Best Scientists In History


The Top Ten

1 Albert Einstein Albert Einstein Albert Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist who developed the theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics. His work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science.

He is very smart, but his life was just fine. On other hand, Nikola Tesla was poor, he tore document that today is worth billions and billion dollars for VestingHaus, he didn't want to struggle other people and ask for money, and his decision that pleasure will came just by thinking, and he discard all other physical pleasures including girls. True Legend!

Gotta be the most quoted, well know and overall the most influential scientist of all time. And all the things he discovered too... Totally changed the face of science on all accounts. A well deserved 1st place. - Leosco

Albert is the smartest person I know. He is my role model.

His radical ideas has changed the course of science that had been established for over many centuries.

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2 Isaac Newton Isaac Newton Sir Isaac Newton PRS was an English physicist and mathematician who is widely recognised as one of the most influential scientists of all time and a key figure in the scientific revolution.

The Father of mechanics. The greatest ever scientist of classical period.

Creator of physics. Simply brilliant!

Newton the greatest Change the direction of the time with his incredible discovery

He is the father of mechanics, optics, and the inventor of the reflecting telescope, as well as the creator of calculus. Definitely the greatest scientist of all time.

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3 Nikola Tesla Nikola Tesla Nikola Tesla was a Serbian-American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current electricity supply system, X rays, Radio, Remote Control, Laser, and Electric motors. Tesla developed and used more.

He was such a genius, sad that many others took the credit of his intelligence - Ananya

He was a true genius most of invention of his time have been directly or indirectly discovered by him, he has learn 8 languages

His life and his mindset are absolutely unique. True Genius!

I think Tesla should be at the top.No doubt Newton and Einstein made great contributions in Physics but Tesla made a revolution.Invented the Tesla coil,earthquake machine,rotating magnetic field,AC system and many other revolutionising inventions.I regard Tesla as the true inventor of telecommunication system and x-rays.I believe his ideas would be of great use to Physics in future.

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4 Galileo Galilei Galileo Galilei Galileo Galilei, was an Italian astronomer, physicist, engineer, philosopher, and mathematician who played a major role in the scientific revolution during the Renaissance.

He Is The Reason Of Our Knowledge About The Universe, Sun, Moon, Planets Everything Including And Out Of Earth.. His Sacrifices Took Us To Moon.. Of Course Galileo Is One Of THE GREATEST..

He is the first person who treated physics as only possible weapon to explore cosmos..

He was house arrested by the Catholic Church for just speaking about it

It's a shame he never lived to receive the praise he has now.

5 Thomas Edison Thomas Edison Thomas Alva Edison was an American inventor and businessman, who has been described as America's greatest inventor.

Whoever wrote the last comment is the world's most stupidest and most evil person

He is a horrible person! - lionsforlife

He was not able to listen but he invented many things like the electric bulb, telegraph and many more the owner of 1000 patents

Ya, because they pretended like tesla helped

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6 Stephen Hawking Stephen Hawking Stephen William Hawking (January 8, 1942 - March 13, 2018) was an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge.

He should be first. He found a universe with just thinking

When Albert got it wrong Stephen got it right!

With his breakthrough scheme ever noted in history of science "The Grand Design", although being physically disabled, he proved what man can accomplish if he dares to hope.

So what he had advanced technology

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7 Leonardo da Vinci Leonardo da Vinci Leonardo di ser Piero da Vinci, more commonly Leonardo da Vinci or simply Leonardo, was an Italian polymath whose areas of interest included invention, painting, sculpting, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, writing, history, poetry, more.

He invented helicopter, robot etc

Leonardo was so much ahead of his time, it's surreal.

He needs to be at the top

He is that best.mastered everything in his generation

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8 Archimedes Archimedes Archimedes of Syracuse was an Ancient Greek mathematician, physicist, engineer, inventor, and astronomer.

He was simply awesome! - Ananya

He Is The Father Of The Language Of The Universe!
He's Literally A God Cause He Could Move The By Just A Place To Stand And A Lever Long Enough! - greenarrow

9 Carl Friedrich Gauss Carl Friedrich Gauss Johann Carl Friedrich Gauss was a German mathematician who contributed significantly to many fields, including number theory, algebra, statistics, analysis, differential geometry, geodesy, geophysics, mechanics, electrostatics, astronomy, matrix theory, and optics.

Greatest mathematician world has ever received

10 Ben Franklin Ben Franklin Benjamin Franklin was an American polymath and one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, freemason, postmaster, scientist, inventor, humorist, civic activist, statesman, and diplomat.

