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Comprehensive biographies of world's most famous physicists.

Physicists are the scientists who study the field of physics in great detail. They conduct research into physical phenomena or the natural science that involve the study of matter and related concepts. They analyze the general happenings in nature and try to understand how the universe behaves. On the basis of research through observation and experiments, they discover physical laws and propound theories that explain the functioning of natural forces like gravity, electromagnetism, and nuclear interactions. The discovery of new physical laws and theories contribute to the existing base of theoretical knowledge and can also be used for more practical applications such as development of medial equipment, electronic devices, nuclear reactors, etc. During the earlier days, physics was considered a field of philosophy; it was only during the 19th century that physics was realized as a discipline separate from philosophy. Some of the major branches of physics are classical mechanics, quantum mechanics, theory of relativity and electromagnetism. Since physics covers a vast number of fields, most physicists specialize in one of the many subfields. However, the various subfields may overlap with each other and also with other sciences resulting in interdisciplinary fields such as biophysics, geophysics, meteorology, etc. Browse through this section to explore the biographies, life and works of various famous physicists from all over the world.
Abdus Salam Abdus Salam

One person who had made the Asian sub-continental ...

Abraham Pais Abraham Pais

Born in a family of educators, Pais was a bright ...

Albert Einstein Albert Einstein

Do you fondly call the whiz kid in your class/ ...

Amadeo Avogadro Amedeo Avogadro

Lorenzo Romano Amedeo Carlo Avogadro de Quaregna ...

Anders Celsius Anders Celsius

Anders Celsius was a Swedish astronomer, ...

Andre Marie Ampère Andre Marie Ampere

. André Marie Ampère is usually considered ...

Andrei Sakharov Andrei Sakharov

Andrei Sakharov was a Russian physicist and Noble ...

Archimedes Archimedes

Archimedes of Syracuse was an outstanding ancient ...

Arnold Sommerfeld Arnold Sommerfeld

Arnold Sommerfeld was a renowned German physicist ...

Arthur Compton Arthur Compton

Arthur Holly Compton was a renowned American ...

Arthur Eddington Arthur Eddington

Arthur Eddington was an eminent scientist who is ...

Augustin-Jean Fresnel Augustin-Jean Fresnel

Fresnel was a French physicist and is best ...

Avicenna Avicenna

Avicenna was the most influential and renowned ...

Blaise Pascal Blaise Pascal

Blaise Pascal was a French mathematician, ...

C.V. Raman C.V. Raman

Sir Chandrasekhara Venkata Raman, the Indian ...

Carl David Anderson Carl David Anderson

Carl David Anderson was a renowned American ...

Carl Sagan Carl Sagan

Carl Sagan was a multifaceted scientist who left ...

Charles Augustin De Coulomb Charles Augustin De Coulo...

Coulomb was an astounding physicist, engineer and ...

Christian Doppler Christian Doppler

Ambitious and indomitable are two words that ...

Count Alessandro Volta Count Alessandro Volta

Known for his extraordinary work in the field of ...

Cyril Domb Cyril Domb

Can religion and science ever be reconciled? This ...

Daniel Bernoulli Daniel Bernoulli

Daniel Bernoulli was a Swiss mathematician and ...

David Bohm David Bohm

David Bohm is an American born theoretical ...

Edward Teller Edward Teller

A controversial figure and one of the most ...

Edward Victor Appleton Edward Victor Appleton

Sir Edward Victor Appleton was an English ...

Enrico Fermi Enrico Fermi

Enrico Fermi was an Italian physicist who made ...

Ernest Rutherford Ernest Rutherford

Ernest Rutherford is a prominent figure in the ...

Evangelista Torricelli Evangelista Torricelli

Evangelista Torricelli was a famous Italian ...

Franklin Diaz Franklin Chang Díaz...

Franklin Chang-Diaz is a physicist and former ...

Galileo Galilei Galileo Galilei

Often remembered as the Father of Modern ...

Georg Ohm Georg Ohm

A German physicist and mathematician, Georg Simon ...

George Gamow George Gamow

George Gamow was a Russian theoretical physicist ...

Gustav Kirchhoff Gustav Kirchhoff

Gustav Robert Kirchhoff was a German physicist ...

Hans Bethe Hans Bethe

Hans Albrecht Bethe was a German and American ...

Henry Cavendish Henry Cavendish

Henry Cavendish was a renowned British scientist ...

Hermann Klaus Hugo Weyl Hermann Klaus Hugo Weyl

Hermann K. H. Weyl, famous as Peter among his ...

Homi Bhabha Homi Bhabha

The man who pioneered the Indian nuclear research ...

Issac Newton Isaac Newton

An extraordinary genius and proficient physicist, ...

