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

The list you're viewing is made up of different people, from famous modern physicists like Neil deGrasse Tyson (curious about his favorite films?) and other astrophysics scientist luminaries like child prodigy Jacob Barnett. You might even recognize a few celebrity astrophysicists listed here!

From reputable, prominent, and well-known astrophysicists to the lesser known astrophysicists of today, you'll find some of the best professionals in the field on this list of astrophysicists. Who are the most famous astrophysicists ever? What are the names of famous astrophysicists? Read on to learn more!

Carl Sagan is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Astrophysicists
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Carl Sagan appeared in the 2012 documentary film Beyond Expression Bright. ...more

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Neil deGrasse Tyson is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Astrophysicists
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Neil deGrasse Tyson is an American astrophysicist, cosmologist, author, and science communicator. Since 1996, he has been the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York City. The center is part of the American Museum of Natural History, where Tyson founded the Department of Astrophysics in 1997 and has been a research associate in the department since 2003. Born in Manhattan, New York City, Tyson became interested in astronomy at the age of nine after a visit to the Hayden Planetarium. After graduating from The Bronx High School of Science, where he was editor-in-chief of the Physical Science Journal, he completed a bachelor's ...more

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Stephen Hawking is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Astrophysicists
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Stephen William Hawking CH CBE FRS FRSA (8 January 1942 – 14 March 2018) was an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge. His scientific works included a collaboration with Roger Penrose on gravitational singularity theorems in the framework of general relativity and the theoretical prediction that black holes emit radiation, often called Hawking radiation. Hawking was the first to set out a theory of cosmology explained by a union of the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics. He was a vigorous supporter of the many-worlds interpretation of quantum mechanics. ...more

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Kip Thorne is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Astrophysicists
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Kip Stephen Thorne is an American theoretical physicist, known for his contributions in gravitational physics and astrophysics. A longtime friend and colleague of Stephen Hawking and Carl Sagan, he was the Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics at the California Institute of Technology until 2009 and is one of the world's leading experts on the astrophysical implications of Einstein's general theory of relativity. He continues to do scientific research and was the scientific consultant and an executive producer for the 2014 science fiction film Interstellar. ...more

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