Famous Swiss Physicists

Switzerland may be known to the world as the ‘heavenly abode’ of mankind but not many know that just like its jaw-dropping beauty and eye-catching landscape, this scenic and picturesque country is also famous for its talented nationals. There have been numerous Swiss personalities who have relentlessly worked for the benefit of mankind in their own fields. Switzerland has produced some of the world’s best scientists, novelists, writers, mathematicians, physicians and so on. Often while talking about the world’s most learned men, we mention Albert Einstein as the supreme of them all. But did you know that this famous physicist who developed the theory of relativity, one of the pillars of modern physics, was a Swiss? Such was his greatness that till date he is widely regarded as the most influential man of all times and greatest legend to have ever lived on earth. Other famous Swiss physicists who are remembered for their services to theoretical physics include Daniel Bernoulli, Charles Edouard Guillaume, Auguste Piccard, Alfred Kleiner, Aime Argand and so on. With this segment, find out more about famous Swiss physicists, their life, profile and works.

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 1 Bernhard Caesar Einstein

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

Swiss-American physicist and engineer Bernhard Caesar Einstein was better known as the only grandchild of Albert Einstein to have survived beyond childhood. While two of his biological brothers died in infancy, his parents adopted a girl child, too. He grew up to work on night vision and laser technology.

 2 Daniel Bernoulli

Daniel Bernoulli
Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: February 8, 1700
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Groningen
Died: March 17, 1782

Daniel Bernoulli was a Swiss physicist and mathematician. Born into the popular Bernoulli family of mathematicians, Daniel Bernoulli is renowned for his applications of mathematical equations to mechanics. He is also remembered for his pioneering work in statistics and probability. In 2002, he was inducted into the International Air & Space Hall of Fame.

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 3 Fritz Zwicky

Fritz Zwicky
Famous As: Astronomer, Physicist, University teacher
Birthdate: February 14, 1898
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Varna
Died: February 8, 1974

Born to a businessman and diplomat father in Bulgaria, Fritz Zwicky was initially sent to Switzerland to study commerce but ended up deviating to math and physics. He then moved to the U.S. to work with Caltech and gained fame for his research on what he called the supernova.

 4 Felix Bloch

Felix Bloch
Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: October 23, 1905
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Zürich
Died: September 10, 1983

Felix Bloch was a Swiss-American physicist who served as the first Director-General of the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) from 1954 to 1955. Before joining CERN, Bloch worked on the Manhattan Project during the Second World War after which he started focusing on investigations into nuclear magnetic induction, for which he received the 1952 Nobel Prize in Physics.

 5 Alfred Kleiner

Alfred Kleiner
Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: April 24, 1849
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Maschwanden
Died: July 3, 1916

 6 Gabriel Cramer

Gabriel Cramer
Famous As: Mathematician, Physicist, University teacher
Birthdate: July 31, 1704
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Geneva
Died: January 4, 1752

 7 Heinrich Rohrer

Heinrich Rohrer
Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: June 6, 1933
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Buchs, Switzerland
Died: May 16, 2013
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 8 Paul Scherrer

Paul Scherrer
Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: February 3, 1890
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sankt Gallen, Switzerland
Died: September 25, 1969

 9 Charles Édouard Guillaume

Charles Édouard Guillaume
Famous As: Discoverer of Invar and Elinvar
Birthdate: February 15, 1861
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Fleurier
Died: May 13, 1938

 10 Julia Steinberger

Julia Steinberger
Famous As: Writer, Scientist
Birthdate: 1974 AD
Birthplace: Switzerland

 11 K. Alex Müller

K. Alex Müller
Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: April 20, 1927
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Basel

 12 Horace Bénédict de Saussure

Horace Bénédict de Saussure
Famous As: Geologist
Birthdate: February 17, 1740
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
Died: January 22, 1799

 13 Auguste Arthur de la Rive

Auguste Arthur de la Rive
Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: October 9, 1801
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Geneva, Switzerland
Died: November 27, 1873