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Famous Scientists from Switzerland

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

This list has a variety of people in it, from Albert Einstein to Jean-Paul Marat.

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

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  • Albert Einstein ( EYEN-styne; German: [ˈalbɛɐ̯t ˈʔaɪnʃtaɪn] (listen); 14 March 1879 – 18 April 1955) was a German-born theoretical physicist who developed the theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics (alongside quantum mechanics). His work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science. He is best known to the general public for his mass–energy equivalence formula E = m c 2 {\displaystyle E=mc^{2}} , which has been dubbed "the world's most famous equation". He received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics "for his services to theoretical... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 76 (1879-1955)
    • Birthplace: Ulm, Germany

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  • Albert Hofmann (11 January 1906 – 29 April 2008) was a Swiss scientist known best for being the first person to synthesize, ingest, and learn of the psychedelic effects of lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD). Hofmann was also the first person to isolate, synthesize, and name the principal psychedelic mushroom compounds psilocybin and psilocin. He authored more than 100 scientific articles and numerous books, including LSD: Mein Sorgenkind (LSD: My Problem Child). In 2007, he shared first place with Tim Berners-Lee in a list of the 100 greatest living geniuses, published by The Daily Telegraph newspaper.... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 102 (1906-2008)
    • Birthplace: Baden, Switzerland
  • Albert Samuel Gatschet (October 3, 1832, Beatenberg, Canton of Bern – March 16, 1907) was a Swiss-American ethnologist who trained as a linguist in the universities of Bern and Berlin. He later moved to the United States and settled there in order to study Native American languages, in which field he was a pioneer. In 1877 he became an ethnologist with the US Geological Survey. In 1879 he became a member of the Bureau of American Ethnology, which was part of the Smithsonian Institution. Gatschet published his observations of the Karankawa people of Texas. His study of the Klamath people located in present-day Oregon, published in 1890, is recognized as outstanding. In 1902 Gatschet was... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: Dec. at 75 (1832-1907)
    • Birthplace: Beatenberg, Switzerland
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    Amos Bairoch

    Amos Bairoch (born 22 November 1957) is a Swiss bioinformatician and Professor of Bioinformatics at the Department of Human Protein Sciences of the University of Geneva where he leads the CALIPHO group at the Swiss Institute of Bioinformatics (SIB) combining bioinformatics, curation, and experimental efforts to functionally characterize human proteins.His father was the economic historian Paul Bairoch.... more on Wikipedia
    • Age: 63