Male Physicists

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 1 Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: March 14, 1879
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: German, American
Died: April 18, 1955
Deemed as the most influential physicist of the 20th century, the German-born physicist Albert Einstein was one of the greatest minds to have ever lived. Even his name is now synonymous with the term genius. The father of Modern Physics is credited with developing the theory of relativity and explaining the photoelectric effect. The latter won him the Nobel Prize.

 2 Stephen Hawking

Stephen Hawking
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Famous As: Theoretical Physicist, Cosmologist
Birthdate: January 8, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British
Died: March 14, 2018

Stephen Hawking was an English theoretical physicist and cosmologist, who despite being afflicted motor neurone disease that severely limited his physical abilities, was able to build a phenomenally successful career. He was the first to set out a theory of cosmology explained by a union of the general theory of relativity and quantum mechanics. Hawking was ranked 25 in the BBC's poll of the 100 Greatest Britons, in 2002.

 3 Isaac Newton

Isaac Newton
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: January 4, 1643
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British
Died: March 31, 1727

One of the most influential and popular scientists of all time, Sir Isaac Newton played a prominent role in our understanding of natural phenomena. He formulated the law of universal gravitation and laws of motion. He also developed the Newtonian telescope among other devices. Apart from science, Newton was also intrigued by religion, occult, and alchemy.

 4 Richard Feynman

Richard Feynman
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: May 11, 1918
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: February 15, 1988

Theoretical physicist Richard Feynman won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1965, along with Julian Schwinger and Shin'ichirō Tomonaga, for his research on quantum electrodynamics. He also contributed to the development of the atomic bomb. Feyman made it to Physics World’s list of the 10 greatest physicists of all time.

 5 Galileo Galilei

Galileo Galilei
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Famous As: Astronomer
Birthdate: February 15, 1564
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Italian
Died: January 8, 1642

An Italian astronomer, engineer, and physicist, Galileo Galilei is widely regarded as the father of observational astronomy, the father of the scientific method, the father of modern physics, and the father of modern science. He is credited with popularizing the telescope, which changed the course of history.

 6 Richard Phillips Feynman

Richard Phillips Feynman
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Birthdate: May 11, 1918
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: February 15, 1988

 7 Archimedes

Archimedes
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Famous As: Mathematician, Engineer, Inventor, Physicist, Astronomer
Birthdate: 0287 BC
Nationality: Greek
Died: 0212 BC
Greek mathematician, physicist, and astronomer Archimedes is remembered for his contribution to mathematics, especially geometry. He laid down theorems related to the area of a circle, and the area and volume of a sphere, and reached an accurate value of pi. He also invented machines such as the screw pump.
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 8 Werner Heisenberg

Werner Heisenberg
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: December 5, 1901
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: German
Died: February 1, 1976
German theoretical physicist Werner Heisenberg is best known for pioneering quantum mechanics. He received the 1932 Nobel Prize in Physics. He had also helped Germany plan nuclear weapon strategies during World War II and was the director of what is now known as the Max Planck Institute for Physics.

 9 C.V. Raman

C.V. Raman
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: November 7, 1888
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Indian
Died: November 21, 1970
Indian physicist C.V. Raman earned the Nobel Prize in Physics after discovering the Raman effect. He was the first director of the IISc and founded the Indian Academy of Sciences and the Raman Research Institute. He destroyed his Bharat Ratna medal in protest against Jawaharlal Nehru’s policies on science.

 10 Michael Faraday

Michael Faraday
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Famous As: Physicist & Chemist
Birthdate: September 22, 1791
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British
Died: August 25, 1867

Michael Faraday was an English scientist known for his contribution to the study of electrochemistry and electromagnetism. Considered one of the most influential scientists ever, Faraday's inventions of electromagnetic rotary devices established the basis for electric motor technology. His research also helped understand the concept of the electromagnetic field. Ernest Rutherford called him one of the greatest scientific discoverers ever.

