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List of Nobel Prize in Physics winners from every year the award has been given out. All Nobel Prize in Physics winners are listed below in order of popularity, but can be sorted by any column. People who won the Nobel Prize in Physics award are listed along with photos for every Nobel Prize in Physics winner that has a picture associated with their name online. You can click on the name of the Nobel Prize in Physics award recipients to get more information about each. People who won the Nobel Prize in Physics are usually listed by year, but on this list you've got a complete list of Nobel Prize in Physics winners from all years. If this proves to not be a full list of Nobel Prize in Physics winners, you can help make it so by adding to this one. This list includes the most memorable and well-known Nobel Prize in Physics winners of all time. Anybody who won the Nobel Prize in Physics usually has a picture associated with their name, so all the Nobel Prize in Physics-winning people are listed here with photos when available. This list spans the history of the Nobel Prize in Physics, so most of the famous Nobel Prize in Physics winners are here and can be a good starting point for making a list of your favorites. This list answers the question "who are all the people who have ever won Nobel Prize in Physics?" If you're looking for all the nominees, you can click the links above the title of this page to the Listopedia page where you'll find a directory of award nominees, as well as the rest of the award winners lists we have. Use this fact-based list to build one just like it, then re-rank it to fit your opinion. These items, like Louis de Broglie and Ernest Lawrence include images when available. (193 items)

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Aage Bohr is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Nobel Prize in Physics Winners List
Aage Niels Bohr was a Danish nuclear physicist and Nobel laureate, and the son of the famous physicist and Nobel laureate Niels Bohr.

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Abdus Salam is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Nobel Prize in Physics Winners List
Mohammad Abdus Salam NI, SPk, KBE, was a Pakistani theoretical physicist who, when he shared the 1979 Nobel Prize in Physics for his contribution to electroweak unification, became the first ...more

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Adam Riess is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Nobel Prize in Physics Winners List
Adam Guy Riess is an American astrophysicist at Johns Hopkins University and the Space Telescope Science Institute and is known for his research in using supernovae as cosmological probes. Riess ...more

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Albert Abraham Michelson is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Nobel Prize in Physics Winners List
Albert Abraham Michelson was an American physicist known for his work on the measurement of the speed of light and especially for the Michelson–Morley experiment. In 1907 he received the Nobel ...more

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Albert Einstein is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Nobel Prize in Physics Winners List
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

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Albert Fert is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Nobel Prize in Physics Winners List
Albert Fert is a French physicist and one of the discoverers of giant magnetoresistance which brought about a breakthrough in gigabyte hard disks. Currently, he is an emeritus professor at ...more

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Alexander Prokhorov is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Nobel Prize in Physics Winners List
Alexander Mikhaylovich Prokhorov, or Aleksandr Mikhailovich Prokhorov, was a Soviet physicist known for his pioneering research on lasers and masers for which he shared the Nobel Prize in ...more

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Alexei Alexeyevich Abrikosov is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Nobel Prize in Physics Winners List
Alexei Alexeyevich Abrikosov is a Soviet and Russian theoretical physicist whose main contributions are in the field of condensed matter physics. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics in

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Alfred Kastler is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Nobel Prize in Physics Winners List
Alfred Kastler was a French physicist, and Nobel Prize laureate. Kastler was born in Guebwiller and later attended the Lycée Bartholdi in Colmar, Alsace, and École Normale ...more

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Andre Geim is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Nobel Prize in Physics Winners List
Sir Andre Konstantin Geim, FRS, HonFRSC, HonFInstP is a Soviet-born Dutch-British physicist working at the University of Manchester. Geim was awarded the 2010 Nobel Prize in Physics jointly with ...more

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Anthony James Leggett is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Nobel Prize in Physics Winners List
Sir Anthony James Leggett, KBE, FRS, also Tony Leggett, has been a Professor of Physics at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign since 1983. Professor Leggett is widely recognized as a ...more

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Antoine Henri Becquerel is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Nobel Prize in Physics Winners List
Antoine Henri Becquerel was a physicist, Nobel laureate, and the discoverer of radioactivity, for work in this field he, along with Marie Skłodowska-Curie and Pierre Curie, received the 1903 ...more

