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.

Use this list of renowned Swiss scientists to discover some new scientists that you aren't familiar with. Don't forget to share this list by clicking one of the social media icons at the top or bottom of the page. (28 items)
Albert Einstein is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Scientists from Switzerland
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Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist. Einstein's work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science. He developed the general theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics. Einstein is best known in popular culture for his mass–energy equivalence formula E = mc². He received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics for his "services to theoretical physics", in particular his discovery of the law of the photoelectric effect, a pivotal step in the evolution of quantum theory. Near the beginning of his career, Einstein thought that Newtonian mechanics was no longer enough to reconcile the laws of classical mechanics with the laws of the electromagnetic ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 76 (1879-1955)

Birthplace: Ulm, Germany

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Albert Hofmann is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Scientists from Switzerland
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Albert Hofmann was a Swiss scientist known best for being the first person to synthesize, ingest, and learn of the psychedelic effects of lysergic acid diethylamide. 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. In 2007 he shared first place, alongside Tim Berners-Lee, in a list of the 100 greatest living geniuses, published by The Telegraph newspaper. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 102 (1906-2008)

Birthplace: Baden, Switzerland

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Albert Samuel Gatschet was a Swiss-American ethnologist who trained as a linguist in the universities of Bern and Berlin, but later moved to the United States in order to study Native American languages, in which field he was a pioneer. In 1877 he became an ethnologist of 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. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: Dec. at 75 (1832-1907)

Birthplace: Beatenberg, Switzerland

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Amos Bairoch is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Scientists from Switzerland
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Amos Bairoch

Amos Bairoch 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 combining bioinformatics, curation, and experimental efforts to functionally characterize human proteins. ...more on Wikipedia

Age: 62