J. Robert Oppenheimer J. Robert Oppenheimer

J. Robert Oppenheimer is fondly remembered as the ...

Jagadish Chandra Bose Jagadish Chandra Bose

The first person to prove that plants also have ...

James Maxwell James Maxwell

Who introduced the concept of electromagnetic ...

James Prescott Joule James Prescott Joule

James Prescott Joule was an English physicist, ...

Jean le Rond d'Alembert Jean le Rond d'Alembert

Jean le Rond d'Alembert was a brilliant ...

Jean Le Rond d’Alembert Jean Le Rond d’Alembert...

A great mathematician, philosopher and music ...

Johann Heinrich Lambert Johann Heinrich Lambert

Johann Heinrich Lambert was a man with a vision. ...

Johannes Rydberg Johannes Rydberg

The brilliant physicist who devised the Rydberg ...

John Archibald Wheeler John Archibald Wheeler

John Archibald Wheeler was a renowned theoretical ...

John Bardeen John Bardeen

The only person to have won the Nobel Prize in ...

John Stewart Bell John Stewart Bell

It is often said that physicists are usually of ...

Joseph Fourier Joseph Fourier

A French mathematician and physicist, Joseph ...

Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac Joseph Louis Gay-Lussac

Joseph Louis Gay Lussac was a French chemist and ...

Karl Herzfeld Karl Herzfeld

Karl Herzfeld’s rise through the scientific ...

Leonhard Euler Leonhard Euler

Leonhard Euler was a leading Swiss mathematician ...

Lise Meitner Lise Meitner

Lise Meitner is a renowned scientist from Austria ...

Lord Kelvin Lord Kelvin

William Thomson is popularly known as 1st Baron ...

Louis de Broglie Louis de Broglie

Louis de Broglie was an eminent French physicist ...

Marie Curie Marie Curie

Marie Curie has a number of ‘firsts’ and ...

Meghnad Saha Meghnad Saha

Meghnad Saha was an eminent Indian astrophysicist ...

Michael Faraday Michael Faraday

Michael Faraday was one of the most prolific ...

Mihajlo Idvorski Pupin Mihajlo Idvorski Pupin

Mihajlo Idvorski Pupin was a physicist and ...

Mileva MariÄ Mileva MariÄ

Mileva Marić was born in Serbia, to wealthy ...

Niels Bohr Niels Bohr

Niels Bohr was a Noble Prize winning Danish ...

Owen Chamberlain Owen Chamberlain

Nobel Laureate American physicist Owen ...

Paul Dirac Paul Dirac

Paul Adrien Maurice Dirac was an English ...

Pierre Curie Pierre Curie

Pierre Curie was a French physicist, one of the ...

Richard Feynman Richard Feynman

Richard Feynman was an American physicist ...

Robert Boyle Robert Boyle

Robert Boyle was an Anglo-Irish natural ...

Robert Hooke Robert Hooke

Robert Hooke FRS (Fellow of the Royal Society) ...

Sadi Carnot Sadi Carnot

Popularly described as the "Father of ...

Sally Ride Sally Ride

Sally Ride was an American physicist and ...

Satyendra Nath Bose Satyendra Nath Bose

Satyendra Nath Bose was an eminent physicist ...

Sir George Stokes, 1st Baronet Sir George Stokes, 1st Ba...

Sir George Gabriel Stokes, 1st Baronet, PRS was ...

William Lawrence Bragg Sir William Lawrence Brag...

William Lawrence Bragg was an Australian-British ...

Sir William Rowan Hamilton Sir William Rowan Hamilto...

One of the most significant Irish scientists, ...

Stephan Hawking Stephen Hawking

Stephen William Hawking is an English theoretical ...

Steven Chu Steven Chu

Dr. Steven Chu is a prominent physicist and ...

Steven Weinberg Steven Weinberg

Steven Weinberg is a theoretical physicist who ...

Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar Subrahmanyan Chandrasekha...

A Nobel laureate, who along with William A. ...

Thomas Kuhn Thomas Kuhn

One of the most influential ‘philosophers of ...

Vikram Sarabhai Vikram Sarabhai

Fondly called the Father of the Indian Space ...

Werner Heisenberg Werner Heisenberg

Werner Heisenberg was a German scientist and ...

Wilhelm Rontgen Wilhelm Rontgen

Wilhelm Rontgen was an eminent German physicist ...

Wilhelm Weber Wilhelm Weber

Popularly known as the co-inventor of the first ...

Wilhelm Wien Wilhelm Wien

Wilhelm Wien was a German physicist who won Nobel ...

William Gilbert William Gilbert

William Gilbert, also known as ‘Gilberd’, was ...

William Thomson, 1st Baron Kelvin William Thomson, 1st Baro...

Sir William Thomson Lord Kelvin was an Ireland ...

Wolfgang Pauli Wolfgang Pauli

Wolfgang Ernst Pauli was an Austrian-Swiss ...