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List of famous physicists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top physicists in the world? This includes the most prominent physicists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable physicists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic physicists were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned physicists.

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From reputable, prominent, and well known physicists to the lesser known physicists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the physicist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous physicists ever?" and "What are the names of famous physicists?" then you're in the right place. (1328 items)
Albert Einstein is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Physicists
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 ...more

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Alexander Graham Bell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Physicists
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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Galileo Galilei is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Physicists
Galileo Galilei ( GAL-il-AY-oh, also US: -⁠EE-oh, Italian: [ɡaliˈlɛːo ɡaliˈlɛi]; 15 February 1564 – 8 January 1642) was an astronomer, physicist and engineer, sometimes described as a polymath ...more

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Aristotle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Physicists
Aristotle (; Greek: Ἀριστοτέλης Aristotélēs, pronounced [aristotélɛːs]; 384–322 BC) was a Greek philosopher during the Classical period in Ancient Greece, the founder of the Lyceum ...more

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Carl Sagan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Physicists
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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Archimedes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Physicists
Archimedes of Syracuse (; Greek: Ἀρχιμήδης; c. 287 – c. 212 BC) was a Greek mathematician, physicist, engineer, inventor, and astronomer. Although few details of his life are known, he is ...more

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Angela Merkel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Physicists
Angela Dorothea Merkel (, German: [aŋˈɡeːla ˈmɛɐ̯kl̩]; née Kasner; born 17 July 1954) is a German politician serving as Chancellor of Germany since 2005. She served as the leader of the ...more

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Guglielmo Marconi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Physicists
Guglielmo Marconi, 1st Marquis of Marconi (Italian: [ɡuʎˈʎɛlmo marˈkoːni]; 25 April 1874 – 20 July 1937) was an Italian inventor, and electrical engineer, known for his pioneering work on ...more

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Enrico Fermi is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Physicists
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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Gottfried Wilhelm von Le... is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Physicists
Gottfried Wilhelm (von) Leibniz (sometimes spelled Leibnitz) (; German: [ˈɡɔtfʁiːt ˈvɪlhɛlm fɔn ˈlaɪbnɪts] or [ˈlaɪpnɪts]; French: Godefroi Guillaume Leibnitz; 1 July 1646 [O.S. 21 June] – 14 ...more

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Avicenna is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Physicists
Ibn Sina (Persian: ابن سینا‎), also known as Abu Ali Sina (ابوعلی سینا), Pur Sina (پورسینا), and often known in the west as Avicenna (; c. 980 – June 1037) was a Persian Muslim polymath who is ...more

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Ernest Rutherford is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Physicists
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Blaise Pascal is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Physicists
Blaise Pascal ( pa-SKAL, also UK: -⁠SKAHL, PASK-əl, -⁠al, US: pah-SKAHL, French: [blɛz paskal]; 19 June 1623 – 19 August 1662) was a French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer and ...more

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Heinrich Hertz is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Physicists
Heinrich Rudolf Hertz (; German: [ˈhaɪ̯nʁɪç ˈhɛɐ̯ts]; 22 February 1857 – 1 January 1894) was a German physicist who first conclusively proved the existence of the electromagnetic waves ...more

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George Carruthers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Physicists
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
Charles Thomson Rees Wil... is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Physicists
Charles Thomson Rees Wilson, CH, FRS (14 February 1869 – 15 November 1959) was a Scottish physicist and meteorologist who won the Nobel Prize in Physics for his invention of the cloud chamber.
Francis Crick is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Physicists
Francis Crick
Francis Harry Compton Crick (8 June 1916 – 28 July 2004) was a British molecular biologist, biophysicist, and neuroscientist. In 1953, he co-authored with James Watson the academic paper ...more

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Edward Teller is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Physicists
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Franklin Chang Dí... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Physicists
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Alhazen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Physicists
Ḥasan Ibn al-Haytham (Latinized as Alhazen ; full name Abū ʿAlī al-Ḥasan ibn al-Ḥasan ibn al-Haytham أبو علي، الحسن بن الحسن بن الهيثم; c. 965 – c. 1040) was an Arab mathematician, astronomer, ...more
Brian Greene is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Physicists
Brian Randolph Greene (born February 9, 1963) is an American theoretical physicist, mathematician, and string theorist. He has been a professor at Columbia University since 1996 and chairman of ...more
Chester Carlson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Physicists
Chester Floyd Carlson (February 8, 1906 – September 19, 1968) was an American physicist, inventor, and patent attorney born in Seattle, Washington. He is best known for having invented the ...more
Carl Friedrich Gauss is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Physicists
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Christiaan Huygens is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Physicists
Christiaan Huygens
Christiaan Huygens ( HY-gənz, also US: HOY-gənz, Dutch: [ˈkrɪstijaːn ˈɦœyɣə(n)s] (listen); Latin: Hugenius; 14 April 1629 – 8 July 1695), also spelled Huyghens, was a Dutch physicist, ...more

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C. V. Raman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Physicists
Sir Chandrashekhara Venkata Raman (; 7 November 1888 – 21 November 1970) was an Indian physicist born in the former Madras Province in India (presently the state of Tamil Nadu), who carried out ...more