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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 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 ...more

Alexander Graham Bell is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Physicists
Alexander Graham Bell was an eminent Scottish-born scientist, inventor, engineer and innovator who is credited with inventing the first practical telephone. Bell's father, grandfather, and ...more

Galileo Galilei is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Physicists
Galileo Galilei, often known mononymously as Galileo, was an Italian physicist, mathematician, engineer, astronomer, and philosopher who played a major role in the scientific revolution during ...more

Aristotle is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Physicists
Aristotle was a Greek philosopher and scientist born in the Macedonian city of Stagira, Chalkidice, on the northern periphery of Classical Greece. His father, Nicomachus, died when Aristotle was ...more

Carl Sagan is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Physicists
Carl Sagan appeared in the 2012 documentary film Beyond Expression Bright.

Archimedes is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Physicists
Archimedes of Syracuse was an Ancient Greek mathematician, physicist, engineer, inventor, and astronomer. Although few details of his life are known, he is regarded as one of the leading ...more

Angela Merkel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Physicists
Angela Merkel is the current Chancellor of Germany and the head of the political party CDU in Germany. In addition to being the first female German Chanchellor, she is also considered by Forbes ...more

Guglielmo Marconi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Physicists
Guglielmo Marconi, 1st Marquis of Marconi was an Italian inventor and electrical engineer, known for his pioneering work on long-distance radio transmission and for his development of Marconi's ...more

Enrico Fermi is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Physicists
Enrico Fermi was an Italian physicist, best known for his work on Chicago Pile-1, and for his contributions to the development of quantum theory, nuclear and particle physics, and statistical ...more

Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Physicists
Gottfried Wilhelm von Leibniz was a German polymath and philosopher. He occupies a prominent place in the history of mathematics and the history of philosophy. Most scholars believe Leibniz ...more

Avicenna is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Physicists
Avicenna Arabic: أبو علي الحسين ابن عبد الله ابن سينا‍; c. 980 – June 1037) was a Persian polymath who is regarded as one of the most significant thinkers and writers of the Islamic Golden Age. ...more

Ernest Rutherford is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Physicists
Ernest Rutherford, 1st Baron Rutherford of Nelson, OM FRS was a New Zealand-born British physicist who became known as the father of nuclear physics. Encyclopædia Britannica considers him ...more

Blaise Pascal is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Physicists
Blaise Pascal was a French mathematician, physicist, inventor, writer and Christian philosopher. He was a child prodigy who was educated by his father, a tax collector in Rouen. Pascal's ...more

Heinrich Hertz is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Physicists
Heinrich Rudolf Hertz was a German physicist who first conclusively proved the existence of electromagnetic waves theorized by James Clerk Maxwell's electromagnetic theory of light. Hertz proved ...more

George Carruthers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Physicists
George Robert Carruthers is an African-American inventor, physicist, and space scientist. He has lived most of his life in Washington, DC.

Charles Thomson Rees Wilson is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Physicists
Charles Thomson Rees Wilson, CH, FRS was a Scottish physicist and meteorologist who received 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 Harry Compton Crick, OM, FRS was a British molecular biologist, biophysicist, and neuroscientist, most noted for being a co-discoverer of the structure of the DNA molecule in 1953 with ...more

Edward Teller is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Physicists
Edward Teller was a Hungarian-born American theoretical physicist who, although he claimed he did not care for the title, is known colloquially as "the father of the hydrogen bomb". He ...more

Franklin Chang Díaz is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Physicists
Franklin Ramón Chang Díaz, Ph.D. is a Costa Rican-American mechanical engineer, physicist and former NASA astronaut. Dr. Chang Díaz became an American citizen in 1977. He is ...more

Alhazen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Physicists
Abū ʿAlī al-Ḥasan ibn al-Ḥasan ibn al-Haytham, frequently referred to as Ibn al-Haytham, was an Arab, Muslim, polymath and philosopher who made significant contributions to the principles of ...more

Brian Greene is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Physicists
Brian Randolph Greene is an American theoretical physicist and string theorist. He has been a professor at Columbia University since 1996 and chairman of the World Science Festival since ...more

Chester Carlson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Physicists
Chester Floyd Carlson was an American physicist, inventor, and patent attorney born in Seattle, Washington. He is best known for having invented the process of electrophotography, which produced ...more

Carl Friedrich Gauss is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Physicists
Johann Carl Friedrich Gauss was a German mathematician who contributed significantly to many fields, including number theory, algebra, statistics, analysis, differential geometry, geodesy, ...more

Christiaan Huygens is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Physicists
Christiaan Huygens, FRS was a prominent Dutch mathematician and scientist. He is known particularly as an astronomer, physicist, probabilist and horologist. Huygens was a leading scientist of ...more

C. V. Raman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Physicists
Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman, FRS was an Indian physicist, born in the former Madras Province, whose ground breaking work in the field of light scattering earned him the 1930 Nobel Prize for ...more

