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List of notable or famous scientists from Finland, with bios and photos, including the top scientists born in Finland and even some popular scientists who immigrated to Finland. If you're trying to find out the names of famous Finnish scientists then this list is the perfect resource for you. These scientists are among the most prominent in their field, and information about each well-known scientist from Finland is included when available.

This list has everything from Julius Krohn to Ragnar Granit.

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

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Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Scientists from Finland
Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld Died at 69 (1832-1901) Friherr Nils Adolf Erik Nordenskiöld was a Finnish baron, botanist, geologist, mineralogist and arctic explorer of Finland-Swedish origin. He was a member of the prominent Finland-Swedish ...more

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Alvar Palmgren is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Scientists from Finland
Alvar Palmgren Died at 80 (1880-1960) Alvar Palmgren was a Finnish botanist and plant ecologist. Palmgren studied botany at the University of Helsinki under professor J.P. Norrlin. He graduated in 1906 and obtained his Ph.D. in ...more

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Anders Chydenius is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Scientists from Finland
Anders Chydenius Died at 74 (1729-1803) Anders Chydenius was a Finnish priest and a member of the Swedish Riksdag, and is known as the leading classical liberal of Nordic history. Born in Sotkamo, Finland and having studied under Pehr ...more

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Arvo Ylppö is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Scientists from Finland
Arvo Ylppö Died at 105 (1887-1992) Arvo Henrik Ylppö was a Finnish pediatrician who significantly decreased Finnish infant mortality during the 20th century. He is credited as the father of Finland's public child welfare ...more

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Carl O. Nordling is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Scientists from Finland
Carl O. Nordling Died at 88 (1919-2007) Carl O. Nordling was a Finnish born architect, urban planner and amateur historian. He graduated as an architect from the Helsinki University of Technology in 1939 and immigrated to Sweden after ...more

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Carl Reinhold Sahlberg is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Scientists from Finland
Carl Reinhold Sahlberg Died at 81 (1779-1860) Carl Reinhold Sahlberg was a Finno-Swede naturalist, primarily an entomologist specializing in beetles.

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Carl Robert Ehrström is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Scientists from Finland
Carl Robert Ehrström Died at 78 (1803-1881) Carl Robert Ehrström was a Finnish medical doctor, bacteriologist and archaeologist. Ehrström became interested in science and culture at a young age. He got medical training and ...more

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Edwin Linkomies is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Scientists from Finland
Edwin Linkomies Died at 69 (1894-1963) Edwin Johannes Hildegard Linkomies was Prime Minister of Finland from March 1943 to August 1944, and one of the seven politicians sentenced to five and a half years in prison as allegedly ...more

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Elias Lönnrot is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Scientists from Finland
Elias Lönnrot Died at 82 (1802-1884) Elias Lönnrot was a Finnish physician, philologist and collector of traditional Finnish oral poetry. He is best known for compiling Kalevala, the national epic of Finland, from national ...more

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Eric Tigerstedt is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Scientists from Finland
Eric Tigerstedt Died at 38 (1887-1925) Eric Magnus Campbell Tigerstedt was one of the most significant inventors in Finland at the beginning of the 20th century and has been called the "Thomas Edison of Finland". He was a ...more

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Erik Palmén is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Scientists from Finland
Erik Palmén Died at 87 (1898-1985) Erik Herbert Palmén was Finnish meteorologist, born in Vaasa. He worked at the University of Chicago in the Chicago school of meteorology on cyclones and weather fronts with Vilhelm ...more

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Fred Karlsson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Scientists from Finland
Fred Karlsson age 72 Fred Karlsson is a professor of general linguistics at the University of Helsinki. In computational linguistics Karlsson has designed a language-independent formalism called Constraint Grammar. ...more

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Gustaf Komppa is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Scientists from Finland
Gustaf Komppa Died at 82 (1867-1949) Gustaf Komppa was a Finnish chemist best known for a world-first in commercializing total synthesis, that of camphor in 1903. Komppa was born in Viipuri in 1867. He graduated from the University ...more