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Antony Hewish is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Nobel Prize in Physics Winners List
Antony Hewish FRS is a British radio astronomer who won the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1974 for his work on the development of radio aperture synthesis and its role in the discovery of pulsars. ...more

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Arno Allan Penzias is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Nobel Prize in Physics Winners List
Arno Allan Penzias is an American physicist, radio astronomer and Nobel laureate in physics who is co-discoverer of the cosmic microwave background radiation, which helped establish the Big Bang ...more

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Arthur Compton is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Nobel Prize in Physics Winners List
Arthur Holly Compton was an American physicist who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1927 for his discovery of the Compton effect, which demonstrated the particle nature of electromagnetic ...more

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Arthur Leonard Schawlow is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Nobel Prize in Physics Winners List
Arthur Leonard Schawlow was an American physicist. He shared the 1981 Nobel Prize in Physics with Nicolaas Bloembergen and Kai Siegbahn for his work on lasers.

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Ben Roy Mottelson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Nobel Prize in Physics Winners List
Ben Roy Mottelson is an American-born Danish nuclear physicist. He won the 1975 Nobel Prize in Physics for his work on the non-spherical geometry of atomic nuclei.

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Bertram Brockhouse is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Nobel Prize in Physics Winners List
Bertram Neville Brockhouse, CC FRSC FRS was a Canadian physicist. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics "for pioneering contributions to the development of neutron scattering techniques ...more

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Brian Josephson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Nobel Prize in Physics Winners List
Brian David Josephson, FRS, is a Welsh theoretical physicist and professor emeritus of physics at the University of Cambridge. Best known for his pioneering work on superconductivity and quantum ...more

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Brian Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Nobel Prize in Physics Winners List
Brian Paul Schmidt AC, FRS, FAA is a Distinguished Professor, Australian Research Council Laureate Fellow and astrophysicist at The Australian National University's Mount Stromlo Observatory and ...more

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Burton Richter is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Nobel Prize in Physics Winners List
Burton Richter is a Nobel Prize-winning American physicist. He led the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center team which co-discovered the J/ψ meson in 1974, alongside the Brookhaven National ...more

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C. F. Powell is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Nobel Prize in Physics Winners List
Cecil Frank Powell, FRS was a British physicist, and Nobel Prize in Physics laureate for his development of the photographic method of studying nuclear processes and for the resulting discovery ...more

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C. V. Raman is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Nobel Prize in Physics Winners List
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

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Carl David Anderson is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Nobel Prize in Physics Winners List
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

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Carl Wieman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Nobel Prize in Physics Winners List
Carl Edwin Wieman is an American physicist and educationist at Stanford University and recipient of the Nobel Prize in Physics at the University of Colorado for the production, in 1995 with Eric ...more

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Carlo Rubbia is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Nobel Prize in Physics Winners List
Carlo Rubbia OMRI is an Italian particle physicist and inventor who shared the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1984 with Simon van der Meer for work leading to the discovery of the W and Z particles ...more

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Charles Édouard Guillaume is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Nobel Prize in Physics Winners List
Charles Édouard Guillaume was a Swiss physicist who received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1920 in recognition of the service he had rendered to precision measurements in physics by his ...more

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Charles Glover Barkla is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Nobel Prize in Physics Winners List
Charles Glover Barkla FRS FRSE was a British physicist, and the winner of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1917 for his work in X-ray spectroscopy and related areas in the study of X-rays.

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Charles Hard Townes is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Nobel Prize in Physics Winners List
Charles Hard Townes was an American Nobel Prize-winning physicist and inventor. Townes was known for his work on the theory and application of the maser, on which he got the fundamental patent, ...more

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Charles K. Kao is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Nobel Prize in Physics Winners List
The Honourable Sir Charles Kuen Kao, GBM, KBE, FRS, FREng is a Chinese-born Hong Kong, American and British electrical engineer and physicist who pioneered in the development and use of fiber ...more

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Charles Thomson Rees Wilson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Nobel Prize in Physics Winners List
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.