He invented the elctricity. The image of benjamin franklin is on the usa's note.

He did not invent electricity, he merely discovered that lightning is electric. - ARandomPerson

The Contenders

11 Marie Curie Marie Curie Marie Skłodowska Curie, born Maria Salomea Skłodowskap, was a Polish and naturalized-French physicist and chemist who conducted pioneering research on radioactivity.

She's pretty much the source of our knowledge about radioactivity and X-Rays. Her discoveries have immense implications in medicine and things like nuclear power. I'm surprised and disheartened that she and Charles Darwin aren't higher on the list.

Best woman scientist by far. The rest don't even come close.

Marie Curie discovered several elements and the x-ray. Come on guys.

12 Alexander Graham Bell Alexander Graham Bell Alexander Graham Bell was a Scottish-born scientist, inventor, engineer and innovator who is credited with patenting the first practical telephone.

Well, Alex, you don't appear to have a social life with all your fans

He is super

13 John von Neumann John von Neumann John von Neumann was a Hungarian-American pure and applied mathematician, physicist, inventor, computer scientist, and polymath.
14 Charles Darwin Charles Darwin Charles Robert Darwin was an English naturalist and geologist, best known for his contributions to evolutionary theory.

Without this guy we'd still think women came from ribs

If he didn't exists, you would still be an ape! He practically discovered evolution!

No sweetie, we were apes, just we didn't evolve when he discovered it. We evolved with the monkeys from a common ancestor. Not from monkeys. His theory of evolution is not just a "Educated Guess" It is a scientific theory, a theory based on vigorous research and has no evidence to disprove it. - ARandomPerson

Hi theory is what distinguishes Religion from Science

Darwin should be Top 5!

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15 Louis Pasteur Louis Pasteur Louis Pasteur was a French chemist and microbiologist renowned for his discoveries of the principles of vaccination, microbial fermentation and pasteurization.

He's a great scientist that helped millions of lives. For sure he has to be one of the top 3 best scientists of all time!

He is a really helpful and smart man by helping millions of peoples lives.

16 Hendrik Lorentz Hendrik Lorentz
17 Aryabhata Aryabhata Aryabhata or Aryabhata I was the first of the major mathematician-astronomers from the classical age of Indian mathematics and Indian astronomy.

He gave us zero. Without that everything and everyone is zero!

He was greatest

So clever and creative personality

He was god

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18 Max Planck Max Planck Max Karl Ernst Ludwig Planck was a German quantum physicist who was born on April 23, 1858 in Kiel, Germany. He is best known for winning a Nobel prize on the field of physics in 1918 and he published his own well known book called treatise on thermodynamics. His accomplishments was for being elected more.


19 Werner Heisenberg Werner Heisenberg Werner Karl Heisenberg was a German theoretical physicist and one of the key pioneers of quantum mechanics.

Developed quantum physics and the Uncertainty Principle. It was so complex and revolutionary even Einstein couldn't accept it.
(P.S. He won the Nobel Prize at 31, making him the 2nd-youngest person to win it. )

20 Ernest Rutherford Ernest Rutherford Ernest Rutherford, 1st Baron Rutherford of Nelson, OM FRS was a New Zealand physicist who became known as the father of nuclear physics.
21 Charles Babbage Charles Babbage Charles Babbage was an English polymath. A mathematician, philosopher, inventor and mechanical engineer, Babbage, along with Ada Lovelace, is best remembered for originating the concept of a programmable computer.
22 Nicolaus Copernicus Nicolaus Copernicus Nicolaus Copernicus was a Renaissance mathematician and astronomer who formulated a model of the universe that placed the Sun rather than the Earth at the center of the universe.

Before the invention of telescope he set the theory of the solar system

23 Otto Hahn
24 James Clerk Maxwell James Clerk Maxwell

Maxwell's work was precursor for Einsteins derivations.

25 Dmitri Mendeleev Dmitri Mendeleev
26 Wright Brothers

Orville wright and Wilbur invented the aeroplane

27 Aristotle Aristotle Aristotle was a Greek philosopher and scientist born in the city of Stagira, Chalkidice, on the northern periphery of Classical Greece.

Even though he was wrong in more or less all his notions he still was the man behind empiric thinking ��" the principle of all modern science where you test your ideas through practical experiments or create theories judged upon experiences.

Simply put, scientists as we define them wouldn't exist without Aristotle.

