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

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Benjamin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Scientists from the United States
Dec. at 84 (1706-1790)

Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States of America

Benjamin Franklin (January 17, 1706 [O.S. January 6, 1705] – April 17, 1790) was an American polymath and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Franklin was a leading author, ...more

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Hedy Lamarr is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Scientists from the United States
Age: Died at 86 (1914-2000)

Birthplace: Vienna, Austria

Hedy Lamarr (), born Hedwig Eva Maria Kiesler; November 9, 1914 – January 19, 2000) was an Austrian-born American film actress and inventor.After a brief early film career in Czechoslovakia, ...more

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Deodatta V. Shenai-Khatk... is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Scientists from the United States

Birthplace: Mumbai, India

Scientist and Inventor from United States of America. Educated in U.S.A. with M.B.A. in Finance and Marketing. Also holds Ph.D. and M.S. in Polymer and Chemical Engineering from University of ...more
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Nikola Tesla is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Scientists from the United States
Dec. at 87 (1856-1943)

Birthplace: Smiljan, Croatia

Nikola Tesla was a Serbian American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current ...more

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Alexander Graham Bell is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Scientists from the United States
Dec. at 75 (1847-1922)

Birthplace: Edinburgh, United Kingdom

Alexander Graham Bell ('Graham' pronounced ) (March 3, 1847 – August 2, 1922) was a Scottish-born American inventor, scientist, and engineer who is credited with inventing and patenting the ...more

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Alan Greenspan is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Scientists from the United States
Age: 93

Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America

Alan Greenspan (; born March 6, 1926) is an American economist who served as Chair of the Federal Reserve of the United States from 1987 to 2006. He currently works as a private adviser and ...more

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Carl Sagan is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Scientists from the United States
Dec. at 62 (1934-1996)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

Carl Edward Sagan (; November 9, 1934 – December 20, 1996) was an American astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist, astrobiologist, author, science popularizer, and science communicator in ...more

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Buckminster Fuller is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Scientists from the United States
Dec. at 88 (1895-1983)

Birthplace: Milton, Massachusetts

Richard Buckminster "Bucky" Fuller was an American neo-futuristic architect, systems theorist, author, designer, and inventor. Fuller published more than 30 books, coining or ...more
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George Washington Carver... is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Scientists from the United States

Birthplace: Diamond, Missouri

George Washington Carver (1860s – January 5, 1943), was an American agricultural scientist and inventor. He actively promoted alternative crops to cotton and methods to prevent soil ...more

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Bill Nye is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Scientists from the United States
Age: 63

Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States of America

William Sanford Nye (born November 27, 1955), popularly known as Bill Nye the Science Guy, is an American science communicator, television presenter, and mechanical engineer. He is best known as ...more

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Alfred Kinsey is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Scientists from the United States
Dec. at 62 (1894-1956)

Birthplace: Hoboken, New Jersey

Alfred Charles Kinsey (; June 23, 1894 – August 25, 1956) was an American biologist, professor of entomology and zoology, and sexologist who in 1947 founded the Institute for Sex Research at ...more

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Dian Fossey is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Scientists from the United States
Dec. at 53 (1932-1985)

Birthplace: California, United States of America

Dian Fossey (; January 16, 1932 – c. December 26, 1985) was an American primatologist and conservationist known for undertaking an extensive study of mountain gorilla groups from 1966 until her ...more

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Robert Oppenheimer is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Scientists from the United States
Dec. at 63 (1904-1967)

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Julius Robert Oppenheimer (; April 22, 1904 – February 18, 1967) was an American theoretical physicist and professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley. Oppenheimer was the ...more

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Joseph Stiglitz is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Scientists from the United States
Age: 76

Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, United States of America

Joseph Eugene Stiglitz (; born February 9, 1943) is an American economist, public policy analyst, and a professor at Columbia University. He is a recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in ...more

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Enrico Fermi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Scientists from the United States
Dec. at 53 (1901-1954)

Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Enrico Fermi (Italian: [enˈriːko ˈfermi]; 29 September 1901 – 28 November 1954) was an Italian and naturalized-American physicist and the creator of the world's first nuclear reactor, the ...more

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Grace Hopper is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Scientists from the United States
Dec. at 86 (1906-1992)

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Grace Brewster Murray Hopper (née Murray December 9, 1906 – January 1, 1992) was an American computer scientist and United States Navy rear admiral. One of the first programmers of the ...more

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George Carruthers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Scientists from the United States
Age: 79

Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio

George Robert Carruthers (born October 1, 1939) is an award-winning African-American inventor, physicist, engineer and space scientist. Carruthers invented the ultraviolet camera/spectograph for ...more
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Linus Pauling is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Scientists from the United States
Linus Pauling Dec. at 93 (1901-1994)

Birthplace: Portland, Oregon, United States of America

Linus Carl Pauling (; February 28, 1901 – August 19, 1994) was an American chemist, biochemist, peace activist, author, educator, and husband of American human rights activist Ava Helen Pauling. ...more

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Jonas Salk is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Scientists from the United States
Dec. at 81 (1914-1995)

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Jonas Edward Salk (; October 28, 1914 – June 23, 1995) was an American medical researcher and virologist. He discovered and developed one of the first successful polio vaccines. Born in New York ...more

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Mae Jemison is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Scientists from the United States
Age: 62

Birthplace: Decatur, Alabama, United States of America

Mae Carol Jemison (born October 17, 1956) is an American engineer, physician and former NASA astronaut. She became the first black woman to travel in space when she served as a mission ...more
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Judith Resnik is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Scientists from the United States
Judith Resnik Dec. at 37 (1949-1986)

Birthplace: Akron, Ohio

Judith Arlene Resnik (; April 5, 1949 – January 28, 1986) was an American electrical engineer, software engineer, biomedical engineer, pilot and NASA astronaut who died when the Space Shuttle ...more
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Mehmet Öz is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Scientists from the United States
Age: 58

Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States of America

Mehmet Cengiz Öz (born June 11, 1960), known professionally as Dr. Oz, is a Turkish American television personality, cardiothoracic surgeon, Columbia University professor, pseudoscience ...more

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Kalpana Chawla is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Scientists from the United States
Dec. at 41 (1962-2003)

Birthplace: Karnal, India

Kalpana Chawla (March 17, 1962 – February 1, 2003) was an American astronaut, engineer, and the first woman of Indian descent to go to space. She first flew on Space Shuttle Columbia in 1997 as ...more

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Milton Friedman is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Scientists from the United States
Milton Friedman Dec. at 94 (1912-2006)

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Milton Friedman (; July 31, 1912 – November 16, 2006) was an American economist who received the 1976 Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences for his research on consumption analysis, monetary ...more
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Edward Teller is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Scientists from the United States
Dec. at 95 (1908-2003)

Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary

Edward Teller (Hungarian: Teller Ede; January 15, 1908 – September 9, 2003) was a Hungarian-American theoretical physicist who is known colloquially as "the father of the hydrogen ...more

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