 11 Carl Friedrich Gauss

Carl Friedrich Gauss
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Famous As: Mathematician, Geophysicist, Astronomer, Science writer, Physicist, Geodesist, University teacher
Birthdate: April 30, 1777
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: German
Died: February 23, 1855

 12 Niels Bohr

Niels Bohr
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Famous As: Nobel Prize Winning Physicist
Birthdate: October 7, 1885
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Danish
Died: November 18, 1962
Nobel Prize-winning Danish physicist Niels Bohr is remembered for his work on the atomic structure and quantum theory. He laid down the Bohr model of the atom and established the Niels Bohr Institute. The element Bohrium has been named after him. He was also part of the British nuclear project.

 13 Avicenna

Avicenna
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Famous As: Persian Plymath
Birthdate: 0980 AD
Died: May 31, 1037
Renowned as father of early modern medicine, Avicenna was an illustrious Persian polymath. He is specifically distingusihed for his contributions in the fields of medicine and Aristotelian philisophy. He is best-known for his works namely, The Canon of Medicine and The Book of Healing. The corpus of his writings also include alchemy, geology, psychology, geography, physics, poetry and Islamic theology.

 14 Ernest Rutherford

Ernest Rutherford
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Famous As: Physicist, Chemist
Birthdate: August 30, 1871
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: New Zealander, British
Died: October 19, 1937

New Zealand physicist Ernest Rutherford is remembered as the father of nuclear physics. His discovery of radioactive half-life and of radon, and his differentiation of alpha and beta radiation, won him the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1908. Element 104 was named rutherfordium in his honor.

 15 Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar

Subrahmanyan Chandrasekhar
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Birthdate: October 19, 1910
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Indian
Died: August 21, 1995

 16 Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz

Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: July 1, 1646
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: German
Died: November 14, 1716

 17 Michio Kaku

Michio Kaku
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Famous As: Theoretical physicist, Science writer, Popularizer of science, Futurist, University teacher, Non-fiction writer, Radio personality
Birthdate: January 24, 1947
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 18 James Maxwell

James Maxwell
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Famous As: Mathematician & Physicist
Birthdate: June 13, 1831
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Scottish
Died: November 5, 1879

Scottish physicist James Maxwell’s contributions included the formulation of the classical theory of electromagnetic radiation and the production of the first light-fast color photograph. His Maxwell–Boltzmann distribution explored the kinetic theory of gases. He has also written poems and was an Elder of the Church of Scotland.

 19 Blaise Pascal

Blaise Pascal
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Famous As: French Mathematician, Physicist, Inventor, Writer and Catholic Philosopher
Birthdate: June 19, 1623
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: French
Died: August 19, 1662

Blaise Pascal was a French physicist, mathematician, philosopher, and inventor. A child prodigy, Pascal's work on projective geometry, at the age of 16 is commendable. He is one of the earliest inventors of the mechanical calculator, which he did when he was still a teenager. His work on probability theory influenced the development of social science and modern economics.

 20 Leonhard Euler

Leonhard Euler
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Famous As: Mathematician, Physicist
Birthdate: April 15, 1707
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Swiss, Russian
Died: September 18, 1783

Leonhard Euler was a Swiss physicist, mathematician, logician, geographer, astronomer, and engineer. He is credited with making influential and important mathematical discoveries, such as graph theory and infinitesimal calculus. Widely regarded as one of the greatest and most prolific mathematicians of all time, Leonhard Euler also made pioneering contributions to analytic number theory and topology.

 21 Erwin Schrödinger

Erwin Schrödinger
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: August 12, 1887
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Austrian
Died: January 4, 1961
Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger, is best known for the "Schrödinger's cat" experiment, or the Schrodinger equation. His book What Is Life? explored genetics through physics. The Nobel Prize winner also wrote on a variety of topics, such as color theory and thermodynamics, and tried to create a unified field theory.

 22 James Clerk Maxwell

James Clerk Maxwell
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Famous As: Scientist
Birthdate: June 13, 1831
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British, Scottish
Died: November 5, 1879

 23 Georges Lemaître

Georges Lemaître
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Famous As: Scientist & Priest
Birthdate: July 17, 1894
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Belgian
Died: June 20, 1966

 24 Robert Hooke

Robert Hooke
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: July 28, 1635
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British
Died: March 3, 1703

 25 Vikram Sarabhai

Vikram Sarabhai
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Famous As: Scientist
Birthdate: August 12, 1919
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Indian
Died: December 30, 1971

 26 Max Planck

Max Planck
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: April 23, 1858
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: German
Died: October 4, 1947

 27 J. J. Thomson

J J Thompson
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Famous As: Physicist, Nobel Prize Winner
Birthdate: December 18, 1856
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British
Died: August 30, 1940

 28 John G. Trump

John G. Trump
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Famous As: Scientist
Birthdate: August 21, 1907
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: February 21, 1985

 29 Enrico Fermi

Enrico Fermi
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Famous As: Nobel Laureate in Physics
Birthdate: September 29, 1901
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Italian, American
Died: November 28, 1954

 30 Pierre Curie

Pierre Curie
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Famous As: Nobel Laureate in Physics
Birthdate: May 15, 1859
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: French
Died: April 19, 1906

A pioneer in crystallography, radioactivity, piezoelectricity, and magnetism, Pierre Curie was a French physicist who won the Nobel Prize in Physics along with Henri Becquerel and Marie Curie. Despite being an atheist, Pierre Curie was fascinated by spiritualism as he believed that spiritual questions deal with physics. 

 31 Satyendra Nath Bose

Satyendra Nath Bose
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Birthdate: January 1, 1894
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Indian
Died: February 4, 1974

 32 Max Born

Max Born
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: December 11, 1882
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: German
Died: January 5, 1970

 33 Freeman Dyson

Freeman Dyson
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: December 15, 1923
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British, American
Died: February 28, 2020

 34 Nikola Tesla

Nikola Tesla
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Famous As: Inventor, Father of Radio
Birthdate: July 10, 1856
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Austrian, American
Died: January 7, 1943

Inventor, engineer and futurist, Nikola Tesla, is best remembered for his contribution to the development of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system. A prolific inventor, he had around 300 patents for his inventions. Even though he earned a considerable amount of money, he had poor money management skills and died a poor man.

 35 Paul Dirac

Paul Dirac
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: August 8, 1902
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British
Died: October 20, 1984

 36 Wilhelm Rontgen

Wilhelm Rontgen
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Famous As: Winner of First Nobel Prize in Physics
Birthdate: March 27, 1845
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: German
Died: February 10, 1923

 37 Count Alessandro Volta

Count Alessandro Volta
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Birthdate: February 18, 1745
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Italian
Died: March 5, 1827

 38 Alessandro Volta

Alessandro Volta
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Famous As: Physicist, Inventor, University teacher
Birthdate: February 18, 1745
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Italian
Died: March 5, 1827

 39 Walter Lewin

Walter Lewin
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Famous As: Astronomer, University teacher, Astrophysicist, Physicist
Birthdate: January 29, 1936
Sun Sign: Aquarius

 40 Ashton Carter

Ashton Carter
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Birthdate: September 24, 1954
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 41 Edward Teller

Edward Teller
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Birthdate: January 15, 1908
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: September 9, 2003

 42 Kip Thorne

Kip Thorne
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: June 1, 1940
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 43 Thales of Miletus

Thales of Miletus
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: 0626 AD
Nationality: Turkish
Died: 0548 AD

 44 Robert Boyle

Robert Boyle
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Famous As: Founder of Modern Chemistry, Boyle's Law
Birthdate: January 25, 1627
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Irish, British
Died: December 30, 1691

 45 Bernhard Caesar Einstein

Bernhard Caesar Einstein
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Famous As: Physicist, Engineer
Birthdate: July 10, 1930
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Swiss, American
Died: September 30, 2008

 46 Louis Slotin

Louis Slotin
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: December 1, 1910
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Canadian
Died: May 30, 1946

 47 Abdus Salam

Abdus Salam
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Famous As: Theoretical Physicist
Birthdate: January 29, 1926
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Pakistani
Died: November 21, 1996

 48 Ronald McNair

Ronald McNair
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Famous As: Physicist, Astronaut
Birthdate: October 21, 1950
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: January 28, 1986

 49 Abdul Qadeer Khan

Abdul Qadeer Khan
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Famous As: Physicist, Engineer, Scientist, Metallurgist, Theoretical physicist
Birthdate: April 1, 1936
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Indian, Pakistani

 50 Heinrich Hertz

Heinrich Hertz
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: February 22, 1857
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: German
Died: January 1, 1894