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York
  • Enrico Fermi
    Dec. at 53 (1901-1954)
    • Birthplace: Rome, Italy
    • Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio
  • Linus Pauling
    Dec. at 93 (1901-1994)
    • Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, USA
  • Ronald McNair
    Dec. at 35 (1950-1986)
    • Birthplace: Lake City, South Carolina
  • Edward Teller
    Dec. at 95 (1908-2003)
    • Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
  • Mihajlo Idvorski Pupin
    Dec. at 76 (1858-1935)
    • Birthplace: Idvor, Serbia
    • Birthplace: San José, Costa Rica
    • Birthplace: Pittsburgh, USA, Pennsylvania
    • Birthplace: Zeigler, Illinois
    • Birthplace: New York, New York, USA
  • Chester Carlson
    Dec. at 62 (1906-1968)
    • Birthplace: Seattle, Washington
  • Wernher von Braun
    Dec. at 65 (1912-1977)
    • Birthplace: Wyrzysk, Poland
    • Birthplace: San Jose, California, United States of America
    • Birthplace: Federated States of Micronesia
  • Richard Feynman
    Dec. at 69 (1918-1988)
    • Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America
  • Robert Noyce
    Dec. at 62 (1927-1990)
    • Birthplace: Burlington, Iowa
  • Robert H. Goddard
    Dec. at 62 (1882-1945)
    • Birthplace: Worcester, Massachusetts
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois