The 20th century was a very vibrant period for the scientific fraternity. With improved technologies available for scientific enquiries, several significant inventions and discoveries happened in the 20th century. Enrico Fermi, credited with discovering how to create a nuclear chain reaction, which led directly the creation of the atomic bomb, was born at the dawn of the century as was Nikolaas 'Niko' Tinbergen, Dutch biologist and ornithologist. Clinton Richard Dawkins, an English ethologist, evolutionary biologist and author, is among the scientists who were born in the mid-20th century. Information technology is one field that emerged in this century and revolutionized the world of communication and technology. Alan Turing, a pioneering English computer scientist, mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst and theoretical biologist played a pivotal role in the development of theoretical computer science. The inventor of the World Wide Web, Sir Timothy John Berners-Lee, is another one of the major scientists of the 20th century. Lawrence Krauss and Carl Sagan are among the other influential scientists born in this era. Read on to learn more about the life and works of famous scientists of the 20th century.
Stephen HawkingStephen Hawking
08 January 1942, British
Theoretical Physicist, Cosmologist
Albert EinsteinAlbert Einstein
14 March 1879, German, American
Physicist

Nikola TeslaNikola Tesla
10 July 1856, Austrian, American
Inventor, Father of Radio

Katherine JohnsonKatherine Johnson
26 August 1918, American
Mathematician

Edward SnowdenEdward Snowden
21 June 1983, American
Computer Professional, Former CIA Employee

Alan TuringAlan Turing
23 June 1912, British
Mathematician
Marie CurieMarie Curie
07 November 1867, French, Polish
First woman to win a Nobel Prize

J. Robert OppenheimerJ. Robert Oppenheimer
22 April 1904, American
 

Larry PageLarry Page
26 March 1973, American
Co-founder of Google
Sergey BrinSergey Brin
21 August 1973, Russian, American
Computer scientist

Isaac AsimovIsaac Asimov
02 January 1920, American
Writer, Professor
Neil deGrasse TysonNeil deGrasse Tyson
05 October 1958, American
Astrophysicist

John Forbes Nash Jr.John Forbes Nash Jr.
13 June 1928, American
Mathematician

Carl SaganCarl Sagan
09 November 1934, American
Astronomer, Astrophysicist, Writer

Richard FeynmanRichard Feynman
11 May 1918, American
Physicist

Carlo UrbaniCarlo Urbani
19 October 1956, Italian
Epidemiologist
Richard Dawkins Richard Dawkins
26 March 1941, British
Evolutionary Biologist

Tim Berners-LeeTim Berners-Lee
08 June 1955, British
Inventor of the World Wide Web

John von NeumannJohn von Neumann
28 December 1903, Hungarian, American
Mathematician

Albert HofmannAlbert Hofmann
11 January 1906, Swiss
The First Person to Synthesize LSD
Werner HeisenbergWerner Heisenberg
05 December 1901, German
Physicist

Rosalind FranklinRosalind Franklin
25 July 1920, British
Chemist
Sally RideSally Ride
26 May 1951, American
Physicist, Astronaut

Grace HopperGrace Hopper
09 December 1906, American
Computer Scientist

Shigeru MiyamotoShigeru Miyamoto
16 November 1952, Japanese
Video Game Designer, Artist
Gabe NewellGabe Newell
03 November 1962, American
Entrepreneur

Shakuntala DeviShakuntala Devi
04 November 1929, Indian
Human Computer
Jonas SalkJonas Salk
28 October 1914, American
Medical researcher

Maria MontessoriMaria Montessori
31 August 1870, Italian
Physician and Educator

Linus PaulingLinus Pauling
28 February 1901, American
Chemist, Biochemist
James WatsonJames Watson
06 April 1928, American
Molecular Biologist

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Josef Allen HynekJ. Allen Hynek
01 May 1910, American
Astronomer, Ufologist
Vikram SarabhaiVikram Sarabhai
12 August 1919, Indian
Scientist

Enrico FermiEnrico Fermi
29 September 1901, Italian, American
Nobel Laureate in Physics

Guido van RossumGuido van Rossum
31 January 1956, Dutch
Programmer

Tom LehrerTom Lehrer
09 April 1928, American
American musician
Norman BorlaugNorman Borlaug
25 March 1914, American
Father of the Green Revolution
Rachel CarsonRachel Carson
27 May 1907, American
Marine biologist

Paul DiracPaul Dirac
08 August 1902, British
Physicist

Kurt GödelKurt Gödel
28 April 1906, American
Mathematician, Philosopher

Jared DiamondJared Diamond
10 September 1937, American
Scientist & Author
Zbigniew BrzezinskiZbigniew Brzezinski
28 March 1928, Polish, American
Former Diplomat, Political Scientist

