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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Henry, Joseph

Henry, Joseph (1797-1878), a United States physicist and the first director of the Smithsonian Institution.

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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 »

  • 10 Hispanic Scientists You Should Know

    10 Hispanic Scientists You Should Know

    He built President Eisenhower an indoor golf-training machine, analyzed the Zapruder film and searched for an Egyptian pyramid's treasure chamber using cosmic rays. Aren't you dying to meet this wide-ranging scientist? See more »

  • 10 Things You Didn't Know About Einstein

    10 Things You Didn't Know About Einstein

    The man who had some theories about relativity was also an eccentric who gleefully eschewed socks, dodged German military service and spurned social conventions. 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 »

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