Carl David Anderson is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Physicists
Carl David Anderson was an American physicist. He is best known for his discovery of the positron in 1932, an achievement for which he received the 1936 Nobel Prize in Physics, and of the muon ...more

David Bohm is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Physicists
David Joseph Bohm FRS was an American scientist who has been described as one of the most significant theoretical physicists of the 20th century and who contributed innovative and unorthodox ...more

Ettore Majorana is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Physicists
Ettore Majorana was an Italian theoretical physicist who worked on neutrino masses. He disappeared suddenly under mysterious circumstances while going by ship from Palermo to Naples. The ...more

Georg Ohm is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Physicists
Georg Simon Ohm was a German physicist and mathematician. As a school teacher, Ohm began his research with the new electrochemical cell, invented by Italian scientist Alessandro Volta. Using ...more

Edward Witten is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Physicists
Edward Witten is an American theoretical physicist and professor of mathematical physics at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey. Witten is a researcher in string theory, ...more

George Nelson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Physicists
George Driver "Pinky" Nelson, Ph.D. is an American physicist, astronomer, science educator, and a former NASA astronaut.

Christer Fuglesang is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Physicists
Arne Christer Fuglesang is a Swedish physicist and an ESA astronaut. He was first launched aboard the STS-116 Space Shuttle mission on December 10, 2006, at 01:47 GMT, making him the first ...more

Al-Biruni is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Physicists
Abū al-Rayhān Muhammad ibn Ahmad al-Bīrūnī, known as Al-Biruni in English, was a Persian Muslim scholar and polymath from the Khwarezm region. Al-Biruni is regarded as one of the greatest ...more

Henry Moseley is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Physicists
Henry Gwyn Jeffreys Moseley was an English physicist. Moseley's outstanding contribution to the science of physics was the justification from physical laws of the previous empirical and chemical ...more

Ernst Messerschmid is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Physicists
Prof. Dr. Ernst Willi Messerschmid is a German physicist and former astronaut. Born in Reutlingen, Germany, Messerschmid finished the Technisches Gymnasium in Stuttgart in 1965. After two years ...more

Hans Bethe is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Physicists
Hans Albrecht Bethe was a German and American nuclear physicist who, in addition to making important contributions to astrophysics, quantum electrodynamics and solid-state physics, won the 1967 ...more

Francis Robbins Upton is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Physicists
Francis Robbins Upton was an American physicist and mathematician.

Egon Orowan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Physicists
Egon Orowan FRS was a Hungarian/British/U.S. physicist and metallurgist.

Christopher Wren is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Physicists
Sir Christopher Michael Wren PRS is one of the most highly acclaimed English architects in history. He was accorded responsibility for rebuilding 52 churches in the City of London after the ...more

Ernesto Sabato is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Physicists
Ernesto Sabato was an Argentine writer, painter and physicist. According to the BBC he "won some of the most prestigious prizes in Hispanic literature" and "became very ...more

Hans Christian Ørsted is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Physicists
Hans Christian Ørsted was a Danish physicist and chemist who discovered that electric currents create magnetic fields, an important aspect of electromagnetism. He is still known today for ...more

Ányos Jedlik is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Physicists
Ányos István Jedlik was a Hungarian inventor, engineer, physicist, and Benedictine priest of Slovak origin. He was also a member of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences, and author of ...more

Harvey Fletcher is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Physicists
Harvey Fletcher was an American physicist. Known as the "father of stereophonic sound". He is credited with the invention of the audiometer and the first electronic hearing aid. He is ...more

Eric Lerner is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Physicists
Eric J. Lerner is an American popular science writer, independent plasma researcher, and president of Lawrenceville Plasma Physics, Inc. He wrote the 1991 book The Big Bang Never Happened, which ...more

Hans Schlegel is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Physicists
Hans Wilhelm Schlegel is a German physicist, an ESA astronaut, and a veteran of two NASA Space Shuttle missions.

Gerhard Thiele is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Physicists
Dr. Gerhard Paul Julius Thiele is a German physicist and a former ESA astronaut.

George Washington Pierce is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Physicists
George Washington Pierce was an American physicist. He was a professor of physics at Harvard University and inventor in the development of electronic telecommunications. The son of a Texas ...more

Antonio Rivas is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Physicists
Antonio Rivas Padilla is a Colombian accordion player. He has gotten to know many of the great masters of the Vallenato's folklore such as Alejendro Duran; Abel Antonio Villa; Mariano Perez; ...more

David Alter is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Physicists
David Alter was a prominent American inventor and scientist of the 19th century. He was born in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania and graduated from the Reformed Medical School in New York City. ...more

Frank Close is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Physicists
Francis Edwin Close OBE is a noted particle physicist who is Professor of Physics at the University of Oxford and a Fellow of Exeter College, Oxford.