PHYSICISTS

Some of the most famous physicists and their contributions to science are explained in this section. Learn famous physicists, such as Albert Einstein.

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Melvin Schwartz

Schwartz, Melvin (1932-) is an American physicist. He won the 1988 Nobel Prize in physics for his work on subatomic particles called neutrinos.

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  • 10 Cool Things You Didn't Know About Stephen Hawking
    10 Cool Things You Didn't Know About Stephen Hawking

    He was born exactly 300 years after Galileo died. He has yet to be awarded a Nobel Prize, although he was awarded a guest spot on “The Simpsons.” What else do you know (or not know) about this acclaimed physicist? See more »

  • How Carl Sagan Worked
    How Carl Sagan Worked

    He may have been born in Brooklyn, but Carl Sagan was gunning for the stars as soon as he arrived in this world. Get to know the scientist whose infectious delight in the universe still holds us spellbound. See more »

  • How Isaac Newton Worked
    How Isaac Newton Worked

    The man immortalized on the left was behind the three laws of motion and the universal law of gravitation. He was also competitive, temperamental and fascinated with alchemy. How well do you know Newton? See more »

  • How Stephen Hawking Works
    How Stephen Hawking Works

    He's ventured to the abyss of black holes, wagered on the information paradox and floated around in zero gravity. Meet the man, the legend, the super scientist: Stephen Hawking. See more »

  • How well do you know Albert Einstein?
    How well do you know Albert Einstein?

    Albert Einstein was a pretty smart guy. When you look up the word "genius" in the dictionary, so the saying goes, it's a pretty safe bet you'll see Einstein's mug. Think you’re smart enough to take on a quiz about the famed thinker? See more »

  • Who Said It? Albert Einstein or C.S. Lewis
    Who Said It? Albert Einstein or C.S. Lewis

    One was a celebrated author, the other a famed physicist. What the two shared was a public exposure of their religious beliefs. Big E had an on-again, off-again relationship with God, while C.S. was an avowed atheist during his early years. See more »

  • Alexander Mikhailovich Prokhorov
    Alexander Mikhailovich Prokhorov

    Prokhorov, Alexander Mikhailovich (1916-2002) was a Russian physicist who developed masers, a forerunner of lasers, with Russian physicist Nikolai Gennadievich Basov. See more »

  • Bragg, William Lawrence
    Bragg, William Lawrence

    Bragg, William Lawrence (1862-1942), a British physicist, developed methods that made it possible to determine the atomic structure of crystals. See more »

  • Chu, Steven
    Chu, Steven

    Chu, Steven (1948-), an American physicist, developed a method to slow down atoms and make them easier to study. See more »

  • Compton (family)
    Compton (family)

    Compton, the family name of three United States educators and scientists. The Compton brothers were born in Wooster, Ohio, and attended college there. See more »

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