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Chen-Ning Yang is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Nobel Prize in Physics Winners List
Chen-Ning Franklin Yang, also known as Yang Zhenning, is a Chinese-born American physicist who works on statistical mechanics and particle physics. He and Tsung-dao Lee received the 1957 Nobel ...more

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Claude Cohen-Tannoudji is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Nobel Prize in Physics Winners List
Claude Cohen-Tannoudji is a French physicist and Nobel Laureate. He shared the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics with Steven Chu and William Daniel Phillips for research in methods of laser cooling ...more

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Clifford Shull is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Nobel Prize in Physics Winners List
Clifford Glenwood Shull was a Nobel Prize-winning American physicist.

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Clinton Davisson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Nobel Prize in Physics Winners List
Clinton Joseph Davisson, was an American physicist who won the 1937 Nobel Prize in Physics for his discovery of electron diffraction in the famous Davisson-Germer experiment. Davisson shared the ...more

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Daniel C. Tsui is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Nobel Prize in Physics Winners List
Daniel Chee Tsui is a Chinese-born American physicist whose areas of research included electrical properties of thin films and microstructures of semiconductors and solid-state physics. He was ...more

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David Gross is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Nobel Prize in Physics Winners List
David Jonathan Gross is an American particle physicist and string theorist. Along with Frank Wilczek and David Politzer, he was awarded the 2004 Nobel Prize in Physics for their discovery of ...more

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David J. Wineland is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Nobel Prize in Physics Winners List
David Jeffrey Wineland is an American Nobel-laureate physicist at the National Institute of Standards and Technology physics laboratory. His work has included advances in optics, specifically ...more

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David Lee is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Nobel Prize in Physics Winners List
David Morris Lee is an American physicist who shared the 1996 Nobel Prize in Physics with Robert C. Richardson and Douglas Osheroff "for their discovery of superfluidity in helium-3."

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Dennis Gabor is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Nobel Prize in Physics Winners List
Dennis Gabor CBE, FRS was a Hungarian-British electrical engineer and physicist, most notable for inventing holography, for which he later received the 1971 Nobel Prize in Physics.

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Donald A. Glaser is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Nobel Prize in Physics Winners List
Donald Arthur Glaser was an American physicist, neurobiologist, and the winner of the 1960 Nobel Prize in Physics for his invention of the bubble chamber used in subatomic particle physics.

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Douglas Osheroff is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Nobel Prize in Physics Winners List
Douglas Dean Osheroff is a physicist known for his work in experimental condensed matter physics, in particular for his co-discovery of superfluidity in Helium-3. For his contributions he shared ...more

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Edward Mills Purcell is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Nobel Prize in Physics Winners List
Edward Mills Purcell was an American physicist who shared the 1952 Nobel Prize for Physics for his independent discovery of nuclear magnetic resonance in liquids and in solids. Nuclear magnetic ...more

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Edward Victor Appleton is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Nobel Prize in Physics Winners List
Sir Edward Victor Appleton, GBE, KCB, FRS was an English physicist. He won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1947 for his seminal work proving the existence of the ionosphere during experiments ...more

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Emilio G. Segrè is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Nobel Prize in Physics Winners List
Emilio Gino Segrè was an Italian physicist and Nobel laureate who discovered the elements technetium and astatine, and the antiproton, a sub-atomic antiparticle, for which he was awarded ...more

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Enrico Fermi is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Nobel Prize in Physics Winners List
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

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Eric Allin Cornell is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Nobel Prize in Physics Winners List
Eric Allin Cornell is an American physicist who, along with Carl E. Wieman, was able to synthesize the first Bose–Einstein condensate in 1995. For their efforts, Cornell, Wieman, and Wolfgang ...more

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Ernest Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Nobel Prize in Physics Winners List
Ernest Orlando Lawrence was a pioneering American nuclear scientist, winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics in 1939 for his invention of the cyclotron. He is also known for his work on ...more

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Ernest Walton is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Nobel Prize in Physics Winners List
Ernest Thomas Sinton Walton was an Irish physicist and Nobel laureate for his work with John Cockcroft with "atom-smashing" experiments done at Cambridge University in the early 1930s, ...more

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Ernst Ruska is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Nobel Prize in Physics Winners List
Ernst August Friedrich Ruska was a German physicist who won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1986 for his work in electron optics, including the design of the first electron microscope.