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List of Famous Astrophysicists

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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!

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  • Carl Sagan
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  • Neil deGrasse Tyson
    Neil deGrasse Tyson (; born October 5, 1958) is an American astrophysicist, author, and...  more

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  • Stephen Hawking
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  • Kip Thorne
    Kip Stephen Thorne (born June 1, 1940) is an American theoretical physicist and Nobel...  more
  • Frank Drake
    Frank Donald Drake (born May 28, 1930) is an American astronomer and astrophysicist. He is...  more
  • Freeman Dyson
    Freeman John Dyson (born 15 December 1923) is an American theoretical physicist and...  more
  • Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar
    Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar ; 19 October 1910 – 21 August 1995) was an Indian American...  more
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    Brian Harold May, (born 19 July 1947) is an English musician, singer, songwriter and...  more

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  • Michael Foale
    Colin Michael Foale (born 6 January 1957) is a British-American astrophysicist and former...  more
  • Dirk Frimout
    Dirk Dries David Damiaan, Viscount Frimout (born 21 March 1941 in Poperinge, Belgium) is an...  more
  • David Brin
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  • Cecilia Payne-Gaposchkin
    Cecilia Helena Payne-Gaposchkin (née Payne; (1900-05-10)May 10, 1900 – (1979-12-07)December 7,...  more
  • John-David F. Bartoe
    John-David Francis Bartoe (born November 17, 1944 in Abington, Pennsylvania) is an American...  more
  • Annie Jump Cannon
    Annie Jump Cannon (; December 11, 1863 – April 13, 1941) was an American astronomer whose...  more
  • Alexei Filippenko
    Alexei Vladimir "Alex" Filippenko (; born July 25, 1958) is an American astrophysicist and...  more
  • Curt Michel
    Frank Curtis "Curt" Michel, Ph.D. (June 5, 1934 – February 26, 2015) was an American...  more
  • Jeffrey A. Hoffman
    Jeffrey Alan Hoffman (born November 2, 1944) is an American former NASA astronaut and...  more
  • Gregory Benford
    Gregory Benford (born January 30, 1941) is an American science fiction author and...  more
  • Jerry E. Nelson
    Jerry Earl Nelson is an American astronomer known for his pioneering work designing segmented...  more
  • James E. Gunn
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  • Michael Rowan-Robinson

    Michael Rowan-Robinson

    Michael Rowan-Robinson is an astronomer and astrophysicist. He was educated at Pembroke...  more
  • J. Allen Hynek
    Josef Allen Hynek (May 1, 1910 – April 27, 1986) was an American astronomer, professor, and...  more
  • John Carlstrom

    John Carlstrom

    John E. Carlstrom (born 1957) is an American astrophysicist, and Professor, Departments of...  more
  • Hubert Reeves
    Hubert Reeves (born July 13, 1932), is a French Canadian astrophysicist and popularizer of...  more
  • Stephen Thorsett
    Stephen Erik Thorsett (born December 3, 1964) is an American professor and astronomer. His...  more