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28 Rosalind Franklin
29 Richard Feynman Richard Feynman Richard Phillips Feynman was an American theoretical physicist known for his work in the path integral formulation of quantum mechanics, the theory of quantum electrodynamics, and the physics of the superfluidity of supercooled liquid helium, as well as in particle physics for which he proposed the more.

A brilliant mind who pioneered quantum computing and nanotechnology.

30 Wolfgang Pauli Wolfgang Pauli Wolfgang Ernst Pauli was an Austrian-born Swiss and American theoretical physicist and one of the pioneers of quantum physics.
31 Niels Bohr Niels Bohr Niels Henrik David Bohr was a Danish physicist who made foundational contributions to understanding atomic structure and quantum theory, for which he received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1922. Bohr was also a philosopher and a promoter of scientific research.

Deserves as much acknowledgement as Einstein and Rutherford. After all, he created the atomic model we still base our chemistry on to this date.


Without him, science would not be as it is.

Why is bohr so low on the list, its ridiculous. He deserves top 5.

The greatest: the world is stochastic not deterministic

32 Alec Jeffreys
33 Alessandro Volta
34 Mahmoud Hessaby

He knew what is humanity and devoted all his life for it.

A Scientist and a country developer!

35 Robert E Kahn
36 Bill Nye Bill Nye William Sanford "Bill" Nye, popularly known as Bill Nye the Science Guy, is an American science educator, television presenter, and mechanical engineer.

Whoever wrote the comment before me is stupid

Lol this guy is the biggest idiot in history - PumpkinKing109

Easiest decision that I have ever made.

he's good

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37 Michael Faraday Michael Faraday Michael Faraday FRS was an English scientist who contributed to the study of electromagnetism and electrochemistry.

He was said electro boy by n d Tyson he has never a formal education still he discovered dynamo, electric motor etc without him we could not have all tech was have today

38 Erwin Schrodinger Erwin Schrodinger Erwin Rudolf Josef Alexander Schrödinger, sometimes written as Erwin Schrodinger or Erwin Schroedinger, was a Nobel Prize-winning Austrian physicist who developed a number of fundamental results in the field of quantum theory, which formed the basis of wave mechanics: he formulated the wave equation more.


39 Richard Dawkins Richard Dawkins Clinton Richard Dawkins is an English ethologist, evolutionary biologist and author. He is known for his books The Selfish Gene, The Extended Phenotype and The God Delusion. He is also known for coining the word "meme" in 1976, although the word is most commonly used to describe internet memes of today. more.
40 Carl Sagan Carl Sagan Carl Edward Sagan was an American astronomer, cosmologist, astrophysicist, astrobiologist, author, science popularizer, and science communicator in astronomy and other natural sciences.

An absolute legend of science. Not the most prolific in terms of his advancement of knowledge, but he turned science on its head from a highly elitist language that only few people with many qualifications could learn and contribute to, to one in which everyday people like you and me could understand aND apply to our everyday lives.

Sagan didn't answer the big questions, he translated them for us. Science has become a very universal and accessible language now. If you've ever stood out and marvelled at the stars, watching 'Cosmos' is an absolute must.

The greatest, but for him science and cosmos would not be interesting or understandable

Carl Sagan was a total genius. Miss him.

41 C.V. Raman

He is the first noble prize winner for india

He was a genius. Noble prize winner. Famous for "The Raman Effect". Also, discovered that photons of light carry angular momentum �" in quantum terms, photons possess a property called spin. It's a big discovery.

42 Alan Turing Alan Turing Alan Mathison Turing was a pioneering English computer scientist, mathematician, logician, cryptanalyst and theoretical biologist.
43 Ricardo Morales
44 Neil deGrasse Tyson Neil deGrasse Tyson Neil deGrasse Tyson is an American astrophysicist, author, and science communicator. Since 1996, he has been the Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium at the Rose Center for Earth and Space in New York City.
45 Paul Dirac
46 Robert Koch Robert Koch Robert Heinrich Hermann Koch (11 December 1843 – 27 May 1910) was a celebrated German physician and pioneering microbiologist. As the founder of modern bacteriology, he is known for his role in identifying the specific causative agents of tuberculosis, cholera, and anthrax and for giving experimental more.
47 Gregor Mendel
48 Michio Kaku Michio Kaku
49 Ada Lovelace Ada Lovelace Augusta Ada King-Noel, Countess of Lovelace (née Byron) (10 December 1815 – 27 November 1852) was an English mathematician and writer, chiefly known for her work on Charles Babbage's early mechanical general-purpose computer, the Analytical Engine. She was the first to recognise that the machine more.
50 Linus Pauling Linus Pauling
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