Subrahmanyan ChandrasekharSubrahmanyan Chandrasekhar
19 October 1910, Indian
 

Francis CrickFrancis Crick
08 June 1916, British
Co-discoverer of the Structure of the DNA

Ken ThompsonKen Thompson
04 February 1943, American
Computer Scientist

Stephen Jay GouldStephen Jay Gould
10 September 1941, American
 
Abdus SalamAbdus Salam
29 January 1926, Pakistani
Theoretical Physicist

Edward TellerEdward Teller
15 January 1908, American
 
Vannevar BushVannevar Bush
11 March 1890, American
Engineer

Lewis Howard LatimerLewis Howard Latimer
04 September 1848, American
Inventor

Klaus FuchsKlaus Fuchs
29 December 1911, German
Theoretical Physicist and Atomic Spy
Louis SlotinLouis Slotin
01 December 1910, Canadian
Physicist

Robert H. GoddardRobert H. Goddard
05 October 1882, American
Physicist
Kip ThorneKip Thorne
01 June 1940, American
Physicist

M. S. SwaminathanM. S. Swaminathan
07 August 1925, Indian
Agricultural Scientist

Har Gobind KhoranaHar Gobind Khorana
09 January 1922, American
 

Robert BallardRobert Ballard
30 June 1942, American
Deep Sea Explorer

John BardeenJohn Bardeen
23 May 1908, American
Nobel Laureate in Physics
Charles Sanders PeirceCharles Sanders Peirce
10 September 1839, American
Scientist, Philosopher

Thomas KuhnThomas Kuhn
18 July 1922, American
Physicist

E. O. WilsonE. O. Wilson
10 June 1929, American
Biologist

William ShockleyWilliam Shockley
13 February 1910, American
Physicist
Andrei SakharovAndrei Sakharov
21 May 1921, Russian
The Father of Soviet nuclear bomb’

Arthur D. LevinsonArthur D. Levinson
31 March 1950, American
Microbiologist
Oswald SpenglerOswald Spengler
29 May 1880, German
Philosopher

Alan KayAlan Kay
17 May 1940, American
Computer Scientist

René GirardRené Girard
25 December 1923, French
Philosopher
Norbert WienerNorbert Wiener
26 November 1894, American
Father of Cybernetics

Wolfgang PauliWolfgang Pauli
25 April 1900, Austrian
Nobel Laureate in Physics
Lynn MargulisLynn Margulis
05 March 1938, American
Author

Barbara McClintockBarbara McClintock
16 June 1902, American
Scientist

John Archibald WheelerJohn Archibald Wheeler
09 July 1911, American
Physicist
Manjul BhargavaManjul Bhargava
08 August 1974, American
Mathematician

James Harris SimonsJames Harris Simons
1938 AD, American
Mathematicians & Hedge Fund Manager
Lev Landau Lev Landau
22 January 1908, Russian
Physicist

Murray Gell-MannMurray Gell-Mann
15 September 1929, American
Physicist

Alexander GrothendieckAlexander Grothendieck
28 March 1928, French
Mathematician

Steven ChuSteven Chu
28 February 1948, American
Former United States Secretary of Energy
Glen T. SeaborgGlenn T. Seaborg
19 April 1912, American
Chemist
Konrad LorenzKonrad Lorenz
07 November 1903, Austrian
Zoologist

David BohmDavid Bohm
20 December 1917, American
Scientist

Judea PearlJudea Pearl
04 September 1936, Israeli, American
Computer Scientist

Steven WeinbergSteven Weinberg
03 May 1933, American
 
Eugene Paul Eugene Wigner
17 November 1902, American
Physicist & Mathematician

Konstantin TsiolkovskyKonstantin Tsiolkovsky
17 September 1857, Russian
Russian-Soviet Rocket Scientist

Barry MarshallBarry Marshall
30 September 1951, Australian
Australian physician

Peggy WhitsonPeggy Whitson
09 February 1960, American
Astronaut, Biochemist

Dorothy HodgkinDorothy Hodgkin
12 May 1910, British
Biochemist
Frederick SangerFrederick Sanger
13 August 1918, British
Biochemist

Rita Levi-MontalciniRita Levi-Montalcini
22 April 1909, Italian
Neurologist
Erwin ChargaffErwin Chargaff
11 August 1905, Ukrainian, American
Biochemist

Hans BetheHans Bethe
02 July 1906, American
Physicist
Stephanie KwolekStephanie Kwolek
31 July 1923, American
Chemist
Luis Walter AlvarezLuis Walter Alvarez
13 June 1911, American
Physicist