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Heikki A. Alikoski is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Scientists from Finland
Heikki A. Alikoski Died at 85 (1912-1997) Heikki A. Alikoski was a Finnish astronomer. The asteroid 1567 Alikoski was named in his honour while he was an observatory assistant at Turku Observatory, under Yrjö ...more

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Henrik Johan Walbeck is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Scientists from Finland
Henrik Johan Walbeck Died at 29 (1794-1823) Henrik Johan Walbeck was a Finnish geodesist studying the size and figure of the Earth by means of grade measurement. In 1817, he was made a corresponding member of the Royal Swedish Academy of ...more

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Herman Spöring, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Scientists from Finland
Herman Spöring, Jr. Died at 38 (1733-1771) Herman Diedrich Spöring Jr. was a Finnish explorer, draughtsman, botanist and a naturalist.

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Herman Spöring, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Scientists from Finland
Herman Spöring, Sr. Died at 46 (1701-1747) Herman Diedrich Spöring Sr. was a professor of Medicine at the Academy of Turku in Turku, Finland, and an amateur naturalist. His son Herman Diedrich Spöring Jr., a Finnish explorer ...more

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Hilma Granqvist is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Scientists from Finland
Hilma Granqvist Died at 82 (1890-1972) Hilma Natalia Granqvist was a Swedish-speaking Finnish anthropologist who conducted long field studies of Palestinians. She was a student of Edvard Westermarck.

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Ilmari Susiluoto is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Scientists from Finland
Ilmari Susiluoto age 70 Ilmari Susiluoto is a Finnish political scientist, professor at the University of Helsinki, senior advisor at the Foreign Ministry of Finland since 1982, an expert in Russian and Soviet history, ...more

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J P Roos is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Scientists from Finland
J P Roos age 72 J. P. Roos is a Finnish sociologist and former President of the European Sociological Association. Before his retirement, he was a professor in social policy at the University of Helsinki. Roos ...more

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Jarl Waldemar Lindeberg is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Scientists from Finland
Jarl Waldemar Lindeberg Died at 56 (1876-1932) Jarl Waldemar Lindeberg was a Finnish mathematician known for work on the central limit theorem.

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Jöns Budde is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Scientists from Finland
Jöns Budde Died at 60 (1435-1495) Jöns Budde was a Franciscan monk from the Brigittine monastery in Naantali – near Turku, Finland – who lived in the 15th century. He is the earliest writer known by name in Finland. ...more

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Juha Pentikäinen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Scientists from Finland
Juha Pentikäinen Juha Pentikäinen is a professor in the Department of Comparative Religion at the University of Helsinki. With a field-work oriented approach to the study of religious traditions he is ...more

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Juha Suoranta is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Scientists from Finland
Juha Suoranta age 52 Juha Suoranta is a Finnish social scientist, and public intellectual. He is currently Professor in Adult Education at the University of Tampere. Previously he worked as Professor of Education at ...more

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Julius Krohn is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Scientists from Finland
Julius Krohn Died at 53 (1835-1888) Julius Leopold Fredrik Krohn was a Finnish folk poetry researcher, professor of Finnish literature, poet, hymn writer, translator and journalist. He was born in Viipuri and was of Baltic German ...more

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Kaarlo Linkola is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Scientists from Finland
Kaarlo Linkola Died at 54 (1888-1942) Kaarlo Linkola was a Finnish botanist and phytogeographer. Linkola was docent of botany at Helsinki University 1919–1922. He was professor of botany at University of Turku from 1922, and at ...more

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Kari S. Tikka is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Scientists from Finland
Kari S. Tikka Died at 62 (1944-2006) Kari Sulo Tikka was a Finnish legal scholar. He was Professor of Finance Law at the University of Helsinki and one of Finland's leading experts on taxation.

