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Greatest Theoretical Physicists of 20th Century?

  1. Nov 12, 2010 #1
    I would have to speculate they are:

    Albert Einstein
    Marie Curie
    Niels Bohr
    Erwin Schrodinger
    Wolfgang Pauli
    Paul Dirac
    Enrico Fermi
    Edwin Hubble
    Robert Oppenheimer
    Richard Feynman
    Julian Schwinger
    Sin-Itiro Tomonaga
    Chen Ning Yang
    Abdus Salam
    Steven Weinberg
    Sheldon Glashow
    Peter Higgs
    Gerardus 't Hooft
    Murray Gell-Man
    Leonard Susskind
    Edward Witten

    And, you know, the other tens of thousands of theoretical physicists who've changed the way we view the natural world, or made other serious theoretical contributions. Any good names that I've missed? (I know I'm missing several from the 60's work on GR, and post 70's in particle physics, but the list is pretty long as it stands) I don't think anyone I've picked here are terribly controversial, except maybe the last two string theorists.
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  3. Nov 12, 2010 #2

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    If the list going to be 20 people long, then it should include Satyendra Bose. And probably another 9 as well. That would make it a list of 30 people, which should have at least 40 names on it.
  4. Nov 13, 2010 #3


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    Where is dr. Chandra?
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    Ubiquitous for not making it into lists: Phil Anderson
  6. Nov 13, 2010 #5
    Werner Heisenberg !!

    also Max Planck, Max Born, David Gross, and Frank Wilczek.

    Perhaps more controversially; Stephen Hawkings and Roger Penrose.
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    I'd go for the first name popped into your mind, Albert Einstein. :)
  8. Dec 19, 2010 #7
    you got it wrong Thread what about Werner Heisenberg,Louis de Broglie,Max Born,Lev Landau
    these physicists made a major contribution in quantum physics.
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