Women Physicists

Throughout history, there have been many women physicists who have made significant contribution to the field. The list includes many familiar and great female physicists such as Marie Curie, Lise Meitner, Sally Ride, Mileva Marić, Annie Jump Cannon.The women physicists featured in this list are from United States, United Kingdom, Canada & Australia and many more countries.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Marie Curie

Marie Curie
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Famous As: First woman to win a Nobel Prize
Birthdate: November 7, 1867
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: French, Polish
Died: July 4, 1934
Amongst the most notable scientists of her time, the first woman to win a Nobel Prize, the sole person to win two Nobel Prize in two different category, and the first woman professor at the University of Paris—Marie Curie’s list of achievements is incredible. She did extensive research in the field of radioactivity and discovered polonium and radium.

 2 Mileva Marić

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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: December 19, 1875
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Serbian
Died: August 4, 1948
Serbian physicist/mathematician Mileva Marić was the first wife of Albert Einstein and the second lady to complete the full program at the mathematics and physics department of Zürich Polytechnic. Experts still debate over whether she had helped Einstein in his initial research. Einstein transferred his Nobel Prize money to her.

 3 Lise Meitner

Lise Meitner
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: November 7, 1878
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Austrian
Died: October 27, 1968

Lise Meitner was an Austrian-Swedish physicist best remembered for her contributions that led to the discoveries of nuclear fission and the element protactinium. Nicknamed the German Marie Curie by Albert Einstein, Lise Meitner became the second woman in the world to receive a doctorate in physics in 1905. In 1997, chemical element 109 meitnerium was named in her honor.

 4 Vandana Shiva

Vandana Shiva
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Famous As: Philosopher, Physicist, Writer, University teacher
Birthdate: November 5, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Indian

 5 Jocelyn Bell Burnell

Jocelyn Bell Burnell
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Famous As: Astronomer, Astrophysicist
Birthdate: July 15, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British

 6 Vera Rubin

Vera Rubin
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Famous As: Astronomer
Birthdate: July 23, 1928
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: December 25, 2016

 7 Alicia Nash

Alicia Nash
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: January 1, 1933
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Salvadoran, American
Died: May 23, 2015
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 8 Sally Ride

Sally Ride
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Famous As: Physicist, Astronaut
Birthdate: May 26, 1951
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: July 23, 2012
Astronaut and physicist Sally Ride was the first American woman and the youngest American astronaut to enter space. Following her death, it was revealed that she had been in a 27-year lesbian relationship with tennis player and professor Tam O'Shaughnessy. Sally herself was a ranked junior tennis player, too.

 9 Eva Ekeblad

Eva Ekeblad
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Famous As: Scientist
Birthdate: July 10, 1724
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Swedish
Died: May 15, 1786

 10 Donna Strickland

Donna Strickland
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Famous As: Optical physicist
Birthdate: May 27, 1959
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Canadian

 11 Lisa Randall

Lisa Randall
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Famous As: Physicist, Writer, University teacher, Theoretical physicist
Birthdate: June 18, 1962
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 12 Lene Hau

Lene Hau
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: November 13, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Danish

 13 Annie Jump Cannon

Annie Jump Cannon
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Famous As: Astronomer
Birthdate: December 11, 1863
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: April 13, 1941

 14 Laura Bassi

Laura Bassi
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Famous As: Italian physicist, Academic
Birthdate: October 31, 1711
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Italian
Died: February 20, 1778

 15 Ingrid Daubechies

Ingrid Daubechies
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Famous As: Mathematician, Physicist, University teacher
Birthdate: August 17, 1954
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Belgian, American

 16 Fabiola Gianotti

Fabiola Gianotti
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Famous As: physicist
Birthdate: October 29, 1962
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Italian

 17 Chiara Nappi

Chiara Nappi
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Birthdate: 0000 AD
Nationality: Italian

 18 Maria Goeppert-Mayer

Maria Goeppert Mayer
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: June 28, 1906
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: February 20, 1972

 19 Hertha Ayrton

Hertha Ayrton
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: April 28, 1854
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British
Died: August 26, 1923

 20 Kathryn C. Thornton

Kathryn C. Thornton
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Famous As: Astronaut
Birthdate: August 17, 1952
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 21 Dame Kathleen Lonsdale

Dame Kathleen Lonsdale
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Famous As: Crystallographer
Birthdate: January 28, 1903
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Northern Irish
Died: April 1, 1971

 22 Ida Noddack

Ida Noddack
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Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: February 25, 1896
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: German
Died: September 24, 1978

 23 Deborah S. Jin

Deborah S. Jin
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: November 15, 1968
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: September 15, 2016

 24 Katharine Burr Blodgett

Katharine Burr Blodgett
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Famous As: Scientist
Birthdate: January 10, 1898
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: October 12, 1979

 25 Melissa Franklin

Melissa Franklin
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: September 30, 1956
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Canadian

 26 Sarah Frances Whiting

Sarah Frances Whiting
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Famous As: Astronomer
Birthdate: August 23, 1847
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: September 12, 1927

 27 Elda Emma Anderson

Elda Emma Anderson
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: October 5, 1899
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: April 17, 1961

 28 Clelia Duel Mosher

Clelia Duel Mosher
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Famous As: Women
Birthdate: December 16, 1863
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: December 21, 1940

 29 Maria Cristina Pineda Suazo

Maria Cristina Pineda Suazo
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Famous As: Astronomer
Birthdate: 1954 AD
Nationality: Honduran

 30 Hélène Langevin-Joliot

Hélène Langevin-Joliot
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: September 19, 1927
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: French

 31 Marguerite Perey

Marguerite Perey
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: October 19, 1909
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: French
Died: May 13, 1975

 32 Laura Mersini-Houghton

Laura Mersini-Houghton
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Famous As: Cosmologist
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Nationality: Albanian

 33 Alejandra Melfo

Alejandra Melfo
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: February 26, 1965
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Uruguayan, Venezuelan

 34 Xenia de la Ossa

Xenia de la Ossa
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: June 30, 1958
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Costa Rican