Occupation

PHYSICISTS

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With 721 biographies, Physicists are the 21st most common occupation in Pantheon, behind Biologists, Noblemen, and Mathematicians.

Pantheon has 721 people classified as physicists born between 965 and 2000. Of these 721, 148 (20.53%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living physicists include Peter Higgs, Barry Barish, and Arno Allan Penzias. The most famous deceased physicists include Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, and Marie Curie. As of October 2020, 66 new physicists have been added to Pantheon including Ratko Janev, Paul-Jacques Curie, and Ami Argand.

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Newly Added Physicists (2020)

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Most physicists were born in United States (167), Germany (90), and United Kingdom (85). By city, the most common birth places were New York City (26), Paris (17), and Moscow (12).The most common death places of physicists were United States (162), Germany (81), and United Kingdom (80). By city, these were Paris (39), Moscow (28), and London (16).

The earliest biographies classified as physicists in Pantheon are Christoph Scheiner, William Gilbert, and Ibn al-Haytham.  The concentration of physicists was largest during the Radio & Film Era, which lasted from 1900 to 1949. Some birth or death locations for earlier physicists are unknown, which may account for timeline differences below.

Which Physicists were alive at the same time? This visualization shows the lifespans of the 25 most globally memorable Physicists since 1700.

Physicists are found within the Science & Technology domain which also includes Biologists, Mathematicians, Astronomers, Chemists, and Physicians.