With 659 biographies, Physicists are the 20th most common occupation in Pantheon, behind Racing Drivers, Mathematicians, and Biologists.

Pantheon has 655 people classified as physicists born between 965 and 2008. Of these 655, 141 (21.53%) of them are still alive today. The most famous living physicists include Peter Higgs, Arno Allan Penzias, and Barry Barish. The most famous deceased physicists include Isaac Newton, Albert Einstein, and Marie Curie.

Living Physicists

Go to all Rankings

Deceased Physicists

Go to all Rankings

Most physicists were born in United States (142), United Kingdom (75), and Germany (71). By city, the most common birth places were New York City (30), Paris (15), and London (15).The most common death places of physicists were United States (120), United Kingdom (69), and Germany (66). By city, these were Paris (36), Moscow (25), and London (19).

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 Mathematicians, Biologists, Astronomers, Chemists, and Physicians.