Scientists similar to or like Stephen Hawking

English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, and author who was director of research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology at the University of Cambridge at the time of his death. Wikipedia

  • Kip Thorne

    American theoretical physicist known for his contributions in gravitational physics and astrophysics. The Feynman Professor of Theoretical Physics at the California Institute of Technology until 2009 and is one of the world's leading experts on the astrophysical implications of Einstein's general theory of relativity. Wikipedia

  • Roger Penrose

    English mathematical physicist, mathematician, philosopher of science and Nobel Laureate in Physics. Emeritus Rouse Ball Professor of Mathematics at the University of Oxford, an emeritus fellow of Wadham College, Oxford and an honorary fellow of St John's College, Cambridge and University College London. Wikipedia

  • Paul Dirac

    English theoretical physicist who is regarded as one of the most significant physicists of the 20th century. Dirac made fundamental contributions to the early development of both quantum mechanics and quantum electrodynamics. Wikipedia

  • Gary Gibbons

    British theoretical physicist. Born in Coulsdon, Surrey. Wikipedia

  • Freeman Dyson

    British-American theoretical and mathematical physicist, mathematician, and statistician known for his works in quantum field theory, astrophysics, random matrices, mathematical formulation of quantum mechanics, condensed matter physics, nuclear physics, and engineering. Professor Emeritus in the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, a member of the Board of Visitors of Ralston College, and a member of the Board of Sponsors of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. Wikipedia

  • Arthur Eddington

    English astronomer, physicist, and mathematician. Also a philosopher of science and a populariser of science. Wikipedia

  • John Archibald Wheeler

    American theoretical physicist. Largely responsible for reviving interest in general relativity in the United States after World War II. Wikipedia

  • Abdus Salam

    Pakistani theoretical physicist. He shared the 1979 Nobel Prize in Physics with Sheldon Glashow and Steven Weinberg for his contribution to the electroweak unification theory. Wikipedia

  • Peter Higgs

    British theoretical physicist, Emeritus Professor in the University of Edinburgh, and Nobel Prize laureate for his work on the mass of subatomic particles. In the 1960s, Higgs proposed that broken symmetry in electroweak theory could explain the origin of mass of elementary particles in general and of the W and Z bosons in particular. Wikipedia

  • Dennis W. Sciama

    British physicist who, through his own work and that of his students, played a major role in developing British physics after the Second World War. The PhD supervisor to many famous cosmologists, including Stephen Hawking, Martin Rees and David Deutsch; he is considered one of the fathers of modern cosmology. Wikipedia

  • Sean M. Carroll

    Theoretical physicist specializing in quantum mechanics, gravity, and cosmology. Research professor in the Walter Burke Institute for Theoretical Physics in the California Institute of Technology Department of Physics and an External Professor at the Santa Fe Institute. Wikipedia

  • Richard Feynman

    American theoretical physicist, known for his work in the path integral formulation of quantum mechanics, the theory of quantum electrodynamics, the physics of the superfluidity of supercooled liquid helium, as well as his work in particle physics for which he proposed the parton model. For contributions to the development of quantum electrodynamics, Feynman received the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1965 jointly with Julian Schwinger and Shin'ichirō Tomonaga. Wikipedia

  • J. Robert Oppenheimer

    American theoretical physicist and professor of physics at the University of California, Berkeley. The wartime head of the Los Alamos Laboratory and is among those who are credited with being the "father of the atomic bomb" for their role in the Manhattan Project, the World War II undertaking that developed the first nuclear weapons. Wikipedia

  • John D. Barrow

    English cosmologist, theoretical physicist, and mathematician. He served as Gresham Professor of Geometry at Gresham College from 2008 to 2011. Wikipedia

  • Yakov Zeldovich

    Soviet theoretical physicist, who is known for his prolific contributions in cosmology and the physics of thermonuclear and hydrodynamical phenomena. From 1943, Zeldovich played a crucial role in the development of the Soviet Union's nuclear bomb project. Wikipedia

  • James Chadwick

    British physicist who was awarded the 1935 Nobel Prize in Physics for his discovery of the neutron in 1932. In 1941, he wrote the final draft of the MAUD Report, which inspired the U.S. government to begin serious atomic bomb research efforts. Wikipedia

  • Lisa Randall

    American theoretical physicist working in particle physics and cosmology. Frank B. Baird, Jr. Professor of Science on the physics faculty of Harvard University. Wikipedia

  • Edward Witten

    American mathematical and theoretical physicist. Currently the Charles Simonyi Professor in the School of Natural Sciences at the Institute for Advanced Study. Wikipedia

  • J. J. Thomson

    British physicist and Nobel Laureate in Physics, credited with the discovery of the electron, the first subatomic particle to be discovered. In 1897, Thomson showed that cathode rays were composed of previously unknown negatively charged particles (now called electrons), which he calculated must have bodies much smaller than atoms and a very large charge-to-mass ratio. Wikipedia

  • Thanu Padmanabhan

    Indian theoretical physicist and cosmologist whose research spans a wide variety of topics in Gravitation, Structure formation in the universe and Quantum Gravity. He has published nearly 300 papers and reviews in international journals and ten books in these areas. Wikipedia

  • Erwin Schrödinger

    Nobel Prize-winning Austrian-Irish physicist who developed a number of fundamental results in quantum theory: the Schrödinger equation provides a way to calculate the wave function of a system and how it changes dynamically in time. The author of many works on various aspects of physics: statistical mechanics and thermodynamics, physics of dielectrics, colour theory, electrodynamics, general relativity, and cosmology, and he made several attempts to construct a unified field theory. Wikipedia

  • Tom Kibble

    British theoretical physicist, senior research investigator at the Blackett Laboratory and Emeritus Professor of Theoretical Physics at Imperial College London. His research interests were in quantum field theory, especially the interface between high-energy particle physics and cosmology. Wikipedia

  • Charles W. Misner

    American physicist and one of the authors of Gravitation. His specialties include general relativity and cosmology. Wikipedia

  • James Jeans

    English physicist, astronomer and mathematician. Born in Ormskirk, Lancashire, the son of William Tulloch Jeans, a parliamentary correspondent and author. Wikipedia

  • Hermann Bondi

    Austrian-British mathematician and cosmologist. Best known for developing the steady state model of the universe with Fred Hoyle and Thomas Gold as an alternative to the Big Bang theory. Wikipedia

  • Robert Wald

    American theoretical physicist who studies gravitation. His research interests include general relativity, black holes, and quantum gravity. Wikipedia

  • George Gamow

    Ukrainian-American theoretical physicist and cosmologist. Early advocate and developer of Lemaître's Big Bang theory. Wikipedia

  • Isaac Newton

    English mathematician, physicist, astronomer, theologian, and author (described in his time as a "natural philosopher") who is widely recognised as one of the most influential scientists of all time and as a key figure in the scientific revolution. His book Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica (Mathematical Principles of Natural Philosophy), first published in 1687, established classical mechanics. Wikipedia

  • Alan Guth

    American theoretical physicist and cosmologist. Guth has researched elementary particle theory (and how particle theory is applicable to the early universe). Wikipedia

  • George Biddell Airy

    English mathematician and astronomer, Astronomer Royal from 1835 to 1881. His many achievements include work on planetary orbits, measuring the mean density of the Earth, a method of solution of two-dimensional problems in solid mechanics and, in his role as Astronomer Royal, establishing Greenwich as the location of the prime meridian. Wikipedia


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