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Lauri Honko is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Scientists from Finland
Lauri Honko Died at 70 (1932-2002) Lauri Olavi Honko was a professor of folklore studies and comparative religion.

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Leena Peltonen-Palotie is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Scientists from Finland
Leena Peltonen-Palotie Died at 58 (1952-2010) Leena Peltonen-Palotie was a Finnish geneticist who contributed to the identification of 15 genes for Finnish heritage diseases, including arterial hypertension, schizophrenia, lactose ...more

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Linus Torvalds is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Scientists from Finland
Linus Torvalds age 48 Linus Benedict Torvalds is a Finnish American software engineer, who was the principal force behind the development of the Linux kernel that became the most popular kernel for operating systems. ...more

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Mikael Agricola is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Scientists from Finland
Mikael Agricola Died at 47 (1510-1557) Mikael Agricola was a clergyman who became the de facto founder of literary Finnish and a prominent proponent of the Protestant Reformation in Sweden including at the time Swedish territory ...more

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Olli Lounasmaa is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Scientists from Finland
Olli Lounasmaa Died at 72 (1930-2002) Olli Viktor Lounasmaa was a Finnish academician, experimental physicist and neuroscientist. He was known for his research in low temperature physics, especially for experimental proof of the ...more

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Pehr Kalm is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Scientists from Finland
Pehr Kalm Died at 63 (1716-1779) Pehr Kalm was a Swedish-Finnish explorer, botanist, naturalist, and agricultural economist. He was one of the most important apostles of Carl Linnaeus. In 1747 he was commissioned by the Royal ...more

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Pekka Neittaanmäki is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Scientists from Finland
Pekka Neittaanmäki age 66 Pekka Neittaanmäki is a Finnish scientist. He is the Dean of the Faculty of Information Technology in University of Jyväskylä. Neittaanmäki holds a Ph.D. in mathematics from ...more

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Petrus Särkilahti is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Scientists from Finland
Petrus Särkilahti Petrus Särkilahti - died 1529 - was a Finnish student of Martin Luther and one of the early pioneers of teaching science in Finnish language. He spread the idea of the religious reformation ...more

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Ragnar Granit is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Scientists from Finland
Ragnar Granit Died at 91 (1900-1991) Ragnar Arthur Granit ForMemRS was a Finnish/Swedish scientist who was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine in 1967 along with Haldan Keffer Hartline and George Wald "for their ...more

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Reino Antero Hirvonen is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Scientists from Finland
Reino Antero Hirvonen Died at 81 (1908-1989) Reino Antero Hirvonen was a famous Finnish physical geodesist, also well known for contributions in mathematical and astronomical geodesy. He worked at first at the Finnish Geodetic Institute ...more

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T. J. Kukkamäki is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Scientists from Finland
T. J. Kukkamäki Died at 88 (1909-1997) Tauno Johannes Kukkamäki was a Finnish geodesist renowned especially for his research into levelling refraction. He defended his doctoral thesis in University of Turku in 1933 on the ...more

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Tatu Vanhanen is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Scientists from Finland
Tatu Vanhanen age 88 Tatu Vanhanen is a Professor Emeritus of Political Science at the University of Tampere in Tampere, Finland. Vanhanen is a co-author of IQ and the Wealth of Nations and IQ and Global Inequality, ...more

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Teuvo Kohonen is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Scientists from Finland
Teuvo Kohonen age 83 Teuvo Kohonen is a prominent Finnish academician and researcher. He is currently professor emeritus of the Academy of Finland. Prof. Kohonen has made many contributions to the field of ...more

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Veikko Aleksanteri Heiskanen is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Scientists from Finland
Veikko Aleksanteri Heiskanen Died at 76 (1895-1971) Veikko Aleksanteri Heiskanen was a famous Finnish geodesist. He is mostly known for his refinement of the theory of isostasy by George Airy and for his studies of the global geoid. 1931-1949 ...more